The Mint Newsletter – issue 74

* News about Mint

Linux Mint 6 x64 released!

mintCast – Episode6

Monthly Stats – January 2009

* News about Linux

KDE 4.2.0 Release Announcement

Nomad & Compiz++ To Merge Back Into Compiz

Dell Offers Enterprise Linux Operating System from Novell to Address Growing Market for Thin Clients

There’s a problem with Google Earth 5 a solution can be found here

* News about Open Source

VMware ships open source Linux VDI client

Multiple Serious Vulnerabilities in OpenX Ad Server

* News about IT

Removing admin rights stymies 92% of Microsoft’s bugs – and maybe 92% of programs as well… This is one reason why Linux is safe – you don’t run in “admin mode” (I sincerely hope :))

Malware infection that began with windshield fliers

SANS is a good source for information about security threats

Corporations are inadvertently becoming the number 1 security threat to their own customers, according to new IBM X-Force® annual report

Google looks to structured data

French court fines Google over trade marked keywords

The Firefox update to 3.0.6 is out. It fixes a couple of vulnerabilities, one of them labeled critical. (The Mint version is on its way)

Microsoft force-installs Firefox extension

Operating System Market Share (oh how small it is for Linux…)

Google error “This site may harm your computer” (January 31st)

VirtualBox Gets Accelerated Direct3D Support

FBI warns of money mule scams

DNS Amplification Variation Used in Recent DDoS Attacks

February 2009 report highlighting Registrars that have a concentration spam, abuse and illicit activity.

* Hardware news

Lenovo posts loss, returns to Chinese management

Motorola losses widen as Q4 phone sales tumble 51%

OLPC XO-2 to be open source hardware

Nano-size fridges to cool CPUs

TCG spec to be foundation of storage encryption

* Other news

Google – The Internet Bus Project

New speed record for reliable reading of optical data – 640 Gbits/second

Australian Company Launches ‘Smart’ Watch Phones

Subatomic nanoholograms smash 1-bit-per-atom barrier

Motorola disses Windows Mobile: Android “more competitive”

Feds: IT admin plotted to erase Fannie Mae

NEC Layoffs Job Cut: fires 20000 employees

* Comic of the week

Credit goes to xkcd –

* More about Linux Mint

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* Editors comment

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