* News about Mint
Merlwiz and Exploder are happy to release LinuxMint-6-XFCE as an RC. A few things have to be checked and/or added to the repositories and Merlwiz needs to write release notes but it’s likely this release will be ready any time now.
LinuxMint-6-x64 is ready for testing and will be released soon (at the end of the coming week we hope)
After a lot of testing and talking we decided KDE 4.1 wasn’t fit for usage and we couldn’t release it this way. The decision was made to wait for KDE 4.2 stable (which is planned for the end of this month) and to then design a Mint 6 KDE CE based on Kubuntu 8.10 but with Amarok 2.0 and KDE 4.2. This means there won’t be any KDE CE release this month.
See the blog
* News about Linux
The latest news about the kernel is always found here
The 2.6.28 kernel is out and the very fast ext4 filesystem is no longer “experimental”
openSUSE 11.1 released
sidux 2008-04 released
Sabayon Linux 4 released
USB 3.0 and Linux
UDSJaunty (on video)
Ubuntu Server on Amazon
Bringing WINE Into Ubuntu Main?
Debian women may leave due to ‘sexist’ post
VirtualBox 2.1.0 does OpenGL 3D acceleration
Java Performance: Ubuntu Linux vs. Windows Vista
2008 Linux Graphics Survey Results
Alan Cox is moving on from Red Hat
* News about IT
Intel-sponsored report: Adults prefer Internet to sex, TV
Nearly 70% of Gamers Use XP, Only 30% Vista, Says Valve (what about Wine?)
IE 7 Exploit Reloaded: The new face of Drive-by Attacks using Doc files – editors comment: A great example of the dangers in Windows – an activeX control can be embedded in a Word document…..
Browsers barometer 12/22/2008
‘Extremely severe’ vulnerabilities in Opera browser
What’s New in Firefox 3.0.5 (you really should update if you haven’t done so yet)
Google sponsored links caught punting malware
Hacking victim may be stuck with $52,000 phone bill
* Hardware news
None this time
* Trivia and other links
It’s obvious that there’s been a holiday season, much less news than normal
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