* News about Mint

XFCE CE (stable) has been released

Fluxbox CE (RC) will be released about a week later

KDE CE RC1 was close to being stable. There was a tiny little glitch which now is fixed so hopefully it will be released any time soon. If you have the latest beta (045) you have the final, but with the glitch not fixed – and you will be told how to fix it

Work on the x64 edition is on hold for a few days, so we can release as per above

There won’t be any time dedicated to the Debian and Enterprise Editions until after the release of Mint 6 Felicia

There will be a revision 2 of Elyssa main around the time when Felicia is released

This and more is found in a blog post by Clem

mintInstall 5.1 and 5.2 was released in Romeo  (the unstable branch of our repositories)

An interesting interview with Clem

* News about Linux

UbuntuDeveloperWeek first week in September

This is the Year of the Linux Desktop Breakout (heard it before?)

Linux under attack: Compromised SSH keys lead to rootkit

Open source release takes Linux rootkits mainstream – it cloaks itself by burrowing deep inside a server’s processor and availing itself of debugging mechanisms available in Intel’s chip architecture. What about AMD?

In defense of Ubuntu (by Jonathan Corbet)

Use of community Linux distributions like Ubuntu, CentOS and Debian are on the rise in the enterprise, PC world AU claims

Gentoo developer moves away from Gentoo

The latest news about the kernel is always found here

* News about IT

The Internet’s Biggest Security Hole (Not the DNS problem)

Internet Traffic Begins to Bypass the U.S. (This is not the security hole 🙂 You have to wait for an ad before you get to the article)

U.S. to deploy DNSSEC in two years

The Brittish Home Office is considering to track in real-time every kind of electronic activity undertaken by citizens. They are not alone both Germany and Sweden have similar plans as noted in earlier editions of the newsletter. And the US backed Echelon has been running for a long time

Cisco buys PostPath, targets Microsoft Exchange

Mozilla introduces Ubiquity which is an application that is to connect other applications

Changes in the development of Ecmascript (Ecmascriptis the basis for javascript if not javascript in itself)

Microsoft to Acquire Greenfield Online in a transaction valued at approximately $486 million (US).

This is “fun” – Microsoft patents ‘Page Up’ and ‘Page Down’

Mozilla’s Google deal extended Here’s another article on that

Google to buy GeoEye satellite imagery

Google releases the Chrome browser (so far just for Windows)

A comic strip is used to introduce Chrome

Google Chrome takes more than just inspiration from Mozilla

If Google’s new browser isn’t even available on Linux, why is this great news for Linux?

Comcast sets monthly bandwidth limit for customers

A glitch in a computer, one of just two in the US that play the vital role of distributing flight plans brought air traffic to a standstill in the US

Engineer accidentally deletes cloud computing on FlexiScale

Facebook Application Transforms Social Network Into Botnet

The evil genius of XP Antivirus 2008

Attackers are increasingly using encoding

The Number of Machines Controlled by Botnets Has Jumped 4x in Last 3 Months

TeliaSonera IC launches child porn sites blocking service for free use by any ISP

Neo-Nazi forum hacked

Headcount for Bank of New York Mellon’s lost backup tapes rises from 4.2 million to 12 million personal identities

Skype ignores PayPal siphoning hijack scheme

* Hardware news

ATI to Enable High-Definition Video Playback on Linux-Based Computers.

Bad soldering behind nvidas problems?

Intel acquires Linux distro developer

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China counters U.S. invisibility cloak – this is almost scaring

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mintInstall 5 was released in Romeo  (the unstable branch of our repositories)

Clem states in the announcement for mintInstall that the Elyssa KDE CE should be released anytime now.

* News about Linux

Security alert:

Adobe Flash ads launching clipboard hijack attack – this works on Windows, Mac and Linux

Better MSN support in Pidgin

Linux popularity across the globe

The final release of Zenwalk Linux 5.2 “GNOME” edition

MEPIS released of antiX MEPIS 7.5 designed to run on computers with older or limited hardware

At approximately the same time as our server was hacked Red Hat / Fedora experienced a more severe intrusion

Link for Fedora (this is the message from Fedora published by IDG.se – the best link I found).

This is now resolved but some packages were signed by the intruder

Microsoft to pay Novell $100 mln more for Linux support

openSUSE to Add SELinux Basic Enablement in 11.1

10 Most Beautiful Plasma Themes for KDE 4 Desktop – more beautiful than Mint KDE 🙂 ?  (Mint still don’t use KDE 4)

* News about IT

SecondLife rolls out Mono-powered servers

Thousands of UK file-sharers face legal action

Comcast to “throttle down” “bandwidth hogs”

UK.gov to spend hundreds of millions on “snooping silo”. This is very similar to a controversial  Swedish act.

A rather technical article on security when you log in to your bank, for those who want a deep background. More here – about PCI-DSS

A growing list of name-brand websites are accused of exposing its readers to dangerous ads.

OSU Open Source Lab gets $300,000 from Google

US presidential candidate John McCain is a pirate

As a result of some skilful phishing 1.5m spam emails  was sent from compromised University accounts

Scammers replace credit card readers in Irish stores

Groups urge states to tackle more cybercrime

* Hardware news

IBM and AMD first at 22 nm, challenge Intel’s manufacturing lead

Intel shows off solid-state drive road maps

Security flaw in Nokia cell phones – did they pay to get the information?
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Our server was hacked with downtime as a consequence. This was by a “bot” that scanned the net for vulnerabilities. We have now sealed the hole that made this SQL injection possible. We thank all that alerted us to what happened.

The 64 bit edition is advancing

I had hoped that a new beta (even final) of the XFCE edition would have been released. We are still plagued by an odd problem with log in/out so ….

* News about Linux

Canonical joins the Linux Foundation

Xandros acquired Linspire – now Linspire is no more

Dell’s “eee-killer” to have Ubuntu

Linus Torvalds fed up with “the security circus”

* News about IT

Dutch police and the FBI stops large botnet

Gmail and Google apps have crashed several times in the las week or so

Google has released Keyczar, billed as a “Toolkit for safe and simple cryptography”, under an Apache 2.0 open source license.

Important ruling in court in favour of open source

Loss of customer data spurs closure of online storage service ‘The Linkup’

Rat brained robots

Spam down 40% in second quarter of 2008 (Unfortunately only a swedish link – I can’t find the english link)

* Hardware news

AMD offers Linux drivers for new Radeon HD 4870 X2 at the same time the card is released

VIA quits motherboard chipset business

Materials that can make things invisible developed. Could improve computer hardware

A cheap way to replace copper in existing cables

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