not all change is progress
March 7, 2016
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0:54:30 Raspberry Pi 3
1:15:53 Tiny Core 7
With MWC over for another year, we kicked off the news with a quick recap of the highlights from Barcelona, before contemplating the Mint debacle and explaining how the ZFS licensing issue has split community opinion.
Joe was lucky enough to get the inside scoop on the new Raspberry Pi 3 from Eben Upton himself, and reported back following his visit to Pi Towers. And we wrapped up the show by taking the new release of Tiny Core Linux for a spin.0:01:14 News
The most powerful Ubuntu phone is still not good
…but some people have been wowed by the demonstration of convergence
Intel Atom X3: $ 100 smartphone offers ‘Continuum’ with Android & Debian Linux
Android-x86 Officially Hooks Up With Remix OS Company
Jolla unveils new Sailfish OS smartphone, partnerships
Cyanogen mods let developers build what Google won’t allow
Microsoft confirms: Android-on-Windows Astoria tech is
Microsoft at last buys .NET-for-iOS, Android vendor Xamarin
Miguel de Icaza and his ostracization from FOSS
Linux Mint Forum Database Compromised for at Least a Month
Monthly News – February 2016
Why the Linux Mint hack is an indicator of a larger problem
Violations Related to Combining ZFS and Linux
The Linux Kernel, CDDL and Related Issues
Beep Beep Yarr! failed to reach funding goal
BBC iPlayer ‘loophole’ to be closed soon, says culture secretary
ARM Announces Cortex-A32 IoT and Embedded Processor
Low cost add-on boards let Pi Zero do robotics
0:54:30 Raspberry Pi 3
With the Raspberry Pi 3 still embargoed but nearing launch, Joe recently visited the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s headquarters for a sneak behind the scenes look. Whilst you can hear his exclusive interview with Eben Upton on the latest Pi Podcast, this show we talked about his first impressions now that the device has officially launched.
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We also brought you the rather sad news that OggCamp will likely not be happening this year, unless some community members step up and help out. We’re all keeping our fingers crossed.
1:15:53 Tiny Core 7
Tiny Core Linux achieves exactly what it sets out to do. But it’s a bit of a strange beast, and the big question is probably how widely the goals of this Meccano-like distro resonate with the typical Linux desktop user?
I was quite surprised that Tiny Core is alive and kicking out new versions. As for use cases, I haven’t used it lately, but when lashing up a router out of two NICs and an old, obsolete white box PC, Tiny Core was the thing that was sure to run. I’d install to a hard disk, make my minimal routing configurations, maybe add a packet-filtering firewall and off it would go. Aside from running on anything, the other great thing about Tiny Core was that unless something changed in my network I could ignore it pretty safely.
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I don’t see the need for peripherals as much of a problem for convergence. Where else do you need a full desktop experience besides your work and your home? You guys often make the point that smart phones are now full fledged computers that are close to being powerful enough for all every day computing tasks. So isn’t the point of convergence that you can ditch the desktop/laptop you keep now at work and at home and just use the same computing device that your normally carry with you between those places at those places as well? There might be other places where it is occasionally useful to have access to peripherals, but if convergence actually is successful I would expect docks to become widely available.
I don’t agree with your discussion about media production and TV license.
1) How can you even think that it’s bad if there are big media producers that do it for the love of money? You aren’t forced to consume or purchase their content. The fact is that they will *only* make a profit if they manage to cater to their viewers’ taste. If they produce content that nobody want to watch they will become bankrupt.
2) If BBC’s content is so good, don’t you think people would pay for it willingly on a free market? Just as people do for services such as Netflix, HBO, Spotify, etc? I don’t understand how the argument “big productions cost a lot of money” can be a fair defense of the TV license. I mean, if people would pay for it by their own free will, why even have a mandatory TV license? But on the other hand, if the TV owners don’t like the content and don’t want to pay for it, why even produce it and have the mandatory TV license to fund it?
The TV license is such a ridiculous concept that I want to be abolished. I’m a Swede, and as a TV owner in Sweden you have to pay 2216 SEK per year (about $22 per month). The content is shit and leftist propaganda (not strange, since the employees have been surveyed and a huge majority are voting for the extreme left parties). The only good thing about the TV license is that you can (still) opt out of it by not owning a TV. However, they recently tried to expand it to cover all computer and smartphone owners too, but that was rolled back due to not enough support in the already written law, http://www.sweclockers.com/nyhet/18942-radiotjanst-betalar-tillbaka-tv-avgift-till-datoragare. Furthermore, there are some who advocate that the TV license should simply be replaced with tax funded instead, which would mean that nobody can opt out and everybody are forced to pay for their productions.
Hi Kalle — good points that I’d like to discuss on the show. Sadly, we’ve just recorded the next one, so it’ll be a couple of weeks before the topic makes it to air and again raises dissent within our ranks ;)
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