Episode #92


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00:05:48 News
00:40:03 More Pi Gubbins
00:54:41 Feedback
01:03:19 Chapeau 24

For those not wanting to risk life and limb by living on the bleeding edge, a new release of Fedora is always a good time to look at derivatives based on the previous version. So this show we span up Chapeau 24, which aims to provide a more feature-rich and useful desktop environment than stock Fedora.

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00:05:48 News

Fedora 25 released!
openSUSE community Linux moves ahead of Fedora

Alienware manager on Steam Machines lull: Windows 10 changed everything
Microsoft’s Linux love affair leads it to join The Linux Foundation
Microsoft & Linux & Patents & Tweets
SQL Server on Linux: Runs well in spite of internal quirks. Why?

O’Reilly Humble Unix Book Bundle

FlightAware offering bounties for Tcl improvements
curl Security Audit

Major Linux security hole gapes open
KDE Project Security Advisory

Chinese company installed secret backdoor on hundreds of thousands of phones
Google is pretty much abandoning Android 2.3 Gingerbread in 2017

Pinebook is a Linux laptop with an ARM CPU for $89 and up
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for Raspberry Pi

00:40:03 More Pi Gubbins

Jesse talked about Lychee and the Energenie Pi-mote, whilst Joe chatted about how he uses WordPress and AntennaPod in a somewhat unconventional manner.

00:54:41 Feedback

A huge thank you to Wiktor Wajsberg for your PayPal donation, and to Joshua Scott, Robert Rijkhoff, Diego Reyes Quintana and Thomas Larsen Wessel for joining our band of Monthly Supporters. Thanks, guys!

Gavin Hewins got in touch to plug the upcoming HackHorsham Raspberry Jam in Horsham, due to take place on December 11th. If anyone else has community events they’d like us to mention, please do let us know.

David Carollo and Morten wondered if there shouldn’t be more Red Hat and Fedora coverage on both this show and others, and questioned the amount of advocacy those projects undertake.

Following up on Jesse’s comments last time about 3D printing, Victor and Nathan Wolf suggested some software to try for both design and slicing, and Brian got in touch with a pointer to a podcast he recorded on the subject a couple of years ago.

01:03:19 Chapeau 24

We took Chapeau 24 for a spin to see how it stood up against both Korora and stock Fedora. And whilst the team behind Chapeau have undoubtedly made some good decisions regarding application and system defaults, we were ultimately left wondering whether this should be a stand-alone distro at all?

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 Google Plus and Facebook Community pages.

Thanks for listening.

Episode #91


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00:03:09 News
00:32:49 Linux Voice/Linux Magazine
00:40:39 herbstluftwm
00:51:40 Feedback
01:08:39 Elizabeth K Joseph on OpenStack

OpenStack has the justified reputation of being a complex set of technologies. This show we talked with Elizabeth K Joseph, whose new book provides an overview of the platform and some much needed practical hand-holding through your first few simple deployments. This after the latest news and your feedback, plus a look at herbstluftwm, a relatively unknown tiling window manager.

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00:03:09 News

Mythbuntu: So Long and Thanks for All the Fish
Ubuntu Budgie
MP3 Support Now Coming to Fedora Workstation 25

Open-source pioneer Munich debates report that suggests abandoning Linux for Windows 10 (totally unrelated)

Lenovo issues fixes for laptop Linux installs
The Code To Intel’s New Linux Wireless Daemon Is Now Public

Mobile and tablet internet usage exceeds desktop for first time worldwide
One billion people now use Facebook on a mobile device — and only a mobile device — for the first time

WebAssembly: Finally something everyone agrees on — websites running C/C++ code
Browsers remove functionality due to privacy
Introducing FlyWeb
FlyWeb – Pure Web Cross-Device Interaction

00:32:49 Linux Voice/Linux Magazine

As we recently reported, the Linux Voice team have recently merged operations with Linux Magazine. How well does the new combined publication work? Jesse reported back.

00:40:39 herbstluftwm

Prompted by listener Michael Boyle, we span up the herbstluftwm tiling window manager. If you’d like to see it in action without having to follow our footsteps, check out this video.

00:51:40 Feedback

A huge thank you to Adam Cox, David Garth-Owen and Wiktor Wajsberg for your PayPal donations, and to Michael Lamb for becoming a Monthly Supporter of the show. We are immensely grateful for all of the support that we receive.

And thanks to Seenysha for pointing out that ‘Not So Fast: Thinking Twice about Technology‘, the book written by Doug Hill with whom we chatted back on show #38 is finally available on Amazon.

Several people got in touch following our conversation last time about the state of software ‘engineering’, including Campbell Barton and Florian. Thanks for the feedback, guys.

And on the question of Pi use-cases we had input from John and Lori, amongst others.

A comment from Jerry Steele of the Admin Admin podcast prompted a brief discussion around SSH key security, and whilst talking about CubicleNate’s thoughts on the micro- vs monolithic kernel debate Paddy mentioned a talk by Andy Tanenbaum that nicely teases out some of the key issues. Recommended viewing.

01:08:39 Elizabeth K Joseph on OpenStack

A familiar name to many, both for her association with the best Linux desktop and her work on diversity in tech, Elizabeth has also been heavily involved in the burgeoning OpenStack scene. We spoke with Lyz about her new book ‘Common OpenStack Deployments: Real-World Examples for Systems Administrators and Engineers‘, which will help you find your feet in this complex infrastructure project through the use of practical examples. Thanks again to Lyz for taking the time to talk with us.

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 Google Plus and Facebook Community pages.

Thanks for listening.

Episode #90


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00:01:35 News
00:41:50 Paddy’s First Taste of Pi
01:08:40 Feedback
01:18:59 Software Engineering?

After kicking off with the latest news, this show features a frank first impression of the Raspberry Pi, your feedback, and a discussion about the state of modern software engineering.

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00:01:35 News

Hotfix Your Ubuntu Kernels with the Canonical Livepatch Service!
“Most serious” Linux privilege-escalation bug ever is under active exploit
Security bug lifetime
Using Rowhammer bitflips to root Android phones is now a thing
Defending against Rowhammer in the kernel

Google Pixel XL costs $285.75 to Manufacture — in line with Rival Smartphones
Remix IO — A 4K, Nougat-powered, All-in-One device
BBC micro:bit goes global (tiny, affordable, educational computing)
Germans React to UK’s micro:bit

Smartwatch shipments are down 50 percent from a year ago (IDC report)
Macs are 3 times cheaper to own than Windows PCs, says IBM’s IT guy

The Linux Foundation takes on the JavaScript community with the JS Foundation
The Linux Foundation and edX Announce New, Free DevOps Course

Linux Voice Joins the Linux New Media Family; FAQ

00:41:50 Paddy’s First Taste of Pi

After much nagging from his fellow hosts, Paddy finally plugged in his Pi and reported back on his experiences running some of the popular desktop distros. Which weren’t great, TBH. As suggested in the segment, he’s planning to look at more programming-oriented projects like Ultibo and JonesFORTH O/S for a future a show.

01:08:40 Feedback

A huge thank you to Jerry Murphy for becoming a Monthly Supporter of the show. And if you like what we do — and you wouldn’t be reading this otherwise — then think about following Jerry and throwing us a few bucks every month for the value we give you.

Thanks to CubicleNate and Rob Landley for getting in touch regarding Google’s propensity for leaving users in the lurch by frequently ditching services, and to Ian Barton for his thoughts on sudo password delays. As Paddy suggested, man pam_faildelay might be another place to start looking if this behaviour bugs you too.

James Lewis thought we may have been a little harsh in our dismissal of the current state of Unity 8, whilst Russell Dickenson sadly agreed that the lack of full Play Store access means that Phoenix OS really isn’t a viable choice on tablets right now.

01:18:59 Software Engineering?

There’s a famous fake interview with Bjarne Stroustrup, the creator of C++, that really nails down the underlying goal of most modern software tooling and development: it isn’t designed to produce a functional product for the end-user, but rather to keep those in the computing industry in long-term and lucrative employment. Your Luddites sat down to chat around the topic, braving the thousands of outraged code monkeys that will likely start flinging poo in their direction.

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 Google Plus and Facebook Community pages.

Thanks for listening.

Episode #89


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00:06:51 News
00:54:57 KDE Plasma 5.8
01:15:47 Feedback
01:24:51 Phoenix OS

With Joe and Jesse positively gushing over Plasma 5.8, this is clearly not your great-grandfather’s KDE. And sticking with the desktop theme, we also span up Phoenix OS, a properly windowed Android for your PC or tablet.

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00:06:51 News

Global PC Shipments Declined for the Eighth Consecutive Quarter
Lenovo in talks to buy Fujitsu’s loss-making PC business

Running Ubuntu on Intel Bay Trail and Cherry Trail Devices
GCC RISC-V Support Allegedly Held Up Due To University Lawyers

Mobile developers now top 12 million, and they can’t get enough of Android
Cyanogen OS goes modular: Offers phone makers option to license specific features

Video: Fireside Chat with David Rusling and Linus Torvalds
Video: Lennart Poettering: State of the Union/Portable Services

Here’s Everything Google Announced Today
Google may just have silently snuffed the tablet computer
Many Android 7.1 features are Pixel-exclusive, and Nexuses can’t get it yet
Verizon will control Android updates for Google Pixel phones it sells
Pixel and Pixel XL: Google Declares War on Samsung and Apple
Samsung just bought a potential Siri-killer from the guys who originally created Siri
Samsung – Collision course

Google is demoting Hangouts to “optional” in the Google Apps package for Android, to be replaced by Duo
Google will ‘increasingly focus’ Hangouts on business customers

Disappearing messages for Signal
Wire, the Encrypted Chat App, Is Now Available for Linux

Apple to Block WoSign Intermediate Certificates
WoSign Incidents Report Update — 7th Oct 2016
Remediation Plan for WoSign and StartCom
StartSSL certs are now valid for 3 years

Black Lab Linux is going commercial only
Tim Berners-Lee just gave us an opening to stop DRM in Web standards

00:54:57 KDE Plasma 5.8

With Jesse back running KaOS, Joe took another look at the KDE Plasma desktop in the form of KDE neon. And he found much to like, in particular the KDEConnect mobile-to-desktop bridge.

01:15:47 Feedback

A huge thank you to Patrizio Bekerle, William Mason and Peter Jones for becoming our latest Monthly Supporters — thanks, guys!

As ever, our conversation with friend of the show Rob Landley went down well, with praise coming in from Patrizio Bekerle, LukeVideo, Bacon Zombie and CubicleNate; and Rob got involved in the comments, writing lengthy replies to Will and Campbell Barton. A suggestion that we hear from somebody on the other side of the GPL enforcement debate was made by Will, and all we can say is that we’d be very open to that — so if Bradley or Karen are listening, do get in touch.

Jesse apologised to Dr M Majid Saleem on behalf of us all for overlooking his email about a short blog series he wrote explaining why he thinks that GNOME is the best desktop to run on a touchscreen convertible device.

Hauke Laging wrote to chastise us for suggesting that listeners ought to look around for a local event tied in with the upcoming Linux Presentation Day, and pointed out that perhaps we should have recommended they organise their own. Fair point, Hauke, but perhaps a little optimistic. As, sadly, was CubicleNate’s suggestion that if some of the big names in the Linux space could set their differences aside, they could come together to take on iOS and Android in the mobile space. A lovely idea, but one likely never to be realised due to der Narzissmus der kleinen Differenzen.

Joe ended the feedback segment by mentioning our affiliate relationship with Digital Ocean. We wouldn’t recommend a service if we didn’t use it ourselves and rate it highly; we do, and they’re great! So if you are looking for a cost-effective box in the public cloud with a big fat pipe out to the rest of the world, do give them a try with a free $10 credit courtesy of your Luddites.

01:24:51 PhoenixOS

We’ve looked at several OSs that attempt to turn Android into a usable desktop, but it’s fair to say that none have worked quite as slickly as PhoenixOS. That’s not to say that the provenance of Phoenix didn’t cause us a few issues, and both its symbiotic relation with Windows and lack of clarity on licensing also raise some big red flags. But we thought you’d like a glimpse of the sort of future that Google may have planned for us all, so settle back and hear how we got on with this properly windowing desktop Android.

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 Google Plus and Facebook Community pages.

Thanks for listening.

Episode #88


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00:04:55 News
00:51:49 Feedback
01:01:36 Rob Landley Interview

With GPL enforcement back in the news, we thought we’d cut through the bull and speak to someone who’s been there, done that, and only got a very tattered T-shirt in return. So, after our usual news and feedback, we welcomed Rob Landley back on the show to find out about real-world enforcement, and to talk a little about Linux’s rise to prominence.

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00:04:55 News

B2G OS and Gecko Annoucement (sic)
Pursim phone survey
Chromification Continues: Firefox May Use Chrome’s PDF and Flash Plugins
Mozilla wants woeful WoSign certs off the list

Google Chrome Beta For Android Now Lets You Play YouTube In The Background
Google Announces YouTube Go in India: The Data-Friendly Way to YouTube
Google Allo’s limitations explained in one word: “India”
How Allo and Duo Want to Complicate Messaging by Fracturing the Market
Google Allo review: This is fine
Google backs off on previously announced Allo privacy feature

Introducing PIXEL
The Slashdot Interview With Raspberry Pi Founder and CEO Eben Upton

What’s really going on with Microsoft, Lenovo and Linux
Microsoft aren’t forcing Lenovo to block free operating systems
Lenovo, Intel, Synaptics, and PayPal are working to kill passwords on your next laptop

And! it! begins!! Yahoo! sued! over! ultra-hack! of! 500m! Accounts!
InfoArmor says Not a State Actor
Congressional Leaders Demand Answers on Yahoo Breach
Defending Against Hackers Took a Back Seat at Yahoo, Insiders Say
2016 On Track To See Over 1 Billion Records Breached
Changing Passwords After a Breach Is Still Way Too Hard
Should you trust sites like https://haveibeenpwned.com?

ORWL – The First Open Source, Physically Secure Computer

00:51:49 Feedback

A huge thank you to Thomas Denning for your PayPal donation, and to Gabe Norwood and David Lindberg for joining our small but honoured band of Monthly Supporters. Thanks, guys!

We mentioned Linux Presentation Day 2016.2 on October 22, do have a look to see if an event is happening locally.

The age-old question of quantity versus quality in FOSS projects was raised by CubicleNate, and Marian Gasparovic got in touch regarding one of the newest, the Nextcloud Box.

Jon Spriggs pointed out that we’re just entering Hacktoberfest, which is a great excuse to get involved in a project; and Jesse extended his thanks to both Jon, and also Jerry (from the Admin Admin podcast), for their firewall feedback.

Lars Falk-Petersen flagged up his project to us, which finds an interesting use for the venerable finger command, and a question from Dave Lindberg allowed Joe to once again plug Boot-Repair.

01:01:36 Rob Landley Interview

We last spoke to Rob in show #11, so felt it high time we had him back on. Starting off with the recent brouhaha on the Kernel Summit mailing list, we touched upon GPL enforcement, the historical context of the success of Linux, how Rob’s Toybox project (now in vanilla Android) is progressing, and the future for the Linux desktop — which Rob firmly believes is in mobile. Once again, thanks for your time, Rob!


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 Google Plus and Facebook Community pages.

Thanks for listening.