Weekly Newsletter – Issue 60

* News about Mint

XFCE CE (stable) has been released

Fluxbox CE (RC) will be released about a week later

KDE CE RC1 was close to being stable. There was a tiny little glitch which now is fixed so hopefully it will be released any time soon. If you have the latest beta (045) you have the final, but with the glitch not fixed – and you will be told how to fix it

Work on the x64 edition is on hold for a few days, so we can release as per above

There won’t be any time dedicated to the Debian and Enterprise Editions until after the release of Mint 6 Felicia

There will be a revision 2 of Elyssa main around the time when Felicia is released

This and more is found in a blog post by Clem

mintInstall 5.1 and 5.2 was released in Romeo  (the unstable branch of our repositories)

An interesting interview with Clem

* News about Linux

UbuntuDeveloperWeek first week in September

This is the Year of the Linux Desktop Breakout (heard it before?)

Linux under attack: Compromised SSH keys lead to rootkit

Open source release takes Linux rootkits mainstream – it cloaks itself by burrowing deep inside a server’s processor and availing itself of debugging mechanisms available in Intel’s chip architecture. What about AMD?

In defense of Ubuntu (by Jonathan Corbet)

Use of community Linux distributions like Ubuntu, CentOS and Debian are on the rise in the enterprise, PC world AU claims

Gentoo developer moves away from Gentoo

The latest news about the kernel is always found here

* News about IT

The Internet’s Biggest Security Hole (Not the DNS problem)

Internet Traffic Begins to Bypass the U.S. (This is not the security hole 🙂 You have to wait for an ad before you get to the article)

U.S. to deploy DNSSEC in two years

The Brittish Home Office is considering to track in real-time every kind of electronic activity undertaken by citizens. They are not alone both Germany and Sweden have similar plans as noted in earlier editions of the newsletter. And the US backed Echelon has been running for a long time

Cisco buys PostPath, targets Microsoft Exchange

Mozilla introduces Ubiquity which is an application that is to connect other applications

Changes in the development of Ecmascript (Ecmascriptis the basis for javascript if not javascript in itself)

Microsoft to Acquire Greenfield Online in a transaction valued at approximately $486 million (US).

This is “fun” – Microsoft patents ‘Page Up’ and ‘Page Down’

Mozilla’s Google deal extended Here’s another article on that

Google to buy GeoEye satellite imagery

Google releases the Chrome browser (so far just for Windows)

A comic strip is used to introduce Chrome

Google Chrome takes more than just inspiration from Mozilla

If Google’s new browser isn’t even available on Linux, why is this great news for Linux?

Comcast sets monthly bandwidth limit for customers

A glitch in a computer, one of just two in the US that play the vital role of distributing flight plans brought air traffic to a standstill in the US

Engineer accidentally deletes cloud computing on FlexiScale

Facebook Application Transforms Social Network Into Botnet

The evil genius of XP Antivirus 2008

Attackers are increasingly using encoding

The Number of Machines Controlled by Botnets Has Jumped 4x in Last 3 Months

TeliaSonera IC launches child porn sites blocking service for free use by any ISP

Neo-Nazi forum hacked

Headcount for Bank of New York Mellon’s lost backup tapes rises from 4.2 million to 12 million personal identities

Skype ignores PayPal siphoning hijack scheme

* Hardware news

ATI to Enable High-Definition Video Playback on Linux-Based Computers.

Bad soldering behind nvidas problems?

Intel acquires Linux distro developer

* Trivia and other links

China counters U.S. invisibility cloak – this is almost scaring


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