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Samsung announces 'Unpacked for Every Fan' event on September 23
by Rajesh Pandey
Samsung has announced that it will be holding a virtual "Unpacked for every fan" on September 23, 2020. The smartphone giant is expected to announce the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition at the event which it hints via the event invite as well.
The Galaxy S20 Fan Edition has leaked heavily in the last few weeks and almost everything about the device is now known. The device will be a slightly cut down variant of the Galaxy S20 and feature a design language similar to it. It will house a flat 6.5-inch FHD+ resolution 120Hz AMOLED panel at the front that will be protected by Gorilla Glass 3. The 5G variant will be powered by the Snapdragon 865 while the 4G variant will feature Exynos 990. Other specs of the device include 6GB RAM, 128GB storage, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, wireless charging with reverse wireless charging, and IP68 certification. The device will be powered by a 4,500mAh battery with fast charging support.
The camera setup of the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition will reportedly be cut down from what one gets on the regular Galaxy S20 lineup. It will feature a 12MP f/1.8 OIS shooter with 1.8um large pixels. This will be paired with a 12MP 123-degree ultra-wide shooter with f/2.2 aperture. Lastly, there's an 8MP telephoto camera with f/2.0 aperture and OIS. At the front, there will be a 32MP selfie shooter. Like other Galaxy S20 devices, the S20 Fan Edition will also be able to record videos in 8K resolution.
Leaked renders suggest the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition will be available in six different colors that include orange, lavender, green, and red.
Samsung will be live streaming the 'Galaxy Unpacked for Every Fan' event on YouTube as well as on Samsung Newsroom, and Samsung.com. The event starts at 10 a.m. ET on September 23.
Here's a look at what's new in Linux Mint Debian Edition 4
by Paul Hill
The Linux Mint project head, Clem Lefebvre, has officially announced the availability of Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE) 4, just days after Neowin reported that stable builds were appearing on third-party mirrors. With today’s launch, we get a detailed list of all the new features and instructions on how to upgrade LMDE 3 installations.
The biggest change in this update is that it’s based on Debian 10 meaning newer packages will be available to download and new hardware is supported. Other features include home directory encryption, NVMe support, SecureBoot support, support for Btrfs submodules, a new installer, improvements from Linux Mint 19.3 such as Cinnamon 4.4 and new default apps, and a few other smaller changes.
If you like to experiment with Linux operating systems in a virtual machine, LMDE 4 now defaults to a minimum resolution of 1024x768 in VirtualBox, making it feel a bit more like you’re running it on an actual computer. If you do decide to install this version, be sure to check out the release notes as there are a couple of issues with some programs and settings that you should be aware of.
For those running LMDE 3, it is possible to upgrade to LMDE 4 without performing a clean installation. To do this, closely follow the instructions of this tutorial to avoid making any mistakes. If you run into any issues, feel free to leave a comment on this blog post where you’ll be offered some assistance.
LMDE is the Linux Mint project’s backup plan should Ubuntu, the base for other Linux Mint releases, ever disappear. Aside from that, LMDE also ensures that any software that the project develops continues to be compatible outside of Ubuntu. If you already run Linux Mint 18.x, or 19.x and you’re happy with the performance, there is no need to switch to LMDE as it largely behaves in the same manner as the mainline releases.
Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE) 4 available for download
by Paul Hill
At the time of writing, the Linux Mint project is still to announce the release of Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE) 4 but if you check out mirror services, you can grab the new version right now. The new update brings improvements that were shipped with Linux Mint 19.3 such as Cinnamon 4.4, new default software, a boot repair tool, and more.
According to the ISO status page, the 32- and 64-bit LMDE 4 images were approved for stable release in that last several hours. While no announcement has been made, you can download them by heading to the Linux Mint mirrors page, selecting a mirror, heading into the debian folder and looking for LMDE 4. If you cannot see the ISO in the mirror you chose, just look on another mirror and you should find a download link.
The stable release comes less than a month since the beta images were made available. If you tried the beta and found any issues be sure to check out the stable version as your issue may now be resolved.
If you’d prefer to wait for an official announcement of this version’s release you will only have to wait a couple of days. With LMDE 4 out of the way, attention will fully turn to Linux Mint 20 which is due for release sometime in the summer. Linux Mint 20 will mark the biggest update to the operating system since 2018.
Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE) 4 beta images available now
by Paul Hill
Linux Mint Debian Edition, more commonly known as LMDE, has a new beta release out on third-party mirrors even though no official announcement has yet been made about its availability. LMDE 4 was discussed in the last Linux Mint blog post and is expected to come with all the improvements that were shipped with Linux Mint 19.3 such as Cinnamon 4.4, new default software, a boot repair tool, and more.
Unlike typical Linux Mint versions which use Ubuntu as the base, LMDE uses Debian Stable. The software packages that are included with Debian Stable are thoroughly tested and are considered to be a bit more stable than the ones Ubuntu ships with (Ubuntu is based on Debian Unstable/Debian Testing depending on whether it’s an Ubuntu LTS release). LMDE also acts as an emergency option if, in future, Ubuntu is not a suitable base.
The release of the beta image on several Linux Mint mirrors comes days after they were tested and approved for release by Clem Lefebvre, head of the Linux Mint project. We’re still waiting for the official announcement of the beta releases but it should be made within the next couple of days via the Linux Mint blog.
In the January blog post, Lefebvre did state that the final build of LMDE 4 will make an appearance before Linux Mint 20 which is due sometime in the summer. The period between the beta release of LMDE 3 and the final release was exactly one month. Once the LMDE 4 beta has been officially announced, we’ll probably have to wait another month for the final release again.
Debian 10.3 and Debian 9.12 images released with the latest patches rolled in
by Paul Hill
Image via Alex Makas The Debian Project has announced the release of Debian 10.3 and Debian 9.12. Debian’s point releases roll up all the latest updates into the disc image which allows people to install fewer updates after installing Debian on their systems. The updates don’t bring new features but include security patches and a few adjustments for serious problems.
If you’re already using Debian 9 or 10, there’s no need to reinstall them to get the latest changes bundled with the latest point releases, instead just check for available updates in the update manager or command line. If you’ve applied all of the available patches, you’re effectively running the latest images.
Some of the changes in this update include six removed packages and fixes to the Debian Installer to make it more stable. Several packages received security updates including Firefox ESR, Thunderbird, the Linux kernel, Chromium, Ruby, Wordpress, and OpenJDK. Other packages have received miscellaneous bugfixes like ClamAV, Python, systemd, and sudo.
If you’re still using Debian 9 or are thinking about installing it, keep in mind that official security updates from the Debian project end sometime this year. It will be shifted over to the long term support branch where it will be patched by volunteers and companies instead of the Debian security team. LTS support for Debian 9 will last until June 2022.