Linux Luddites

not all change is progress


December 22, 2014

Episode #31


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Fedora 21 Workstation – 2014 predictions revisited

0:08:50   News

Releases
Announcing Fedora 21
Fedora 21 so popular on release day, it’s overloading all things Fedora
High traffic on the package repositories for Linux Mint 17.1
Trinity Desktop Environment R14.0.0 Released

Security
Fact of the day: Some 45% of Americans say they or a household member have been notified by a credit card company, financial institution or retailer that their credit card information had possibly been stolen as part of a data breach
An extensive set of X.org vulnerabilities
‘Critical’ security bugs dating back to 1987 found in X Window
Powerful, highly stealthy Linux trojan may have infected victims for years
The ‘Penquin’ Turla
12 Million Home Routers Vulnerable to Takeover

Certification Frenzy
Mozilla to Support Certificate Transparency in Firefox (what is CT?)
Marking HTTP As Non-Secure
Google Proposes Marking ‘HTTP’ as Insecure in 2015

Oddments
Freescale enables wireless charging for tablets and other large gadgets
Google’s surprise: ODF support launches ahead of schedule
BitTorrent launches invite-only alpha of Project Maelstrom, the first torrent-based browser
Project Maelstrom detailed: More info about BitTorrent’s vision for a peer-to-peer web
Researchers Make Bittorrent Anonymous And Impossible To Shut Down
Heads up! If Tor VANISHES over the weekend, this is why

Ubuntu
Canonical clarify Unity 8 desktop experience expectations
Always visible menus hopefully to return for Unity in 15.04
Shuttleworth announces new Snappy Ubuntu Core
UT One Ubuntu Tablet Delayed; Rooted Android Device May Come Instead

Fundraising
Indiegogo campaign for VirtKick, a 100% Open Source orchestration setup similar to the likes of Digital Ocean; interview with one of the founders
Securing the future of GnuPG
Andromium launch a Kickstarter for their ‘desktop on Android’ platform

1:01:37   Fedora 21 Workstation First Impressions

You’ve probably heard talk of Fedora 21 incessantly on every other Linux podcast you listen to over the last couple of weeks. But this genuinely is a major release, so we felt duty bound to take a quick look. Our verdict? Surprisingly positive, despite the Anaconda installer remaining a test of intelligence totally at variance with the lack of nous needed to drive Fedora’s desktop of choice.

1:25:11   Feedback

A huge thank you to SonOfNed and our regular Monthly Supporters for your PayPal donations, and to johanv for keeping things ticking along on Flattr. Really, thanks guys :)

Linux Voice magazine recently published an article by Les Pounder about the demise of the Linux Outlaws podcast. A big thank you to Les, and the guys from LV, for featuring our humble show so prominently amongst the list of other podcasts that the reader might enjoy; and to Dan and Fab themselves, for their kind words on the last ever episode of Linux Outlaws.

Following Paddy’s speculation last show that Wikipedia’s annual begathon fund-raising drive might have more to do with feeding that organisations insatiable thirst for growth rather than fulfilling a genuine need, Herg got in touch to echo those sentiments from his position as a former member of a Wikimedia chapter.

What would the Linux ecosystem look like if Debian were to wither and die? That was the question posed to us by SonOfNed, and I can’t help but feel that we didn’t spend long enough exploring the topic.

Brian, Steven Rosenberg and Moritz all got in touch following out interview with Ikey Doherty last show. Although very positive about Ikey’s work on Evolve OS and the Budgie Desktop, another theme to emerge from their comments was also reflected in a different context by FiftyOneFifty, who wondered why those building derivative distros – which isn’t the case with Ikey – insist on spinning their own full ISOs, rather than just providing the environment they want to give us via ‘theme packs’ or meta-packaging. A damn good question, and I feel we dodged around the frequent cause on the show.

1:34:12   2014 Predictions Revisited

We looked back at our predictions from last year, and found we’d managed a reasonable hit rate. But as for next year… well, that’s next show. And we’d like to hear your predictions too; so do drop us a line, or leave a comment below.


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