Episode #37

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With the Software Freedom Conservancy leaping into a legal battle that coincidentally supports the MPAA/RIAA, and Linus’ employer and underlings seemingly looking to ease out the grumpy old coot, our news segment this show reflected the old adage that where there’s people, there’s politics.

After your feedback, we revisited the subject of self-hosted cloud products, kicking the tyres of ownCloud, Pydio and Seafile. Each has its positives, but did any match up to the standards set by Drive and Dropbox?

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0:06:21   News

Conservancy Announces Funding for GPL Compliance Lawsuit
A GPL-enforcement suit against VMware
VMware Update to Mr. Hellwig’s Legal Proceedings

​NCC Group to audit OpenSSL for security holes
Lenovo Only Made Up To $250,000 From Nightmare Superfish Deal, Say Sources

BBC gives children mini-computers in Make it Digital scheme
Linux adopts conflict resolution code
Linux Foundation begins clampdown on Torvalds

Dead Cat Bouncing
Why I won’t mourn Mozilla
Mozilla Webmaker: Empowering the next billion citizens of the web

Our Imperious Overlords
Google to close Google Code open source project hosting
Chrome OS Switches To “Freon” Graphics Stack To Replace X11

The Ubuntu podcast has returned, at a new home.

0:38:02   Feedback

A huge thank you to Nigel Green for becoming our latest Monthly Supporter, and to johanv for your continuing support on Flattr.

Further discussion on the topic of energy efficiency was prompted by an email from John O’Brien – thanks, John.

And thank you to Daniel, Will and Pete, who all got in touch to give us their perspectives following our ruminations last show on the frequently inadequate state of GUI free software.

Jezra continued to bang his drum for web-based apps, and both SonOfNed and Will offered some thoughts on ‘secure’ email services. Sticking on the security topic, Topikissa wondered what our thoughts were on hard disk encryption?

And, finally, Brian was concerned by something that he’d heard on a JoeRess podcast.

1:02:41   Self-hosted Cloud Services, Redux

With version 8 of ownCloud recently being released, it was high time for us to revisit the topic of self-hosted cloud services. We set up a server running ownCloud, the attractive Pydio and the utilitarian Seafile, and used them all for a few weeks. Did any prove to be real contenders to the dominant Dropbox and Google Drive…?

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 #36

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Time was when KDE looked like something created by a hyperactive child let loose with a box of crayons. Whilst still offering a befuddling array of configuration options, aesthetically it’s now all grown up – and actually surprisingly attractive. We kicked the tyres on a couple of recent KDE distros that aim to offer the user quite contrasting experiences.

Just why is proprietary GUI software often better than the FOSS alternatives? Hear our thoughts on this after our usual coverage of the news, your feedback and our excursion into KDE-land.

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0:05:35   News

Bodhi Linux 3.0.0 Release
OpenStreetMap now has A-to-B routing built in to the homepage
Symple Introduces the $89 Planet Friendly Ubuntu Linux Web Workstation

Samsung’s Linux-Based Tizen Phone Proves an Unexpected Success
Pebble Time – Awesome Smartwatch, No Compromises

Odds ‘n’ Sods
Internet of things starter kit unveiled by ARM and IBM (official IBM link)
Congratulations to Martin for Ubuntu MATE gaining official status for 15.04; and now listing on DistroWatch
The truth about Purism: Why Librem is not the same as libre

How hackers could attack hard drives to create a pervasive backdoor
Lenovo PCs ship with man-in-the-middle adware that breaks HTTPS connections
Some notes on SuperFish
Thought Komodia/Superfish Bug Was Really, Really Bad? It’s Much, Much Worse!
Lenovo’s Promise for a Cleaner, Safer PC
It’s Not Just Superfish – Your Computer Blindly Trusts Hundreds of Sources
The Great SIM Heist: How Spies Stole The Keys To The Encryption Castle
Did NSA, GCHQ steal the secret key in YOUR phone SIM? It’s LIKELY
Gemalto presents the findings of its investigations into the alleged hacking of SIM card encryption keys by Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) and the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA)
SIM hack scandal biz Gemalto: Everything’s fine … Security industry: No, it’s really not

0:44:45   Feedback

A huge thank you to Jonathan Spriggs for joining our Monthly Supporters, whose ranks largely keep this little ship afloat. And, as ever, thanks to johanv for his continuing support on Flattr.

Paddy mentioned that you can now find us on Stitcher, if that’s your kind of thing. He also grovelling apologised for a minor RSS snafu, which meant a broken audio feed for half a day. Yes, he’ll be running Fedora for the next week as an act of penance.

Dave Allan and Daniel Rossbach both offered further thoughts on our recent Over a Pint about social media, with Daniel flagging up the supposedly secure and ephemeral Pond.

And, speaking of secure messaging, Ivor O’Connor was one of several listeners who mentioned the Switzerland-based ProtonMail to us.

Richard Norton-Hall told us that the BBC is moving away from Windows Media streaming; whilst James Chappell made some observations about Joe’s recent First Impressions of the Pi 2. And also Pi related, Arold wondered if we’d tried the ODROID-C1?

The debate around ISOs vs scripts for derivative distros continued with some input from Esteban.

Thanks to Isaac Carter, Will, Steven Rosenberg, MikeF and Firefoxfan2702 for your comments on Ubuntu Touch and the bq phone. The Nielsen statistics that Paddy mentioned can be found here.

And thanks to everyone else who left us feedback on our website or elsewhere. Your views are always an important part of this show, and will remain so :)

1:06:01   Two Distros, Two Versions of KDE

We took a look at Linux Mint 17 KDE and the more aesthetically pleasing – but application challenged – KaOS.

1:53:28   Over a Pint

Our occasional discussion segment made a welcome return, albeit with a slightly controversial topic, as Joe wondered why it is that proprietary GUI software is frequently better than the FOSS alternatives?

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 #35

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Last fortnight was dominated by two releases: the new Raspberry Pi 2, and the first Ubuntu mobile. With one of our number having got his hands on both of these, we report back on the Cray-like performance of the Pi, and how the Ubuntu phone could finally be a challenger to the legendary Wasp T12. Or not.

In the news, we talked about the sad demise of CrunchBang, the UK’s headlong rush into a surveillance state befitting our humble status as Airstrip One, a mysterious disappearing anti-FSF campaign, and much more. And with a first impressions of the Pi and a deep-dive into Ubuntu Touch topping and tailing your feedback, that’s the show. We hope you enjoy it.

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In or around London on February 26th? Like to meet up with Joe and Jesse, Scott from mintCast, Matt from TDTRS and Popey from UUPC? See Joe’s blog for further details.

0:03:13   News

Distro News
CrunchBang: The End
LMDE going rolling

Android 5.1 is out, already shipping on new phones
Android Lollipop: meet the UK team behind the world’s biggest mobile operating system
The first Tizen smartphone isn’t an “Android killer” – it’s a bad Android clone

FSF adds Guix System Distribution to list of endorsed distributions
Where did occupygpl.org go?
Happy 10th anniversary, Nathan Barley
Xfce 4.12 Release date
LXQt 0.9.0 released
ownCloud 8 released

GCHQ intelligence sharing ‘was unlawful’, tribunal rules
‘Innocent people’ on police photos database
New Linux backdoor carries extensive payload
US Publishers Are Responsible for Most Malicious and Risky Apps, Putting Everyone with a Smartphone at Risk (~250KB PDF)
Executive Director Andrew Lewman Answers Your Questions About Tor and Privacy
‘Google search on steroids’ brings dark Web into the light
Once-starving GnuPG crypto project gets a windfall. Now comes the hard part
Answering the Call for Werner Koch’s Everywhere

0:37:18   First Impressions

We found out whether Joe had any regrets about his impetuous eBay purchase of the new Raspberry Pi 2.

0:50:44   Feedback

A huge thank you to Simon Raffeiner for the PayPal donation, and to Simon Lewis – our newest Monthly Supporter. And thanks to keithzg and an anonymous listener for the Flattrs.

Elisha Montgomery posted on our G+ Community to detail setting up Easy2Boot under Linux – thanks, Elisha.

Less positively, Steven Rosenberg took Joe to task for his description of the Bombono DVD user interface as ‘intuitive'; and David Wolski queried how luddite we Luddites really are.

Sean Andreas and Daniel offered some thoughts about the direction Cyanogen is taking; whilst Jonas Kalderstam reminded us how much of core Android is now reliant upon the (closed-source) Google Play Services. Some comments on the unprofitability of the Android space for hardware manufacturers by SonOfNed presaged us sharing some shocking statistics about the mobile market-space.

The costs of our computing – both environmental, and those incurred to power companies – was a topic raised again by Tony Molloy, SonOfNed and Steven Rosenberg.

Finally, Daniel and Keith Z-G both chipped in with some thoughts following our piece last show about social media. Thanks to you both, and to everyone else who got in touch over the last fortnight.

1:09:57   Ubuntu Phone

Long discussed, Canonical finally unveiled an Ubuntu phone in conjunction with Spanish supplier bq (yes, bq – ignore the paid tech press who don’t bother checking things like capitalisation <sigh>). Joe managed to briefly get his hands on the bq Aquarius E4.5, whilst Paddy and Jesse had to make do with flashing the Ubuntu Touch OS onto their Nexus 7 tablets for a gander.

I think that it’s fair to say we were pleasantly surprised, if not bowled over; which seems to have been the general consensus of the unboxing reviews so far. It’ll certainly be interesting to watch this platform develop, particularly if Canonical can rustle up some decent and full-featured native apps…

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.

Keep it dusty.

Episode #34

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Neither the weather nor a slickly marketed new Linux vulnerability can hold the Luddites back; like the Beast of Redmond, which features heavily in the News this show, we just keep on coming.

Changing the pace, Joe and Jesse went Off the Beaten Path to bring us a couple of FOSS applications that they frequently find useful; but we soon got back on track with all your Feedback.

Yomping ended, we settled down Over a Pint to discuss the impact that social media has had upon how we see the world and our fellow human beings. It’s broadened our outlook… hasn’t it?

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0:07:01   News

BOO! Grave remote-code exec flaw in GNU C Library TERRIFIES Linux
Sky to block porn by default to protect children

Odds ‘n’ Sods
Jeff Hoogland’s back
CoreOS Moves From Btrfs To EXT4 + OverlayFS
The Linux Foundation Offers a Self-Paced SysAdmin Course

CEO: “Today, Cyanogen has some dependence on Google. Tomorrow, it will not.”
Microsoft to Invest in Rogue Android Startup Cyanogen
Microsoft Releases Finished Versions Of Office For Android
Microsoft continues cross-platform tear, releases Outlook for iOS, Android
LibreOffice for Android coming soon
#CASHTAGS are a thing: you can now bank on Twitter
Now available in the UK: Send and request money right from Gmail

Crowdfunding Updates
[show #29] Librem 15 reaches funding goal
[show #30] UbuTab Indiegogo failed; undeterred, Nikki Wertish is now selling preorders
[show #31] Interview with Andromium CEO Gordon Zheng; Kickstarter failed to reach goal, but still pushing ahead
[show #32] Builder, a Gnome IDE completed its Indiegogo campaign

I’ll believe it when it happ… oh
Smart things powered by snappy Ubuntu Core on ARM and x86
Hands-on: Microsoft’s HoloLens is flat-out magical

0:49:38   Off the Beaten Path

Joe and Jesse talked about a couple of pieces of software that they use regularly, and find really useful: Bombono DVD and Rapid Photo Downloader for Linux.

1:00:52   Feedback

A huge thank you to Aaron Cook for the PayPal donation; and to Stefan Hofbauer and Jason Connerley, who joined our ranks of Monthly Supporters. And thanks to Clemens Gruber, Andrey Panasyuk and Jeremy Wooten for the Flattrs.

We mentioned that it’d really help us gain more visibility if we had a few more ratings and reviews on our iTunes listing… so, if you enjoy the show, you know what to do ;)

We received a fair amount of feedback regarding our look last show at the ZTE Open C running Firefox OS. Thanks to SonOfNed, Firefoxfan2702, Efraim and Aaron for your differing and thoughtful perspectives.

Andrew Kirkpatrick got in touch to remind us of the environmental impact that our computing devices have, and we’ll try to keep this in mind going forwards.

And Issac Carter offered some predictions for 2015 of his own. With GHOST seemingly already fulfilling one of Joe’s – which he failed to pick up on! – it’ll be interesting to look back in 12 months’ time to see how we all fared.

1:15:55   Over a Pint

Have social media platforms broadened our appreciation of the views of others, or simply become a space where we can easily seek out those with our own existing narrow perspectives and prejudices?

Whilst chewing over this topic, we mentioned the worldwide spread of the #JeSuisCharlie hashtag, how online dating is turning us all into Tamagotchis, how social media can reinforce a ‘spiral of silence’, and how comfortable conformity is all too often the only desire of today’s youth.

Despite being asked nicely, Joe didn’t edit in the chorus from an apposite viral video that Paddy thought would make a good bumper for this segment. So, just for everyone reading, here’s the song in its full glory. Enjoy ;)

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 #33

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Linux. It’s now ubiquitous, and powering the devices we use everyday – and some we’d never contemplate owning. With the dying embers of CES 2015 being stamped out in the wider tech press, we also focus on the use of Linux away from our daily desktops and servers.

After a gadget-friendly news segment, we’ve a truly mixed bag of your feedback. And, having spoken about it for months, it was great to finally to get our hands on an official Firefox OS phone – but just how long did our initial enthusiasm last?

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In the last fortnight, Joe started a personal podcast project, Jesse upgraded from Mint 17.0 to 17.1 and, shockingly, found little had changed, and Paddy has been looking into OpenSMTPD, which may well offer an escape route from the ridiculously over-featured likes of Exim and Postfix for the Linux sysadmin.

0:06:36   News

Odds ‘n’ Sods
OpenMandriva Indiegogo
Introducing the MintBox Mini
Moving steam’s .local folder deletes all user files on Linux

Gogo Inflight Internet is intentionally issuing fake SSL certificates
Netflix Cracks Down on VPN and Proxy “Pirates”
‘Silk Road Reloaded’ Just Launched on a Network More Secret than Tor
Did David Cameron Just Say He Wants To Undermine All Encryption In The UK?
Secret US cybersecurity report: encryption vital to protect private data
Google No Longer Provides Patches for WebView Jelly Bean and Prior

Google’s plan to become your phone company
Cyanogenmod nightlies for 31 phones drop
Mobile Industry Generated $3.3 Trillion Last Year, Created 11 Million Jobs
Samsung debuts its first Tizen phone – the Z1- in India

CES 2015
Snail Games introduces 3D gaming smartphone
The Linux penguin in your TV
Three ex-Google engineers have created a Microsoft Surface clone
Linux-based gadget charges mobiles wirelessly at up to 15 feet
Intel introduces Compute Stick with Atom quad-core CPU

And, with so many products of dubious value featuring at CES this year, we had a brief chat about the apparent backlash against tech ‘progress’ that’s starting to become more vocal. During the conversation, mention was made of the Microsoft/Nokia 215 Internet-ready phone.

1:10:56   Feedback

A huge thank you to klaatu la terible for the PayPal donation, and to Daniel Lowe and Stilvoid for becoming our latest Monthly Supporters. On Flattr, spacecowboy, M3kbK1, johanv and an anonymous donor kept the wheels turning. A huge thank you from Joe, Paddy and Jesse to all of you!

Thanks for your emails and comments on our website; and also to everyone on Twitter and Google Plus for your feedback.

Herg returned to the topic of Wikipedia’s annual fundraising drive, and made the astute observation that rather than cash, the contributions best able to secure the quality of content there would be our time and effort in keeping the site up to date and accurate.

Nigel Verity suggested that the commercial use of quadcopters for delivery purposes would likely lead to the rise of a new urban sport of “drone-jacking”; and klaatu seemed to totally buy-in to our thoughts last time on alternative means of derivative distro distribution.

Florian and Ian Barton chipped in with comments on network configuration in the shell, and Joe was positively glowing following Fin’s complimentary words about the music used in the show.

Nathan D Smith and Joel offered some real-world perspective on live kernel patching; and Joel had some thoughts about Chromebooks, a topic also referred to by Daniel, who kindly linked to a website with alternative firmware for many common models.

Brindleoak wondered if perhaps Arch is the “one distro to rule them all”, and thanks also to Will for fleshing out some of Jesse’s thoughts on that subject.

We wrapped up with another comment from Will, who is keeping his fingers crossed that Mozilla’s Firefox OS might become a practical and free mobile platform. But Will had also some doubts on that score; to find out if they were justified, listen to our next segment ;)

1:27:56   Firefox OS Phone Review

At the time of recording, the ZTE Open C was the only mobile phone shipping in the UK with Firefox OS as the factory installed image.

Whilst a decidedly shonky bit of kit, Mozilla clearly believes this £40/$60 phone is a suitable platform to showcase its operating system – so how does it stack up? And does FFOS compare favourably against Android on the same hardware? Listen on to find out.

Paddy is keeping hold of the ZTE, so as and when Mozilla push out any future major release of FFOS he’ll be able to report back on the progress they’ve made.

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.