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