Episode #24

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0:09:17   News

Good News / Bad News
FSF and Debian join forces to help free software users find the hardware they need
Akamai Warns of IptabLes and IptabLex Infection on Linux, DDoS attacks

New Distro Releases; One Ceases
Gentoo Live DVD
Q4OS is now stable enough to be recommended for everyday use
Stepping Down from Bodhi Linux Lead (Update: Bodhi Linux is NOT Dead – It is just Changing Hands)

New App Releases
Hands-on: WordPress 4.0 adds useful features to a rich platform
Amazon Brings Prime Instant Video To All Android Phones In US, UK And Germany

You WILL be Running Red Hat GnomeOS
Revisiting How We Put Together Linux Systems (comment threads on LWN and Lennart’s G+ post worth a read)
Sandboxed Gnome apps
PackageKit 1.0.0

Odds ‘n’ Sods
Standard Flavored Markdown (bunfight, and the quick-read version)
Chrome OS can now run Android apps, no porting required
Freexian’s first report about Debian Long Term Support (and Holger Levsen’s thoughts on how the process is working)

Seen Elsewhere
DebConf14: QA with Linus Torvalds
With Named Data Networking, a group of researchers promise a future without servers and IP addresses (and what it‘s all about)
Anyone interested in the origins of TCP/IP, and why that alone might not be appropriate to take us forwards, would probably enjoy this presentation by Van Jacobson

0:51:20   First Impressions

Jesse looked at Slackel, whilst Paddy was handed ZevenOS for next time.

0:59:23   Feedback

A huge thank you to Campbell Barton for his continued support over at Gratipay, and to johanv, DeepGeek and an anonymous donor for their Flattrs. And a special thank you to Charlie Ebert and Clive van Hilten, both of whom became Monthly Supporters and joined Jeroen van Rijn, Peter Kidd, Christopher Atkins, Issac Carter and Brendan MacWade in providing us with a small predictable income stream. Thanks guys – it really is appreciated!

As we mentioned, Jesse has now set up a Luddite G+ Community, so if you use that service we now have another way to get in touch.

We received a large post bag this time, so an up-front thank you to GLaDER, Jezra and Charlie Ebert for your various comments.

Frank Bell, Jonathan Groll and Shay the Daft Punk all got in touch with comments following our look at the *boxen window managers last show.

On the question of usability, stability and backwards compatibility, Rob Landley provided some interesting historical information, and made a point echoed by Torvalds in the video linked above – it’s not the kernel to user-space interface that tends to break things, but items further up the stack. And AdamT questioned whether Linux Mint really would be a good choice for non-technical users looking for a stable platform with up to date apps.

Paddy’s plug for a non-vi/non-Emacs based simple text editor provoked some comments. Ivor O’Connor wrote approvingly that the more traditional editors can act as full-blown development IDEs, Jonathan Groll flagged up the ubiquity of GNU’s Readline, and Russell Dickinson plugged ne, another lightweight editor that unfortunately doesn’t quite tick the boxes Paddy was praising the Sanos editor for.

On systemd, Florian flagged up the GSoC project aimed at producing shims to keep the GNOME desktop working on the BSDs, and Brad Alexander confessed to a growing affection for PC-BSD and the Lumina desktop. Whilst talking about this, Paddy mentioned the recent BSD Now episode on Lumina.

Nathan D. Smith wondered why the bundling of libraries with apps is considered so bad since “disk is cheap”. Rob Landley and Russell Dickinson provided counterpoints to Nathan.

Jonathan Nadeau emailed Paddy to clarify that his motivation for planning to write a new text-to-speech engine for Sonar GNU/Linux was largely just about reducing uncertainty.

Jonathan Groll pointed Joe towards the Zalman HDD enclosures as a possible solution for his ISO woes, and Rufus Rieder linked to a post detailing appropriate chipsets for use when creating your own Hackintosh (also, no doubt, intended for Joe).

Henrik put forward a defence for the use of Wine versus dual booting, and Joel contrasted his picture stitching efforts using Hugin with the results he achieved from Microsoft’s Image Composite Editor. Jesse took a leaf out of Apple’s playbook, telling Joel that “you’re holding it wrong” ;)

Finally, thanks to Morten Juhl-Johansen Zölde-Fejér for pointing us towards mapillary.com, a crowdsourced alternative to Google Street View, and which none of your hosts had come across before.

1:36:14   ownCloud

Many of us are looking for a way to break free of proprietary services, but to still enjoy the benefits that cloud storage and computing seem to offer. Much hyped by credulous bloggers and other podcasts, we thought it time to cast an honest gaze over ownCloud, a dual-headed corporate and community project. Our verdict? Decidedly mixed.

Rolling out of that discussion, and thinking about the realities of the multi-device owning world we now live in, Paddy brought up what he thinks the FOSS community really needs to deliver on in order to free us from the centralised control of our data for once and all.

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

Thanks for listening.

Episode #23

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0:05:23   News

Ten years of OpenStreetMap and GParted
Debian’s 21st birthday

Linux on the desktop
Munich to ditch Linux, return to Microsoft?
Ditching Linux for Windows? The truth isn’t that simple, says Munich
Five big names that use Linux on the desktop
Linux Founder Linus Torvalds ‘Still Wants the Desktop’
OS Battle – Porn by the Platform (caution: content safe for work, but visiting domain may not be!)
Can we please stop talking about the Linux desktop?
Linux Has Run Out of Time

Linux Foundation announcements
Linux kernel source code repositories get better security with two-factor authentication
Linux Foundation introduces new Linux certifications (2 minute video pitch)

Distro news
Operating System U on Kickstarter
The future of SolydXK (later clarification via a Q&A)

Seen Elsewhere (aka the speculative hardware section)
lowRISC open-source SoC

And finally…
Simplenote want developers to make a GNU/Linux implementation

0:39:31   First Impressions

Joe looked at AUSTRUMI Linux, and Jesse was handed Slackel for next time.

0:46:28   Feedback

Thanks to johanv, perlist, mikaelinscius and defascat for the Flattrs, and to our current PayPal Monthly Supporters – you guys are keeping the lights on.

At the request of Campbell Barton, we’ve also signed up with Gratipay (the recently renamed Gittip); and thanks to Campbell for funding us that way.

Thanks to Charlie in Oklahoma, Iain McKeand, Rob Mackenzie, Esteban Martinez and Brendan Perrine for their mails, tweets and comments.

Danny Knestaut, apache9, Campbell Barton and Russell Dickenson all got in touch following our interview with Jonathan Nadeau last time. As Paddy explained, we’re hoping to hear back from Jonathan to better understand his desire to rewrite the speech server for Sonar.

Our new CAPTCHA system has caused problems for a few folks; we’ll keep an eye on the situation. We’ll also have a look at podcast chapter marks following Cathryne’s remarks, but no promises from Joe on that score. And thanks to Torin Doyle, SirTomate and Dale Visser, all of whom got in touch about podcasting-related matters.

Arold told us that he’d discovered the Xfce terminal’s ability to act in drop-down mode, and Andrew Turner pointed us towards Ubuntu’s Startup Disk Creator as a possible UNetbootin replacement.

Thanks to apache9 for the link to an interesting CCC presentation on hardening hardware. And staying on the security theme, Secret Squirrel wondered if the media are more harsh on FOSS projects than proprietary ones when reporting vulnerabilities?

A comment from Gregor prompted a brief discussion around Amazon affiliate links.

Daniel got in touch to share his (decidedly lukewarm) impressions of the Linux Foundation’s ‘Introduction to Linux’ course. We’d love to report back other people’s opinions, and also of the new certification exams that we talked about in the News segment this show, so do get in touch if you’ve been through the process.

Pariah and Steven Rosenberg got in touch regarding the Mint team’s plans to move to Debian Stable as a base for LMDE.

Wrapping up, Nathan D. Smith’s challenge for Joe to run GNOME Shell for a month received the response we probably all expected. Worth a shot, though, Nathan ;)

1:15:29   Boxing Clever?

They may be perennial favourites with lightweight distro users, but how practical are Blackbox, Fluxbox, Hackedbox and Openbox as standalone Window Managers?

1:46:35   Off the Beaten Path

Risking the wrath of traditionalists, Paddy introduced a simple console text editor that doesn’t require you to memorise a bunch of arcane and finger-contorting keystrokes to be useful. We talked about the Sanos editor, and mentioned Tilde in passing. And to get stared on configuring xterm into something more usable, you could do a lot worse than reading these three posts, which should give you the confidence to delve into the actual man page itself.

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

Thanks for listening.

Episode #22

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We recorded this show the day after a notable anniversary for the podcast world.

0:07:01   News

Privacy, security etc.
Ubuntu shopping lens deemed legal by UK data privacy office
Yahoo to roll out end-to-end encryption option for all Yahoo Mail users in 2015
What’s the matter with PGP?
This thumbdrive hacks computers. “BadUSB” exploit makes devices turn “evil” (video of presentation)

Lack of privacy – a good thing (…?)
Google Gives Child Pornography Email Evidence to Police
Microsoft tip leads to child porn arrest in Pennsylvania

Odds ‘n’ Sods
Defragmenting Qt and Uniting Our Ecosystem
Linux Mint Debian Edition move to Debian Stable base confirmed
We looked at the RC back on show #10, now Android-x86 4.4 has been released

Italian City Turin Opts For Ubuntu And Open Office To Save Millions
In Soviet Russia Linux Runs You
Free Software on the final frontier: GNU Radio controls the ISEE-3 Spacecraft (and a nice colour piece on the story)

0:47:05   Seen Elsewhere

New IBM SyNAPSE Chip Could Open Era of Vast Neural Networks (and what it’s all about)
Intel’s Broadwell processor revealed – The 14-nm Core M aims to upend the tablet market
Mile High Milestone: Tegra K1 “Denver” Will Be First 64-bit ARM Processor for Android

0:51:13   First Impressions

Paddy took a look at MEPIS, whilst Joe was handed AUSTRUMI for next time.

1:01:05   Feedback

A huge thank you to vadis, Jeremy Wootten, DeepGeek and an anonymous donor for the Flattrs, and to our existing Monthly Supporters. With no other PayPal donations this show, you guys helping to keep the lights on really was appreciated.

We had a whole raft of feedback following Joe’s UNetbootin grumbles last show. Thanks to Julian Overall, Steven Rosenberg and Bill_MI for your comments. Easy suggested Joe look at Multiboot, whilst Glen Skiner and Martin Wimpress are both fans of Easy2Boot. Martin also pointed us in the direction of some good instructions on how to setup Easy2Boot solely using Linux.

Glen also told us that he’s joined Joe in experiencing Xfce screen blanking woes. DeepGeek wondered if we’re planning to look at more window managers in the future… yep, next show we’ll be talking about Blackbox, Fluxbox, Hackedbox and Openbox.

And a shout out to Nigel Poulton, Dave Brandt, Rob Mackenzie, Matthew Heinke, Blue Eagle, Will and Ricky Fitts for your Tweets, mails and website comments.

Whilst talking about Joel’s use of a Pebble smartwatch on his motorcycle, Paddy mentioned the very fancy looking Skully AR-1 Android-based helmet.

We rounded off the feedback with comments from 0xf10e, Charles Stell and Jens Stein Jørgensen, all of whom had something to say about the question of trust, which we talked about last show. And taking a cue from Jens Stein, we’ve pencilled in a look at how practical a Google-free Android experience really can be for a future show.

1:19:55   Jonathan Nadeau Interview

We spoke with Jonathan Nadeau about the recent release of Sonar GNU/Linux 2014.1, and about accessibility in the wider Linux world. During the conversation, mention was made of the Accessible Computing Foundation; Vinux, an alternative accessability-focused distro; and the Universal Tux community. Many thanks to Jonathan for finding the time to talk with us, and if you have an unused computer sat at home, why not put it to good use via Jonathan’s Computers For Sonar initiative?

2:04:03   Off the Beaten Path

Jesse told us about Hugin, a free software panorama stitcher capable of producing some gorgeous results, and one of his favourite photo manipulation tools.

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

Thanks for listening.