mintCast 183 – Python, Twitter, and Pi


  • Low-end laptops:The rise of the Chromebook– Some people are still in denial about the rise of the Linux operating system with the Chrome Web browser interface, Chrome OS, and its hardware: the Chromebooks. The experts say, however, it’s the one segment of the PC market that’s growing while everything else shrinks. (
  • Slackware Linux 14.1 – Yes, it is that time again! After well over a year of planning, development, and testing, the Slackware Linux Project is proud to announce the latest stable release of the longest running distribution of the Linux operating system. ( (
  • Canonical “abused trademark law” to target a site critical of Ubuntu privacy – “Fix Ubuntu” site accused of trademark violation, asked to change domain name. According to Micah Lee, Canonical sent him an e-mail this morning asking him to stop using the Ubuntu logo and also to stop using the word “Ubuntu” in his domain name. Lee reprinted the entire e-mail in a blog post. ( ( ( (
  • The future of Linux: Evolving everywhere – Mark Shuttleworth’s recent closure of Ubuntu Linux bug No. 1 (“Microsoft has a majority market share”) placed a meaningful, if somewhat controversial, exclamation point on how far Linux has come since Linus Torvalds rolled out the first version of the OS in 1991 as a pet project. But where from here? (
  • Linux Voice – A new Free Software and Linux magazine that gives profits back to the community – from an all-star team of ace Linux journalists. Linux Lifestyle originally shared: OK folks here it is. We’re launching a crowd funding campaign to create a new Linux magazine that puts the community first. That means we’ll donate half of our profits back to the community. There’s loads more details on the campaign page.  ( (
  • Humble Store Opens with 24-Hour Debut Sale – First there was the Humble Bundle, and it was good. Then came the Humble Weekly Sale, and it was pretty cool too. Now it’s time for the next step in the Humble evolution: The Humble Store, where games go on sale and proceeds go to charity. ( (

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Testing Twitter

Over in the Linux Mint blog, someone requested that those of us
contributing to the Mint project set up Twitter accounts, so they can
follow us.
I’m not sure I get Twitter — I haven’t quite seen the value of it.
But I can’t deny its growing popularity. So I decided to give it a
shot. I’ve set up an account called "mintCast".
I’ll start by tweeting when I post new episodes of mintCast.
Maybe I’ll also try tweeting about some of the testing that I’m doing.
For example, when I install a new distro or new software that I’m
thinking about discussing in a future episode. This will give you a
preview of what’s coming in future shows.
If it seems useful, I’ll continue the practice. I don’t really
understand why anyone else would care what the frak I’m doing, but
I’ll give it a try.
And if you have suggestions on how to use Twitter, let me know.