The Mint Newsletter – issue 80

Written by Clem on Monday, April 6th, 2009 @ 5:03 pm | Main Topics

* News about Mint

Both Mint 6 Felicia KDE CE and Fluxbox CE have been approved as stable and will soon be released

Both editions promise to be outstanding.

Monthly Stats – March 2009

We hope you enjoyed our April fools prank

Please update to Firefox 3.0.8 to protect from dangerous bug

Twitter for Linux Mint

* News about Linux

Debian adds (officially) a version based on the FreeBSD kernel

Red Hat CEO questions desktop’s relevance in Linux debate – not the first time

Suse Linux Enterprise 11 takes steps to work with Windows also on the desktop – Novell seems to disagree with Red Hat

CentOS 5.3 released

How Fedora got hacked last autumn – someone got hold of a valid key

What Flavor of Linux is Right For You?  Mint we hope 🙂

KDE gets its own Brainstorm

Numerous developers quit PCLinuxOS

This is interesting – a small distribution called Billix allows network installation of Damn Small Linux, Ubuntu Jaunty/Intrepid/Hardy, Fedora 10, Debian, and Centos.

The latest news about the kernel is always found here

* News about Open Source

Mono 2.4 and MonoDevelop 2.0 released

* News about IT

The downadup/Conficker worm should have done something on April 1st – nothing happened as you may have noticed 🙂

Tracking GhostNet: Investigating a Cyber Espionage Network

A new method to monetize scareware – Windows only

‘Cybercrime exceeds drug trade’ myth exploded

Researchers unveil persistent BIOS attack methods (scary – code in BIOS without the use of any vulnerability.)

HP OpenView Buffer Overflows – the potential for damage is large

Expert cites “major problem” with security policy compliance

Microsoft and TomTom Settle Patent Infringement Cases

Sun Intros VDI 3, a Sun-Only Virtual Desktop Set

Silicon Graphics goes bust for second time (Hope this is not an April fools prank – published April 1)

Sources: Google In Talks To Acquire Twitter

I.B.M. Withdraws $7 Billion Offer for Sun

* Hardware news

MIT Graphene Chip Could Reach 1,000 Gigahertz

A Step Toward Superfast Carbon Memory

Sniffing keystrokes via laser and keyboard power

A computer the size of a large matchbox

* Other news

* Comic of the week

Credit goes to Cathbard –

* More about Linux Mint

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* Editors comment

This newsletter is much belated – a cold has stopped me from working / Husse

As always – if you find something I’ve missed in the newsletter please tell me – you can post a comment.

Enjoy life


10 Responses to “The Mint Newsletter – issue 80”

  1. Clem says:

    Is it me or did Cathbard use Bryan’s (from the Linux Action Show) comics maker software? Such a small World (unless I’m wrong of course) 🙂

  2. Husse says:

    Dunno – but it kind of looks familiar

  3. Roberto says:


    It seems Linux Mint Fluxbox CE 6 and KDE CE 6 (Felicia) stable
    has been released

    31 March/2009
    01 April/2009

  4. bypasser says:

    Interview with Shuttleworth:
    And fit-pc has its own website:

  5. Husse says:

    No – not released yet
    There are ISOs on our mirrors ahead of release but that may not necessarily be the right version

  6. Katzedecimal says:

    Conficker *did* do something – it’s active (ask me how I know *glares at friend’s computer*) It just hasn’t received any instructions yet.

  7. viktor says:

    Good recovery during the warmer days leading to Mint 7!

    I personnaly found Cathbart less funny than the previous comic, I hope it’s just humor with a transcient cold (I understand the other guy may be asking too much to syndicate his stuff).

  8. Revés/Yo-soy says:

    Waiting for Linux Mint with KDE!!! Hurry guys, I’ve been checking the web twice a day, everyday for the last three weeks.
    And I’m going to keep doing it!!!

    Bad breath because of Gwindows???
    Easy dude, take some Mint…

  9. Husse says:

    @ viktor
    All the comics in the newsletter are free
    Cathbard and xkcd are entirely different 🙂

  10. Brett says:

    Just noticed that Linux Pro Magazine ( had a DVD insert for Linux Mint 6 Universal Edition as part of its April 2009 issue. Did anybody know about that? Kinda caught me by surprise.

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