mintCast 196 – Looking at LMDE


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mintCast 193 – A New User’s View of Mint


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mintCast 192 – It’s Elementary


  • 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. (
  • 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. (
  • 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.  (
  • 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. (
  • 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.” (
  • 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. (

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mintCast 175 – PiBang Linux


  • Linux Mint August Update — LMDE’s Update Pack 7 landed in ‘incoming’. The team noted a couple of important issues and is currently working on solving them. Development continues in preparation for Mint 16. (
  • Linus Says No NSA Backdoor in Linux — Brief dust-up in the kernel community leads to an illuminating look at random number generation… and a Linus comment! (
  • Linux Kernel 3.12 Will Be Named Suicidal Squirrel — “And no, before somebody asks, we’re not doing Linux95. Not for a few years, at least.” (

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mintCast 143: Mint 14 KDE and Xfce


  • Linux Mint Debian Edition Update Pack 6 is now avaiable for download. (
  • Ouya Gaming Console Showing up in Videos Around the Web. (
  • The Raspberry PI gets an open source educational manual. (

The Main Topic:

  • Linux Mint 14 Xfce and KDE reviews

Website of the Podcast:

FLOSS Manuals is a collection of manuals about free and open source software together with the tools used to create them and the community that uses those tools. They include authors, editors, artists, software developers, activists, and many others. There are manuals that explain how to install and use a range of free and open source softwares, about how to do things (like design or stay safe online) with open source software, and manuals about free culture services that use or support free software and formats.

Anyone can contribute to a manual – to fix a spelling mistake, to add a more detailed explanation, to write a new chapter, or to start a whole new manual on a topic.

Tip of the Podcast:

  • !$

A great bash history expansion trick is “!$” which expands into the last argument of last command. For example, say you ran the following command “ls /usr/share/doc/apt/examples” to see what is in that folder. Then you realize that you want to run “ls -l” instead. Rather than typing the whole command and path over, you can just type “ls -l !$”. Convenient, huh?

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