The Mint Newsletter – issue 80

* 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



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

  3. 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.

  4. 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).

  5. Yipeee!!!
    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…

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

  7. 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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