not all change is progress
December 8, 2014
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Ikey Doherty interview0:01:34 News
Funding Campaigns – the Good, the Bad and the
New FLOSS crowdfunding site crowdfunding itself
Software Freedom Conservancy Supporter Program
Debian ‘fork’ Devuan has been announced
The UbuTab. A 2TB Ubuntu tablet for media lovers.
Wikipedia won’t stop BEGGING for cash – despite sitting on $60m
EU Thinks It Has Jurisdiction Over The Global Internet: Says Right To Be Forgotten Should Be Global
European parliament votes in favor of breaking up Google
Forget EU’s Toothless Vote To ‘Break Up’ Google; Be Worried About Nonsensical ‘Unbiased Search’ Proposal
Linux Journal Readers’ Choice Awards 2014
Web as a Platform
What’s Next For Firefox?
Mozilla will automatically switch Firefox search to Yahoo for most U.S. users
Google sold more Chromebooks to US schools than Apple did iPads in Q3
Chrome 40 Beta: Powerful Offline and Lightspeed Loading with Service Workers
Docker turns conductor in enterprise-aiming orchestration play
CoreOS Blasts Docker for “Broken Security”, Builds Own Container Engine
Can CoreOS Win the Container Fight it Has Picked?
How Not To Manage An Open-Source Community, Courtesy Of Docker
Cavium Debuts 48-Core ARM Server Chip
Linux Foundation finds enterprise Linux growing at Windows’ expense
Bitcoin laid bare: Boffins beat anonymity
Sites certified as secure often more vulnerable to hacking, scientists find
Why I won’t be using “Let’s Encrypt” and recommend others not to also
Security Collapse in the HTTPS Market
The Cost of the “S” in HTTPS (PDF)
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Esteban Martinez, SonOfNed and Zen Floater all chipped in with some thoughts on our Ubuntu MATE 14.04 review last time. Martin Wimpress, the project lead, took the time to address our nit-picks, which bodes well for the attention to detail that the project will receive longer term.
Brendan Perrine praised LXLE, and echoed our thoughts on the miserable state of battery technology and use life.
In the spirit of podcaster brotherliness, we played an audio promo for TLLTS. As Joe mentioned, the guys over there do tend to go off-topic far more than we do, and are decidedly NSFW.
mandy wondered why we don’t spend much time talking about Replicant, and Hamza Bhatti questioned whether the wider Linux community couldn’t learn some lessons from the growth of Google’s other proprietary-laden OS?
Harvey and Will offered some thoughts on Mozilla’s recent
sell-out to Microsoft Bing embrace of search
Wrapping things up, Ronald Barnes and Brad Alexander both got in touch regarding licensing, and we briefly wondered how much the personalities of those at the FSF/SFC benefit or hinder the goals of those organisations.
1:03:55 Ikey Doherty Interview
Ikey Doherty is perhaps best known for his work on the Linux Mint Debian Edition, and for creating the SolusOS distribution. Taking lessons he learned from those two projects, and adding in some inspiration from Google’s Material Design, Ikey has been working away on a new desktop environment based upon the modern GNOME stack called Budgie. In tandem, he’s been developing Evolve OS, a complete and purely desktop-oriented distribution.
Budgie isn’t tied to Evolve OS, and the current development version is available to try out on other distros via an Ubuntu PPA, the Arch AUR, or using Open Build Service packages for Fedora and openSUSE.
The Budgie desktop is going to be all over the tech press in the coming months, so if you want to get in at the ground floor a good place to start would be the official Evolve OS G+ community, or you can help Ikey realise his vision by contributing to the project.
A huge thank you to Ikey for taking the time to talk with us, and we look forward to bringing him back on the show as the project progresses for further updates.
I think your remarks about Wikipedia e-begging were quite to the point. I used to word for a Wikimedia chapter and I can say quite definitely that they have way too much money and I would not say that this excess money is doing more good than harm. In fact, having money means you have to hire more folks to have more projects just to justify that you raise so much money.
These projects as a rule have no impact on the actual Wikipedia at all. Self-sustaining and growing today is clearly the raison d’etre of Wikimedia. And when there is lots of money to be earned, typically greedy people will come flocking and trying to grab of it as much as they can. Especially some CEOs of Wikimedia organisations receive quite stunning salaries (stunning if measured against other charities).
If you have extra money to donate, please don’t donate it to Wikipedia. You would not be doing any good. Give it to other projects. There is plentiful to choose from!!
Thanks for sharing Herg. As someone who has donated over the years to Wikipedia I’m disappointed to hear that the organization seems to be falling prey to the lure of perpetual growth for growth’s sake.
I think it is still fine to donate to Wikipedia, but what you should donate is not your money but your time and your knowledge. Wikipedia is severey draining authors and has been doing so for way too long. This means that it is more than ever at risk of being taken over by corporate paid authors (who are already allover the place today, streamlining and polishing the articles about their particular corporations.) If this and other problems could be solved by money, they would have long been solved. For years, Wikimedia has been trying to turn around the decline in the number of active editors and to increase the share of female editors, and, but even though they have millions and millions of donation money at their disposal, the Wikimedia organisation have been unable to make any significant difference. So, again, the most valuable donation you can make to Wikipedia is your time and knowledge, not your money.
I just tried out the Evolve OS. Something I’ve been meaning to get around to doing but after listening today I used the torrent link and dd’d Evolve onto a USB thumb drive for use on my T430s and it worked perfectly. My initial thoughts are: By the Beard of Stallman (!) is this pretty. I’ve seen ChromeOS but the theme, feel, look and components fit together very, very nicely. Really nice attention to detail throughout the entire distribution. I can’t use it on a regular basis since the applications aren’t there and I’m addicted to Gnome’s superkey overview mode but man alive does it look good…
I really don’t understand why EvolveOS is its own distribution, when SolusOS had a problem with manpower.
Why doesn’t it use the crunchbang model, which takes vanilla Debian and adds its own repository with configurations and applications etc.?
This has the advantage that the users have the full power of Debian while having a nice configured Desktop without the need to configure much.
Gentlemen, thank you for doing the interview with Ikey Doherty. Along with your Martin Wimpress interview, work like this is really establishing Linux Luddites as a must-listen Linux podcast.
I am anxious to try out and hear more about Ikey’s Budgie desktop, and I hope that with Evolve OS’s tighter focus, he can keep the project going. Pledging to build the distribution from scratch instead of basing it on an upstream distro like Debian will make it difficult, but he seems to have enough experience in this sort of thing to know what is and isn’t doable.
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