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Mandrake releases new Linux package

Mandrake has finished version 8 of its edition of Linux, the first from the company to incorporate the new 2.4 version of the kernel, or heart, of the operating system. Though the new version currently is available only for download, retail stores will begin selling it in mid-May, the company announced. The software also includes the new version 4.0.3 of the Xfree86 graphics system and the latest KDE user interface. Mandrake, a French company that lags Red Hat in market share, is striving to convince customers that Linux is good for desktop use as well as for servers, where Linux is an acknowledged power. Red Hat released its version with the 2.4 kernel Monday.

Mandrake has finished version 8 of its edition of Linux, the first from the company to incorporate the new 2.4 version of the kernel, or heart, of the operating system. Though the new version currently is available only for download, retail stores will begin selling it in mid-May, the company announced.

The software also includes the new version 4.0.3 of the Xfree86 graphics system and the latest KDE user interface. Mandrake, a French company that lags Red Hat in market share, is striving to convince customers that Linux is good for desktop use as well as for servers, where Linux is an acknowledged power. Red Hat released its version with the 2.4 kernel Monday.