The Mint Newsletter – issue 79

* News about Mint

mintCast – Episode 9

Linux Mint 4.0 Daryna reaches end-of-life

Linux Mint now has a forum at

New packages are continuously added to the community repositories – merlwiz79 has made a .deb that makes the “software-sources” application work on Mint


* News about Linux

LINUX MASCOT: Tux to make way for Tasmanian Devil

And this is what’s new in the latest kernel 2.6.29

Gnome 2.26 released

The ext4 data loss issue (by one of the devs)

Chromium on Ubuntu ! [HOW TO]

digiKam 0.10.0 release for KDE4

The latest news about the kernel is always found here

* News about Open Source

Richard Stallman: You may be running non-free programs on your computer every day without realizing it—through your web browser.

Khronos Launches Initiative to Create Open Royalty Free Standard for Accelerated 3D on the Web

* News about IT

Microsoft, Lexmark to cross-license patents

TomTom gets allies in Microsoft Linux patent lawsuit fight

The next version of Firefox will be 3.5 not 3.1

Flaw makes Twitter vulnerable to serious viral attack

Facebook could be monitored by the UK government

Facebook defends its security and privacy tools

Songbird Bug Accidentally Wipes Users’ iPods, but the Bug Bites the Dust

Pwn2Own 2009 Day 1 – Safari, Internet Explorer, and Firefox Taken Down by Four Zero-Day Exploits

Safari Cracked in Seconds at Pwn2Own Hacking Competition

Researcher hacks just-launched IE8

First worm directed at home routers – infects devices which has weak username/passwords

The downadup/Conficker worm will do something on April 1st – probably no funny april fools joke

Microsoft and Yahoo talking again

Semantic Search Could Secure Google’s Future

Firewalls often do not filter ipv6 which is a major security hole (link in Swedish – sorry no good link in English)

Romanian police arrest Pentagon hack suspect

Aussie ISP pulls out of firewall trial

Pirate Bay Announces IPREDATOR Global Anonymity Service

* Hardware news

* Other news

This is a bit odd – Credit card skimming malware targeting ATMs

* Comic of the week

Credit goes to xkcd –

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Enjoy life



  1. Obviously you do not care much about what your readers ask (yes, I’m talking about full RSS feeds), so unfortunately I have to unsubscribe.

    Hopefully one day you will come to senses and start publishing full feeds.

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  3. Hi Team,
    Do you plan to make GNOME 2.26 available for Mint 6? (Via Mint Update)
    Any news concerning the KDE version (final)?

    Thanks and keep up the good work!

  4. Hi, i’m subcribed to this blog feed, i also would like a FULL RSS feeds!
    -I’m anxious waiting the release of Linux Mint 6 Fluxbox !!
    Thanks, lm is great!

  5. I have added songbird 1.1.1 to the repo as well.
    As soon as it allows me to upload packages again, I’ll upload spicebird.
    I have created the locale packages for spicebird 0.7.1, as well.
    Also have updated sun java to 6-12.
    I have fixed gnome-themes-extras and will also add it to the repo.
    I have already uploaded wine-doors 0.1.3rc1-1 to the repo.(before it stopped letting me update it)
    I have also created a deb of Floola 5.0.

  6. I am using Linux Mint Felicia on my Notebook Dell Inspiron 1420. All works fine (except mic for Skype). I am so happy with Linux Mint
    Good Job guys,
    Daniel Mery

  7. @Daniel Mery

    Had the same problem with skype.

    Solution, go in synaptic and install >>>skype static OSS<<<.

    That will do it, and you can use skype.

  8. I installed Linux mint about 5 months ago and this is all I use now and all that I install when people want Linux

    keep up the amazing work and I hope to help contribute here soon.

  9. Re: Linux replaces mascot? Remember that April 1st is just around the corner. Last year many websites posted a similar article.

  10. I have just install Linux Mint 6, but it did not detect my microphone. I need to talk in Skype and please help me. I really want to use it.

  11. Does anyone know how to solve the microphone problems with Mint Gloria on my Dell Mini. I hear static from my microphone on playback from the test call.

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