Episode #29

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Jesse briefly brought us to to date with his experiences running Fedora 21, and Joe grumbled about the all new (and supposedly improved) Android 5.

0:07:56   News

Security as a Plug-in
ISPs Removing Their Customers’ Email Encryption (the EFF has kicked off a STARTTLS Everywhere project, which aims to deal with issues like this)
Let’s Encrypt: Bringing HTTPS to Every Web Site (EFF blogpost)
The Underlying Layer in Most ‘Secure’ Messaging Apps Might Not Be So Secure

We mentioned that there had been lots of Tor news over the last fortnight, but rather than adding an extra half hour to the show thought it best to simply provide links here for anyone interested:
81% of Tor users can be de-anonymised by analysing router information, research indicates
Tor Project initial response
Tor eyes crowdfunding campaign to upgrade its hidden services
Large Number of Tor Hidden Sites Seized by the FBI in Operation Onymous were Clone or Scam Sites
Introducing Polaris Privacy Initiative to Accelerate User-focused Privacy Online (précis)

Firefox Faux Pas?
Here They Are: Ads in Firefox
New Search Strategy for Firefox: Promoting Choice & Innovation
Mozilla’s 2013 annual report: Revenue up just 1% to $314M, and again 90% came from Google

New and Shiny! And New and Unshiny!
Raspberry Pi Model A+ On Sale Now At $20
Fifth, a new browser using Webkit and FLTK

Crowd Funding (or Fashion?)
anonabox is back from the dead (for now)
Librem 15: A Free and Open Source Laptop That Respects Your Essential Freedoms

Odds ‘n’ Sods
Status Update For “LXDE”
Help the GNOME Foundation defend the GNOME trademark against Groupon!
Gnome Update (UPDATED)

Ubuntu and Debian
Q&A with Mark Shuttleworth
Freexian’s third report about Debian Long Term Support
After Joey Hess resigned from the entire Debian project, Tollef Fog Heen resigned from the systemd maintainer team (personal blogpost)
Colin Watson quit the Technical Committee, swiftly followed by Russ Allbery
Bruce Perens offered some apposite thoughts
Results for the Debian init system coupling GR (vote breakdown overview)
And rapidly after the failure of his GR, Ian Jackson also quit the Technical Committee

0:47:16   Feedback

A huge thank you to Charles Malpas and Solomon Jackson for becoming our latest Monthly Supporters; and to johanv, defascat and cocreature for the Flattrs.

And thanks to everyone whose comments we didn’t explicitly mention on the show. We do read everything, and it often gives us pause for thought – so keep it coming.

Daniel, SonOfNed, Isaac Carter and Charles Malpas all got in touch following the (probably not particularly untimely!) demise of our First Impressions segment, with some good suggestions.

Arthur Tan wondered whether we thought the community around Ubuntu could carry the distro should Canonical ever drop the desktop side of things. This prompted a bit of discussion, during which Paddy mentioned a blog post by Aaron Seigo that’s only tangentially related, but well worth a read.

evk, Daniel and Joe had a back and forth about Sailfish and the TOHKBD keyboard project. And, if you’ve not seen it, the IndieGOGO campaign for a Jolla tablet can be found here.

Twisted Lucidity chipped in with some more suggestions to help Jesse transfer files between Android and Linux; and Pat Regan raised the interesting prospect of using the BadUSB vulnerability to good ends.

We briefly talked about the comments Nathan D. Smith’s had left on our website, where he expressed some disagreement with Paddy’s views on the downsides of OpenStack and containerisation.

Morten Juhl-Johansen Zölde-Fejér pointed us towards a free and self-paced online Internet History, Technology, and Security course. And thinking about Internet history, Paddy mentioned that he’d been thoroughly enjoying listening to the Internet History Podcast.

Daniel, Andrew Lindley, SonOfNed and Floyd Wallace offered differing perspectives on licensing following our look at Trisquel last time. It’s a can of worms that we probably ought to open again at some stage in the future, as Jesse wasn’t with us the last time we risked alienating our audience. But let’s leave it a while, eh?

1:12:22   Ubuntu MATE 14.04 – Interview

We caught up again with Martin Wimpress to find out what the reaction to the recently released LTS version of Ubuntu MATE had been, and how he sees things developing.

Thanks to Martin for again finding the time to talk to us about a project that we’re keen to see succeed.

1:35:28   Ubuntu MATE 14.04 – Review

We brought up a couple of concerns with Martin during our conversation, but are they really significant in the grand scheme of things? Trying to put aside our natural enthusiasm, we attempted to answer the big question: how does Ubuntu MATE 14.04 actually shape up?

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 #28

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In a move that could be considered admirable or foolhardy depending upon your point of view, one of our number committed to running Fedora 21 beta as his daily driver for the next fortnight. Tune in next time to hear how the impetuous youth got on.

0:03:39   News

Suse enterprise Linux can take your system back in time (other interesting tidbits)
Fujitsu Developer Talks Up Btrfs File-System, Declares It Ready To Use
Facts about Tumbleweed and Factory merging
Canonical rolls out home-grown Ubuntu OpenStack distro (install guide)
Ubuntu LXD: Not a Docker replacement, a Docker enhancement (from the horse’s mouth, and some scepticism)

Ubuntu-ish Shorts
MintMenu forked to become MateMenu
Ubuntu MATE community donations
An Intel-Based Ubuntu Touch Tablet Is Planning To Launch Soon, but will it be official?

Mobile & Small Form Factor
Mozilla hopes to challenge Raspbian as RPi OS of choice
Nextbit Comes Out of Stealth, Demos Service That Lets a Tablet Pick Up Where a Phone Left Off

Open Sores
Berliner Steuerbehörden wollen wieder MS Office nutzen
Windows 10 Includes a Linux-Style Package Manager Named “OneGet”

Researcher Finds Tor Exit Node Adding Malware to Binaries
GnuPG 2.1 released
Security scorecard finds messaging apps need more development (and some criticism)

What, No More World Cup Outlaws?!
Fab and Dan’s announcement and explanation for the end of Linux Outlaws

0:46:37   First Impressions

Jesse cast an intrigued eye over the Puppy-based LegacyOS.

And that’s that for First Impressions – there’s only so much that even your hosts can take. We do expect to bring you the occasional short review of other minor distros in the future, but only when we come across one that seems to offer something interesting and worthy of flagging up to a wider audience.

1:01:51   Feedback

A huge thank you to Joshua Krasnow and our regular Monthly Supporters for keeping the lights on. You guys rock :)

Thanks to David A Wheeler and TJ for their emails; allan, Will and Enzro Greenidge for their comments on our website; and to everyone on Twitter and Google Plus – it’s great to see so much engagement and a real sense of community continuing to build around the show.

Suitably chastened by David Wolski’s comment on G+, we spent less time talking about mobile devices this show. Getting the balance right is rather tricky, as mobile is quite clearly the only future of computing for the vast bulk of the world’s population. We’ll continue trying to walk this line.

Joel got in touch to suggest that Joe shouldn’t be judging the potential of the smartwatch category purely on his experiences with the Omate TrueSmart; whilst Sam gently took us to task over our perceived negativity towards Ubuntu.

We got a whole heap of feedback about our piece on GhostBSD last show, and the BSDs in general. Thanks to Brad Alexander, Florian, Nathan D Smith, Zen Floater, Floyd Wallace, Steven Rosenberg and SonOfNed for your thoughts, comments, and points of view. It’s definitely a topic we’ll be returning to in the future.

1:21:36   Trisquel 7

It may be 100% libre and endorsed by the FSF, but is Trisquel a practical option for regular users? We took a look at the recently released version 7 of this distro to find out. Whilst we found it somewhat of a curate’s egg – due to some downright odd decisions and oversights by the devs – it’s generally a tidy looking and functional distro, and would be a great place to start for anyone whose overriding concern is software freedom.

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 #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.