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Mandriva Linux 10 - New Features

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Here are some of the main innovations included in Mandriva Linux 10.

Kernel 2.6
Samba 3.0
KDE 3.2
Groupware solution
New look and feel in MCC
Galaxy II

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*   Kernel 2.6 : more performance and Reliability

Mandriva Linux includes in its distribution by default the latest version of kernel 2.6.3 The new operating system software is a major release of a new Linux production kernel. The last time this happened was with the 2.4 version of the kernel release in January 2001.

The significant enhancements are:

 Improved scalability to 16 CPUs or more, with improved performance, using the new O(1) scheduler
 Improved file-system performance, with full inclusion for four journaling file systems (Ext3, ReiserFS, JFS and XFS) for real-time data backup and recovery capabilities.
 Improved threading support
 Added memory support up to 64GB
 Enhanced disk drive performance and storage access
 Enjoy low latency support especially for Studio-quality sound
 Support for USB 2.0.
 Firewire and much more!

*   Samba 3

Mandriva Linux 10.0 now integrates Samba 3.
 Active Directory support (LDAP / Kerberos)
Samba 3.0 is now able to join a ADS realm as a member server and authenticate users using native Active Directory support.

 Unicode support
Samba will now negotiate UNICODE on the wire and internally there is now a much better infrastructure for multi-byte and UNICODE character sets. It greatly simplifies supporting international languages.

 New authentication system
The internal authentication system has been almost completely rewritten. Most of the changes are internal, but the new authentication system is also very configurable and supports LDAP account storage out-of-the-box. Support for storing samba account details in XML files (mainly for backup purposes) and MySQL is available by installing the samba-passdb-xml and samba-passdb-mysql packages respectively.

When using the LDAP backend, you can also support domain groups, and map unix groups to Windows domain groups (required for the migration of NTdomains to Samba/LDAP). It should also be possible to use the Windows user management tools (User Manager for Domains for Windows NT) on Windows clients to manage groups and users.

 Full support for client and server SMB signing to ensure compatibility with default Windows 2003 security settings.

It allows:
1) Clients to access resources on Windows 2003 servers
2) the joining of Windows XP machines to a samba domain without any configuration changes on the XP clients.
3) Allows samba servers in Windows domains to serve WindowsXP clients without reducing security setting

 Samba now negotiates NT-style status32 codes on the wire This improves error handling a lot.

*   Tool to migrate from Samba 2 to Samba 3


 Backup any existing smb.conf
 Merge the settings in this file into a new smb.conf
 Converting any syntax changes needed between samba2 to samba3
 Including the administrator's custom settings in the new configuration file. All merged/modified lines are preceded by a comment so the user knows what took place.
Furthermore, a summary of the changes are written in /var/log/samba/smb-migrate.log.

*   KDE 3.2

Mandriva Linux 10.0 integrates the third major release of KDE desktop platform.
Here are the main improvements:
This tool is providing integrated, secure storage of passwords and web form data
 Personal Information Management: Kontact
A unified interface that draws KDE's email, calendaring, address book, notes and other PIM features together into a familiar configuration.
It is providing an easy-to-use KDE interface to industry-standard encryption tools
A viewer for SVG files
 Inline spell checking
for web forms and emails

*   Groupware Solution

For the first time Mandriva Linux offers a solution Groupware. It is only integrated in PowerPack+. The Groupware solution uses Kontact as client and Kolab as server.
Kolab is the groupware server that Mandriva Linux chose for its distribution. It is secure, scalable and reliable server. Furthermore It is really easy to configure thanks to its web administration interface.

*   New design for Mandriva Linux Control Center

Here is the new Design of Mandriva Linux Control Center. It includes 62 tools to configure easily and quickly your computer.

*   DrakPark

This new exclusive Mandriva Linux tool will allow you to maintain and update software on your networked PCs in a highly efficient and centralized manner. Create a new Group Scan a network

*   DrakFax

Drakfax is a new tool to setup a fax (modem fax), to send and receive facsimiles. drakfax also provides a client to send facsimile locally or via a hylafax server.

*   New MandrivaGalaxy

This package displays an html file allowing users to launch browsers to other html pages (Mandriva Linux web sites or local html documentation) or to launch Mandrivalinux applications such as the Mandriva Linux Control Center.

*   Magicdev

Magicdev is a daemon that runs within the GNOME environment and detects when a CD is removed or inserted. Magicdev handles running autorun programs on the CD, updating the File Manager, and playing audio Cds.

*   Mandrivaonline - Easily update your pack!

Mandrivaonline provides quick access to a wide range of services for easily updating your Mandriva Linux distribution. To help keep your system up-to-date and secure, a new notification system alerts you when new packages become available. Easily locate and download the latest releases of your favorite applications. With the automated update option you no longer need to worry about updating your operating system.

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