MintBox Mini coming in Q2 for $295

In today's open source roundup: The MintBox Mini compact computer is based on CompuLab's Fitlet. Plus: Tails 1.2.3 released, and Steam OS 1.0 beta updated to version 153

MintBox Mini compact computer

CompuLab's MintBox computers have always had a relatively small form factor, and have gotten very positive reviews from customers on Amazon. But now they are getting even smaller with the upcoming release of the MintBox Mini. The MintBox Mini is expected to debut sometime in the second quarter of 2015 and will sell for $295.

The Linux Mint Blog introduces the MintBox Mini:

We’re starting 2015 with exciting news. Linux Mint and CompuLab will be announcing a brand new unit called “MintBox Mini” in Q2 2015. With a volume of 0.22l and a thickness of 0.95″ the MintBox Mini is small enough to be pocketable. In terms of volume it’s 3 times smaller than the Intel NUC and 5 times smaller than the MintBox. Thanks to its passively cooled fanless design and its internal SSD storage, it’s also completely silent.

The MintBox Mini features 802.11 b/g/n Wifi and Gigabit Ethernet network connectivity, 5 USB ports (3xUSB2.0 and 2xUSB3.0), jack input/output for headphones and microphones, a MicroSD reader and two HDMI sockets for dual monitors/TVs. The MintBox Mini is powered by an AMD A4 6400T and a Radeon R3 GPU and equipped with 4GB RAM and 64GB SSD. In terms of performance, it is twice as powerful as the 2012 “MintBox Pro”.

More at Linux Mint Blog

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Tails 1.2.3 released

Tails is a Linux distribution geared toward helping you protect your privacy and anonymity while you use the Internet. The latest release is version 1.2.3 and you can download it now.

The Tails site has full details about this release:

Tails, The Amnesic Incognito Live System, version 1.2.3, is out. This release fixes numerous security issues and all users must upgrade as soon as possible.

Security fixes

Upgrade to Linux 3.16.7-ckt2-1.
Upgrade to Tor Browser 4.0.3 (based on Firefox 31.4.0esr) (ticket #8700).
Improve MAC spoofing fail-safe mechanisms, which includes preventing one more way the MAC address could be leaked. (ticket #8571).
Disable upgrade checking in the Unsafe Browser. Until now the Unsafe Browser has checked for upgrades of the Tor Browser in the clear (ticket #8694).


Fix startup of the Unsafe Browser in some locales (ticket #8693).
Repair the desktop screenshot feature (ticket #8087).
Do not suspend to RAM when closing the lid on battery power (ticket #8071).
Properly update the Tails Installer's status when plugging in a USB drive after it has started (ticket #8353).

More at Tails

You can also get more details from the Tails 1.2.3 changelog.

SteamOS 1.0 Beta Update 153

SteamOS is still in beta but there's a new version available that includes updated NVIDIA and AMD graphics drivers, among other things.

The SteamOS site has full details about update 153:

We have just updated the released alchemist repository. This is the same content that was pushed to alchemist_beta last week.

Updated NVIDIA drivers to 343.22
Updated AMD graphics driver to 14.9
Linux kernel rebased against 3.10.60
Improved performance of timing system calls for 32-bit applications by backporting i386 VDSO changes from upstream kernel and adding eglibc support for them
Fixed "XCOM: Enemy Unknown" not focusing on startup

More at Steam

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