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.

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.