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.

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.