Episode #85


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00:04:10 News
00:52:07 GalliumOS
01:00:19 Feedback
01:13:45 Lumina Desktop Environment

First impressions matter, so it’s a bit of a shame that the new Lumina desktop looks fugly out of the box. Something it shares with Xfce which, smartened up in GalliumOS, is proving a real keeper on Joe’s Chromebook. So is there hope for Lumina?

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00:04:10 News

Software Should Be Free: The FSF’s first Annual Report

Christoph Hellwig’s case against VMware dismissed
Hellwig Announces He Will Appeal VMware Ruling After Evidentiary Set Back in Lower Court

Libgcrypt/GnuPG Hit By Critical Security Problem Since 1998
Btrfs RAID 5/6 Code Found To Be Very Unsafe & Will Likely Require A Rewrite
We Have Come to an Agreement to Get VeraCrypt Audited
VeraCrypt Audit Under Way; Email Mystery Cleared Up

Study Highlights Serious Security Threat to Many Internet Users
Linux bug leaves USA Today, other top sites vulnerable to serious hijacking attacks
Linux bug leaves 1.4 billion Android users vulnerable to hijacking attacks

Canonical Makes It Easy to Port Native iOS and Android Apps to Ubuntu Mobile OS
Canonical Becomes a Patron of KDE e.V.
Introducing the Qt Lite project — Qt for any platform, any thing, any size

Almost every Volkswagen sold since 1995 can be unlocked with an Arduino
75 Percent of Bluetooth Smart Locks Can Be Hacked
“Smart” Electrical Socket Leaks Your Email Address, Can Launch DDoS Attacks
Omega2: $5 Linux Computer with Wi-Fi, Made for IoT
Turn Your Motorola Android Phone Into a Raspberry Pi

Leaving Mycroft

London cops waste £2.1m on thought crime unit – and they want volunteer informers

PowerShell is open sourced and is available on Linux
Lithuanian police switched to LibreOffice
Government of India Banks on ownCloud for DigiLocker Project

00:52:07 GalliumOS

Joe gave us his first (and uncharacteristically positive) impressions of this Xubuntu-based replacement OS for x86 Chromebooks.

01:00:19 Feedback

We’ve mentioned a few times on the show how PayPal junks existing subscriptions when your credit card details change. So a huge thank you to Lars Falk-Petersen for noticing that this had happened, and for not only updating his details but also more than back-filling the missing months. Thanks, Lars, and to all of our other Monthly Supporters for your continuing support.

Desktop email clients clearly matter to a lot of you, and we heard from Will, Ian Barton, CubicleNate and Rob Landley on this topic.

Our FOSS Talk Live chat touched upon issues around freedom, and both m a r and Magnus pitched in with thoughts on licensing and holding manufacturers to account.

Wrapping things up, it was great to hear from Gavin, who told us about how at least some libraries in the UK are being used to help spread the word about free software.

01:13:45 Lumina Desktop Environment

Having just reached the 1.0 milestone, we took the *nix-agnostic Lumina desktop environment for a spin. There’s clearly a pressing need for some expert UI/UX input to the project, but even with a bit more spit and and polish could we see it becoming one of our go-to desktops?


Linux LudditesAs ever, we’d welcome your feedback about the show either here on our website, via a mail to show@, on Twitter and Gab @linuxluddites, or over at our Google Plus and Facebook Community pages.

Thanks for listening.

Episode #84


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00:01:03 News
00:35:41 Feedback
00:55:11 FOSS Talk Live

Take three Luddites, add some liquid lubrication and an engaged if sceptical audience, and you’ve the perfect recipe for our outing at the first UK FOSS Talk Live event. Listen on after the news and feedback to see if we managed to convince anyone that the simpler computing technology of yore was more empowering than the complex black boxes we all carry with us everywhere today.

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00:01:03 News

Seymour Papert, 88, Dies; Saw Education’s Future in Computers
Lenovo to ship laptops with Endless OS in Mexico
Hacker Compromises Fosshub to Distribute MBR-Hijacking Malware
GNOME Maps Is Back On Track Thanks to Mapbox
Cyanogen Inc and CyanogenMod
Cyanogen CEO denies pivot to apps and emphasizes ‘open Android’ mission… using an iPhone
Motorola confirms that it will not commit to monthly security patches
ITU Facts and Figure 2016
Google’s Instant Articles competitor is about to take over mobile search
Google’s AMP project: Better than Facebook, or just a different walled garden?
BlackBerry makes its Hub software available for all Android Marshmallow devices
Kickstarter’s Impact on the Creative Economy
€1.2 Million for Open Source Projects

00:35:41 Feedback

Thanks to all of our Monthly Supporters for your continuing support. And if you enjoy what we do (and if you’re reading this, you clearly do!) but don’t currently help keep the lights on, please pitch in with a small monthly donation using the link in the sidebar.

We kicked off the feedback by bringing you a couple of sad bits of community news: there definitely won’t be an OggCamp this year, and the hosts of the Pi Podcast have hung up their mics.

Rob Landley noted that the main reason that Google flags up firmware changes on mobile devices is to somewhat ameliorate the ‘Evil Butler’ problem. And, moving to the question of an advocacy void, Rob pointed us towards a blogpost from Eben Moglen that talked about the role of the Linux Foundation. Also pitching in on this topic were Robert Horn and Will — thanks all.

Jezra wondered why Jesse doesn’t rate Thunderbird, and Brian offered a potential homebrew PBX solution to move us away from Skype. Wrapping things up, Jim Salter made the case that Internet access should be seen as a human right as its absence would (at least in the developed world) exclude us from participating in everyday private and civic interactions.

00:55:11 FOSS Talk Live

Breaking with tradition, we ditched our virtual pints and sat down with real ones, on stage, in front of a crowd of Linux enthusiasts at the inaugural FOSS Talk Live event. For our topic we decided to discuss whether computer technology, once so empowering for the end-user, can nowadays be considered emasculating?

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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.

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Episode #83


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00:01:07 News
00:33:34 Filling the Void
00:53:58 Feedback
01:11:15 Finding Solus with Ikey

The Free and Open Source Software world is notoriously poor at selling itself to Joe Public. Why is this, and could an existing organisation fill the outreach void? Plus, and after all of the news and feedback, we talk with Ikey Doherty, who has a very definite vision for what sort of operating system could appeal to just those potential users.

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00:01:07 News

Skype for Linux Alpha and calling on Chrome & Chromebooks
Skype finalizes its move to the cloud, ignores the elephant in the room
Feral Linux users should learn when to shut up

Microsoft Wins Major Privacy Victory for Data Held Overseas
Bulk data collection only lawful in serious crime cases, ECJ rules

Notice of security breach on Ubuntu Forums (again)
GNOME Maps Hits A Dead End, Can No Longer Display Maps

ownCloud Secures Financing and Expands its Management Team
About the future of Seafile
Statement about Stopping Cooperation with Seafile GmbH

SoftBank to buy UK’s Arm for £24.3bn

Android Nougat won’t boot your phone if its software is corrupt
Cyanogen Inc. reportedly fires OS development arm, switches to apps
The Superbook: Turn your smartphone into a laptop for $99

00:33:34 Filling the Void

With the FSF promoting their own rabid take on software freedom at one end of the spectrum, and the money-grubbing corporate lapdog that is the Linux Foundation at the other, is the FOSS/Open Source world in need of a sane, pragmatic voice in the middle to promote our shared goals and ideals?

00:53:58 Feedback

Thanks to Jim Salter for the PayPal donation, and to all of our Monthly Supporters for your continuing support. Thanks, guys!

Joe plugged his Twitter feed, on which he tweets fairly sporadically and eclectically.

Thanks to Stephen for putting us straight on Vietnamese pronunciation; and to Florian, for pointing us in the direction of a Crowd Supply project for the fully libre EOMA68 Computing Device.

Questioning whether telecoms ought to be treated as any other utility, Henry Sprog’s contribution prompted us to talk about whether access to communications technology really can be justified as a basic human right, as the United Nations seems to believe.

Jim Salter revisited the question of stale dependencies within dev-packaged software, which will no doubt become a frequently discussed topic as Flatpaks and Snaps become increasingly seen in the wild.

Comments from Ryan1729, Campbell Barton and Will prompted a little more discussion about Git, which dovetailed nicely with Rob Landley’s link to a talk about time-based released management. And we wrapped up with some positive points from Roger Light about DVCS’ and software quality.

01:11:15 Finding Solus with Ikey

So the pun doesn’t really work. But Solus itself seems to be shaping up to do so pretty well. We talked with Ikey Doherty about some of the longer term goals of the project, and how his vision had impacted some of his decisions about how to put an OS together.


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 #82


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00:01:24 News
00:43:11 Firejail
00:50:30 Feedback
01:03:06 SUSE Studio

Hitting it out of the park once again, the world’s best Linux podcast returns with the latest FOSS news, showcases an effective desktop and server sandboxing technology and talks self-build distro creation with SUSE Studio.

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00:01:24 News

End of an era: Linux distributions will soon stop supporting 32-bit PCs
Ubuntu encourage developers to make apps convergent
The Next Generation Operating System on a Key
That Eye-Fi card you could have bought a year ago is going to stop working on September 16th
Amazon Prime will knock $50 off an Android phone if you look at Amazon’s lock-screen ads
Cracking Android’s full-disk encryption is easy on millions of phones – with a little patience
Google’s My Activity reveals just how much it knows about you
Facebook wins privacy case against Belgian data protection authority
Two clicks for more privacy
Under Mayer deal, Mozilla could walk away and still get more than $1 billion if it doesn’t like Yahoo’s buyer
Context Graph: It’s time to bring context back to the web
The Web We Have to Save

00:43:11 Firejail

Want to easily run existing applications in a secured environment? Firejail could be just what you’re looking for. To find out a little more, check out this article from Linux Magazine last year.

00:50:30 Feedback

As ever, thanks to our Monthly Supporters whose stalwart efforts really do keep the show on the road. And, as Joe suggested, if you can’t help us out financially at the moment you could make a real difference by telling somebody else about the show.

Some comments from Josh Scott prompted Joe to reiterate how we decide what technologies to cover on the show.

Will offered some thoughts on changes in packaging, and also pulled Jesse up on his view of Arch, whilst Christopher Wininger did the same to Paddy (and his ongoing suspicion of modern dev practices).

Nathan D Smith pitched in with some thoughts about Samsung’s acquisition of Joyent, and what that might mean for the non-Windows/Linux datacentre. Thanks, Nathan.

01:03:06 SUSE Studio

SUSE Studio is a web-based tool that’s straightforward enough to let most anyone build their own SUSE-based custom distro. Prompted by a request to look at the Studio-built GeckoLinux, we decided to see how we’d get on ourselves.


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 #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.