The Mint Newsletter – issue 97

* News about Mint

Linux Mint 8 “Helena” RC1 released!

Linux Mint 8 in your language – translations

Which dress for Helena?

More on Mint8 Artwork

The SimplicITy computer – a computer for the elderly with Eldy (see below) running on Linux Mint – it has received quite a bit of attention (BBC – google for “SimplicITy eldy)

Another apology to the mintCast team – the link to our podcasts were lost again – here it is

* News about Linux

Fedora12 was released

The new default policy for Fedora 12 allows local, unprivileged users to install signed packages without root access

Novell Delivers First Commercial Solution to Build .NET Applications for Linux with Microsoft Visual Studio

The embedded Linux MontaVista sold for $50M

Symantec Backs Up Linux

The latest news about the kernel is always found here

* News about Open Source

Microsoft to Open Source the .NET Micro Framework

* News about IT

Advertising coming to your Windows 7 desktop theme

NSA helped with Windows 7 development but Microsoft Denies Windows 7 Has NSA Backdoor

HP Acquires 3Com For $2.7 Billion

EU Objects to Oracle-Sun Deal

The Jetpack 50-line Code Challenge from Mozilla

Will Chrome OS hit Mozilla? More than 90 percent of Mozilla’s income comes from Google (link to PDF dcoument)

BitTorrent in Silverlight

EU: no cookies without consent. Will EU affiliate programs be killed?

Eldy is an “easy  software dedicated to the elderly”, from European Eldy’s non-profit organization.

Pirate Bay moves to decentralized DHT protocol, kills tracker

Google helps you create your site, Google sites enhanced

Hackers sentenced for Trojan bank heist

Sophisticated banking Trojan Bebloh

The botnet Koobface Abuses Google Reader Pages

Smashing the Mega-d/Ozdok botnet in 24 hours – this completely stopped spam from that botnet

* Hardware news

Computer sales in Europe declined in 2009 so far – Dell the big looser according to Gartner report

Qualcomm hopes Snapdragon smartbooks take bite out of Atom (with an ARM CPU)

Nokia ditching Symbian for Maemo, German FT reports – but there are conflicting reports about this

* Other news

One step towards a space elevator

* Comic of the week

Credit goes to xkcd

* 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.

It’s been  while since that last newsletter, unfortunately I have too much to do to publish more often.

Enjoy life