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  1. Actually, Dr. Mogoto of the Nigerian education ministry has agreed to provide Mandriva with the venture capital it desperately needs. The only problem is that his money is in francs and the offer is time sensitive, so he needs a French account number to make that deposit before the deal can longer happen. Fortunately, Mandriva CEO, Francois Bancilhon, was able to provide Dr. Mogoto with Mandriva's account number and access codes in time. I think the rest of this thread is turning into a debate of semantics. Marketing (although I think you're really talking about advertising since marketing is more about numbers), isn't the issue. It's a question of intent and desire. I don't think Mandriva has any interest in working with businesses. If it were just a case of bad advertising or poor market forecasting, Mandriva would jump at the opportunity to sell whatever it can to companies who approach it, rather than ignoring these opportunities. Mandriva would rather operate as an R&D lab coming up with really cool stuff that other people fund. It wants to work with educational institutions and governments of emerging economies because that's the scholarly thing to do. That might even work for Mandriva, and it simply means that Mandriva isn't a distribution for corporate deployment.
  2. Very unfortunate, but not surprising. I've wanted to use Mandriva for Enterprise and SMB deployments for a while, but the company doesn't have a focus in those segments. I eventually broke down and ranted in this forum, as you know. Adam's comments made it clear to me that he doesn't understand the needs of business, which is not a knock on him -- he's a very nice and helpful guy, and it's not his job to know. I get the impression that it's not anyone's job at Mandriva to understand the needs of businesses. I mean, these are the people who called the distribution "Mandrake," used a magician's hat for their logo, and were surprised when they were threatened with legal action. RHEL and SLES get the job done, but seem to be going the way of maintenance licensing, which I don't like. Ubuntu is gaining momentum, but I don't see it as being in the same league as Mandriva. Mandriva started as an offshoot of Red Hat, addressing many of its deficiencies. Maybe Texstar will address Mandriva's deficiencies and grow PCLOS into a deployable version of Mandriva one day. Until then, I'll be searching for a deployable distro with flexible licensing.
  3. If you disable DHCP on the router and use it just as a switch, it should work the way you want. You may also have to switch it from gateway mode to router mode. I don't remember exactly how Linksys routers are configured. My prefered configuration is to put the switch behind the linux box rather than in front. (DSL -> Linux -> Switch -> Network) You'll probably want to manually assign those IPs to each box just to make sure they don't get switched around.
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    DDR2 ram

    Faster memory will work on your existing mobo, and if mixed with older RAM, will run on the same clock as that RAM. Conversely, if you put older RAM on a newer mobo the clock will match your RAM.
  5. It's been a really long time since I've touched assembly, but I think it depends on your operating system's word size. In Linux, I believe a stack always pushes dwords, regardless of what you declared.
  6. Apart from consuming a few cycles more than typical, and the lead developer refusing to adopt Linux kernel coding conventions then killing his wife and going to jail, what's wrong with Reiser4? Hans Reiser may be unstable, but I haven't heard anything pointing to instabilities in Reiser4. I would say it's fine for home/standalone desktop use, and a very good general purpose FS.
  7. It's not Mandriva's "fault" per se, but it's something I need and can get for products from other vendors like Novell and Red Hat. Those reviews will come from Mandriva landing some small deployments initially and gradually working up to larger deployments. To do that, Mandriva will have to be very aggressive in going out and getting the business, which perhaps it can't afford to do at the moment. From that point people will start publishing evaluations. I really hope that happens, but right now I have to go with those vendors who have already gone through the growing pains. I do what I can by using Mandriva to prototype new ideas, but I haven't done anything with Mandriva on a scale worth documenting.
  8. I am aware that you can have IMAP push mail on a Treo. In another post I mentioned that I recompiled Mandriva's cyrus SRPM to support IDLED. It also requires the purchase of Chattermail for every Treo 600/650 in the company since Versamail, which comes with those Treos, doesn't support IDLED. I think it's misleading to say that RIM charges you to use email. Yes, you have to purchase licenses for Blackberry Enterprise Server, but you also have to purchase licenses for any large scale collaboration solution. Blackberries also have other advantages. They're easy to get up and running. Once you install BES, you have pretty much automatic support for instant calendar notifications and tasks. The administrator can also maintain the entire fleet of mobile devices from the server. I couldn't figure out how to do any of that with a Treo, so if you could point me in the right direction, I'd appreciate it. Using persistent data on the Treo 600/650/680 for push mail requires charging the battery twice daily. With an instant messenger running, that's three times daily. The battery on my Blackberry Curve lasts for about 3 days with the same type of usage, except with an instant messenger running 24/7. While the Treo is doing its random data connections in persistent mode, phone calls go straight to my voicemail. With the Blackberry, calls still come in. The Blackberry is much thinner and lighter than Treo which looked pretty goofy protruding beneath my suit jacket. The Blackberry's trackball is much easier to use in a vehicle (not while driving, of course) than jabbing the Treo's touch screen with a stylus. A very minor consideration is that it gives you and I as Canadians an opportunity to support Canadian technology and the local economy. I could go on... It may not have been a sane decision for me to switch users from Treos to Blackberries, but so far everyone has been happy, and it seems to have made good business sense in terms of the productivity we're getting compared to our Treos. On the topic of Corporate Server 4... I don't really want to be too harsh here. I come to this site primarily to support Mandriva. But having a distribution that meets corporate needs isn't good enough. I need to know which large companies have deployed it, what issues they've had, and how they were resolved. I need to know what the projected lifecycle of the software is, and exactly what will happen for the next cycle. I need to know what the obsolescence strategy is. Having someone at Mandriva tell me all the great things about CS 4 is helpful, but I need independent peer review. That's how IT works, and that's what I mean by addressing the needs of business. Thanks for taking the time to address my concerns, I really do appreciate it.
  9. I agree with everything SoulSe said (and said very well), except the last sentence. Businessmen aren't going to side with MS, or anyone else. They're going to discount Mandriva as serious vendor, move on to the next vendor, and forget this whole thing ever happened.
  10. Actually, I do remember changing my repository setup in 2006 when 2007 came out. At that point they had the same structure. However, that is no longer the case. At some point after 2007.1, the structure of 2006 repositories were changed to remove the "release" branch. Thank you for your offer to put a sales person in touch with me, but I have already chosen SLES. One reason is that Novell has a wireless solution for Blackberry and Treo users, and Mandriva doesn't. Another other is that I simply don't have confidence in Mandriva's product for a mission critical deployment. Admittedly, I've only been using Mandriva on a daily basis since version 8.2, but in that entire time there has never been a focus on meeting the needs of businesses. It has always been targeted at hobbyists, SOHO and education. I will continue to monitor Mandriva's progress in that vertical though, and would be happy to provide any feedback or input into the development of a competitive line of products and services.
  11. Another directory that seems to be missing here is /usr/src. Some people think the whole "open-source kernel" thing is a noteworthy feature of Linux.
  12. I don't know what things are like in South Africa, but in North America we're seeing more new Linux deployments than ever before, mostly in departmental servers. People seem to be looking for alternatives to Exchange and Domino in both the Enterprise and SMB spaces and I don't see that Mandriva has shown any interest in either market. Novell and Red Hat charge enough for their solutions (not that Red Hat has a viable alternative to Exchange or Domino) that there's plenty of room for someone to come in under them. I believe that is what Sun is attempting. I know that Mandriva has had financial woes, but I still thought it would be more agile in adapting to the market.
  13. Try the OSS emulation driver instead of the standard ALSA driver. You can select it using draksound. Reboot after making the switch -- it's much easier than trying to modprobe things into order.
  14. I'm afraid I don't have a solution to your problem, but I was able to get my iPod Nano working with Amorok. They key things to check on your system are: udev rules: I had to create a rule on my system in /etc/udev/rules.d. I called it "70-ipod.rules" BUS=="usb", SYSFS{manufacturer}=="Apple", SYSFS{product}=="iPod", KERNEL=="sd?2", SYMLINK+="ipod" mount point: /mnt/ipod /etc/fstab line: /dev/ipod /mnt/ipod vfat umask=0,users,iocharset=iso8859-1,codepage=850,noauto,users,exec,suid 0 0 Give udev a restart then fire up Amarok. From that point you'll be in a better position to figure out what's going on with gtkpod. (that fstab entry assumes that you didn't initialize your iPod on a Mac.)
  15. Open a console and enter the following (when asked for a password, enter the root password): cd /usr/lib/win32 su tar xvjf <path_to_your_download_location_including_the_filename> If /usr/lib/win32 doesn't exist, you'll need to create it before extraction (tar -xvjf): md /usr/lib/win32
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