Episode #83


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00:01:07 News
00:33:34 Filling the Void
00:53:58 Feedback
01:11:15 Finding Solus with Ikey

The Free and Open Source Software world is notoriously poor at selling itself to Joe Public. Why is this, and could an existing organisation fill the outreach void? Plus, and after all of the news and feedback, we talk with Ikey Doherty, who has a very definite vision for what sort of operating system could appeal to just those potential users.

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00:01:07 News

Skype for Linux Alpha and calling on Chrome & Chromebooks
Skype finalizes its move to the cloud, ignores the elephant in the room
Feral Linux users should learn when to shut up

Microsoft Wins Major Privacy Victory for Data Held Overseas
Bulk data collection only lawful in serious crime cases, ECJ rules

Notice of security breach on Ubuntu Forums (again)
GNOME Maps Hits A Dead End, Can No Longer Display Maps

ownCloud Secures Financing and Expands its Management Team
About the future of Seafile
Statement about Stopping Cooperation with Seafile GmbH

SoftBank to buy UK’s Arm for £24.3bn

Android Nougat won’t boot your phone if its software is corrupt
Cyanogen Inc. reportedly fires OS development arm, switches to apps
The Superbook: Turn your smartphone into a laptop for $99

00:33:34 Filling the Void

With the FSF promoting their own rabid take on software freedom at one end of the spectrum, and the money-grubbing corporate lapdog that is the Linux Foundation at the other, is the FOSS/Open Source world in need of a sane, pragmatic voice in the middle to promote our shared goals and ideals?

00:53:58 Feedback

Thanks to Jim Salter for the PayPal donation, and to all of our Monthly Supporters for your continuing support. Thanks, guys!

Joe plugged his Twitter feed, on which he tweets fairly sporadically and eclectically.

Thanks to Stephen for putting us straight on Vietnamese pronunciation; and to Florian, for pointing us in the direction of a Crowd Supply project for the fully libre EOMA68 Computing Device.

Questioning whether telecoms ought to be treated as any other utility, Henry Sprog’s contribution prompted us to talk about whether access to communications technology really can be justified as a basic human right, as the United Nations seems to believe.

Jim Salter revisited the question of stale dependencies within dev-packaged software, which will no doubt become a frequently discussed topic as Flatpaks and Snaps become increasingly seen in the wild.

Comments from Ryan1729, Campbell Barton and Will prompted a little more discussion about Git, which dovetailed nicely with Rob Landley’s link to a talk about time-based released management. And we wrapped up with some positive points from Roger Light about DVCS’ and software quality.

01:11:15 Finding Solus with Ikey

So the pun doesn’t really work. But Solus itself seems to be shaping up to do so pretty well. We talked with Ikey Doherty about some of the longer term goals of the project, and how his vision had impacted some of his decisions about how to put an OS together.


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 #82


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00:01:24 News
00:43:11 Firejail
00:50:30 Feedback
01:03:06 SUSE Studio

Hitting it out of the park once again, the world’s best Linux podcast returns with the latest FOSS news, showcases an effective desktop and server sandboxing technology and talks self-build distro creation with SUSE Studio.

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00:01:24 News

End of an era: Linux distributions will soon stop supporting 32-bit PCs
Ubuntu encourage developers to make apps convergent
The Next Generation Operating System on a Key
That Eye-Fi card you could have bought a year ago is going to stop working on September 16th
Amazon Prime will knock $50 off an Android phone if you look at Amazon’s lock-screen ads
Cracking Android’s full-disk encryption is easy on millions of phones – with a little patience
Google’s My Activity reveals just how much it knows about you
Facebook wins privacy case against Belgian data protection authority
Two clicks for more privacy
Under Mayer deal, Mozilla could walk away and still get more than $1 billion if it doesn’t like Yahoo’s buyer
Context Graph: It’s time to bring context back to the web
The Web We Have to Save

00:43:11 Firejail

Want to easily run existing applications in a secured environment? Firejail could be just what you’re looking for. To find out a little more, check out this article from Linux Magazine last year.

00:50:30 Feedback

As ever, thanks to our Monthly Supporters whose stalwart efforts really do keep the show on the road. And, as Joe suggested, if you can’t help us out financially at the moment you could make a real difference by telling somebody else about the show.

Some comments from Josh Scott prompted Joe to reiterate how we decide what technologies to cover on the show.

Will offered some thoughts on changes in packaging, and also pulled Jesse up on his view of Arch, whilst Christopher Wininger did the same to Paddy (and his ongoing suspicion of modern dev practices).

Nathan D Smith pitched in with some thoughts about Samsung’s acquisition of Joyent, and what that might mean for the non-Windows/Linux datacentre. Thanks, Nathan.

01:03:06 SUSE Studio

SUSE Studio is a web-based tool that’s straightforward enough to let most anyone build their own SUSE-based custom distro. Prompted by a request to look at the Studio-built GeckoLinux, we decided to see how we’d get on ourselves.


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 #81


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00:03:53 News
01:05:32 Devenir Gris
01:15:11 Feedback
01:32:14 ownCloud/Nextcloud

With the initial release of Nextcloud recently dropping, we took the opportunity to spin it up to see whether there were any major differences with the current ownCloud offering. Guess it depends if you count a colour branding change as major… And with one of your Luddites tossing aside such modern frippery, we also asked how much value colour actually adds to a productive computing experience?

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00:03:53 News

Sony agrees to pay millions to gamers to settle PS3 Linux debacle

Nextcloud releases ownCloud fork ahead of schedule
Introducing the Nextcloud bug bounty program
PayPal screws over Seafile, backtracks

Samsung enters the cloud fray with Joyent purchase
Samsung considers using Tizen in all products
Acer introduces a Remix OS-powered laptop

StartCom launches a new service – StartEncrypt
Let’s Encrypt passes the 5 million certificate mark
Defending Our Brand; Comodo backtracks

Google makes it much easier to use 2FA on your account

Gtk 4.0 is not Gtk 4
Gtk 5.0 is not Gtk 5

Fedora 24 released!

Adios apt and yum? Ubuntu’s snap apps are coming to distros everywhere
The universal application distribution mechanism?
On Snappy and Flatpak: business as usual in the Canonical propaganda department
Maintainers Matter
Announcing Flatpak – Next Generation Linux Applications

01:05:32 Devenir Gris

Do you worry about going grey as you get older? Paddy certainly doesn’t, and he’s dropped colour support from all of his regular computing devices — except, sadly, his main Linux desktop. So if anyone knows how to get a usable greyscale configuration working on his ThinkPad X200 with Xubuntu 14.04 and i915 drivers without resorting to hacks like running Compiz, he’ll be eternally grateful.

01:15:11 Feedback

Following Paddy’s gentle rant about the paucity of quality code out there in some projects, several listeners got in touch. Thanks to Campbell Barton, Will and Michael for your feedback.

And Will, along with Florian, clearly still hasn’t given up on Firefox. So thanks both for your thoughts there too.

01:32:14 ownCloud/Nextcloud

Having had our collective conscience pricked by listener Mike Tills, we thought we’d better have a look at the latest incarnation of ownCloud (and the initial release of Nextcloud) before slating this project any further.


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 #80


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00:04:38 News
00:54:32 Feedback
01:06:18 Devil’s Advocate
01:18:32 Net Neutrality Feedback

Following a spin around the latest news stories and a rummage through our postbag, Paddy played the role of Devil’s Advocate to suggest that maybe some features typical of FOSS development result in lower code quality, and have led to a blind acceptance of that as the norm. We rounded off with your take on our recent Net Neutrality debate, which teased out some of the nuances we didn’t hit the first time around.

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00:04:38 News

Announcing the ownCloud Foundation
We are Nextcloud – the future of private file sync and share
Nextcloud is the future of open source file sync and share
ownCloud Statement concerning the formation of Nextcloud by Frank Karlitschek

New versions of Firefox prepare for its biggest change ever
Get ready for Google’s proprietary Android. It’s coming – analyst
The app boom is over
Mobile Ad Blockers Have Reached Scary Proportions: The Wrecking Ball of the Free Internet

BBC Micro:bit computer now available to all for £13

Investigatory Powers Bill passes through Commons after Labour backs Tory spy law

These big-name laptops are infested with security bugs – study
Tmux support arrives for Bash on Ubuntu on Windows

The Number Of Linux Games Has More Than Quadrupled In The Past Two Years
Seven months later, Valve’s Steam Machines look dead in the water

Mozilla will fund code audits for open source software

00:54:32 Feedback

A huge thank you to Alternative Armies Southwest for joining the ranks of our Monthly Supporters, and to all of the existing members of this exclusive band. You guys keep the show solvent and on the rails.

Félim Whiteley got in touch to bemoan the horrors of the system update process on Windows, whilst Martyn and Will had some thoughts about our recent piece on Cryptomator.

Popey chipped in on the trustworthiness of crowdfunding platforms and, along with Keith Zubot-Gephart, to praise the Android integration available with Pebble smartwatches. And Joe would again like to thank Paul Gleeson for gifting him one of the original Pebbles.

01:06:18 Devil’s Advocate

With seemingly never-ending incremental updates being built in the open, and contributions of varying quality, is it any wonder that sometimes FOSS projects don’t produce ideal code? Paddy is pissed at constantly hearing that “all code has bugs”, and wondered if our development processes haven’t contributed to normalising this phrase as an unassailable statement of fact, rather than being a state of affairs to regret.

01:18:32 Net Neutrality Feedback

Boy, did we get a lot of feedback after our recent discussion about Net Neutrality. Apologies if you didn’t get a shout-out, but there was only so much that we could cover. Thanks to Stephen, Eric, Dridi Boukelmoune, Félim and Will for your thoughts, and to everybody else who contributed.


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 #79


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00:01:43 News
01:05:22 Cryptomator
01:16:28 Feedback
01:31:58 Net Neutrality

Securing documents on the public cloud can seem a little overwhelming for the non-technical user, but is just what Cryptomator promises. We spin it up to see if it delivers. Plus, as well as all the latest news and your feedback, we dive into the contentious topic of Net Neutrality.

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00:01:43 News

Here’s Everything You Missed During Google I/O [Part 1 – Developers]
Here’s Everything You Missed During Google I/O [Part 2 – Users]
Google I/O 2016: Android’s failure to innovate hands Apple free run at WWDC

Chromebooks outsold Macs for the first time in the US
The Play Store comes to Chrome OS, but not the way we were expecting
Older Chromebooks, including the original Pixel, won’t run Android apps

Samsung is done with Android Wear watches, says Tizen is the future
Newest challenger to iOS and Android software dies before leaving the gate

Google to bring official Android support to the Raspberry Pi 3
Google Steps Up Pressure on Partners Tardy in Updating Android

Google beats Oracle—Android makes “fair use” of Java APIs
Why the Very Silly Oracle v. Google Trial Actually Matters
How Oracle made its case against Google, in pictures

The Truth about Linux 4.6
MITRE fighter says CVE delays are no laughing matter, names bug ROFL in branding protest
Canary Watch – One Year Later

Purism introduces privacy-focused, Linux tablets for $599 and up
Petition for Intel to Release an ME-less CPU design
Indiegogo improves crowdfunding with a stamp of approval for hardware projects

Sailfish Community Device Program
Introducing Mycroft Core

01:05:22 Cryptomator

How can you go about securing your data when its stored on the public cloud? Paddy uses a combination of EncFS and GPG for his documents on Dropbox and Drive, but such solutions may be a little beyond the non-technical user. Could this be where the MIT licensed Cryptomator steps in?

01:16:28 Feedback

Aaronb got in touch regarding Debian’s dropping of support for older CPUs, and wondered if chips of that vintage would be able to cope with today’s bloated webpages anyway?

What happens when an update that causes boot issues goes undetected because we only infrequently reboot our boxes? Having been bitten by just such a problem, Ian Barton wondered if maybe we should be rebooting more frequently?

Robert Horn wrote in to question why such a fuss has been made about Ubuntu on Windows, and to ask why it’s really much different from Cygwin. And Floyd Wallace tried to make the case for a Linux desktop winning out over a Windows one.

01:31:58 Net Neutrality

Is Net Neutrality something to cherish and fight to protect, or simply a mythical state of affairs that never existed and would be detrimental if it did? Your Luddites have differing opinions.


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.