Episode #27

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Joe isn’t too impressed with his Omate smartwatch, but Jesse is happy with his retrofitted Galaxy S3 wireless charger. We also mentioned the panel discussion at OggCamp, and a photo of your hosts taken whilst there.

0:14:24   News

Pant-Wettingly Exciting Launches
New Nexi and Lollipop, the latter bringing easier beaming and more lockdown
Apple’s iPad launch was all about dog-whistle computing
Apple’s Real iPad Surprise: A SIM Card That Lets Users Swap Data Plans
FYI: OS X Yosemite’s Spotlight tells Apple EVERYTHING you’re looking for (oh, hello Ubuntu)

Other Software Launches
LXQt 0.8.0 released
Emacs 24.4 released
Send videos from Firefox for Android to your TV

Security Oddments
Google introduced Gmail USB security key
Poodle (further technical details)
anonabox : a Tor hardware router (controversy, death and alternatives)

Back to the Future
Munich sheds light on the cost of dropping Linux and returning to Windows
The Debian init system general resolution returns and dubious plans (who are these Veteran Unix Admins?)
Debian Now Defaults To Xfce On Non-x86 Desktops
Google backtrack on removing ext2/3/4 support from ChromeOS
Chromebook shipments leap by 67 percent

Seen Elsewhere
Don’t have any coding skills, but want to help out the FOSS community?

1:08:34   First Impressions

Joe finally got to give us his impressions of GALPon MiniNo, whilst Jesse was handed LegacyOS for next time.

1:17:20   Feedback

A huge thank you to kevie for the Flattr, and to our regular Monthly Supporters for their PayPal donations. If you’d like to help keep the podcast on the road, or just say thanks for the value we try to bring you, head on over to our support page.

Thanks to SonOfNed, JL and Don Henderson for your emails; and especially to Glen Skiner who gave us some good feedback on the show. And thanks to Joel, Mitlik, Reto, and Russell Dickenson for your comments on our website, and to everyone on Twitter and Google Plus.

Following our recent discussions about BadUSB, Nathan D Smith got in touch with an anecdote illustrating how USB devices can be subverted even to fairly trivial ends.

Picking up on Paddy’s off-the-cuff comments about encrypted web traffic, JonTheNiceGuy Spriggs and SonOfNed sought some clarification. Check out the comments on our last show for an enlightening talk by Moxie Marlinspike, and to chip in.

Frames got in touch regarding Guix, and to (sadly) agree that the graphics performance of recent versions of Windows can actually be rather good.

We had a really positive response to our interview last time with Martin Wimpress of the Ubuntu MATE project, and chose to read out a post from Mikael Inscius which was indicative of all the nice things that everyone had said.

And, finally, the winner of our exclusive Ubuntu MATE developer team T-shirt give-away was Ludovico Magnocavallo. Congratulations to Ludo, and the T-shirt is in the post.

1:23:04   GhostBSD

Can you make BSD as approachable to desktop users as many Linux distros now are? We took a look at GhostBSD, which is aiming to do just that.

Jesse mentioned BSD Now several times during the conversation, and it is a good resource for anyone interested in the BSD operating systems.

2:01:22   Over a Pint

Whilst this show marked the first anniversary of Linux Luddites, we graciously focused our reminiscences elsewhere, and chewed some Ubuntu fat. Much has changed in the 10 years since Warty came along, and the focus of Canonical has clearly shifted dramatically since those days. With 14.10 offering few new features, and the company obsessing over convergence and Unity 8, we wondered what has Ubuntu done for 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 G+ Community page.

Thanks for listening.

Episode #26

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0:05:42   News

Distro News
Debian may drop kFreeBSD from the Jessie release
Guix switching to eudev

Odds ‘n’ Sods
Netflix Now Works On Ubuntu, No Hacks Required
CloudFlare gives Internet a present: free, no-hassle “Universal” SSL
WPScan Vulnerability Database a New WordPress Security Resource
German City Gummersbach Drops Windows XP and Gets SUSE with a MATE Desktop

Our Benevolent Overlords
Google announces Drive for Education: free, unlimited storage & more security
Chromebooks for Work: More manageable for IT, more powerful for users
Adobe joins the Chromebook party, starting with Photoshop
A simpler, faster way to use Hangouts on your desktop
Focus On The User and semi-counterpoint

Previously Mentioned: Updates
Operating System U
[Bad]USB ‘Patch’ Skirts More Effective Options
Linux Foundation certifications are taking off
Shellshock – David A. Wheeler

Seen Elsewhere
CSS: It was twenty years ago today — an interview with Håkon Wium Lie
IoT? Hold my pint, I got this: ARM crafts one OS to rule them all
imp: Consumer-Focused Open Source Computer

0:45:47   First Impressions

Time pressures meant that we decided to push Joe’s look at GALPon MiniNo back until the next show.

0:46:10   Reflections on OggCamp

Another OggCamp has now been and gone. For two of your hosts, it was their first venture into the world of the unconference – so how did we find it?

0:54:17   Feedback

A huge thank you to johanv and an anonymous donor on Flattr, and to Daniel Asante and James Quilter for their PayPal donations. Daniel Roßbach became the latest person to join the other exalted members of our Monthly Supporter program – many thanks, Daniel.

Another slightly abbreviated Feedback section this time – to allow for our extended interview with Martin – so an upfront thanks to Torin Doyle, Stilvoid, Dale Visser, Nathan D Smith, Steven Rosenberg, Daniel, and everyone on Twitter and G+ for their thoughts and comments. And thanks to Popey for the mention on the latest Ubuntu UK podcast.

pseudomorph and SonOfNed were just two of the listeners who got in touch following our look at the Sunflower file manager last time, with comments that back up a drum we frequently bang on the show – there really is a demand out there for highly functional, keyboard-driven and aesthetically pleasing software. Are you listening, Canonical and Red Hat?

Marktech answered Jesse’s pleas on the Android calendar front by suggesting he take a look at Touch Calendar, an app also endorsed by Craig. Throwing some alternatives into the mix, Glen Skiner suggested Jesse consider Jorte or Business Calendar.

Joel offered his thoughts on a number of topics, and wondered if we’d considered the arkOS project for a Pi-based self-hosted cloud solution; and Christian helped remind us all that different distros suit different use-cases.

We always welcome feedback on the show – after all, it is the only way that we can improve – and not everything that we receive is positive. We read out and briefly talked about an email from Mark, who had some polite, but firm, opinions on his perception of Joe’s negativity. And, for a bit of balance, we also read out a mail congratulating us on nearing our first anniversary.

So, whether bouquets or brickbats, please keep the feedback coming. Apart from rare opportunities in meatspace such as OggCamp, it’s the only way for us to ensure that what we do remains interesting and relevant to all of you – which is really rather the point, isn’t it? Thanks :)

1:07:08   The MATE Desktop

We had a fascinating chat with Martin Wimpress about the MATE desktop project. Although started as a reaction against the changes introduced in GNOME 3, MATE has grown into a coherent and fairly lightweight platform that provides an alternative for all of us who find the traditional desktop paradigm more to our liking. But that’s not where Martin wants to leave things – listen on to find out how he wants to leverage the platform to help introduce more people to the broader free culture community; what his thoughts were on how a couple of well-known distros differ in their approach towards development, and how the (still unofficial) Ubuntu MATE flavour is taking the world by storm.

A huge thank you to Martin for taking the time to talk with us, and we’ll definitely be bringing him back on the show in the future for further updates. And if you do want to give Ubuntu MATE a spin, please help Martin out by using a torrent rather than the direct ISO download – until it does become an official Ubuntu release, he won’t have the Canonical server infrastructure behind him.

As we mentioned on the show, we have an exclusive Ubuntu MATE T-shirt to give away to a Luddites listener. No naff competition or catches involved, just an honest to goodness freebie from Martin and ourselves to one of you. For a chance of bagging the T, simply leave a comment on the post over at our G+ Community, and we’ll randomly choose the recipient during the recording of our next show. Good luck!

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 G+ Community page.

Thanks for listening.

Episode #25

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0:06:42   News

This is dangerous / Open up your head…
Wikipedia page actually not bad
Quick notes about the bash bug, its impact, and the fixes so far
Shellshock Bash bug patch is BUGGY: Infosec bods warn MILLIONS of systems still at risk
Concern over Bash vulnerability grows as exploit reported “in the wild”
Still more vulnerabilities in bash? Shellshock becomes whack-a-mole
Collection of Proof of Concepts and Potential Targets
Stephane Chazelas: the man who found the web’s ‘most dangerous’ internet security bug
Misfeatures Strike Again
Project health, and why it’s important – part of the #shellshock afterwords
Not a bash bug

Story Updates
Bodhi Linux is NOT Dead – It is just Changing Hands

Courting Freedom?
Italy’s high court shoots down Windows tax

Google and the Competition
Want a Tizen phone to build apps for? Now’s your chance – provided you don’t need it to work
Samsung’s Decision To Stop Selling Laptops In Europe Suggests Tablets Are The Future
Confidential Documents Reveal How Google Is Trying To Limit Samsung’s Control Of Android

Google Wins the Desktop
Hack runs Android apps on Windows, Mac, and Linux computers
Installing Android apps on Chromebooks made easier by Chrome APK Packager

Odds ‘n’ Sods
LibreOffice cash-for-code strategy tests open source ethic
Micro Focus Acquiring Attachmate for $2.3B; SUSE says “Business as Usual”
Debian reverts to GNOME as their default desktop

OpenMediaVault version 1.0 (and a typical use case, and some things to consider)
Gravit – a GPLv3 Freehand/Fireworks-like graphics package; their website

Seen Elsewhere
Evo/Lution Linux
Gnome 3.14 released
Fedora UK Podcast (thanks to Steven Rosenberg for the tip)

0:42:49   First Impressions

Paddy looked at ZevenOS, whilst Joe was handed GALPon MiniNo for next time.

0:53:56   Feedback

A huge thank you to our anonymous donors who kept things ticking over on Flattr, and to Charles Malpas and David Wolski for their PayPal donations. Steven Rosenberg became the latest person to join our Monthly Supporter program; thanks to Steven, and to everyone who contributes either financially or simply by spreading the word about the show.

It was also nice to see that some folks had rated the show on iTunes, particularly so as they were positive reviews! It’s a good way to raise our visibility, so the more the merrier.

We again had a lot of feedback, and couldn’t get to everyone individually. So an upfront thanks to Cathryne, Krayon, SonOfNed, Florian, nadrimajstor, Charlie Ebert, Jezra, Andy, and everyone on Twitter and G+ for their thoughts and comments.

Returning to the topic of ownCloud, Daniel flagged up an Android app that does allow basic text editing of ODF documents. Steven Rosenberg concurred with our worries about the size of the ownCloud codebase, but also made the reasonable point that PHP/MySQL can be seen as a good implementation choice simply because of the availability of those products on cheap hosting providers. Twisted Lucidity wrote us a long and thoughtful mail covering many aspects of the whole debate, which we took some time to pick through.

Slightly getting ahead of our plans to look at alternatives on a future show, Morten Juhl-Johansen Zölde-Fejér mentioned that he happily uses Baikal for CalDav and CardDav services, Michael Albertson suggested git-annex as another option for file syncing, and Ian Barton had mostly good things to say about Syncthing.

Thankfully, at least one listener – in the form of Julian Overall – didn’t think that Paddy was talking out of his posterior for arguing that we really ought to be looking towards P2P for a lot of these services. Julian did reiterate a few of the concerns raised by Joe and Jesse on the last show though, and also caveated on ease of use.

Getting away from cloudy things and back to the desktop, Brian36 flagged up yet another good argument in favour of Wine, and Nathan D. Smith wondered about the basis of Paddy’s comments on feature creep and software bloat from last time. During the discussion, Jesse quoted from a recent interview with Linus Torvalds.

Comments from Steven Rosenberg, Russell Dickenson and some back-channel chatter suggested that there would be interest in seeing us take a walk into BSD territory, if only because of the anticipated world of pain that we’d find ourselves in. A little harsh on those OS’, I’m sure, but we’ll see what we can do on that front in a future show :)

And, finally, if any listeners are also going to be at OggCamp next weekend, do come up and say hello. It would be great to meet some of you in person.

1:19:06   Main Feature

What started out as a look at Makulu Linux rapidly turned into a broader discussion around aesthetics in FOSS software, and the viability of lesser-known distros. But the exercise did unearth a couple of interesting applications that were new to us: the Slingscold launcher; and Sunflower, a modern and lightweight (discounting the Python dependency) featureful dual-pane file manager.

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.