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MintPPC 9 released

  After hours and hours of hard work I can now tell you with a lot of pride that there is a successor to Linux Mint LXDE based on Debian. A new release based on Linux Mint Isadora ported to Debian Squeeze has now been released. There is only a 32-bits version available as I don't have a 64-bits machine. The advantage of LXDE over GNOME, KDE or XFCE is that it is much snappier on old G3/G4 machines. The Mint themes make the desktop look a lot sexier than standard Debian.

Project Debian Squeeze LXDE Mint 9 PowerPC started

 A picture says more than words...I started working on porting Linux Mint LXDE Isadora to Debian Squeeze PowerPC. It is not finished yet, but I am getting closer to how I want it.


Debian developers start working on yaboot bug Squeeze

It was mentioned on this site once before, the Squeeze installer for PowerPC based machines is broken. The problem is described in this bug report. Yaboot itself is working fine but the problem is that the debian-installer writes wrong code in the yaboot configuration file. Since today, Aurélien GÉRÔME is working on a solution to this problem.

Broadcom open sources their drivers!

Broadcom would like to announce the initial release of a fully-open Linux driver for it's latest generation of 11n chipsets. The driver, while still a work in progress, is released as full source and uses the native mac80211 stack. It supports multiple current chips (BCM4313, BCM43224, BCM43225) as well as providing a framework for supporting additional chips in the future, including mac80211-aware embedded chips. The README and TODO files included with the sources provide more details about the current feature set, known issues, and plans for improving the driver.

Linux Mint Debian (x86) released

 The Linux Mint developers have announced the arrival of a Debian edition of their Linux Mint operating system, replacing the distribution's standard Ubuntu base with Debian's testing branch.

Backports now an official Debian repository

 Every Linux distribution has to strike a balance between being up to date and being stable, between including the latest versions of software packages and retaining better tested, more mature versions. Fedora, for example, is known for having the very latest software, whilst Debian GNU/Linux has a reputation for being a particularly stable distribution, with the software included in each new release already well cured.

Debian 7.0 named Wheezy

 As the Debian developers work on completing development of the free software Debian GNU/Linux 6.0, known as "Squeeze", they have also been selecting the name for the next version, 7.0. In a recent release update posting, it was announced that Debian GNU/Linux 7.0 will be named "Wheezy".

Lightspark 0.4.4 is out

 The Lightspark project has released version 0.4.4 of its free, open source Flash player. The latest version of the alternative Flash Player implementation includes a number of bug fixes and several new features.

Opera will discontinue support for the PowerPC architecture

 We have some sad news for the 0.1% of Opera users who are still on the PowerPC architecture.

Starting with the Next version of Opera, as of the next snapshot release (due sometime later today), we are discontinuing the PowerPC architecture on Mac and Linux. Opera 10.6x will be the last release with support for this architecture. This is unfortunate, but with third party vendor support dwindling away, we can no longer keep developing Opera for this architecture.

Debian Newsletter

 Welcome to this year’s ninth issue of DPN, the newsletter for the Debian community. Topics covered in this issue include…


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