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.

Episode #76

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00:01:19 News
00:47:58 Syncthing
01:06:45 Feedback
01:22:11 Maru OS

Convergence comes in different forms, but it seems that Maru OS hit the sweet spot for Joe. And had we been been unfairly dismissive of Syncthing in the past? There was only one way to find out. We also brought you all the news from around the FOSS world, and rummaged through our bulging sack of feedback.

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00:01:19 News

The linux-stable security tree project
LXD 2.0 has been released!

Open-Source Processor Core Ready For IoT
The time that Tony Fadell sold me a container of hummus

Remix OS 2.0 now available for Nexus 9 and 10, brings multi-window & other features from PC version

WhatsApp’s Signal Protocol integration is now complete
WhatsApp Rolls Out End-To-End Encryption to its Over One Billion Users
Signal Desktop beta now publicly available

The future of Firefox is … Chrome
U.S. newspapers threaten to sue Brave browser maker over ad-blocking scheme
IAB Primer on Ad Blocking for Publishers Leans Toward Carrots Over Sticks

Interpreting, enforcing and changing the GNU GPL, as applied to combining Linux and ZFS
Free Software Foundation Issues Statement in Support of Community’s ZFS Concerns
How Should the Free Software Movement View the Linux Foundation?

00:47:58 Syncthing

After a gentle nudge from several listeners, we took the latest version of Syncthing for a spin. It’s certainly come on in leaps and bounds functionality-wise since your Luddites last looked at it, but is that enough to make it a consumer-friendly piece of software?

01:06:45 Feedback

A huge thank you to David Laczko and an anonymous donor for joining our band of Monthly Supporters — we really do appreciate your support.

It would appear that talking about Microsoft still raises questions for some, and the hackles of others. Thanks to Floyd Wallace, Florian, Richard Walker and Bruce for your observations and comments.

And thanks to Dameon Carolls for again raising the issue of whether it is sufficient for parents to parent, or if we need a nanny state to protect the minds of our offspring. No prizes for guessing that we sided with Dameon, and thought that government should keep well out of it.

01:22:11 Maru OS

Still in beta, Maru OS is an Android ROM with a difference — it also gives you a fully functional and standard Linux desktop when you connect your phone to an external display. Joe and Jesse caught up with Preetam D’Souza, the lead developer of the project, to find out more.

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 #75

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00:02:48 News
00:54:34 Feedback
01:16:04 Mosh

Ubuntu on FreeBSD, Ubuntu on Windows. At least one of our number thought the latter a great idea, but listen to the news to hear dissent amongst the ranks. We then took a rummage through a bursting postbag, and rounded off with Jesse bravely jumping into a Mosh pit.

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0:02:48 News

Red Hat becomes first $2b open-source company
No-Cost RHEL Developer Subscription now available
Debian Project Leader Elections 2016

UbuntuBSD Brings Ubuntu Atop The FreeBSD Kernel
Redox OS
Stali distribution smashes assumptions about Linux

How one developer just broke Node, Babel and thousands of projects in 11 lines of JavaScript
‘No regrets’ says chap who felled JavaScript’s Jenga tower – as devs ask: Have we forgotten how to code?

Nantes Métropole completes switch to LibreOffice (numbers)
French publishers join Swedish ‘Block Party’ to pester ad refuseniks

CloudFlare wants Tor to change or risk roadblocks
The Trouble with CloudFlare
Internet users don’t understand security or privacy, says survey

Android rooting bug opens Nexus phones to “permanent device compromise”
This is Android N’s freeform window mode

GoDaddy launches AWS-style servers and apps to build, test and scale cloud services

Ubuntu on Windows — The Ubuntu Userspace for Windows Developers
Running Bash on Ubuntu on Windows!
Linux Command Line on Windows

0:54:34 Feedback

A huge thank you to Steve Edwards, Christopher Hudson, Lars Falk-Petersen and Nikolaus Brauer for becoming our latest Monthly Supporters — thanks, guys!

Our recent interview with Jonathan Riddell was well received, and encouraged some of you, including Simon, to give Plasma 5 a spin. Blaine is also impressed by the new desktop, but recommended openSUSE Leap over Ubuntu to sit it atop. And Sid Vicious picked up on Jonathan’s comments about packaging, which we discussed a little further.

Ian Barton, Dennis and Will all wondered why we haven’t mentioned Syncthing whilst bemoaning the lack of a FOSS alternative to BTSync. Paddy explained why he’d previously dismissed it, but watch this space…

John flagged up the privacy aspect of the ubiquitous tracking currently employed by web advertising, and wondered if a slightly different approach might be more acceptable.

Kalle Eklund returned to the topic of the ‘TV tax’, and Mark suggested that the WeTek Play might be just what Joe’s looking for to consume his broadcast media.

1:16:04 Mosh

Jesse extolled the virtues of Mosh, an SSH replacement that offers many benefits, particularly for roaming mobile devices.

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 #74

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00:01:03 News
01:00:05 Feedback
01:20:13 Jonathan Riddell Interview

The KDE project has delivered several exciting new technologies over the last few months, so we thought it high time we spoke to somebody intimately involved to find out more. Our interview with Jonathan Riddell follows a full and varied news segment, your feedback, and the announcement of a new UK FOSS event.

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00:01:03 News

Expanding the Dell Portfolio of Ubuntu Laptops and Workstations
After 0 successful submissions, Google doubles top reward for hacking a Chromebook to $100,000
Chromecast takes 35% of the 42 million unit Global Digital Media Streamer Market in 2015, says Strategy Analytics

Running a mainline kernel on a cellphone or other mobile device looks a lot closer now
Millions of Android devices vulnerable to new Stagefright exploit

BBC micro:bit review: The free Raspberry Pi rival every kid will love
WD Labs, Raspberry Pi, ownCloud and Ubuntu
9.0 is the biggest ownCloud release so far
Yet Another Reason Why Ubuntu MATE 16.04 Will Rock
ProtonMail, the Easy-to-Use Encrypted Email Service, Opens Up to the Public
A preliminary analysis of High Priority Projects feedback

Let’s Encrypt: New Name, New Home for the Client
Let’s Encrypt: Our Millionth Certificate (and not just by cannibalising existing CAs)
A WebAssembly Milestone: Experimental Support in Multiple Browsers

Announcing SQL Server on Linux
Microsoft integrates Visual Studio with open-source Eclipse IDE
Microsoft submits new open-sourced networking components to Open Compute Project

01:00:05 Feedback

A huge thank you to Robert H Nunnally Jr for the PayPal donation, and to Amateur Zen Trading Company and Joseph Aczel for joining our trusty band of Monthly Supporters — thanks, guys!

We announced FOSS Talk Live 2016, a new — but hopefully to become regular — fixture on the UK FOSS calendar. The website has full details, but if you can make it down to London on the evening of Saturday 6th August, you’ll have the opportunity to meet not only the three Luddites, but also the Linux Voice guys, the team behind the Ubuntu Podcast and also Stuart Langridge and Dave MegaSlippers, drink copious amounts of beer, and gently mock us as we try to podcast from the confines of a pub. It promises — one way or another — to be a night to remember!

Following our recent look at Tiny Core, John got in touch to let us know that it made a great OS for a router he lashed together using an old PC and a couple of NICs.

Moving on to convergence, Will suggested that docks might once again become ubiquitous as convergence takes off, and your Luddites talked around the topic a little (with Paddy self-consciously failing to mention the only mobile dock that he owns!)

Over on Twitter, Robert Orzanna brought us back to the topic of web advertising. Paddy mentioned a thoughtful blog post from Peter-Paul Koch, and we also touched upon Opera’s introduction of native ad-blocking. This topic will run and run…

01:20:13 Jonathan Riddell Interview

Joe and Paddy recently caught up with Jonathan Riddell, and talked about some of the exciting project coming out of KDE, including Neon, Plasma Mobile, KDEConnect and Shashlik. A huge thank you to Jonathan for again finding time to spend with 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 Google Plus and Facebook Community pages.

Thanks for listening.