The Mint Newsletter – issue 92

* News about Mint

Monthly Stats – August 2009
August 2009 was the (6th consecutive) best month ever since the creation of Linux Mint.

Unfortunately Shane informed us that he will not be able to make any more Fluxbox editions, due to personal reasons
Clem may work on it instead

* News about Linux

Simon – speech activated user interface for KDE

openSUSE to default to KDE

Canonical Unveils The Ubuntu Software Store

Tuxera, the company founded by the open source NTFS project NTFS-3G, signs up with Microsoft

Slackware 13.0 released (old but alive )

Another kernel bug,  Mint users are likely (but not certain) to be safe, but if you installed Wine or Dosemu you’re at risk

Quake live also for Linux in your browser

Skype 2.1 for Linux Beta – needs Qt so it’s not for Gnome

Foresight Linux to base itself on Fedora

PySide a Nokia project for Qt

OpenShot – a new non linear Video Editor for Linux

The Linux kernel is growing fast – a report

The latest news about the kernel is always found here

* News about Open Source

Pidgin 2.6.1 adds XMPP Voice and Video support (but not on Windows yet)

* News about IT

EBay Sells Skype To Marc Andreessen

The US customs will have the right to seize any laptop, camera, mp3 player and the like “even if there’s zero evidence of illicit activities” as Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano recently announced

Bill would give the US president emergency control of Internet. How this would effect the world outside the US is unclear

Opera 10 released

IBM X-Force(R) Report Reveals Unprecedented State of Web Insecurity

New Attack Cracks Common Wi-Fi Encryption in a Minute

Pirate Bay temporarily disappeared from the internet after a court decision

BitTorrent Site Mininova Loses Copyright Ruling

Microsoft opens up for open source – The PHP Toolkit for ADO.NET Data Services

Australian Federal Police “forgot” to set a password on a computer used to break up an underground hacker forum, and hackers broke into it

* Hardware news

One Billion Wi-Fi Chipsets to Ship in 2011 Alone

* Other news

Single molecule, one million times smaller than a grain of sand, pictured for first time by IBM researchers

* Comic of the week

Credit goes to xkcd

Someone asked me to use this one – I think it’s funny

* More about Linux Mint

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* Editors comment

As always – if you find something I’ve missed in the newsletter please tell me – you can post a comment.

I have been working long hours lately and there’s a lot to do in the forum so this edition is much delayed

Enjoy life