mintCast 202 – Mint 17 Cinnamon and Mate

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  • Cinnamon PPA will no longer be maintained for Ubuntu users (muktware.com)
  • TrueCrypt shuts down, conspiracy theorists go nuts (tomsguide.com)
  • TrueCrypt isn’t dead.  It has been forked and moved to Switzerland  (softpedia.com)
  • Oh, and Steve Gibson says it is still safe to use (grc.com)
  • Linux Top 3: Fedora, Ubuntu and Gluster Lose Community Leaders (linuxplanet.com)
  • Tizen, once declared dead, continues to gain strength (eweek.com)

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mintCast 201 – Riding the Ubuntu LTS

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mintCast 199 – Online Backup Services

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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 186 – Sonic’s Blender

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  • Linux Mint Monthly News – November 2013 – The KDE edition was approved for an RC release, the Xfce edition is almost ready, MATE 1.6 and Cinnamon 2.0 are being backported to Linux Mint 13, and work is starting on LMDE UP8. (linuxmint.com)
  • Linux Mint 16 OEM Has Been Officially Released – OEM images are for computer vendors and manufacturers. They allow Linux Mint to be “pre-installed” on a machine which is then used by another person than the one who performed the installation. (softpedia.com) (linuxmint.com)
  • Linux Mint 16 “Petra” KDE RC released! – The highlight of this edition is the latest KDE desktop, KDE 4.11. (linuxmint.com)
  • New Linux worm targets routers, cameras, “Internet of things” devices – Researchers have discovered a Linux worm capable of infecting a wide range of home routers, set-top boxes, security cameras, and other consumer devices. The worm exploits a PHP vulnerability to propagate itself in the wild. It uses an old vulnerability that was patched in May 2012. (arstechnica.com) (tripwire.com)
  • Temperfect mug Kickstarter – The Temperfect mug brings your freshly-brewed beverage to the perfect drinking temperature within minutes, and, using the energy it stores, it maintains that temperature for hours. It requires no batteries or cords, and it’s infinitely reusable! (kickstarter.com) (joeveo.com)

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mintCast 185 – Mint 16 Petra

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  • First Steam Machine Priced At $499; Xbox One Is In Trouble- iBuyPower announced that their Steam Machine, due out in early 2014 and bundled with the first iteration of the SteamOS, will be available for only $499. Yes, the exact same price as the Xbox One, but far more powerful. (cinemablend.com)
  • Linux chief: “Open source is safer, and Linux is more secure than any other OS” – “In an interview with Linux Foundation executive director Jim Zemlin, VentureBeat got a bird’s-eye view of the future of the open-source operating system for 2014.” The interview addressed the controversial issues of government spying and “backdoors”. Zemlin talked about how and why GNU/Linux remains the most secure option for concerned consumers. (venturebeat.com)
  • Canonical Dev Calls Linux Mint “Vulnerable”, Wouldn’t Use it For Online Banking – Users of the popular Ubuntu-based operating system Linux Mint should not use it for online banking, a Canonical engineer has advised. Mint’s decision to prevent packages with known security issues from updating, from the kernel and browser to the boot-loader and Xorg display server, leaves its users with a “vulnerable system”, says Oliver Grawert. (omgubuntu.co.uk)
  • Clem responds – “I hear a Canonical dev was more opinionated than knowledgeable and the press blew what he said out of proportion. I wouldn’t mind too much, if we weren’t finding ourselves answering questions from panicked users rather than working on what matters right now (i.e. Mint 16 RC). So I’ll be brief.” (segfault.linuxmint.com)

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mintCast 184 – Point Linux

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  • Linux Mint 16 release candidate available for download- Clement Lefebvre has announced that the release candidate for Linux Mint 16 is out and ready for testing: “The team is proud to announce the release of Linux Mint 16 ‘Petra’ RC. Linux Mint 16 is the result of six months of incremental development on top of stable and reliable technologies. This new release comes with updated software and brings refinements and new features to make your desktop even more comfortable to use.”. (Cinnamon) (Mate)
  • Debian finds itself caught up in the “init war”, technical panel to decide direction for next release – The leader of the Debian GNU/Linux project, Lucas Nussbaum, has announced that the question of which init system will be the default in the next release, Jessie, will be decided by the project’s technical committee. (itwire.com)
  • Google Books are ruled legal in a huge win for Fair Use – A long-running copyright lawsuit between the Authors’ Guild and Google over its book-scanning project is over, and Google has won on the grounds that its scanning is “fair use”. (arstechnica.com)
  • Sourceforge responds to the GIMPs departure – A week after the developers of popular graphics-wrangling app the GIMP bailed from SourceForge rather than endure the many odd ads it encourages, the site has responded with a scheme that makes its users the arbiters of acceptable ads. (theregister.co.uk)
  • Sailfish OS Smartphones to hit the market later this month – Finnish startup Jolla has revealed when the first batch of its Sailfish OS based smartphones will be available to customers, along with new information about what software will be on offer when the devices ship. (theregister.co.uk)

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