Episode #71

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0:01:12 News
0:40:24 Beep Beep Yarr!
0:51:30 Feedback
1:04:42 Tails 2.0

Kicking off with a bevy of Linux desktop news stories, we also talked containers and mobile before Joe came over all Captain Pugwash with Graham Morrison from the good ship Linux Voice. Then, after your feedback, we each grabbed the requisite two USB flash drives and took the new version of Tails for a spin.

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0:01:12 News

Linux Mint X-Apps
The first two X-Apps are ready
adapt install [anything]
Jonathan Riddell launched KDE Neon at FOSDEM
New Ubuntu Tablet: Everything You Need to Know

Some change is progress with LibreOffice menus

Counterpoint: India becomes world’s second-largest smartphone market, surpasses US
Apple, Samsung Lead Smartphone Race, China’s Huawei Records Largest Growth In Shipments: IDC
Why do profit-seeking companies keep making profitless Android phones?
Report: Google wants to take “Apple-like” control over Nexus devices

Google Glass exits all social media channels, signaling imminent rebranding
Google says 5 million Cardboard VR headsets have shipped so far

No More Deceptive Download Buttons
SourceForge and Slashdot Have Been Sold

CoreOS’s rkt Container Engine Hits 1.0
Microcontainers: Iron.io’s New Hack to Shrink Docker Containers
Docker Official Images are Moving to Alpine Linux

Mozilla to end Firefox OS smartphone support after version 2.6, no staff involvement beyond May
Firefox quietly dumps privacy feature
Jolla Tablet: Aiming for Closure
What the hell is the Turing Phone doing? Drops Android for Sailfish OS (keeps Play Store)

0:40:24 Beep Beep Yarr!

Joe spoke to Graham Morrison from Linux Voice magazine about Beep Beep Yarr!, a crowd-funded book that the LV team hope will help introduce children to the world of computer programming.

Graham mentioned the old Usborne spy books during the interview, but if your nostalgia is more for their 1980s coding books then you’d probably like to know that several are now available on-line totally legally.

0:51:30 Feedback

A huge thank you to Tony Rein for his PayPal donation, and to Martin Wimpress and Tom Ostringall for becoming Monthly Supporters.

Joe’s ongoing browser torment evoked feedback from Joel Tomfhor, Jeremy, Will and Nigel Green. Thanks for the input, guys.

Twisted Lucidity got in touch to largely echo our sentiments about Google’s AMP initiative, and also to point us towards the text version of what looks to have been a great talk about “The Website Obesity Crisis“.

Peter Kidd contacted us to contrast his usage of Google Drive and Dropbox, which coincidentally closely mirrors how Paddy uses those services.

Returning to the topic of ad-blocking software, Robert Orzanna flagged up Stands, which allows you to decide which ads from worthwhile organisations actually get shown to you.

We wrapped things up with another comment from Nigel Green, this time in response to our segment on ReactOS and whether there’s a place for proprietary software on the Linux desktop. Thanks Nigel, and to everybody else who took the time to get in touch.

1:04:42 Tails 2.0

Tails version 2 was recently released and, with it boasting several new features, we thought it well worth revisiting. If you can get past the slightly off-putting installation process, you’ll find Tails a really solid and well put together privacy-focused distro.

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 #70

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0:04:06 News
0:56:44 ReactOS
1:13:07 Feedback
1:28:58 QupZilla and Pale Moon

The bane of many of our lives, advertising is not only ubiquitous but seemly indispensable to the funding of the web. So we took some time in the news to reflect on several ad-related stories. And if advertising is disliked by many, the dominance of Windows on the desktop can evoke stronger reactions in some. So, what to make of a FOSS Windows-compatible OS? And, following your feedback, we wrapped up with a look at a couple of lesser-known cross-platform browsers.

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0:04:06 News

Mozilla Persona login system to shut down end November

The former CEO of Mozilla is launching a web browser that blocks all ads by default
Google’s AMP Poised To Take The Lead From Facebook’s And Apple’s Walled Gardens
How we fought bad ads in 2015
Bot Fraud to Cost Advertisers $7 Billion in 2016
Kickstarter publishes inside story of how Europe’s most-funded project collapsed

snapcraft 1.0 is now available
AT&T Adopts Canonical’s Ubuntu in Push to Replace Proprietary Systems with Open-Source Tech
Chromixium is evolving, a Cub is born!

Ansible 2.0 Has Arrived
New Research Shows OpenStack Adoption Strong, But Complexities Remain
Docker’s Unikernel Purchase and the Changing Role of the OS
Unikernels are unfit for production

Garrett: Linux Foundation quietly drops community representation
Zemlin deflects with a dog-whistle

BBC Micro Bit mini-computer faces further delay
Robot Wars rebooted for BBC Two

Greater London Linux User Group meetup

0:56:44 ReactOS

Whether for work or play, there are times when even the most ardent Linux user may need to run Windows. ReactOS holds out the promise of being able to do so, whilst staying true to FOSS ideals. But will it ever be production ready?

1:13:07 Feedback

A huge thank you to all of our Monthly Supporters — we couldn’t do the show without your help.

A perennial complaint of many is that the Linux desktop never reaches the level of polish found elsewhere, and today’s feedback kicked off with Dr. Fred Cheese making exactly this point.

Chris and Florian picked up on one of Paddy’s predictions from last time out, and Mandy Miers wondered if one of Jesse’s (or was it Joe’s?) hadn’t come to pass already?

On the mobile front, Isaac Carter flagged up that Cortana can be easily uninstalled from the latest Cyanogen OS, and Floyd Wallace offered a tip for Linux desktop users who own Windows handsets.

Floyd also returned to our interview with Félim Whiteley, to reiterate one the key reasons why you might not want to trust a company like Google with your data.

1:28:58 QupZilla and Pale Moon

Concerned about Chrome’s dominance on the desktop, or Mozilla’s seeming ongoing attempts to consign Firefox to the dustbin of history? We thought it high time to check out two possible contenders for our web-consumption needs, and turned to see what QupZilla and Pale Moon have to offer.

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 #69

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0:05:41 News
0:44:25 Android Without GApps
1:15:51 Feedback
1:26:44 2016 Predictions

Easing back into the old routine, this show we brought you up to date with the FOSS news of the last couple of weeks, discussed living with Android but without Google, caught up with your feedback, and cast our thoughts towards to year ahead with our predictions for 2016.

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0:05:41 News

Solus 1.0 Released
darktable 2.0 Open-Source RAW Image Editor Is Out, Has Been Ported to GTK3
Developers can unwrap Perl 6 on Christmas

Ian Murdock, father of Debian, dead at 42
Richard Sapper, Designer Of IBM’s ThinkPad, Has Died

Oracle Sinks Its Claws Into Android (or not)
FSF Vision Survey

Remix OS for PC
$39 Lenovo LINK puts your phone screen on your PC (and more)
Cyanogen OS 12.1.1 Update (the fruits of an earlier announcement)
Cyanogen OS Is Now Pushing Microsoft Ads to the “open with” menu
Meet Chirimen, a Firefox OS-Powered IoT Single-Board Computer Developed by Mozilla
PINE A64 crushing its Kickstarter goal

Meetup Thu 28th Jan at the Mulberry Bush pub (near Waterloo station) 6pm

0:44:25 Android Without GApps

We spoke with long-time listener Félim Whiteley about his experience of running Android without the shackles of Google’s app and services. Thanks for your time, Félim, and the gentle chastisement!

1:15:51 Feedback

A huge thank you to Andrew Neher for becoming our latest Monthly Supporter, and to George Hangs and an anonymous donor for your PayPal contributions. And a personal shout-out and thanks from Joe to Ian Barton for your extremely generous donation of a Nexus 5 to the cause.

Will returned to our previous conversation about Yahoo funding Mozilla, and wondered — quite reasonably — whether that really is a tenable long-term option for the Foundation?

Picking up on a couple of our recent reviews, Velt Technologies got in touch, as did both Riley Brandt and listener Ian.

Chris Phillips contacted us about home automation, and brought Domoticz to our attention.

Returning to our 2015 predictions, Jesse clarified matters on non-systemd derivatives for Hal 9009, and John Hanks pitched in on Google Plus with a hype-busting comment that met with approval from at least one of your humble hosts!

Thanks to everyone for your ongoing feedback to the show, and we hope that one of the benefits of a return to a fortnightly schedule will be that we’ll be able to cover your views in a more timely fashion. Keep them coming.

1:26:44 2016 Predictions

The time of year when we end up making ourselves look foolish is once again upon us. But was there anything obvious that we missed? Do get in touch if you think your powers of prognostication are stronger than ours.

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 #68

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0:01:06 The Year’s News In Review
1:24:20 Revisiting Our 2015 Predictions

After revisiting some of the major news stories of 2015, we reflected upon our previous predictions for the year.

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0:01:06 The Year’s News In Review


LibreOffice for Android coming soon
[Dec] LibreOffice as a service offers alternative to Google Docs, Office 365

Samsung debuts its first Tizen phone – the Z1- in India
our Tizen review was on show #42
[Jun] Samsung sells a million Tizen-fitted Z1s in less than six months, plans Gold version

UbuTab Indiegogo failed; she started selling preorders
[Jun] Ubutab scam (and for those preferring a video version)

Librem 15 reaches funding goal
[Feb] The truth about Purism: Why Librem is not the same as libre
[Jun] Librem 13: A Laptop That  Respects Your Rights
[Jun] according to Martin Wimpress it’s the same box as the Entroware Apollo; uses the same touchpad as the Librem 15 and the Apollo, and so will suffer the same touchpad issues
[Dec] Squirrel!


Ubuntu Mate gaining official status for 15.04
[Apr] Ubuntu MATE on hardware

CrunchBang: The End

Answering the Call for Werner Koch’s Everywhere
[May] OpenSSL, OpenSSH, NTP Get Funding From Core Infrastructure Initiative
[Aug] Linux Foundation’s CII Donates $50k+ To OpenBSD

Lenovo PCs ship with man-in-the-middle adware that breaks HTTPS connections
Lenovo Only Made Up To $250,000 From Nightmare Superfish Deal, Say Sources

Online Community Goes Nuts After elementary OS Devs Say People Should Pay


A GPL-enforcement suit against VMware
[Nov] Conservancy begging for cash

BBC gives children mini-computers in Make it Digital scheme
[Sept] BBC Micro:bit delayed by power supply SNAFU

Linux adopts conflict resolution code
[Oct] Kernel developer quits, citing lack of manners in the community
[Oct] Matthew Garrett Follows suit
[Nov] Why Hackers Must Eject the SJWs


Lots of Ubuntu tablets hit the street

General European retail availability of bq Ubuntu phone
our review of Ubuntu Touch was on show #35


Meizu MX4 Ubuntu available
[Oct] Meizumart Is Closed, Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition No Longer Has a Home

Mozilla overhauls Firefox smartphone plan to focus on quality, not cost
our review of Firefox OS was on show #33
[Dec] Mozilla Will Stop Developing And Selling Firefox OS Smartphones

Oculus Rift Suspends Linux Development To Focus On Windows

Kubuntu and Ubuntu at odds
Joe’s interview with Jonathan Riddell at the time was on show #43
[Oct] Kubuntu Lead Has Stepped Down – But It Isn’t The End Of Kubuntu

After years of struggle, Mandriva is finally no more
CEO of bankrupt Linux company says employee lawsuits put it out of business


GPL-Violator Allwinner Joins The Linux Foundation

SourceForge commits reputational suicide

Wayback Machine’s 485 billion web pages blocked by Russian government order

Joe bought something; how’s it holding up?


Jolla cuts hardware biz loose to concentrate on Sailfish licensing
[Nov] Tough times for Jolla
[Dec] Jolla is back in business!

Plasma Mobile launched, with initial support for the Nexus 5



Stagefright Explained: The Exploit That Changed Android
Waiting for Android’s inevitable security Armageddon
[Oct] Stagefright 2.0 Vulnerabilities Affect 1 Billion Android Devices
[Oct] HTC exec deems monthly Android security update guarantee ‘unrealistic’

Oracle security chief to customers: Stop checking our code for vulnerabilities

Automatic Windows 10 Updates Chewing Through Data Caps
Windows, Privacy, and You


Microsoft has developed its own Linux
[Dec] Microsoft Made Many Shocking Linux & Open-Source Announcements This Year

Steam gamers already use Windows 10 more than all Linux distros combined

LILO Boot-Loader Development To Cease At End Of Year


The Free Software Foundation turns 30

World Without Linux Video Series Debuts, gets frosty reception

Google Chromebooks: The most popular classroom computing device


Raspberry Pi Zero: the $5 Computer

NET OF INSECURITY – The kernel of the argument

Red Hat, Microsoft Forge Wide-Ranging Cloud Partnership


Not a typo: ​Microsoft is offering a Linux certification
Linux Foundation’s Deal With the Devil

Free HTTPS certs for all – Let’s Encrypt opens doors to world+dog

AMD GPUOpen: Doubling Down On Open-Source Development

25 years ago: Sir Tim Berners-Lee builds world’s first website

New HTTP error code 451 to signal censorship

1:24:20 Revisiting Our 2015 Predictions

Traditionally the annual show segment that Joe enjoys the most, but how did things pan out this year?

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 #67

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0:04:01 The Open Source Photography Course
0:14:44 Feedback
0:32:47 Remix Mini Review

‘Tis the Season of Goodwill, which may explain why something got an unequivocally positive review on the show. Or it could simply be that The Open Source Photography Course is actually very good. However fear not, as normal service was later resumed when we looked at an Android device that promises to be a true desktop replacement. Whilst it currently fails to live up to that billing, it does offer a glimpse of one possible future.

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0:04:01 The Open Source Photography Course

As a keen amateur photographer, our very own Jesse seemed the ideal Luddite to try out, and report back on, Riley Brandy’s Open Source Photography Course.

0:14:44 Feedback

Our huge thanks go out to Gregory Anastasi for joining our band of Monthly Supporters. You guys keep the show on the road, and it’s your funds that allow us to review hardware like the Remix Mini. Thank you.

Henry Sprog got back in touch to clarify his thoughts on the need for an administrator for community events like OggCamp; and Steve Brusell, Nathan D. Smith and Keith Z-G all had more to say on the topic of menus.

Jason Simmons suggested that the throw-away culture in modern software is really not all that healthy for either suppliers or end-users.

Offering his thoughts on the target audience for CrunchBang-like distros, gurdonark also flagged up the Trinity-based Q4OS — which your Luddites continue to have mixed views about.

Alan Pope and Ian Barton gave us a couple of contrasting thoughts about crowd-funding, and during the discussion we mentioned Kickstarter’s efforts to whitewash the failure of a major campaign.

Wrapping things up, Martin Wimpress and Nigel Verity both offered some feedback about Joe and Jesse’s recent look at Ubuntu MATE on the RPi.

0:32:47 Remix Mini Review

Can Android be made into a usable traditional desktop operating system? The folks over at Jide believe so, and have produced not only the software stack to bring this vision to life, but also some custom hardware to run it on.

Intrigued, earlier in the year we backed Jide’s crowd-funding campaign for the Remix Mini, a device produced to showcase Remix OS. So how well does this little box live up to their claims that it’s “the world’s first true Android PC”?

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.