The Mint Newsletter – issue 98

* News about Mint

Linux Mint 8 Helena released

Upgrade path

Linux Mint 8 Helena 64-bits released

Fluxbox CE, resurrected (alpha)

Monthly stats November 2009 – again a “best ever” month

As usual the blog is good read

We’ve got a Mint site in Finland

The mintCast, the Mint podcast, is  found here

* News about Linux

KDE news – digiKam and Kipi sprint

GNOME To Split from GNU Project after a clash with Richard Stallman?

MonoDevelop throws out GPL in favour of LGPL (somewhat related to the Gnome topic above as Miguel de Icaza is involved in both cases)

Moonlight – Microsoft has an updated patent covenant that will cover third party distributions. (Miguel de Icaza is involved again)

Ubuntu Developer Channel on Youtube

GIMP Dropped From Ubuntu 10.04

Bryce Harrington at Canonical is seeing a surge of bug reports against

About the release cycle of Ubuntu

Mark Shuttleworth resigns as Canonical’s CEO – will instead focus on product design, partnerships and customers

Nouveau To Go Into Linux 2.6.33 Kernel! (Nouveau – open nvidia driver)

Nouveau Makes Its Own NV40 Firmware Replacement

System Rollback With Btrfs in Fedora 13 announced

Krita Team Seeking Sponsorship to Take Krita to Next Level

Jolicloud an Ubuntu based distribution for netbooks

New nvidia drivers just released

New AMD/ATI drivers just released

Exploring New Nepomuk Features in Mandriva Linux 2010

The latest news about the kernel is always found here

* News about Open Source

Second KOffice Developer Sprint 2009 Kickoff

Michael “Monty” Widenius, the creator of MySQL, asks for help save MySQL from “Oracle’s clutches.”

* News about IT

Italy targets Facebook, contemplates Web restrictions after Berlusconi attack

Google CEO: Secrets Are for Filthy People (really?) (A comment from Mozilla’s Asa Dotzler – use Bing!)

Microsoft ends 10-year fight with Europe on browsers

icloud claims to be your very own computer online

Fake anti-virus software brings an estimated loss to victims in excess of $150 million.

European ISPs lash out at secret ACTA negotiations

State of Mozilla and 2008 Financial Statements

Firefox, Adobe top buggiest-software list

Apple Told To Pay Patent Troll OPTi $21.7 Million

Report: Cyberattacks against the U.S. “rising sharply”

Self defending Botnets Bounce Back with Sharpened Survival Skills

Serious bug in NTP – internet’s time protocol

VirtualBox 3.1 released

Google Gears development stopped, Google will focus on HTML 5

Outstanding stock fraud spammer Alan Ralsky sentenced to jail

Worm attacking Iphones steeling bank account information

Silverlight: Universal GUI toolkit

Mininova limits its activities to Content Distribution service

Harms and Concerns Posed by NXDOMAIN Substitution

Blizzard outlines massive effort behind World of Warcraft

Microsoft’s XSS buster busted

*Hardware news

Laptop battery likely cause of fatal house fire

Open-Source Effort to Hack GSM

* Other news

A sad ending – GM set to wind down Saab

EU-USA SWIFT & TFTP agreement materials (information exchange on bank transactions) prolonged November 30 2009

The CRU hack – (Climatic Research Unit)

Korean 3D television broadcasts in Full HD just weeks away

Single-atom transistor discovered (If you wonder why the link looks funny – it’s in the Finnish language)

* Comic of the week

Credit goes to xkcd

* More about Linux Mint

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* Editors comment

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

It’s been  a month since that last newsletter,  the release of Mint 8 Helena caused a surge of new posts in the forum.

Because of the changes in Ubuntu Karmic some questions are hard to answer so unfortunately we have more unanswered posts in the forum than ever.

Enjoy life



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  2. Great information.
    That’s pretty cool Fedora 12 will include ‘System Rollback With Btrfs’

    I’ll have to check out Linux Mint one of these days…

  3. Glad to see that Gnome is splitting off. Makes it much easier to split off from Gnome and any Gnome based distro.

    It is always a GOOD thing to use FOSS to give a leg up to proprietary software. Not only do the proprietary guys have all the money, they soon will also have all the code given to them on a platter.

    The Microsofting of Linux is nearly completed.

  4. Comments must be blocked – test.

    My response to the LGPL/GPL at Gnome is simply to discontinue any Gnome based distro. The move to LGPL represents a gift to proprietary software folk. It is nothing less than the “Microsofting” of Linux.

    Since Windows is “cheaper”, at least for me and even Apple is not prohibitively expensive, we’ll use KDE on a KDE based-distro until they also are turned by Microsoft.


    Lame – don’t use Ubuntu as the base.

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