There’s a growing trend for distros to seek partnerships with hardware vendors, and this show we looked at the fruits of one such deal. After reviewing two laptops from a UK company that ship with Ubuntu MATE pre-installed, we wondered how beneficial this approach really could be in helping foster the greater adoption of Linux we all want to see.Toggle full show notes
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Julian Overall, Ivor O’Connor and Pete all added to the debate on customisation, and how welcome (or off-putting) this can be for end users.
Henry Sprog echoed some of our own thoughts on the responsibility of parents concerning the use of technology by their offspring, and Brad Alexander offered an alternative perspective on the topic of political correctness.
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On the topic of crypto-currencies, John Whitmore wondered why nobody has thought to implement one based on a stamp scrip system modelled after the Wörgl or Iowa experiments? And sticking with financial matters, Daniel had some suggestions for us around transparency and support for our favourite FOSS projects.
1:03:36 Entroware Ubuntu MATE Laptops
With many distros increasingly seeking hardware partners to provide an out of the box Linux experience, we looked at the Apollo and Proteus laptops from UK supplier Entroware, and also chewed over how much such partnerships really help the broader Linux ecosystem.
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