Episode #36

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Time was when KDE looked like something created by a hyperactive child let loose with a box of crayons. Whilst still offering a befuddling array of configuration options, aesthetically it’s now all grown up – and actually surprisingly attractive. We kicked the tyres on a couple of recent KDE distros that aim to offer the user quite contrasting experiences.

Just why is proprietary GUI software often better than the FOSS alternatives? Hear our thoughts on this after our usual coverage of the news, your feedback and our excursion into KDE-land.

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0:05:35   News

Releases
Bodhi Linux 3.0.0 Release
OpenStreetMap now has A-to-B routing built in to the homepage
Symple Introduces the $89 Planet Friendly Ubuntu Linux Web Workstation

Mobile
Samsung’s Linux-Based Tizen Phone Proves an Unexpected Success
Pebble Time – Awesome Smartwatch, No Compromises

Odds ‘n’ Sods
Internet of things starter kit unveiled by ARM and IBM (official IBM link)
Congratulations to Martin for Ubuntu MATE gaining official status for 15.04; and now listing on DistroWatch
The truth about Purism: Why Librem is not the same as libre

Security
How hackers could attack hard drives to create a pervasive backdoor
Lenovo PCs ship with man-in-the-middle adware that breaks HTTPS connections
Some notes on SuperFish
Thought Komodia/Superfish Bug Was Really, Really Bad? It’s Much, Much Worse!
Lenovo’s Promise for a Cleaner, Safer PC
It’s Not Just Superfish – Your Computer Blindly Trusts Hundreds of Sources
The Great SIM Heist: How Spies Stole The Keys To The Encryption Castle
Did NSA, GCHQ steal the secret key in YOUR phone SIM? It’s LIKELY
Gemalto presents the findings of its investigations into the alleged hacking of SIM card encryption keys by Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) and the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA)
SIM hack scandal biz Gemalto: Everything’s fine … Security industry: No, it’s really not

0:44:45   Feedback

A huge thank you to Jonathan Spriggs for joining our Monthly Supporters, whose ranks largely keep this little ship afloat. And, as ever, thanks to johanv for his continuing support on Flattr.

Paddy mentioned that you can now find us on Stitcher, if that’s your kind of thing. He also grovelling apologised for a minor RSS snafu, which meant a broken audio feed for half a day. Yes, he’ll be running Fedora for the next week as an act of penance.

Dave Allan and Daniel Rossbach both offered further thoughts on our recent Over a Pint about social media, with Daniel flagging up the supposedly secure and ephemeral Pond.

And, speaking of secure messaging, Ivor O’Connor was one of several listeners who mentioned the Switzerland-based ProtonMail to us.

Richard Norton-Hall told us that the BBC is moving away from Windows Media streaming; whilst James Chappell made some observations about Joe’s recent First Impressions of the Pi 2. And also Pi related, Arold wondered if we’d tried the ODROID-C1?

The debate around ISOs vs scripts for derivative distros continued with some input from Esteban.

Thanks to Isaac Carter, Will, Steven Rosenberg, MikeF and Firefoxfan2702 for your comments on Ubuntu Touch and the bq phone. The Nielsen statistics that Paddy mentioned can be found here.

And thanks to everyone else who left us feedback on our website or elsewhere. Your views are always an important part of this show, and will remain so :)

1:06:01   Two Distros, Two Versions of KDE

We took a look at Linux Mint 17 KDE and the more aesthetically pleasing – but application challenged – KaOS.

1:53:28   Over a Pint

Our occasional discussion segment made a welcome return, albeit with a slightly controversial topic, as Joe wondered why it is that proprietary GUI software is frequently better than the FOSS alternatives?


Linux LudditesAs ever, we’d welcome your feedback about the show either here on our website, via a mail to show@, on Twitter @linuxluddites, or over at our G+ Community page.

Thanks for listening.

Episode #35

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In or around London on February 26th? Like to meet up with Joe and Jesse, Scott from mintCast, Matt from TDTRS and Popey from UUPC? See Joe’s blog for further details.

0:03:13   News

Distro News
CrunchBang: The End
LMDE going rolling

Mobile
Android 5.1 is out, already shipping on new phones
Android Lollipop: meet the UK team behind the world’s biggest mobile operating system
The first Tizen smartphone isn’t an “Android killer” – it’s a bad Android clone

Oddments
FSF adds Guix System Distribution to list of endorsed distributions
Where did occupygpl.org go?
Happy 10th anniversary, Nathan Barley
Xfce 4.12 Release date
LXQt 0.9.0 released
ownCloud 8 released

Security
GCHQ intelligence sharing ‘was unlawful’, tribunal rules
‘Innocent people’ on police photos database
New Linux backdoor carries extensive payload
US Publishers Are Responsible for Most Malicious and Risky Apps, Putting Everyone with a Smartphone at Risk (~250KB PDF)
Executive Director Andrew Lewman Answers Your Questions About Tor and Privacy
‘Google search on steroids’ brings dark Web into the light
Once-starving GnuPG crypto project gets a windfall. Now comes the hard part
Answering the Call for Werner Koch’s Everywhere

0:37:18   First Impressions

We found out whether Joe had any regrets about his impetuous eBay purchase of the new Raspberry Pi 2.

0:50:44   Feedback

A huge thank you to Simon Raffeiner for the PayPal donation, and to Simon Lewis – our newest Monthly Supporter. And thanks to keithzg and an anonymous listener for the Flattrs.

Elisha Montgomery posted on our G+ Community to detail setting up Easy2Boot under Linux – thanks, Elisha.

Less positively, Steven Rosenberg took Joe to task for his description of the Bombono DVD user interface as ‘intuitive'; and David Wolski queried how luddite we Luddites really are.

Sean Andreas and Daniel offered some thoughts about the direction Cyanogen is taking; whilst Jonas Kalderstam reminded us how much of core Android is now reliant upon the (closed-source) Google Play Services. Some comments on the unprofitability of the Android space for hardware manufacturers by SonOfNed presaged us sharing some shocking statistics about the mobile market-space.

The costs of our computing – both environmental, and those incurred to power companies – was a topic raised again by Tony Molloy, SonOfNed and Steven Rosenberg.

Finally, Daniel and Keith Z-G both chipped in with some thoughts following our piece last show about social media. Thanks to you both, and to everyone else who got in touch over the last fortnight.

1:09:57   Ubuntu Phone

Long discussed, Canonical finally unveiled an Ubuntu phone in conjunction with Spanish supplier bq (yes, bq – ignore the paid tech press who don’t bother checking things like capitalisation <sigh>). Joe managed to briefly get his hands on the bq Aquarius E4.5, whilst Paddy and Jesse had to make do with flashing the Ubuntu Touch OS onto their Nexus 7 tablets for a gander.

I think that it’s fair to say we were pleasantly surprised, if not bowled over; which seems to have been the general consensus of the unboxing reviews so far. It’ll certainly be interesting to watch this platform develop, particularly if Canonical can rustle up some decent and full-featured native apps…


Linux LudditesAs ever, we’d welcome your feedback about the show either here on our website, via a mail to show@, on Twitter @linuxluddites, or over at our G+ Community page.

Keep it dusty.

Episode #34

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0:07:01   News

Security
BOO! Grave remote-code exec flaw in GNU C Library TERRIFIES Linux
Sky to block porn by default to protect children

Odds ‘n’ Sods
Jeff Hoogland’s back
CoreOS Moves From Btrfs To EXT4 + OverlayFS
The Linux Foundation Offers a Self-Paced SysAdmin Course

Mobile
CEO: “Today, Cyanogen has some dependence on Google. Tomorrow, it will not.”
Microsoft to Invest in Rogue Android Startup Cyanogen
Microsoft Releases Finished Versions Of Office For Android
Microsoft continues cross-platform tear, releases Outlook for iOS, Android
LibreOffice for Android coming soon
#CASHTAGS are a thing: you can now bank on Twitter
Now available in the UK: Send and request money right from Gmail

Crowdfunding Updates
[show #29] Librem 15 reaches funding goal
[show #30] UbuTab Indiegogo failed; undeterred, Nikki Wertish is now selling preorders
[show #31] Interview with Andromium CEO Gordon Zheng; Kickstarter failed to reach goal, but still pushing ahead
[show #32] Builder, a Gnome IDE completed its Indiegogo campaign

I’ll believe it when it happ… oh
Smart things powered by snappy Ubuntu Core on ARM and x86
Hands-on: Microsoft’s HoloLens is flat-out magical

0:49:38   Off the Beaten Path

Joe and Jesse talked about a couple of pieces of software that they use regularly, and find really useful: Bombono DVD and Rapid Photo Downloader for Linux.

1:00:52   Feedback

A huge thank you to Aaron Cook for the PayPal donation; and to Stefan Hofbauer and Jason Connerley, who joined our ranks of Monthly Supporters. And thanks to Clemens Gruber, Andrey Panasyuk and Jeremy Wooten for the Flattrs.

We mentioned that it’d really help us gain more visibility if we had a few more ratings and reviews on our iTunes listing… so, if you enjoy the show, you know what to do ;)

We received a fair amount of feedback regarding our look last show at the ZTE Open C running Firefox OS. Thanks to SonOfNed, Firefoxfan2702, Efraim and Aaron for your differing and thoughtful perspectives.

Andrew Kirkpatrick got in touch to remind us of the environmental impact that our computing devices have, and we’ll try to keep this in mind going forwards.

And Issac Carter offered some predictions for 2015 of his own. With GHOST seemingly already fulfilling one of Joe’s – which he failed to pick up on! – it’ll be interesting to look back in 12 months’ time to see how we all fared.

1:15:55   Over a Pint

Have social media platforms broadened our appreciation of the views of others, or simply become a space where we can easily seek out those with our own existing narrow perspectives and prejudices?

Whilst chewing over this topic, we mentioned the worldwide spread of the #JeSuisCharlie hashtag, how online dating is turning us all into Tamagotchis, how social media can reinforce a ‘spiral of silence’, and how comfortable conformity is all too often the only desire of today’s youth.

Despite being asked nicely, Joe didn’t edit in the chorus from an apposite viral video that Paddy thought would make a good bumper for this segment. So, just for everyone reading, here’s the song in its full glory. Enjoy ;)


Linux LudditesAs ever, we’d welcome your feedback about the show either here on our website, via a mail to show@, on Twitter @linuxluddites, or over at our G+ Community page.

Thanks for listening.