not all change is progress
August 2, 2015
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As the strapline reads, not all change is progress. But we’re hopeful that a shorter and more frequent Linux Luddites will be. Going forwards, we’ll be bringing you a weekly hour-long show that otherwise holds to the principles you’ve told us you value in what we do. So that means we’ll be keeping our breadth of news coverage from around the FOSS world intact, continuing to treat your feedback with the respect it deserves, and providing plenty of time to give our topics, and each other, space to breathe. We hope you’ll like the change, and find fitting your Luddite fix into busy lives just a little easier as a consequence.
After the news, this show we’ll be looking at some of the options available to the dual-booter for safely accessing your Linux data from within Windows. And we’ll be solving a conundrum facing Canonical, as we sit down over a pint and discuss what needs to be done to bring the Ubuntu Community back to full health.0:02:46 News
LibreOffice Should Now Be Working Okay On Wayland
The Road to LibreOffice 5.0
The French want to BAN .doc and .xls files from Le
EU Starts Geo-Blocking Antitrust Case Against US Movie Studios
Intel, Micron reveal Xpoint, a new memory architecture that
could outclass DDR4 and NAND
The new memory from Intel and Micron will do to SSDs what SSDs did to disk drives
Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition now available for direct
Ubuntu Phone review: years in the making, but still not consumer-ready
golem.de on the MX4 (German)
launched, with initial support for the Nexus
Sebastian Kügler: KDE’s Plasma Mobile is running on Plasma 5 and Kubuntu
Video of Shashlik presentation at Akademy 2015
Thanks to Jason Irwin for flagging up this year’s LinuxBierWanderung
0:26:52 Group Test
Joe and Paddy took a whistle-stop tour around four applications that could make the life of a dual-booter just that little bit simpler. Whilst DiskInternals Linux Reader and Ext2Read provide read-only access to your Linux partitions from within Windows, Paragon ExtFS and the really rather good ext2Fsd give you the full read/write experience.
0:44:17 Over a Pint
How important is a vibrant Community to a successful FOSS project? With the Ubuntu Community looking decidedly ragged, we chewed over what impact reduced Community input might mean for that distro, and what steps Canonical might profitably take if it genuinely wanted to halt the ongoing decline in outside contributions and developer mind-share.
I actually still have left a ntfs partition on external hard disks for this purpose in case I needed to keep up to date for this before in case I needed to say use a neighbor windows computer if my printer was out of ink and I needed to print something for example. I mean I really like tabs in my file manager. I reallly find product keys quite annoying even if not for the cost but they are quite annoying.
Actaully the flavors do give one thing back for the community support. Would they have as many people finding bugs with ubiquity or the debian installer from people testing daily isos of the flavors and as many people reporting bugs that fix for everyone.
I think, as Joe said, the new format really won’t change the listener user experience all that much. If it makes the show more attractive to a larger audience, all the better.
Thanks for the over the pint segment — one reason I really enjoy this show is its coverage of what I term “philosophy of technology”. If Canonical breaks away from the community, I think it would be a pretty damaging move for PR. But I wonder whether the *ubuntu distros (kubuntu, xubuntu, etc.) will step up and form the “community version” of the distro? Or maybe Ubuntu MATE could fork and become mubuntu to stay within the rights of using the name ubuntu? ;)
Hi Alex, glad you’re on board with our decision. I have to admit that I’d prefer to listen to a show in its entirety, but very rarely do, and with long podcasts that’s even less likely. The only other podcast in my list that is close to the previous LL length is the BBC radio 5 film review (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00lvdrj) which is routinely over 2 hours and I have to admit I am often put off. Then again I’m not a huge film lover, so maybe that’s the main reason ;)
As for the over a pint – I like your phrase philosophy of technology. I worry some times that we (ahem, I) tend to ramble away from the initial topic point, but as long as it’s comfortable to listen to, and the audience aren’t expecting hard answers at the end, then it’s an enjoyable way to vocalise thoughts and make new ones. I can’t name the times we’ve covered a topic and only in doing it do I see a new side, or have my view shaped by the 3-way conversation.
Also I endorse the name Mubuntu rather than Ubuntu Mate. I think there should be a name change!
This is the best Linux podcast. I still like Mintcast (even better with Joe on board). Perhaps the pints segment can be a regular bi-weekly thing. I hear Jessie is a lush. He would dig that.
Thanks for your warming endorsement Mister Sterling. I enjoy the over-a-pint also, but I’m somewhat confused by ‘Jesse is a lush’. Explanation/translation??
It’s probably a reference to Joe’s comments here about episode #35:
The first thing I noticed when I downloaded your podcast is that it was about an hour long. I totally agree that splitting your podcast in two is a great idea. Most of the time I never have the time to listen to your podcast in one go. My commute home is little over an hour so, for me specifically, an hour is just right. I love your podcast. Not all change is good, but some changes is great!
Every time you start talking about corporate vs hobbyist, I keep meaning to point you at an old article series I wrote 15 years ago that might provide a useful perspective. It’s a touch dated in places and might be a little on the tl;dr side, but it’s linked as the “three waves” series from here http://landley.net/writing/#3waves and it forms the basis for later stuff I wrote like https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=9483983
I own a cleaning business in Honolulu and I actually like the longer format. It’s nice to have a longer podcast to listen too when I’m out and about cleaning houses.
I Iove what you guys are doing and will look forward to your more frequent episodes even if they are shorter.
Well the show won’t be any shorter in total Bill – in fact given our past habit of routinely overrunning our preferred 1.5 hour show into a 2 hour one, the only likely outcome is an even longer total!! However that’s not the plan, of course.
I prefer the long shows but I seem to be able to use the fast forward button unlike some other Luddites.
If a shorter show makes producing it easier & more frequent though I’m all for that.
Isn’t Canonical kinda trying to “sell their cake and eat
Well, “share it, too”. I think a lot of their (limited) enterprisey success comes from the fact they’re still the go-to Linux distro for ease of use on the desktop AND have a known, predictable release cycle.
People use Ubuntu, devs are OK with running Ubuntu so you can easily base all your linux-stuff on Ubuntu.
But when they try to hard to go the commercial road
they’ll lose users, then devs, then servers. Maybe not
devs and servers if they don’t kill all the flavors and
derivatives and devs still have Ubuntu LTS underneath
But faster changing businesses the next generation of devs will ask for Fedora or Debian or even PCBSD instead.
But when they’ll start killing flavors they will suffer earlier.
Oh yeah, and 1h shows are fine for me, too. I often pause shows anyway and as long as the total amount of luditte goodness doesn’t decrease I’m happy.
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