Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Linux Mint 14 Released Today!

The next release of the flagship Linux Mint operating system is out today, adding many features to the already well rounded Linux Mint distribution. Linux Mint is a popular Linux distro that includes codecs, Flash and Java out of the box and includes other proprietary software as well.

I did have some (slight) issues. I was affected by a bug that makes Linux Mint use the wrong video driver for the desktop, using software rendering instead of the onboard video card on my Linux testing machine. This has been fixed and Linux Mint 14 has been re-released. If you for some reason cannot update the system, here's a hack: to fix this, place the following in the file /etc/X11/xorg.conf as root at the end of the file:

Section "Device"

    Identifier "Configured Video Device"

    # Add this line to force the driver
    Driver "intel"


Mint 14, all in all, was excellent. They enhanced the quality of the desktop background, themes, and wallpapers, and made improvements to the Cinnamon desktop.

Linux Mint 14 Nadia comes in two flavors and can be downloaded from the links below.

Happy thanksgiving all and happy holidays!

http://blog.linuxmint.com/?p=2216 -Download Link
http://www.linuxmint.com/rel_nadia_whatsnew.php - What's New in Linux Mint 14
http://linuxmint.com/rel_nadia.php - Release Notes

Thursday, November 1, 2012

A Command Line Incinerator is Now on GitHub!

A command line version of my file incinerator is now open source and on GitHub, however I have yet to choose a license for it. So if you want to contribute to making my programs a success, hop on over to my GitHub profile and improve, fork or patch my code.

Happy coding!

Please note the OS X application version of the utility will not be going open source just yet, as I still have some cleaning up to do in preparation for a near total rewrite with improved features. Stay tuned!