mintCast 230 – Linux Mint 17.2 KDE & Xfce

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mintCast 216 – Linux Mint 17.1 KDE and Xfce

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mintCast 204 – Mint 17 KDE & Xfce

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  • Qiana ‘v2’ ISO respins issued by Mint team (linuxmint.com)
  • Is the KDE desktop stagnant? Jack Wallen thinks so (techrepublic.com)
  • Where is the KDE desktop going? (dot.kde.org)
  • Intuit beats a patent troll in a case that could have farther reaching consequences (arstechnica.com)
  • The latest top 500 super-computer list is out and Linux dominates (linux.com)
  • Don’t forget to download your UbuntuOne files before July 31st (softpedia.com)

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mintCast 188 – Mint 16 KDE and Xfce

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  • Petra backports available in Linux Mint 13 – The most significant improvements in Petra are being backported to Maya. Among other things, this gives Linux Mint 13 LTS users access to the following packages: MDM 1.4, Cinnamon 2.0, MATE 1.6, The latest versions of mintwelcome, mintstick, mintnanny, mintupload, mintupdate, mintinstall, mintsystem, mintmenu and mintdesktop. (blog.linuxmint.com)
  • Cinnamon: graphics tablet support needs testing – We’ve begun re-porting graphics tablet (wacom) support back into Cinnamon. (segfault.linuxmint.com)
  • Linux Wins the Desktop in 2014 and 3 More Bold Predictions – Linux won, the penguin has achieved world domination, and the usual commentarians completely missed it even after years of predicting it. (linux.com)
  • Why didn’t Linux win on the desktop? – Heady forecasts showing Linux would become a major player on the desktop. While the prognostications proved correct for server and embedded operating systems, what happened on the desktop? (zdnet.com)
  • Valve Already Has A Dozen Steam Machine Partners – Valve has announced their first 12 partners that intend to bring Steam Machines to the marketplace this year. (phoronix.com)
  • GNU Octave 3.8 With Its GUI Officially Announced – GNU Octave 3.8 was officially released on 31 December 2013 to close out the year. Octave 3.8 has its own graphical user-interface and uses OpenGL in conjunction with FLTK widgets. (phoronix.com)
  • Panasonic will bring Firefox OS to your smart TV this year – Firefox OS won’t be confined to small devices for much longer. Panasonic has announced a partnership with Mozilla that will see it launch Firefox OS-powered smart TVs and other “smart screens.” (engadget.com)

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mintCast 182 – Ubuntu 13.10

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  • The Electronic Frontier Foundation, or EFF, is a non-profit that has taken to the courts to fight the good fight in the digital world since 1990.  They’ve initiated legal challenges against the NSA’s warrantless wiretapping.  (talkers.com) (eff.org/)
  • Patent war goes nuclear: Microsoft, Apple-owned “Rockstar” sues Google – Canada-based telecom Nortel went bankrupt in 2009 and sold its biggest asset—a portfolio of more than 6,000 patents covering 4G wireless innovations and a range of technologies—at an auction in 2011. (arstechnica.com)
  • Can Open Source developers fix HealthCare.Gov? As computer experts hired by the U.S. government scramble to fix the much-maligned healthcare.gov website, a corps of independent kibitzers is chiming in from around the world, publicizing coding flaws that they’ve discovered and offering suggestions for fixing them. “It’s not the worst code I’ve ever seen.” (nbcnews.com)
  • Fedora 20 beta delayed yet again – The release of Fedora 20 has been delayed by another week — both the due-out beta and the final release — over unresolved bugs. (phoronix.com)
  • But it will have some cool features when it finally comes out – The latest edition of Fedora Linux, the open source operating system that helps form the basis for Red Hat’s (RHT) enterprise server platform, is set to debut soon — though a couple weeks later than initially planned, as bugs have held up the release. Still, it could bring some of this autumn’s biggest changes in desktop Linux when it appears in December. (thevarguy.com)
  • The Seattle Times goes hands-on with a Valve Steam Machine prototype – “It’s an audacious effort to convince the vast and established PC industry that there’s another path to the living room besides the one blazed by Microsoft and Intel.”(seattletimes.com)

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mintCast 181 – Manjaro… Mint for Arch?

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  • SteamOS could really help desktop Linux adoption, says Torvalds – Valve’s Steam efforts could be a big opportunity to drive desktop Linux because it could force the various desktop Linux distributions to standardize their technology. (pcworld.com)
  • Closing Doors – Posted on October 24, 2013 – “It is with a heavy heart that I must announce the closure of SolusOS. Simply put, there is no longer enough manpower to fulfill the vision. What began as a Debian derivative evolved into an independent distribution, without the large development team required to back such an effort.”
    (networkworld.com) (fossforce.com) (solusos.com – dead link?)
  • First Tizen tablets ship to developers – As originally reported, the tablet features a 1.4GHz, quad-core Cortex-A9 processor along with 2GB of DDR3 RAM, 32GB of flash, and a microSD slot. The 10.1-inch display offers 1920 x 1200-pixel resolution, and there’s both a 2-megapixel rear-facing camera, as well as a 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera. Bluetooth 3.0 and WiFi round out the mix. (linuxgizmos.com)
  • LG unveils the Fireweb, its first Firefox OS smartphone – LG is expanding the platform’s reach today by releasing its inaugural Mozilla-powered handset, the Fireweb.  (engadget.com)

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mintCast 172 – Lightweight Linux Desktops

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