Episode #14

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NuTyX – Ubuntu 14.04 – Xfe file manager

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Bitwig Studio on Linux: Can one top-tier app change the game? (Linux Voice are writing about this in issue #3, and Graham’s made a video about it and JACK)

$ sudo modprode douchery

Google, not Facebook, buys Titan Aerospace

Facebook is getting regulatory approval to start financial services division

2013 Internet ad revenues now exceed TV spend

Heartbleed updates:
Heartbleed disclosure timeline: who knew what and when
Certificate Revocation Slow for Heartbleed Servers
Heartbleed Flaw Lurks in Android Apps Downloaded by Millions
Apple Fixes Serious SSL Issue in OSX and iOS
PHK says Please Put OpenSSL Out of Its Misery
OpenBSD has started a massive strip-down and cleanup of OpenSSL
OpenSSL Valhalla Rampage Tumblr
OpenSSL code beyond repair, claims creator of “LibreSSL” fork
Tech Titans Launch ‘Core Infrastructure Initiative’ to Secure Key Open Source Components

QEMU 2 ships

Announcement of long term support for Debian oldstable

Canonical Is Taking Over Linux 3.13 Kernel Maintenance, and ushering in a world of rainbows and Unicorns

First Impressions

Paddy took a look at NuTyX, whilst Joe landed KolibriOS for the next show.


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Nicola, FreeLikeGNU and Lars Øyvind Hagland all chimed in following Paddy’s comments about command line tools last show, and his wish that folks would stick to the Unix philosophy. Paddy mentioned Rob Pike and Brian Kernighan’s paper ‘Program Design in the UNIX Environment‘, and also Pike’s later comments on /. The cogitation continues…

Mickey, Nagilum and Joel offered their opinions on the best audio format options for us to publish the show in, whilst Fin and SonOfNed both had complimentary things to say about Joe’s music.

Moritz wrote in with some anecdotal evidence suggesting that Google Apps may be the cause of Joe’s phone stability issues when running a CyanogenMod ROM.

Danyl Strype was disappointed with Canonical for their handling of Ubuntu One, and suggested that transferring the trademarks for the Ubuntu name and logo from Canonical to the Ubuntu Foundation might help restore some credibility to the organisation.

Rob Landley filled in some more details on the origins of the UNIX filesystem layout; and following our appeal for US Linux magazine recommendations for listener Jason, SonOfNed provided some useful information.

Peter Paterson pointed us in the direction of ExTiX, which we’ve duly added to the list of distros awaiting the Luddite once-over. BeDucky wrote in with praise for Enlightenment, and Joel thanked us for raising awareness of how good both Manjaro and the ArchWiki are.

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

Never noted fans of the Unity environment, did the latest 5-year supported version of Ubuntu win over your hosts, or does it remain to desktops what Comic Sans is to the world of fonts…?

Off the Beaten Path

Paddy introduced Xfe, the X File Explorer. Based on the lightweight FOX Toolkit, Xfe may be just what you’re looking for if you are dismayed by the constant bloating up, and dumbing down, of X-based file managers in recent desktop environments.

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.


  1. SonOfNed

    I have only had time to listen to the beginning of the podcast, but thought I would kick off the comments;

    – I am fairly certain that I am not an alias for Joe. Actually, having heard some of Joe’s music, and also heard myself play an instrument, I am absolutely positive :-)

    – wrt to ‘tech’ episode topics beyond Linux. I find much overlap between some of the core FOSS principals that attracted me in part to Linux and certain Internet topics such as Net Censorship, Net Neutrality, and Internet Privacy. If the show topics were to expand beyond Linux topics I would welcome Internet topics in those areas. Having said that, I realize that Paddy and Joe already invest a lot of time in producing an already excellent show and I would be fine with them limiting content to Linux topics if that kept the production time manageable.

  2. Ivor O'Connor

    I see nothing about your search for a keyboard in the show notes though it was in your podcast. I’m also curious and would like to buy one. Besides working with linux mint xfce I’d like to have batteries that are not only rechargeable but also replaceable with standard sized batteries. So eagerly awaiting responses on this topic…

  3. Ivor O'Connor

    Also very good episode. I’ve been listening to this show since it started and find it as once of the best out there. Keep up the good work.

    • Patrick

      Thanks, Ivor. Also, we have had a few responses to the keyboard question, so listen out next show for those :)

  4. Nicola

    To be fair, GNOME Shell uses the same popping sound when adjusting volume levels as the one Unity uses (from what I’ve heard in the podcast).

    By the way, “Nicola” is a guy’s name in most parts of the world (i.e. I’m a guy). No biggy though, it’s a common misunderstanding, someone makes it at least once a week :-)

    • Patrick

      Apologies on the name front. Joe did ask me off-air if I was sure that it was a female name; I told him that I thought so, as the male variation that I’m familar with is spelled with a ‘k’, as in Nikola Tesla. I was clearly wrong – sorry.

  5. James

    Listening to this episode now. One small note: To make Ubuntu’s list of keyboard shortcuts reappear, hold the super button. I found that by accident the other day.

  6. Thorsen

    … and sort of following on from Nichola’s first comment… I have a feeling that if the file manager in Ubuntu 14.04 (nautilus, I assume) actually had’ve been one-click consistent, you would have been moaning about how terrible that was :D

    It seems like it’s always open season on Ubuntu, on *every* podcast (well except ubuntuuk, obviously) but for me at least, I doubt I’ve have switched full time to linux without Canonical/Ubuntu making the transition so much easier. Yes, Ubuntu stands on the shoulders of Debian, but other distros like say Mint (for which one hears hardly anything but praise) arguably wouldn’t exist at all without Ubuntu’s platform, core package testing and repos, to build from.

    Anyway, still love your show, regardless of the relentless Ubuntu-hate #joking :D

    • SonOfNed

      @Thorsen, I share your sentiments wrt. Canonical bashing.

      Personally, I don’t like Unity and Joe did a good job in the episode of enumerating many of the technical aspects of Unity and 14.04 that I don’t care for. Additionally, on occasion Canonical has taken actions that I strongly disliked. Nonetheless, I am of the opinion that Mark Shuttleworth and Canonical have been a large net positive for the Linux community overall. (In all fairness, I have heard Paddy and Joe also give Canonical their props at various times.)

      wrt. Mark Shuttleworth and ‘vision’; here is a link to Mark’s 30 minute keynote address from Open World Forum 2011 in Paris. (His presentation is in English although he is introduced in French): https://tinyurl.com/mxamx66

      While Canonical has not succeeded in making Ubuntu a financial success in the Desktop market, Mark’s 2011 presentation shows that the desktop was only one part of his vision for Ubuntu. IMHO it may be premature to predict the demise of all of Ubuntu’s manifestations.

      Mark spent a lot of time in his presentation talking about web server technologies. Ubuntu Server has seen a spectacular rise in adoption between 2010 and 2014 and is now reported to be the number # 2 installed web server platform: https://tinyurl.com/psenfbg

      How all this translates into Canonical’s survival remains an open question for me. The desktop revenue stream failed and the mobile revenue remains to be realized, but as Red Hat has demonstrated, a successful business is possible based on FOSS server products and perhaps Canonical is sustaining itself from that market segment (consulting and services).

      As Canonical is privately held, public insight into their finances is difficult but employee headcount can often be an indirect indicator. I have not heard of any down-sizing at Canonical, but then again, I am not well connected in that arena and I reside on the wrong side of the globe.

      Perhaps some of the other listeners would have more insight?

    • SonOfNed

      Agreed, IMHO Poul (PHK) is always worth listening to on matters of FOSS, the Internet, and Security.

  7. SonOfNed

    Joe mentioned the memory utilization of some of the distros reviewed in this past episode. Here is an interesting chart comparing the memory footprint of many of the most popular distros: https://tinyurl.com/kgme4jt

    The chart is from a netblue30’s “Layer 3 Networking Blog” in his post “A Memory Comparison of Light Linux Desktops” (March 2013), a good read: https://tinyurl.com/crwnhwo

  8. Stilvoid

    I bought this wireless keyboard a while back: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Logitech-K400-Wireless-Touch-Keyboard/dp/B005LDLQXG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1399708336&sr=8-1&keywords=logitech+wireless+keyboard

    The build quality is great as is the battery life. The keys feel ok and it’s responsive enough to even play games with :) Setup is simple enough though you might need to install something to get it running at first as per https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Logitech_Unifying_Receiver

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