Episode #87


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00:05:20 News
00:44:44 PiBakery, Tasksel & Magic Device Tool
00:59:30 Feedback
01:12:22 elementary OS Loki

As well as our regular news and feedback, this show we talk about PiBakery, Tasksel and Magic Device Tool, which are three utilities that could improve your productivity. And also the latest release of elementary OS, which won’t.

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00:05:20 News

The Document Foundation: Annual Report 2015

Micro Focus to buy HPE arm for US$8.8b
Has HPE bought SUSE? No. But here’s what did happen…

AlienBOB losing job

The Linux Foundation and edX Announce New, Free Introduction to OpenStack Course
Yahoo open-sources Pulsar, a low-latency alternative to Apache Kafka

Sony wins battle over preinstalled Windows in Europe’s top court
European court says linking to illegal content is copyright infringement
European Union plans to offer free Wi-Fi to all
EU ends anonymity and rules open Wi-Fi Hotspots need a password
10 Years in Prison For Online Pirates a Step Closer in the UK

Delete Google Maps? Go ahead, says Google, we’ll still track you
St Jude sues short-selling MedSec over pacemaker ‘hack’ report

World eats its 10 millionth Raspberry Pi
Look Ma, no hardware! Coding the Raspberry Pi in a web emulator
Nextcloud Box – a private cloud and IoT solution for home users

Wimpy has a new job

00:44:44 PiBakery, Tasksel & Magic Device Tool

We spoke briefly about three different setup and configuration management tools: PiBakery for the Raspberry Pi, Tasksel for Debian-based distros and Magic Device Tool for mobiles.

00:59:30 Feedback

A huge thank you to all of our Monthly Supporters. Without you, we wouldn’t be able to do what we do.

Will and Campbell Barton got in touch to gently chide us following our recent chat about desktop customisation on Linux, and Campbell also had some advice for Jesse about shell swapping.

In answer to Rolf, Joe and Paddy pointed out that to reach potential new users of Linux we need to be where they are, which is why we decided to frequent a slightly rough new neighbourhood in the social media scene.

Rich and Will pitched in with their thoughts on Sandstorm, a platform that’s more complex and powerful than first meets the eye, and is something we may well return to in a future show.

01:12:22 elementary OS Loki

With 517 days having passed since the release of Freya, our interest was piqued by the recent and well publicised launch by the elementary team of Loki, the latest upgrade to their desktop-focused OS. After well over a year’s worth of development, surely this incarnation of the Mac look-alike would manage to address the shortcomings we noted previously?


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 #86


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00:01:05 News
00:38:04 UbuCon Europe 2016
00:47:20 fish Shell
00:58:55 Feedback
01:10:29 Desktop Customisation

After the news, we hear about the upcoming UbuCon Europe from two of the organisers, Jesse goes fishing for compliments on his new choice of shell, we chew over your feedback, and round things off by disagreeing about the benefits of desktop customisation.

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00:01:05 News

Linux turns 25, is bigger and more professional than ever
Live from LinuxCon – Sharing the latest news and learnings on Microsoft’s open journey
Linus Torvalds says GPL was defining factor in Linux’s success
The kernel community confronts GPL enforcement

Android Nougat drops support for Nexus 5 and 2013 Nexus 7
Google Wi-Fi Assistant coming to a (newish) Nexus phone near you
Google brings in-app search feature to its Android app

European Copyright Leak Exposes Plans to Force the Internet to Subsidize Publishers
EU Copyright Law Undermines Innovation and Creativity on the Internet. Mozilla is Fighting for Reform
International Fair Use Developments: Is Fair Use Going Global?

Facebook is giving away the software it uses to understand objects in photos
The long-awaited Maru OS source release
Raspbian OS: Consider It Compromised

Ryan Sipes: Meet the new Community Manager at System 76 (me)
Purism announces the creation of its Advisory Board

00:38:04 UbuCon Europe 2016

We spoke with Michael Hall and Sujeevan Vijayakumaran about the European UbuCon that’ll be held in Essen 18-20 November 2016.

00:47:20 fish Shell

Jesse attempted to convince Joe and Paddy of the supposed benefits of the fish shell.

00:58:55 Feedback

A huge thank you to Vipul Agarwal and Johan Nilsson for keeping the show on the road by becoming Monthly Supporters. If you enjoy what we do, why not join them?

Following up on our comments about IoT security, Will got in touch and Jesse mentioned that some manufacturers shockingly take this stuff seriously.

Will also had some thoughts about the Lumina Desktop, as did Florian and CubicleNate. Thanks, guys.

Kelly Price reached out to share how they’d tricked out their Acer C710 with 16GB RAM and was running GalliumOS on it. Slight overkill, maybe, but I bet it flies!

Wrapping things up, Ian Barton wondered if we’d come across sandstorm.io. Turns out it’s something none of us have looked at in more than passing, so we’ve mentally filed for a deeper dive next time we compare personal cloud solutions.

01:10:29 Desktop Customisation

Although you can still tweak a lot of desktop settings manually, both ChaletOS and Zorin OS provide simple theme changers that switch a whole lot of settings in one fell swoop — and limit your options for doing so.

With Microsoft only recently baking in a dark theme to add to the very limited desktop customisation available out of the box on Windows, we chewed around whether the ability to easily and endlessly tinker with our Linux desktops was a good thing or not.


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 #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.