The Mint Newsletter – issue 91

* News about Mint

Mint 7: Flash in full screen with Firefox 3.5.x – a fix

Clem has commented on a review of the Gloria KDE edition

* News about Linux

Security flaw in the kernel discovered, it’s in all kernels for the last 8 years, but it is only local, it cannot be used remotely

This is the second flaw discovered in about a month (previous one here Standard Mint does not have a kernel that is at risk for this one) Patches exist for both

Several vulnerabilities regarding the parsing of XML data have been found – this affects some libraries in Mint, check the link to see which

Debian decides to adopt time-based release freezes

Alan Cox Quits As Linux TTY Maintainer — “I’ve Had Enough” – and Linus Torvalds starts programming TTY

Microsoft Acknowledges Competition from Linux

Dell: Linux v Windows netbook returns a ‘non-issue’

Novell – More Support for the openSUSE Project (not so long ago Novell fired developers for openSUSE)

openSUSE Cuts Maintenance Cycle to 18 Months

Moonlight 2.0 goes Beta

A possible change of direction for Foresight Linux

The latest news about the kernel is always found here

* News about Open Source

KDE 4.3.0 released

Khronos Releases OpenGL 3.2 with easier portability of Direct3D applications.

Nokia says Qt is the best framework, and is to drop Symbian and makes Qt a subdomain of (no more Trolltech or qtsoftware) Qt is used by KDE

* News about IT

Twitter DOS attack targeted Georgian blogger

Twitter-based Botnet Command Channel

Zeus botnet’s Real Host cut off from the internet (Zeus is alleged to be the world’s biggest cybercrime botnet)

Three indicted in largest U.S. identity theft scheme, according to some sources it was simple: Theft Of 130 Million Credit Card Numbers Didn’t Take Much

Researchers hijack computer during software update

OpenDNSSEC Launched to Help Drive Adoption of DNSSEC

Researchers find insecure BIOS ‘rootkit’ pre-loaded in laptops

Bootkit bypasses hard disk encryption

Microsoft at a loss in Word patent case?

Microsoft Finally Joins HTML 5 Standard Efforts

Microsoft IE 8 shines in Web browser security test paid for by Microsoft

* Hardware news

eXtreme Power Suppply Calculator Helps Accurately Select a PSU – more important than you may think

* Other news

Microsoft and Nokia announce close cooperation, Office Mobile comes to Nokia smartphones – could this cooperation “kill” Windows Mobile?

* Comic of the week

Credit goes to xkcd

* More about Linux Mint

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  1. Happy to see the newsletter back. It seemed a longer wait between issues than normal – I was considering asking for a refund on my subscription.

    But lots of good stuff there so thanks Husse.

  2. I have had a period of long and tiresome working hours – got to earn my bread
    And it has not happened that much with Mint lately (that is seen in public)

  3. good to know linux returns for netbooks is same as for windows

    thanks dell

    also after seeing maemo in action on the new Nokia N900. well symbian will still stay alive at the symbian foundation

  4. Alan Cox Quits As Linux TTY Maintainer — “I’ve Had Enough” – and Linus Torvalds starts programming TTY

    Don’t mind Alan

    Debian 6.0 Squeeze will suport FreeBSD kernel. Debian’s users will
    have a choice to keep away from Linux Kernel (Linus).
    For those who want to…of course.

    # Multi-arch support, which will for instance improve the installation of 32 bit packages on 64 bit machines
    # kFreeBSD support, introducing the first non-linux architecture into Debian

    I am not sure but Linux Kernel will be supported even. I think so.


  5. i will try to use modem that provide by smart telecom indonesia. the problem is i cant find usbserial module on linux mint gloria, what step must do to fix this? and i cant find wvdial.conf like there is exist on jaunty..


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