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Mandriva Linux 9.2 Main Features

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9.2 Features

Mandriva Linux 9.2 packs are currently
available for order at Mandriva

Mandriva Linux 9.2, which is based on Linux 2.4.22 (and ready for Linux 2.6.0) offers the most advanced Linux features currently available -- in terms of technology as well as the most up-to-date software. In addition to recently introduced technologies such as NTFS partition resizing, ACPI power-management, "Zeroconf" network support and expanded WiFi support, Mandriva 9.2 offers countless improvements, such as a refined "MandrivaGalaxy" theme, improved configuration tools and of course KDE 3.1.3, GNOME 2.4.0, OpenOffice 1.1 and Mozilla 1.4.

The ideal complement to any Mandriva product is a membership to the Mandriva Club which offers a wide range of benefits including access to more than 50,000 applications that run on Mandriva Linux, plus a wide assortment of privileges. Subscribing to the Mandriva Club is also the best way to support Mandriva Linux development.

  System overview

Mandriva Linux 9.2 features the following software:

  Kernel 2.4.22 (a Linux 2.6.0pre kernel is also provided in contribs)
  XFree86 4.3
  Glibc 2.3.2
  GCC 3.3.1
  Apache 2.0.47, Samba 2.2.8a (Samba 3.0.0 in contribs), MySQL 4.0.15, ProFTPD 1.2.8, Postfix 2.0.13, OpenSSH 3.6.1p2
  KDE 3.1.3, GNOME 2.4.0, IceWM 1.2.13, WindowMaker 0.80.2, Enlightenment 0.16.5, Blackbox 0.65.0 1.1, KOffice 1.3.0, Gnumeric 1.2.0

  Mozilla 1.4, The GIMP 1.2.5, XMMS 1.2.7

Mandriva Linux 9.2 is optimized for Pentium and higher processors (and compatibles), and therefore does not run on earlier x86 processors.

  Mandriva Linux 9.2's features...

  A mostly automated installation procedure

  On the desktop: refined "MandrivaGalaxy" look & feel plus anti-aliased fonts

  Improved configuration, extended hardware support

  Simplified system maintenance

  Extensive collection of Office applications

  Multimedia and games

  Servers, Internet and Intranet services

  Easy Printing with CUPS

  Top-level Security

  Everything for Development

  Available in more than 60 languages

  Linux Standards and Free Software

  Recommended hardware

  All available packages

  Prices and ordering

  A mostly automated installation procedure

Mandriva's installation process has long been the most widely respected installer in the Linux field, yet we've made it even simpler and more powerful. It now offers great new features such as the capability to resize NTFS hard-disk partitions, and automatic printer detection and setup.

  The graphical installer now offers a modern look & feel with consistent layout and anti-aliased fonts.
  The default installation process is mostly automated. The individual phases are extremely intuitive, and most hardware devices are automatically recognized and configured. Power users can access advanced configuration options at any point of the installation.
  The 'type' of installation can be a desktop or server-oriented system by choosing from various package group categories.
  Installation is possible by various methods such as Network installation, CD or DVD installation.
  54 different languages are supported during installation.
  In addition to being able to resize NTFS partitions, the installation procedure provides many unique features such as offering various filesystems (including journalized filesystems EXT3, ReiserFS, XFS, and encrypted file systems), setting up RAID disks, and resizing MS-Windows FAT32 partitions.
  Various network filesystems are also supported such as NFS, SMB and WebDAV.
  The upgrade mode has again been improved to be more trouble-free.
  The "auto-install" tool is a convenient way to effortlessly duplicate server and workstation installations.
  An easy-to-use rescue mode is available in case of any problems with a system.

Installation has been simplified and
is now mostly automated.

But "advanced" mode is still available
and may be selected at any point.

The installation procedure supports an
impressive number of different languages.

All configuration options are summarized and can be
modified at the end of the installation process.

  On the desktop: a refined "MandrivaGalaxy" look & feel with anti-aliased fonts

Mandriva Linux 9.2 offers a refined desktop look & feel with the "MandrivaGalaxy" theme to provide ergonomic consistency between all applications in KDE 3.1.3 and GNOME 2.4. Easy to read anti-aliased fonts are used in most applications. With its focus on usability, Mandriva Linux 9.2 has all the potential to finally deliver Linux to the widest audience of computer users.

  The "MandrivaGalaxy" theme provides visual consistency between KDE 3.1.3 and GNOME 2.4 applications. This theme was written from scratch to be fast and light in memory.
  KDE 3.1.3 and GNOME 2.4 are the default graphical desktop environments. Mandriva 9.2 also features WindowMaker 0.80.2, IceWM 1.2.13, Enlightenment 0.16.5, and BlackBox 0.65.0 as options.
  High-quality printing is a snap with the Common Unix Printing System.
  All Mandriva users will be pleased to discover that application menus are consistent across the various graphical desktop environments.
  The "MandrivaFirstTime" wizard allows new users to easily configure a graphical desktop environment and email client, as well as subscribe to the Mandriva Club.
  Unique features make unique products: The Mandriva Linux desktops are dynamic. This means, for instance, that when a new software package is installed or removed, the corresponding icon appears or disappears instantaneously in the application menu. This same "dynamic" feature also applies to hardware devices: Plug in a USB scanner or WebCam and a corresponding icon appears automatically on the desktop.
  Another advanced feature in Mandriva Linux 9.2 is "supermount" which lets users access removable media (CD-ROM, floppy, Zip, etc.) instantaneously and transparently without having to use the traditional "mount/umount" commands.

MandrivaGalaxy offers a professional and consistent look&feel
between applications.

KDE 3.1.3


File names can now be intuitively changed under KDE.

Plug in a USB device and an icon appears...

  Improved configuration, extended hardware support

For years Mandriva Linux has been a premier distribution in regards to supporting the largest variety of available hardware and with its capability to automatically detect and configure new hardware devices. Several configuration utilities - including PrinterDrake, DrakSec, DrakePerm, UserDrake, and the entire Mandriva Control Center - have been totally revamped to offer enhanced features and functionalities.

  The Mandriva Control Center provides a single location to access all the important hardware and system configuration utilities. The Mandriva Control Center includes an extensive selection of graphical utilities and wizards for quickly and easily setting up many popular services, including the Apache web server, Postfix email server, Shorewall firewall utility, and many others.
  The Mandriva Control Center now shows all of its actions, either in a small window, or in the /var/log/explanations logfile.   Webmin 1.100 provides the ability to safely configure a Mandriva system remotely through a secure web interface -- even over the Internet.
  USB 2.0 support has been enhanced.
  Most of the latest printers are supported with the Common Unix Printing System (CUPS).
  Hot-plug support allows you to plug in new hardware and have it automatically recognized and configured while the system is running.
  ACPI support for better power management with laptops.
  Zeroconf allows two computers running Mandriva 9.2 or Mandriva 9.1 to automatically configure their network settings.
  Support for a number of WiFi devices.
  Additional drivers for NVIDIA-based and ATI videocards are available in Mandriva packs.
  Additional drivers for Winmodems such as Conexant and Alcatel Speedtouch USB are available in the Discovery, the PowerPack and the ProSuite.

A complete list of supported hardware is available on the Hardware Page.

Mandriva Control Center (MCC):
a single place for hardware and system configuration.

Security configuration in the MCC.

Software configuration in the MCC.

Configuring mount points in the MCC.

  Simplified System Maintenance

All operating systems require a certain level of maintenance to remain secure and up-to-date. Mandriva Linux 9.2 provides many tools and utilities to facilitate the most common system administration tasks.

  Our set of URPMI tools (urpmi, urpme) combined with the Software Manager and MandrivaUpdate provide everything needed to easily install and uninstall software packages either with a few typed commands or with a few clicks of the mouse. The Software Management System solves software dependencies automatically and performs system security updates through the Internet. Both the Software Manager and MandrivaUpdate have been completely reworked to provide the easiest software management system ever.
  URPMI has also been enhanced to perform dramatically faster.
  The Mandriva Control Center now includes DrakBackup, a utility for backing up important data and for scheduling jobs that must be run periodically.

Locating and installing new applications
is easy with RPMDrake.

Registered Club Members can install a number of commercial
applications over the network.

UserDrake has been revamped and now offers
expiration options for logins and passwords.

  Extensive collection of Office applications

  OpenOffice 1.1 is a full-featured office suite that includes a word processor, spreadsheet and presentation applications. OpenOffice is available in 23 different languages and can read & write most types of Microsoft Office documents such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint files. OpenOffice 1.1 now features the capability to easily export a document to PDF or Flash.
  KOffice 1.3 is another full-featured and fast office suite designed for the KDE desktop.
  GNumeric 1.2.0 is a performant and full-featured spreadsheet for GNOME.
  Scribus 1.0.1 is a Desktop Publishing application in the tradition of XPress, Pagemaker or similar.
  Kontour is a vector drawing application similar to Corel Draw and Adobe Illustrator.
  Take your choice of several full-featured web browsers such as Mozilla 1.4, Konqueror 3.1.4 and Galeon 1.3.8.
  The Konqueror file-manager can easily access remote servers through ssh or ftp, and therefore offers a great way to maintain web servers.
  Mozilla-mail 1.4, Kmail 1.5.3 and Evolution 1.4.4 are world-class email clients that support email encryption for enhanced privacy and security. Mozilla-mail also provides an efficient anti-spam feature.
  GnuCash 1.8.6 is a personal finance manager which is compatible with applications such as Quicken, Microsoft Money and MoneyDance.
  Many additional office applications are provided, such as calendars (Kalendar and Gnome-Calendar), address books (KAddressBook and Gnome-Car), project management applications (MrProject), and much more.
  Make the most of the Internet with handy utilities such as instant messengers compatible with AOL, Yahoo and MS, along with a selection of IRC utilities.
  Flash player, Acrobat Reader and Real player are included in Mandriva Linux packs.

Mozilla, the famous web browser.

OpenOffice can read and write most types of Microsoft
Office documents and export to PDF or Flash instantaneously.

KOrganizer is a calendar application
that includes a task-scheduler.

GnuCash is a full-featured personal finance manager.

  Multimedia and Games

  GnomeMeeting 0.98.5 is an H.323 compatible videoconferencing and voice-over-IP telephony application compatible with Microsoft Netmeeting. It also supports PC-to-Phone over Internet by registering with MicroTelco Internet telephone service.
  gPhoto and XawTV lets you use many of the most popular digital cameras with Mandriva Linux.
  xine 1.0 and Totem Medial Player 0.99.4 are video players for viewing unencrypted DVDs.
  The GIMP 1.2.5 is the latest version of this world-class image editing application.
  A large selection of scanners are supported which can be easily utilized with XSane, The GIMP and Kooka.
  XMMS 1.2.7 is a premier audio and multimedia application that supports many sound and video formats such as MP3, OGG and MPEG-video.
  Grip and KAudioCreator are easy-to-use programs for ripping audio CDs
  Cdrecord 2.0, XCDRoast and K3B are available for burning CD-Rs and DVD-Rs.
  FrozenBubble is a highly addictive arcade game. Definitely worth a try.
  Chromium is a fast paced, arcade-style, top-scrolling space shooter with fine graphics.
  Tux Racer is a classic 3D racing game featuring Tux, the Linux penguin.
  Education and scientific softwares are also included such as KEduca, KGeo, KVocTrain, KStars and many others.

K3B is great tool for burning CD-Rs.

GnomeMeeting lets you phone over the net!

The GIMP, a world-class image editing application.

Have your own realtime planetarium at home with KStars.

  Servers, Internet and Intranet services

Mandriva Linux is widely known as a reliable, secure & easy-to-configure system that is becoming the system of choice for Internet and Intranet servers. Mandriva Linux 9.2 includes everything needed to easily install and deploy professional network services, such as the Apache 2/AdvancedExtranetServer which includes modular extensions such as PHP, MySQL, Perl, ODBC and many others.

  Enterprise Linux kernel 2.4.22 provides native support for Hi-Memory (up to 4GB) and SMP (Symmetric Multi Processing).
  A special Mandriva feature, DrakGW, allows users to easily configure Internet Sharing so that several machines can utilize a single connection to the Internet.
  Apache 2/AdvancedExtranetServer includes "out of the box" support for dozens of modular extensions including mod_perl 1.3.28, mod_ssl 2.0.47 and many others. As a unique Mandriva feature, Apache2 comes with a special upgrade/downgrade mechanism to allow smooth transition from Apache 1.3.x.
  The PHP 4.3.2 scripting language contains built-in support for LDAP, MySQL, PostgreSQL and Unix-ODBC.
  Samba 2.2.8a is the famous SMB file and print server for Windows systems.
  MySQL 4.0.15 and PostgreSQL 7.3.4 treat you to the best Free-Software databases.
  phpGroupWare 0.9.14 is a full-featured groupware server.
  SpamAssassin 2.55 is an efficient SPAM-filtering service.
  Also available, and easily configured with the Mandriva Control Center, are the world-renowned servers ProFTP, Postfix email server (Sendmail also available), OpenSSH server, DHCP server, BIND DNS server, NFS server.

Apache 2/AdvancedExtranetServer
is the default web-server.

Servers can be easily configured in the
Mandriva Control Center (through MandrivaWizards).

Do you need a web server?
Launch the web wizard...

  Easy Printing with CUPS

The Common Unix Printing System (CUPS) is the standard printing system for Mandriva Linux which offers great printing rendering. CUPS 1.1.19 supports more printers than ever in Mandriva Linux 9.2: over 1000! In addition to the impressive number of supported printers and extended configuration options, CUPS is extremely easy to configure and allows any networked machines to access printers on a CUPS server over the local network without any configuration. Mandriva 9.2 offers one of the best print rendering solutions currently available in Linux. PrinterDrake - the CUPS configuration application - has been totally rewritten.

TCP/Socket (ethernet-connected and HP JetDirect) printers are also detected, as well as printers available through SMB (Windows-servers).

Printers can be managed in the
Mandriva Control Center.

CUPS offers many configuration options.


  Top-level Security

Mandriva Linux has a long tradition of security. 9.2 provides several features that make it one of the most secure operating systems currently available.

  Five easy-to-setup security levels are available to choose from -- from "Very low" to "Paranoid" -- depending on the intended use of the system.
  Shorewall 1.4.6c is a comprehensive firewall system which can be configured with just a few clicks in the Mandriva Control Center.
  Extensive cryptography support is provided with GnuPG, OpenSSH, SSL certificate management tools, a special Linux 'Kernel Secure', encrypted filesystems, and email encryption.
  Authentication is supported via local files or through authentication servers such as LDAP, NIS or Windows NT Server.

Tune your network security!

A simple firewall is provided with Mandriva 9.2.

  Everything for Development

Develop applications quickly and efficiently:

  GCC 3.3.1 features C, C++, Fortran 77, Objective C, Java and Ada 95 compilers.
  PHP 4.3.2, Perl 5.8.1 and Python 2.3 scripting languages are also available.
  GTK+ 2.0 and Qt 3.1.2 libraries - along with KDE and GNOME libraries - are available for developing graphical applications.
  Java bytecode can be run with Kaffe 1.1.1.
  Kdevelop 2.1.5 is an Integrated Development Environment.
  Quanta Plus 3.1.3 is an HTML Integrated Development Environment.
  Choose from a large selection of editors such as the popular Vim 6.2, Emacs 21.3 and XEmacs 21.4

Creating webpages in Quanta Plus.

Kdevelop is a complete Integrated
Development Environment.

  Available in more than 60 languages

Since Linux is truly an international effort, Mandriva has always encouraged localization and internationalization efforts. With version 9.2, Mandriva Linux supports the largest number of languages ever: The Mandriva installer and the Mandriva configuration tools completely (or partially) support 63 different languages, from Afrikaans to Welsh.

Many other applications, such as KDE, GNOME and, also support a wide variety of languages.

A wide variety of languages are supported.

  Linux Standards and Free Software

The Mandriva Linux 8.2 ProSuite Edition was the first Linux distribution to become Linux Standard Base (LSB 1.2) certified. Mandriva 9.2 also complies with LSB 1.3 and LI18NUX specifications. Mandriva is committed to the Linux Standard Base which is an essential step for ensuring compatibility between the different Linux distributions. It also ensures that Mandriva Linux will be compatible with the greatest number of leading enterprise-class applications such as Database, CRM, and Accounting.

Since Netscape and the last few remaining proprietary applications have been removed, Mandriva Linux 9.2 is a "100% Free Software" product. This means that everyone is granted the right to access the sources, modify and redistribute the software. This also means that Mandriva Linux 9.2 can be deployed on as many machines as desired.

  Recommended hardware for Mandriva Linux 9.2

A complete list of supported hardware is available at

  Processor: an x586-class or above processor is required. This includes Intel Pentium I/II/III/IV, AMD K6/II/III, AMD Duron, AMD Athlon/XP/MP. SMP multi-processor machines are supported. (*)
  Memory: at least 64 MB is required (32 MB for text-install); 128 MB is recommended.
  Hard disks: IDE and SCSI hard disks are supported. RAID/SCI and SCSI controllers are supported.
  Hard disk size: At least 100MB is required, 1GB is recommended.
  USB and USB 2.0: most USB devices are supported (including USB keys).
  CD-ROM and DVD-ROM drives and burners: Most IDE, SCSI, PCMCIA, IEEE 1394/FireWire models are supported (this includes DVD+RW and DVD-RW).
  Graphic cards: Most ISA, PCI and AGP cards are supported, including VESA, NVidia, ATI, 3DFX, SIS, S3, Matrox (dual-head support for G450), Intel i865G, i8XX, i845G, Trident. 3D acceleration is available for Matrox G200/G400/G500, Voodoo III/V/Banshee, Intel i8XX, ATI Rage 128/Pro & Radeon, Nvidia (GeForce and Nforce).
  Network adapters: Most ISA, PCI and USB network cards are supported. Most modems, RNIS, DSL and wireless devices are supported.
  Printers: Most Inkjet and Laser printers are supported. Most "WinPrinters" are not supported.
  Sound Cards: All SoundBlaster-compatible soundcards, Ensoniq (Audigy, Live), X Wave, Crystal, Intel, AMD, Nvidia Nforce, VIA, CMI C-Media, ESS Maestro, Yamaha YMF744, Terratec, AC'97.
  Laptops: Most laptops are supported.
  Misc.: Numerous TV cards, graphics tablets, scanners, webcams, digital cameras and FireWire devices are supported.

(*)A version of Mandriva 9.2 for Athlon64 is to be released at the end of October, 2003.

  Packages available in Mandriva Linux 9.2

Due to the length of the list, it's available separately.

  Prices and ordering

Mandriva Linux 9.2 is available in different forms, including the new Discovery Pack -- a simplified desktop product.

  The Mandriva Linux 9.2 base system is available as a free download from many Internet locations. We highly recommend that people who download the free product join the Mandriva Club which provides many advantages including instant download access to thousands of applications and is the best way to support Mandriva Linux development.

  Mandriva Linux 9.2 Discovery is a radically new product that even a beginner can use. It's been designed to offer everything needed for a personal desktop workstation or a laptop. The Discovery Pack includes Web, Email and Office applications, including the famous MS-Office-compatible 1.1 suite. You'll also enjoy games and Multimedia software such as MP3 and DVD players. The Discovery's installation procedure couldn't be easier, even for an inexperienced user, and allows Linux to safely run on the same machine as MS-Windows. Price: 39 USD/EUR. Includes: 2 CDs, 1 Manual, 30-days web-based installation support, plus one month Club Membership. Availability: end of October. Order now at Mandriva Store and be among the first to receive a Mandriva 9.2 Pack!

Discovery 9.2

  Mandriva Linux 9.2 PowerPack is the perfect Linux environment for advanced PC users who need a multi-purpose product. The PowerPack provides advanced features and an impressive number of applications, including desktop, servers and development software. Price: 69 USD/EUR. Includes: 7 CDs, 1 Starter Guide, 60-days web-based installation support, plus one month Club Membership. Availability: end of October. Order now at Mandriva Store and be among the first to receive a Mandriva 9.2 Pack!

PowerPack 9.2

  Mandriva Linux 9.2 ProSuite is an affordable solution for businesses. The ProSuite has been designed for large desktop deployments, Intranet & Internet infrastructure installations, including easy server setup. The ProSuite Edition has been awarded numerous times by the press, including recently by InfoWorld and Open For Business. Mandriva 9.2 ProSuite is provided with extended support options, including phone support. The ProSuite features an extensive set of professional software such as a trial version of IBM DB2 Universal DatabaseTM for 90 days and a "Java contribs" CD. Price: 199 USD/EUR. Includes: 9 CDs, 1 DVD, 1 Starter Guide, 1 Reference Manual, 5 phone-support incidents for 60 days, 90-day web-based support for installation and 3-month Club Membership. Availability: end of October. Order now at Mandriva Store and be among the first to receive a Mandriva 9.2 Pack!

ProSuite 9.2

Note: Mandriva Linux 9.2 PowerPack and ProSuite include third-party applications such as Zope, Jonas and many others. All packs include additional drivers to support devices such as Conexant modem and Alcatel Speedtouch USB.

Mandriva 9.2 Standard

Mandriva Linux 9.2 Packs: one pack for each use:
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More about the range of Mandriva Linux 9.2 products is available at

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