Weekly Newsletter – Issue 52

Welcome to the Linux Mint Newsletter

* News about Mint

There is one important point to add about the security flaw in mintAssistant

Create a root password!

Else you will not be able to use “Recovery mode”

mintAssistant recommends you not to do so, but then you get a random root password, which you will never know

Clem posted comments on reviews of Elyssa in the Blog

Apart from that not much has happened that is publicly known

Behind the scenes we are working hard on the KDE and Fluxbox versions and betas are tested with good result

Unless something happens I think we can see public betas soon

* News about Linux

There has been a large number of  releases lately

Parsix, Pardus and Archlinux have all been released last week

Ubuntu Mobile Internet Device (MID) Edition released

A new game for Linux – Zero Ballistics Beta for Linux available

Wine 1.1 released

* News about IT

Bill Gates retires from Microsoft

Microsoft prolongs support for XP to 2014

Microsoft is pushing freeware to help combat SQL injection attacks. SQL injection is widely abused to infect websites so they do things the attacker wants

How severe this can be can be seen in this article

Ericsson to sell it’s share in Symbian to Nokia for £209m

Spam DDoS assault cuts off south Pacific state

Swedish members of parliament that voted for the controversial bugging law mentioned in last weeks newsletter are flooded with protest emails

Critical security alert issued for Tor

* Hardware news

ATI and nvidia – the latest graphics card compete

Equipment to tell the position of a RFID tag intended for advertising

* Trivia and other links   

* More about Linux Mint

You find the Wallpaper of the Week in the Blog

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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 here

Enjoy life



  1. “There is one important point to add about the security flaw in mintAssistant

    Create a root password!”

    I thought this issue was solved with the latest updates, while the isos availble to download had been fixed and now they are called “revision 1”. Am I correct or is it a new bug?

  2. The KDE and Fluxbox editions are very close to public release. I normally do not comment much about internal beta testing. I leave the comments to the maintainer’s.

    I will say that these editions are looking very good at this point in time! Those that have been patiently waiting for these releases will be pleasantly surprised!

  3. Great job with the newsletter! I like it that now it just shows up in my feedreader each week! 🙂

    One observation: I assume that ‘Recovery mode’ refers to doing a recovery using mintBackup Husse? I would suggest that you may want to explain that topic better, just to avoid confusion (history of issue, why need to set root password, etc.). A clear, noobish walk through might be in order. Maybe there is a simple blog post/forum post you could link to(?)

    Thanks for your work on the newsletter….it is appreciated! 🙂


  4. cool

    a new game for linux 🙂

    zero ballistic looks cool

    even mac didn’t get a client xD

  5. I would love to hear how is KDE version of Linux Mint progress going. Do You know possible release date?


  6. No date – but I see that there is a lot of work going on and it’s just a few details left – but as you know – the devil is in the details

  7. I would like to let you know that Distrowatch ranks Linux Mint 3rd in the last 30 days.

    Way to go Mint!!


  8. Built a new box using M2A-VM HDMI mobo… installed XP (people ask questions)… liveCD Ubuntu 8.04 AMD64 hangs… boots with acpi=off… installs and GRUB boots both… liveCD Mint 5r1 hangs… boots with acpi=off… GRUB boots XP, Ubuntu 8.04 AMD64, and Mint 5r1 hangs.

    Back to the BIOS… disable HPET and they all boot… ASUS says if you are not running Vista… disable HPET.

    Question #1… When will we get a ‘LINUX’ certified BIOS?

    Question #2… When will we quit breaking perfectly good installations/configurations by simply installing the next variant of… Mint? Can we not detect a current config and replicate it?

    Question #3… Why do the ‘responses’ in this blog sound more like a ‘love in’ than the means to an end?

  9. Hi Husse,

    @Husse-Behind the scenes we are working hard on the KDE

    Well, Kde is a strong reason why i enjoy running Linux. I am
    running Kubuntu for 2 months (Debian KDE always). Mint KDe CE 4
    is out of date but still rocks.

    News? What news? What kernel, what Kde version (3.5.9) i think
    is the best. Kubuntu based? Cd or Dvd? Details?

    Kde 4 has been encountered several complainings on its versions
    till now. Novell e openSUSE must be blame for attempting to influence
    users to go into their ambitious expctations. (To be the top distro).
    openSUSE 11.0 with Kde 4 – What a disappointing distro! Bugs.

    Behind the scenes you know a lot but we didin’t know nothing.

    Ok, not sounding rude let’s wait with luck for a Kde beta public
    version as soon it’s possible.

    Ps: I am also a Mint Gnome Main Edition user – full satisfied.


  10. One thing more:

    I woud suggest that the new version of Linux Mint KDE CE 5
    not coming as a LTS version. With the upcoming of Ubuntu/Kubuntu
    8.10 as far as there certainly a reliable, stable version of KDE 4
    will be available.


  11. Why not just have the root account locked like Ubuntu? You can still get into a root shell with “sudo -i”, and recovery mode still works.

  12. Why not just have the root account locked like Ubuntu?
    We can’t due to differences in code
    With Felicia (Mint 6) i think it will be fixed, but for Elyssa we have to use this “work around”
    As for the KDE edition Boo intends to incorporate 8.04.1 before release so still “round the corner” but a few days more
    We are not just rebranding Kubuntu – there’s a lot of work done

  13. Why not just have the root account locked like Ubuntu? Why not castrate Linux so it’s just like Windoz? Freedom is part of the gig here, not just convenience. I want root access which is a problem I had in Ubuntu. If I am absolutely denied a root account I would find a different distro. In the words of William Wallace; “Freedom”.

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