Episode #30

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0:01:34   News

Funding Campaigns – the Good, the Bad and the Ugly
New FLOSS crowdfunding site crowdfunding itself
Software Freedom Conservancy Supporter Program
Debian ‘fork’ Devuan has been announced
The UbuTab. A 2TB Ubuntu tablet for media lovers.
Wikipedia won’t stop BEGGING for cash – despite sitting on $60m

EU Thinks It Has Jurisdiction Over The Global Internet: Says Right To Be Forgotten Should Be Global
European parliament votes in favor of breaking up Google
Forget EU’s Toothless Vote To ‘Break Up’ Google; Be Worried About Nonsensical ‘Unbiased Search’ Proposal

Ubuntu Incubator
Linux Journal Readers’ Choice Awards 2014

Web as a Platform
What’s Next For Firefox?
Mozilla will automatically switch Firefox search to Yahoo for most U.S. users
Google sold more Chromebooks to US schools than Apple did iPads in Q3
Chrome 40 Beta: Powerful Offline and Lightspeed Loading with Service Workers

Docker turns conductor in enterprise-aiming orchestration play
CoreOS Blasts Docker for “Broken Security”, Builds Own Container Engine
Can CoreOS Win the Container Fight it Has Picked?
How Not To Manage An Open-Source Community, Courtesy Of Docker
Cavium Debuts 48-Core ARM Server Chip
Linux Foundation finds enterprise Linux growing at Windows’ expense

Bitcoin laid bare: Boffins beat anonymity
Sites certified as secure often more vulnerable to hacking, scientists find
Why I won’t be using “Let’s Encrypt” and recommend others not to also
Security Collapse in the HTTPS Market
The Cost of the “S” in HTTPS (PDF)

0:49:07   Feedback

A huge thank you to Richard Norton-Hall and David Wolski, and to all of our regular Monthly Supporters, for your PayPal donations.

Esteban Martinez, SonOfNed and Zen Floater all chipped in with some thoughts on our Ubuntu MATE 14.04 review last time. Martin Wimpress, the project lead, took the time to address our nit-picks, which bodes well for the attention to detail that the project will receive longer term.

Brendan Perrine praised LXLE, and echoed our thoughts on the miserable state of battery technology and use life.

In the spirit of podcaster brotherliness, we played an audio promo for TLLTS. As Joe mentioned, the guys over there do tend to go off-topic far more than we do, and are decidedly NSFW.

mandy wondered why we don’t spend much time talking about Replicant, and Hamza Bhatti questioned whether the wider Linux community couldn’t learn some lessons from the growth of Google’s other proprietary-laden OS?

Harvey and Will offered some thoughts on Mozilla’s recent sell-out to Microsoft Bing embrace of search engine alternatives.

Wrapping things up, Ronald Barnes and Brad Alexander both got in touch regarding licensing, and we briefly wondered how much the personalities of those at the FSF/SFC benefit or hinder the goals of those organisations.

1:03:55   Ikey Doherty Interview

Ikey Doherty is perhaps best known for his work on the Linux Mint Debian Edition, and for creating the SolusOS distribution. Taking lessons he learned from those two projects, and adding in some inspiration from Google’s Material Design, Ikey has been working away on a new desktop environment based upon the modern GNOME stack called Budgie. In tandem, he’s been developing Evolve OS, a complete and purely desktop-oriented distribution.

Budgie isn’t tied to Evolve OS, and the current development version is available to try out on other distros via an Ubuntu PPA, the Arch AUR, or using Open Build Service packages for Fedora and openSUSE.

The Budgie desktop is going to be all over the tech press in the coming months, so if you want to get in at the ground floor a good place to start would be the official Evolve OS G+ community, or you can help Ikey realise his vision by contributing to the project.

A huge thank you to Ikey for taking the time to talk with us, and we look forward to bringing him back on the show as the project progresses for further updates.

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 #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.