Linux News: Mint 11 Katya, Video Contest Update, LinuxCon Japan Keynote Speakers
Article by George Norman
On 06 May 2011
Let’s start this little Linux news bundle with the news that Linux Mint 11 'Katya' will be released later this month. The RC (Release Candidate) will be rolled out mid-May and the final version will be rolled out by the end of the month. Lead Linux Mint Developer Clem Lefebvre said that if there will be any problems with the quality of a release, it may be delayed. If everything goes to plan and the team is happy with the quality of Linux Mint 11, the final version will be released by the end of May.

Linux Mint 11 will feature the traditional desktop layout, Gnome 2.32 and the following software applications: LibreOffice, Banshee, and gThumb. These applications replace OpenOffice.org, Rhythmbox, and F-Spot. Gwibber, padevchooser, paman, paprefs, pavumeter and pavucontrol will not be installed by default in Linux Mint 11.

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Linux Mint 11 will also feature these other changes:
- A faster update manager.
- A more polished software manager.
- Improvements to Mint-x-theme.
- Improved mint-search-addon plugin for Firefox 4, Chromium and Opera.
- Desktop settings tool is desktop-agnostic and serves both generic settings and desktop settings specific to Gnome, KDE, Xfce, and so on.
- New 'apt download' command that downloads a .deb package locally along with all its dependencies.
- Flash Square runs in native 64-bit.

Moving on, you may remember that the Linux Foundation is running a video contest in celebration of the 20th anniversary of Linux (the Linux Foundation is also running a T-shirt design contest). As part of the video contest, Linux fans are invited to submit a 1-minute long video that demonstrates the impact Linux had on computing, business and/or culture over the past 20 years. The winner will be selected by Linus Torvalds himself.

And here’s update on the video contest, via Jennifer Cloer:
“We need you! And, we want you to join us at LinuxCon. That's why today we're announcing that we will give away one free LinuxCon pass per 20th Anniversary of Linux Video Contest entry.”

The winner of the video competition will be announced at LinuxCon North America 2011, event which will take place between the 17th and 19th of August in Vancouver.

And with this mention of LinuxCon we get to the third news in this little bundle: the keynote speakers for LinuxCon Japan 2011 have been announced. They are:
  • Linus Torvalds
  • Jim Zemlin, Linux Foundation Executive Director
  • James Bottomley, Linux SCSI subsystem maintainer and Distinguished Engineer at Novell
  • Mark Charlebois, Director of Open Source Strategy at Qualcomm Innovation Center (QuIC)
  • Alan Clark, Senior Manager and Strategic Advisor for Strategic Initiatives at Novell
  • Jon Corbet, Editor of Linux Weekly News and Linux kernel developer
  • Dirk Hohndel, the Chief Open Source and Linux Techologist at Intel
  • David Rusling, Chief Technology Officer at Linaro

The Linux Foundation also announced that LinuxCon Japan will be host to special sessions and programs aimed at aiding the country’s relief effort following the recent earthquake and tsunami.

“We believe that one of the best ways to support the Japanese people in this time of crisis is to continue our programs there. We are excited to bring the world’s best developers to Japan to collaborate with their peers in the country,” said Amanda McPherson, vice president of marketing and developer programs at The Linux Foundation. “We’re also very happy to be able to donate funds to relief efforts in Japan.”



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