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. (
  • 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. (
  • 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. (
  • 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.” (

Main Topic: Mint 16 – Petra

  • The purpose of Linux Mint is to produce a modern, elegant and comfortable operating system which is both powerful and easy to use.



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3 Replies to “mintCast 185 – Mint 16 Petra”

  1. Brian36, Dorset, UK

    Canonical dev comments? Sounds like distro-wars! Regular Mint updates are nearly always to do with Firefox so I guess Clem and the team have a handle on it.
    XP is maybe fine until you need to go on-line, THEN comes the heart-ache.
    Thanks for the LM16 Petra Mate review. I usually manage to break my system by the time the latest version comes ’round so it’s arrived just in time! There was an issue with LM15 print-to-file which I use a lot function so I shall be trying LM16.

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