mintCast 198 – Personal Finances


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  • 1993: Term Spam Coined (dayintechhistory.com)
  • 1951: UNIVAC I – First American Commercial Computer is Unveiled (dayintechhistory.com)
  • Linux Mint 17 codenamed Qiana (linuxmint.com)
  • Linux Mint might use the same LTS BASE for Linux Mint 17, 18, 19 and 20 (webupd8.org)
  • Why Linux Mint is a worthwhile Windows XP replacement (zdnet.com)
  • GOG.com to support Linux (linuxmint.com)
  • Ubuntu 14.04 final beta download: A much-needed upgrade for LTS users (extremetech.com)
  • Karen Sandler Steps Down as GNOME Foundation Executive Director (gnome.org)
  • Bletchley Park codebreaker Jerry Roberts dies, aged 93 (bbc.com)

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mintCast 197 – Firefox vs Chrome


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mintCast 196 – Looking at LMDE


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mintCast 195 – More News


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  • Linux Mint Debian 201403 released! – Highlights include Update Pack 8, Cinnamon 2.0, MATE 1.6, Latest Mint tools and improvements, and Support for EFI and GPT . (blog.linuxmint.com)
  • What Makes a Classic Linux Desktop ‘Classic’? – Based on the figures in LinuxQuestions’ Members Choice Awards, 84% of Linux desktop users prefer a classic desktop. By contrast, innovations like GNOME 3 or Ubuntu’s Unity lag far behind. Which raises the question: what accounts for the popularity of the classic desktop, and what are the implications for the design of graphical interfaces? (datamation.com)
  • Ubuntu 14.04 Flavours Release First Beta – Ubuntu’s extended family have made their first beta releases of the 14.04 development cycle available for download. Lubuntu, Xubuntu, Kubuntu and Ubuntu GNOME are among the spins participating in this release. Regular Ubuntu is set to take part in the second beta, due March 27. (omgubuntu.co.uk) (zdnet.com)
  • Shuttleworth says Ubuntu is sticking with MySQL – One major reason why Ubuntu is sticking with Oracle’s MySQL is that Oracle made the effort to get MySQL 5.6 to work properly with Debian and Ubuntu. Yngve Svendsen, Oracle’s Director of MySQL Engineering Services, apologized in a blog posting for Oracle’s neglect of some Linux distributions in the past. Svendsen wrote, “We closed a gaping hole in our distribution on Linux.” (zdnet.com)
  • Two Ubuntu Phones Coming This Year, Here’s Who’s Making Them – Two manufacturers, China based Meizu and Spanish OEM BQ Readers, are both set to release Ubuntu-powered handsets at some point ‘within 2014′. Devices made by more established manufacturers with ‘household names’ are, we’re told, expected to follow 2015.
    (omgubuntu.co.uk)
  • Debian gets a OpenRISC port- A Debian port is now available for OpenRISC. Glibc and other components were ported to OpenRISC by Christian Svensson and then he continued to make a Debian port for the open-source CPU architecture. OpenRISC was developed by the OpenCores community as a general purpose open-source RISC CPU architecture. (opencores.org)
  • Raspberry Pi marks 2nd birthday with plan for open source graphics driver – “… we will pay a bounty of $10,000 to the first person to demonstrate to us satisfactorily that they can successfully run Quake III at a playable framerate on Raspberry Pi using these drivers”. (arstechnica.com)
  • Samsung smartwatches run on Tizen – Samsung unveiled three Tizen-based watches – the Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo, and Gear Fit – while Google is rumored to be readying an LG-made Nexus smartwatch. (linuxgizmos.com)
  • Education ministry Romania endorses Ubuntu – Romania’s Ministry of Education urges the country’s schools to consider switching to open source solutions such as the Ubuntu distribution. This will help the schools to avoid legal problems with using unlicensed copies of proprietary software, the ministry confirmed today. (europa.eu)
  • Munich chooses open source groupware solution- The German city of Munich will implement Kolab, an open source mail server, calendaring and groupware solution. The consortium of IT service providers that won the city’s public tender on Tuesday announced that Munich will implement Kolab across its 15,000 desktops, including about 1000 still using a proprietary operating system. (europa.eu)
  • More and more Linux in Riga children hospital – The Children’s Hospital in Riga, Latvia, is using the Ubuntu Linux distribution for an increasing number of tasks. About half of the hospital’s 600 workstations are now running Ubuntu, says Juris Alins, working in the hospital’s IT department. (europa.eu)

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mintCast 194 – Sonic and BSD


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mintCast 193 – A New User’s View of Mint


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mintCast 192 – It’s Elementary


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  • Why Did Linux Mint Ax mintConstructor? Linux Mint has given Reglue the opportunity to create a respin for educational purposes within their non-profit, largely due to an app named mintConstructor. It provides a fairly simple method of making custom systems using Linux Mint as the base. (fossforce.com)
  • Ubuntu Planning To Develop Its Own File Manager The latest piece of the desktop Linux stack that Ubuntu developers are planning to replace with their own home grown solution is a file manager. (phoronix.com)
  • LibreOffice 4.2 released;  better bridges the gap with Microsoft Office Improved Office compatibility, OpenCL-powered spreadsheet math, and more features round out latest update of the open source productivity suite.  (infoworld.com)
  • UK government plans switch from Microsoft Office to open source Ministers are looking at saving tens of millions of pounds a year by abandoning expensive software produced by firms such as Microsoft.  Some £200m has been spent by the public sector on the computer giant’s Office suite alone since 2010. (theguardian.com)
  • Shotwell, elementary, and Pantheon Photos: What it all means Quote from the article… “To be clear, Yorba remains the maintainer of Shotwell.  elementary has not taken it over.” (yorba.org)
  • Podcasting “patent troll” fighting EFF wants donors’ names Personal Audio LLC is a patent-holding company that became famous (or infamous, depending on one’s point of view) by claiming that it owns things like playlists and podcasts (or “episodic content,” in the words of one Personal Audio patent). Its wild claims led the Electronic Frontier Foundation to raise more than $76,000 from donors to fight the patent. (arstechnica.com)

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mintCast 191 – A Look at Chromebooks


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  • Research Shows Chromebooks Doing Very Well in the Education Market- As we’ve noted multiple times, though, Chromebooks are finding a home in the education market, thanks to their low prices and their reliance on free applications and resources that reside in the cloud. Now, fresh data is out showing that Chromebooks represent nearly a fifth of all portable computer sales to schools. That’s nothing to shake a stick at. (ostatic.com)
  • Elementary OS takes over development of Shotwell – The team behind the elementary OS Linux distribution has taken over development responsibilities for the photo management software Shotwell. And that is awesome. (networkworld.com)
  • Post Subject: The end of Linux Basix – After many discussions over the past year I have decided to archive the linuxbasix.com site. Some of you may not know but I am to owner of the site. It was started by Steve (Door), Russ, John and myself. We have all decided that it is time to retire Linux Basix as a podcast. (linuxbasix.com)
  • Voting Proposed For Debian Jessie’s Init System – Debian technical committee member Bdale Garbee has called for a vote on what should be the init system used by Debian Jessie, the next release. The proposed voting is a first-step to a longer-term solution: it isn’t voting about what Debian should switch to for the foreseeable future but what will they commit to for the next release. (phoronix.com)
  • “Password” unseated by “123456″ on SplashData’s annual “Worst Passwords” list – The 2013 list of worst passwords, influenced by postings from the Adobe breach, demonstrates the importance of not basing passwords on the application or website being accessed. (splashdata.com)

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mintCast 190 – A Buncha News


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  • The 5 first Linux Mint releases are coming back from Oblivion! The following ISOs were added to the archive and are being synced to all our mirrors: Linux Mint 1.0 BETA-007 “Ada”, Linux Mint 2.0 “Barbara”, Linux Mint 2.1 “Bea” Linux Mint 2.2 “Bianca”, available with GNOME, KDE and as a “Light” edition. Linux Mint 3.0 “Cassandra” (segfault.linuxmint.com)
  • Net neutrality is half-dead: Court strikes down FCC’s anti-blocking rules The Federal Communication Commission’s net neutrality rules were partially struck down today by the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (arstechnica.com)
  • Losing Net Neutrality Is The Symptom, Not The Problem: Now Is The Time To Focus On Real Competition For nearly a decade we’ve been trying to point out that the entire fight over net neutrality is something of a red herring. (techdirt.com)
  • UK’s security branch says Ubuntu most secure end-user OS CESG, the UK government’s arm that assesses operating systems and software security, has published its findings for ‘End User Device’ operating systems. The most secure of the lot? Ubuntu 12.04. (zdnet.com)
  • Ubuntu 14.04 LTS to Implement the Bleeding Edge GRUB 2.02 Beta 2 Boot Loader Ubuntu distributions didn’t always come with the latest GRUB, but Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) might implement the most recent version, GRUB 2.02 Beta 2. (softpedia.com)
  • Major setbacks for two new smartphone OSs, Tizen and Ubuntu Touch Looks like there won’t be any big new challengers for iOS and Android this year, after Japan’s NTT DoCoMo shelved plans for a Tizen launch and Canonical conceded that no big manufacturers will release Ubuntu phones this year. (gigaom.com)
  • Debian May Be Leaning Towards Systemd Over Upstart While no official decision has been reached yet, it looks like Debian’s technical committee may be leaning in favor of using systemd as the default init system over Upstart or other alternatives. (phoronix.com)
  • Spotify weighs in, votes for systemd on Debian Spotify, the commercial music streaming service, runs Debian on their servers. Spotify has more than 5,000 physical servers and over 1,000 virtual machines and they’re all running Debian GNU/Linux. (phoronix.com)
  • CentOS Project Leader Karanbir Singh Opens Up on Red Hat Deal In the 10 years since the CentOS project was launched there has been no board of directors, or legal team, or commercial backing. (linux.com)
  • Valve working on an OpenGL debugger that it will open-source Valve’s VOGL OpenGL debugger/tracer for Linux will be completely open-source and they will welcome community contributions to this tool aimed at Linux game developers. (phoronix.com) (phoronix.com)

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mintCast 189 – Useful Utilities


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  • MATE Desktop Environment Will Be Available in Ubuntu 14.04- Ubuntu 14.04 will, for the first time, allow users to install the MATE desktop environment straight from the Ubuntu Software Centre. (omgubuntu.co.uk)
  • Red Hat Officially Joins Forces with the CentOS Project – …now CentOS project leaders and Red Hat have announced they are joining forces to build a new CentOS, “capable of driving forward development and adoption of next-generation open source technologies.” The news is good for fans of the CentOS platform. (ostatic.com)
  • Fedora 21 to be nameless – What follows in the footsteps of Heisenbug, Spherical Cow and Beefy Miracle? Apparently the answer is ‘null’ as is nothing. Fedora Linux 21 could well have no funky new name as its past predecessors have all had, thanks to a recent vote by the Fedora board to move away from the existing naming practices. (eweek.com)
  • Roku gets sucked into TVs – It was inevitable: Roku, which shipped its 5 millionth streaming media player last year, is now having its Linux-based STB technology embedded directly within Smart TVs. (linuxgizmos.com)
  • Jolla Review: Some rough edges, but this Linux SmartPhone shows promise – Extended review of the recently release Jolla Smartphone with SailfishOSh (forbes.com)
  • Dropbox outage sparked by buggy server upgrade – A planned server maintenance job went awry because of a “subtle bug” in an upgrade script – but users’ files were never at risk, the company says. (cnet.com)

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