mintCast 233 – Give it Away

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  • Monthly News – September 2015 (blog.linuxmint.com)
  • Google Chromebooks: The most popular classroom computing device (zdnet.com)
  • The Linux Foundation Says You Should Install Linux on Your Chromebook (softpedia.com)
  • Debian dropping the Linux Standard Base (lwn.net)
  • The Linux Kernel to Celebrate Its 24th Birthday (softpedia.com)
  • Celebrating 5 years of LibreOffice (opensource.com)

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mintCast 224 – Net Neutrality with Steve Titch

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mintCast 219 – Bodhi Linux and Chromebooks

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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 159: Catching up with James

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  • The Mint development team launches a new blog. (Segfault.Linuxmint.com )
  • Debian 7.0 Wheezy is released. (Debian.org )
  • SolydXK gets added to the DistroWatch database. (Ostatic.com )
  • Lightworks Linux public beta is finally available for download. (Webupd8.com )
  • Iron Penguin: First open-source “Iron Man” suit within reach? (ZDNet.com )

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