Macmillan USA Updates Linux-Mandrake

As the LinuxWorld Expo came to a close in New York City this week, computer book and operating system publisher Macmillan USA, Inc. announced that it has released the latest version of its distribution of the Linux open-source operating system.

Macmillan Deluxe Linux-Mandrake 7.0 offers, on top of its graphical tools for installation and disk partitioning, a new graphical utility that enables simplified configuration of hardware devices. The product also includes the Sun StarOffice suite, the Corel WordPerfect 8 Lite product, and other applications.

“Macmillan’s goal is to continue to help cultivate and grow the Linux community by bringing Deluxe Linux-Mandrake 7.0 and other Linux educational products to the retail shelf,” said Macmillan USA vice president Lynn Zingraf. “This product is part of Macmillan’s family of Linux software and publications, catered to serve both new and experienced Linux users.”

The updated Linux package also includes free installation technical support provided by strategic partner LinuxCare, along with electronic and paper documentation, a pre-configured graphical desktop environment and security levels. Additionally, users can access an AutoUpdate tool to allow Linux system updates by way of the Internet.

About Macmillan USA

Macmillan recently tapped RSA Security, Inc. (Nasdaq: RSAS) to provide security software for a Web server that will be included in upcoming Linux product releases. In addition to licensing RSA’s BSAFE SSL-C security protocol components, Macmillan will utilize the RSA Security Professional Services organization to assist in product implementation for users of the Linux-based secure Web server product.

The company began distributing the Linux-Mandrake OS package — an enhanced version of Red Hat — in mid-1999.

Corel Debuts Professionals Services Group

In other Linux-related news, Corel Corp. (Nasdaq: CORL) announced this week that its Corel Professional Services (CPS) group has begun operations.

With a stated mission to provide end-to-end Linux-driven business solutions, CPS will offer users custom application development and maintenance, Linux systems integration and training.

“Corel is extending its commitment to the Linux community by expanding our existing technical services and premium services programs,” stated Jeff Bennett, director, technical and professional services for Corel. “Linux users can now access services from a vendor with extensive support services experience and a history with the Linux/UNIX environment.”

Having debuted its own Linux distribution at the 1999 COMDEX in Las Vegas, Nevada, Corel recently initiated beta testing of its WordPerfect Office Suite for Linux product due to be out in a consumer version later this year.

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