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News and Events / Linux Mint Isos
February 21, 2016, 06:10:28 PM
Clem, member of Linux Mint community posted that the download page of Linux Mint 17.3 were hacked on 20th of February, 2016
to point to a modified Linux Mint ISO, with a backdoor in it. The hacked ISOs are hosted on and the backdoor connects to absentvodka.com

If you downloaded Linux Mint 17.3 on 20th, Feb, 2016 then it is the hacked one.
If you doubt then you can check it using MD5 hash provided by Linux Mint team for Linux Mint 17.3.
You can find them at http://ftp.heanet.ie/pub/linuxmint.com/stable/17.3/ also along with signed sha256sums.
This is probably the first mainstream retailer (not Linux specific shop) to offer pre installed Ubuntu on laptops. :D
Have you seen them anywhere else?
News and Events / Bill Gates shows off Ubuntu
January 30, 2015, 05:22:35 PM
Is it a slip up or sign of times? :-\
See his FB page here
News and Events / Are you an extremist?
July 05, 2014, 01:06:24 PM
This caught my eye yesterday.
If it is true then the NSA treats Linux Journal as an "extremist forum" and its readers get flagged for extra surveillance
More here. or here.
News and Events / No ill-will against Linux Mint
February 14, 2014, 06:59:25 PM
Canonical has issued a Community Council Statement as an official explanation for the reason why Linux Mint developers have to sign a license agreement in order to continue to distribute the package straight from the Ubuntu repos.
I wonder how will this affect other Ubuntu derivatives (like Peppermint) or is it directed only against Mint  :-\
There is a new Free Software and Linux magazine called Linux Voice on the horizon, from the ex-editors of the Linux Format.
You can help it getting off the ground by supporting the Indiegogo campaign to raise the £90,000 Goal.
News and Events / LXDE-Qt under development
July 04, 2013, 12:25:08 PM
Intersting shift away from GtkX.
I have been using Razor-Qt for a while and very impressed by it. If LXDE switches to Qt then this will be good for both Desktops.
Here is the blog:  http://blog.lxde.org/?p=1013
News and Events / Fuduntu no more
April 30, 2013, 11:39:19 PM
Although not a Fuduntu user but nonetheless shocked me the quick demise of Fuduntu
QuoteAfter monitoring project activity and traffic and also reviewing all of the feedback from the community concerning our EOL I have decided to end the project effective today.
Now I understand the problems sticking with Gnome2, battling with systemd and Gnome3, but none of the causes happened overnight.
Some planning for the future could have eased the migration. But to just drop the project overnight (was promised to be September before) leaves a bad taste in the mouth.
If you are in the EU and using Python in your business then perhaps you can help in fighting this trademark
QuoteFor anyone who works in a company that has an office in a EU Community member state, we need your help.
There is a company in the UK that is trying to trademark the use of the term "Python" for all software, services, servers... pretty much anything having to do with a computer.
Maybe this is the antidote to the UEFI secure boot fiasco caused by MS:
QuoteAndrew 'bunnie' Huang has announced he is planning to build a DIY laptop from openly documented hardware in an effort currently codenamed "Novena". Open hardware means that there are no licensing fees for circuit diagrams and specifications. Whilst the open source movement has been well established in the software field for some years, open hardware is still something of a rarity in the PC component field. The project plans to make a system that works with both open source hardware and software.
Source here
and more details here
Oh yeah, the prototype boots Linux already
QuoteWe started the design in June, and last week I got my first prototype motherboards, hot off the SMT line. It's booting linux, and I'm currently grinding through the validation of all the sub-components.

News and Events / Minty fresh store
October 31, 2012, 08:45:53 PM
Seeing that there is some Linux Mint interest on this forum, there is an announcement about the Linux Mint Store:
You can access it here:
I might just go for the Case Badge costing $3.99
General Discussion / Microsoft Tweaks Logo
August 24, 2012, 09:05:34 PM
Microsoft's new logo drops windows, or is it not?. :-\
QuoteWhile the new logo uses the same colors and the same basic "window" look that has been a part of the company for two and a half decades, what is notable is that it conveys more of the same but in a new way.
Who needs Windows anyway. ;D
News and Events / Help 1 Who has Helped Thousands
August 20, 2012, 09:33:58 PM
I have been following Ken Starks (HeliOS Project) for a while and admiring his achievements in distributing second hand computers
with Linux installed to underprivileged children in Texas:

QuoteFor those who don't know him, Starks is a Linux advocate who has worked tirelessly for years equipping underprivileged kids with refurbished and Linux-powered PCs through the HeliOS Project, which has figured on LinuxInsider's virtual pages on several occasions in the past.
An Indiegogo campaign is now under way to raise funds for Starks' surgery.
QuoteKen Starks has helped thousands of Texans by refurbishing and placing computers in low-income households.
Now, he needs the community's help to fight cancer.
QuoteA UK judge is stepping up the pressure on Apple, and possibly complicating its legal strategies in other parts of the world, by ordering it to publish a notice on its UK website and in British newspapers stating that Samsung did not copy the iPad design. The notice must stay on Apple's website for six months.
Interesting turn of events. It looks like it is not all going Apple's way (at least not in the UK)
It would be interesting to see if Apple will comply with this order.
QuoteRaspberry Pi Computer To Cross The Atlantic Ocean In Autonomous Boat

What are you going to do with yours?
So it is back to paying the Microsoft tax.

QuoteThe last option wasn't hugely attractive, but is probably the least worst. Microsoft will be offering signing services through their sysdev portal. It's not entirely free (there's a one-off $99 fee to gain access), but it's cheaper than any realistic alternative would have been. It ensures compatibility with as wide a range of hardware as possible and it avoids Fedora having any special privileges over other Linux distributions. If there are better options then we haven't found them. So, in all probability, this is the approach we'll take. Our first stage bootloader will be signed with a Microsoft key.
Is it time to go and buy your next rig before it is too late?
General Discussion / Laptop sans Operating System
May 24, 2012, 01:28:28 PM
If you are concerned about paying the Microsoft tax on new gear then look no further.

I have seen a few desktops sold without Operating System but this is the first laptop I come across.
It appears that there seems to be a growing trend for this. Lets hope that they will make enough sales
to enable them to continue down this path.
Something for your tool box, for when trying to explain the virtues of different DE's.
QuoteNewly released Ubuntu based distribution Hybryde allows you to switch between desktop environments without even logging out, and comes with Unity, KDE, and LXDE by default

Ubuntu should take notice of this
Sign of things to come with Win8 (MS back to old tricks)
QuoteIt's reported that Windows RT (the name Microsoft has given to Windows running on the ARM processor)  will have two environments, a Windows Classic environment and a Metro environment for apps. However, Windows on ARM prohibits any browser except for Internet Explorer from running in the privileged "Windows Classic" environment.