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.

Episode #78

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00:01:04 News
00:45:04 Antergos
01:00:26 Feedback
01:15:00 Mycroft

This show Jesse admitted that an Arch-based distro had won him over, and we talked AI with Ryan Sipes from the Mycroft project.

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00:01:04 News

Announcing The Journal of Open Source Software
Parsey McParseface engine goes Open Source

Subsonic goes closed source

Extreme photo-bombing: Bad ImageMagick bug puts countless websites at risk of hijacking
SourceClear Launches Free Security Product for Development Teams Building With Open-Source Libraries and Frameworks

Adblock Plus passes 100 million active users
Adblock Plus and Flattr’s new project will let users automatically donate money to websites
Pirate Bay Founder Aims to Disrupt Online Advertising Industry

Debian i386 architecture now requires a 686-class processor
Changes in release management
How Ubuntu Plans To Make Scopes Much Better

Android’s security patch quagmire probed by US watchdogs
Remix Mini loses Google apps in latest OS update

You Can Help Build the Future of Firefox with the New Test Pilot Program
Mozilla Open Source Support (MOSS): Now Open To All Projects
DuckDuckGo: Our 2016 Open Source Donations

Italian City Vicenza Is Replacing Windows by Zorin OS Linux
Italian military to save 26-29 million Euro by migrating to LibreOffice

00:45:04 Antergos

Jesse talked to Joe about his first impressions of the Arch-based Antergos — which were apparently quite positive, as he’s still using it.

01:00:26 Feedback

A huge thank you to Per Andersson for the PayPal donation, and to our stalwart Monthly Supporters. The show simply wouldn’t be possible without you guys, so thank you!

Cory Pollard wondered if anybody could suggest an open source Chromecast syncing solution? Joe mentioned Videostream, but we believe that this is proprietary. Anyone?

On Ubuntu, and our less than stellar impressions of 16.04, Christopher Davis and Thomas MacCallum respectfully disagreed. Florian talked up the perceived benefits of ZFS, whilst Mark related a poor experience with Lubuntu 16.04. Rounding things off, Jason Smith pointed out that Ubuntu on Windows may well turn out to be a far bigger thing than many in the FOSS world are caring to admit.

01:15:00 Mycroft — Ryan Sipes Interview

We chatted with Ryan Sipes, CTO at Mycroft AI, about the current status of the project, and how their plans to open source key aspects of Mycroft are shaping up. Ryan’s enthusiasm is quite contagious, and we look forward to having him back on the show in a few months’ time to bring us a further update. Meantime, if you’d like to contribute to the Open Speech To Text project that was mentioned, head on over to OpenSTT.

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 #77

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00:01:05 News
00:57:14 Feedback
01:10:04 Ubuntu 16.04

Following the most underwhelming release any of us can recall, what to make of Canonical’s latest LTS and the future prospects for Ubuntu on the desktop? Stick with us after our usual foray into the fortnight’s tech news, and your feedback, to find out.

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00:01:05 News

AMD strikes chip licensing deal, which could create more x86 rivals for Intel
AMD Climbs Most in 35 Years on China Chip License Agreement

Intel Announces Major Workforce Restructuring: 11% of Workforce to Be Cut Over Next Year
Intel made a huge mistake 10 years ago. Now 12,000 workers are paying the price.
Intel declares independence from the PC as it lays out a broader 5-point strategy
Intel is killing off low-power Atom chips
Intel Proposes to Use USB Type-C Digital Audio Technology

Pipo and Vensmile pack desktop PCs into folding keyboards
Mad scientist shrinks Arduino to size of an AA battery
Intel Open Sources Arduino 101 Real Time OS

IDC: Tablet shipments decline for sixth straight quarter, leaders Apple and Samsung still losing market share
IDC: Smartphone shipments flat for the first time; Samsung widens lead over Apple in Q1 2016

Google says the fundamentals of Android security are stronger than ever
Europe files formal antitrust charges against Google over Android
European Commission – Fact Sheet
EC Statement of Objections on Google’s Tactics in Mobile
Google Play Store may be coming to Chrome OS, with a million Android apps in tow
How long until we see Google Play on Windows, Mac OS, and Linux?

Opera bakes a free, unlimited VPN directly into its desktop browser
Opera browser’s free built-in VPN vulnerable to major security flaw

Firefox 46 released
Finding a home for Thunderbird (460KB PDF)

big changes: I am leaving ownCloud, Inc. today
GitLab-Digital Ocean partnership to provide free hosting for continuous online code testing

00:57:14 Feedback

A huge thank you to Riley Brandt for becoming our latest Monthly Supporter, and to everybody else, whose contributions keep this show on the road!

And if you simply can’t get enough of the dulcet tones of one of your Luddites, Joe took the opportunity to plug both The Pi Podcast and his personal show.

Brendan Eich’s latest money-making wheeze came in for some stick, with both Roger and Luddite Fan criticising the Brave browser initiative we discussed last show. And both also offered views on the inclusion of ZFS within Ubuntu 16.04 — thanks, guys.

Dennis thought that we’d perhaps still been a little harsh about Syncthing (it does work, after all).

And Will and John O’Brien got in touch regarding the big WhatsApp encryption news, with John also pointing us towards a FOSS implementation of a messenger using the Signal protocol, which we’ll be keeping an eye on as it develops.

01:10:04 Ubuntu 16.04

Our most scathing comments ended up on the cutting room floor, so what aired was a pretty mild take on the state of Ubuntu in comparison to how we feel. If we can make the effort to produce something at least positive in parts, why can’t Canonical?

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.