Linux Luddites

not all change is progress


December 20, 2015

Episode #67


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0:04:01 The Open Source Photography Course
0:14:44 Feedback
0:32:47 Remix Mini Review

‘Tis the Season of Goodwill, which may explain why something got an unequivocally positive review on the show. Or it could simply be that The Open Source Photography Course is actually very good. However fear not, as normal service was later resumed when we looked at an Android device that promises to be a true desktop replacement. Whilst it currently fails to live up to that billing, it does offer a glimpse of one possible future.

0:04:01 The Open Source Photography Course

As a keen amateur photographer, our very own Jesse seemed the ideal Luddite to try out, and report back on, Riley Brandy’s Open Source Photography Course.

0:14:44 Feedback

Our huge thanks go out to Gregory Anastasi for joining our band of Monthly Supporters. You guys keep the show on the road, and it’s your funds that allow us to review hardware like the Remix Mini. Thank you.

Henry Sprog got back in touch to clarify his thoughts on the need for an administrator for community events like OggCamp; and Steve Brusell, Nathan D. Smith and Keith Z-G all had more to say on the topic of menus.

Jason Simmons suggested that the throw-away culture in modern software is really not all that healthy for either suppliers or end-users.

Offering his thoughts on the target audience for CrunchBang-like distros, gurdonark also flagged up the Trinity-based Q4OS — which your Luddites continue to have mixed views about.

Alan Pope and Ian Barton gave us a couple of contrasting thoughts about crowd-funding, and during the discussion we mentioned Kickstarter’s efforts to whitewash the failure of a major campaign.

Wrapping things up, Martin Wimpress and Nigel Verity both offered some feedback about Joe and Jesse’s recent look at Ubuntu MATE on the RPi.

0:32:47 Remix Mini Review

Can Android be made into a usable traditional desktop operating system? The folks over at Jide believe so, and have produced not only the software stack to bring this vision to life, but also some custom hardware to run it on.

Intrigued, earlier in the year we backed Jide’s crowd-funding campaign for the Remix Mini, a device produced to showcase Remix OS. So how well does this little box live up to their claims that it’s “the world’s first true Android PC”?


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