Linux Luddites

not all change is progress


April 18, 2016

Episode #76


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00:01:19 News
00:47:58 Syncthing
01:06:45 Feedback
01:22:11 Maru OS

Convergence comes in different forms, but it seems that Maru OS hit the sweet spot for Joe. And had we been been unfairly dismissive of Syncthing in the past? There was only one way to find out. We also brought you all the news from around the FOSS world, and rummaged through our bulging sack of feedback.

00:01:19 News

The linux-stable security tree project
LXD 2.0 has been released!

Open-Source Processor Core Ready For IoT
The time that Tony Fadell sold me a container of hummus

Remix OS 2.0 now available for Nexus 9 and 10, brings multi-window & other features from PC version

WhatsApp’s Signal Protocol integration is now complete
WhatsApp Rolls Out End-To-End Encryption to its Over One Billion Users
Signal Desktop beta now publicly available

The future of Firefox is … Chrome
U.S. newspapers threaten to sue Brave browser maker over ad-blocking scheme
IAB Primer on Ad Blocking for Publishers Leans Toward Carrots Over Sticks

Interpreting, enforcing and changing the GNU GPL, as applied to combining Linux and ZFS
Free Software Foundation Issues Statement in Support of Community’s ZFS Concerns
How Should the Free Software Movement View the Linux Foundation?

00:47:58 Syncthing

After a gentle nudge from several listeners, we took the latest version of Syncthing for a spin. It’s certainly come on in leaps and bounds functionality-wise since your Luddites last looked at it, but is that enough to make it a consumer-friendly piece of software?

01:06:45 Feedback

A huge thank you to David Laczko and an anonymous donor for joining our band of Monthly Supporters — we really do appreciate your support.

It would appear that talking about Microsoft still raises questions for some, and the hackles of others. Thanks to Floyd Wallace, Florian, Richard Walker and Bruce for your observations and comments.

And thanks to Dameon Carolls for again raising the issue of whether it is sufficient for parents to parent, or if we need a nanny state to protect the minds of our offspring. No prizes for guessing that we sided with Dameon, and thought that government should keep well out of it.

01:22:11 Maru OS

Still in beta, Maru OS is an Android ROM with a difference — it also gives you a fully functional and standard Linux desktop when you connect your phone to an external display. Joe and Jesse caught up with Preetam D’Souza, the lead developer of the project, to find out more.


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