mintCast 174 – Topic? What Topic?

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  • Monthly Linux Mint News (
    • Sponsorship agreement with Blue Systems is coming to an end, the team is focused on Linux Mint 16, and Cinnamon 2.0 will use its own backend. The next LMDE update pack was prepared this week and should arrive into incoming next week (will upgrade MATE to 1.6, Firefox to 23 and Thunderbird to 17.0.8).
  • Penguins, prepare to get SPACED OUT: Ubuntu 13.10’s Mir has docked (
    • “So what does Mir in Ubuntu 13.10 mean? For most users, hopefully nothing.”
  • Booting a Self-signed Linux Kernel ( (
    • “After digging through the documentation out there, it turns out to be relatively simple in the end, so here’s a recipe for how I did this, and how you can duplicate it yourself on your own machine.”
  • Ubuntu 13.10 “Saucy Salamander” Beta 1 ( (
  • Fedora 20 Will Be Named Heisenbug ( (
  • Google™ Strikes Bizarre Licensing Deal With Nestlé® To Name Next Android™ Kit Kat® (

Website: Enigmail

  • A simple interface for OpenPGP email security (
  • Enigmail is a security extension to Mozilla Thunderbird and Seamonkey. It enables you to write and receive email messages signed and/or encrypted with the OpenPGP standard.
  • Sending and receiving encrypted and digitally signed email is simple using Enigmail.

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  • Watch for “Event” announcements in the mintCast Community on Google+ to find out when we’re recording!
  • OGGCamp October 19th & 20th 2013 at Liverpool John Moores university in the UK. (

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3 Replies to “mintCast 174 – Topic? What Topic?”

  1. Rainy

    Hi guys!

    Great podcast, as usual.

    As far as Rob’s frustrations are concerned, I can completely sympathize. And while i did some research, I found a company called republic wireless ( – They offer unlimited everything for $20/month. You only have to buy the phone, which is a bit older and doesn’t have as much muscle as some others. However, they did announce new phones by then end of the year.

    LMDE is unfortunately becoming the red-haired stepchild of Linux Mint. It would be great if that could be a successor to the Ubuntu-based version, which probably will never happen. Although, it would make lots of sense, considering MIR and the ridiculous release schedule. SolydXK is what LMDE ought to be and I have been running it for a few months now. Great distro and very punctual with their update packs.

    Keep up the great work and once the schedule allows it again, I will be joining the chat-room again for the live-recording.


  2. Adrian AC

    the future of gnome fallback seems secure (or as secure as anything in the linux world !).

    Just as with the ‘shutdown button debacle’ the Gnome Nazis have given in to reason after user outcry. Having initially removed Gnome fallback they brought it back and have now rewritten metacity in GTK3 and renamed the shell ‘Gnome Flashback’

    It is important for gnome3 and unity to have this light uncompositied fallback mode for three reasons:

    1) easier learning curve for new users familiar with windows 95/98/xp/vista/7 or those familiar with gnome 2 style desktops.

    2) the lighter the OS the less stuff there is to load at startup and the less there is to crash, thus these modes make great business desktops where speed and stability are key.

    3) any desktop with always on compositing is incompatible with some tools. e.g. it can’t be used as a VNC server. VNC might work, but it will be so slow that it is unusable.

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