Linux Luddites

not all change is progress


September 19, 2016

Episode #87


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00:05:20 News
00:44:44 PiBakery, Tasksel & Magic Device Tool
00:59:30 Feedback
01:12:22 elementary OS Loki

As well as our regular news and feedback, this show we talk about PiBakery, Tasksel and Magic Device Tool, which are three utilities that could improve your productivity. And also the latest release of elementary OS, which won’t.

00:05:20 News

The Document Foundation: Annual Report 2015

Micro Focus to buy HPE arm for US$8.8b
Has HPE bought SUSE? No. But here’s what did happen…

AlienBOB losing job

The Linux Foundation and edX Announce New, Free Introduction to OpenStack Course
Yahoo open-sources Pulsar, a low-latency alternative to Apache Kafka

Sony wins battle over preinstalled Windows in Europe’s top court
European court says linking to illegal content is copyright infringement
European Union plans to offer free Wi-Fi to all
EU ends anonymity and rules open Wi-Fi Hotspots need a password
10 Years in Prison For Online Pirates a Step Closer in the UK

Delete Google Maps? Go ahead, says Google, we’ll still track you
St Jude sues short-selling MedSec over pacemaker ‘hack’ report

World eats its 10 millionth Raspberry Pi
Look Ma, no hardware! Coding the Raspberry Pi in a web emulator
Nextcloud Box – a private cloud and IoT solution for home users

Wimpy has a new job

00:44:44 PiBakery, Tasksel & Magic Device Tool

We spoke briefly about three different setup and configuration management tools: PiBakery for the Raspberry Pi, Tasksel for Debian-based distros and Magic Device Tool for mobiles.

00:59:30 Feedback

A huge thank you to all of our Monthly Supporters. Without you, we wouldn’t be able to do what we do.

Will and Campbell Barton got in touch to gently chide us following our recent chat about desktop customisation on Linux, and Campbell also had some advice for Jesse about shell swapping.

In answer to Rolf, Joe and Paddy pointed out that to reach potential new users of Linux we need to be where they are, which is why we decided to frequent a slightly rough new neighbourhood in the social media scene.

Rich and Will pitched in with their thoughts on Sandstorm, a platform that’s more complex and powerful than first meets the eye, and is something we may well return to in a future show.

01:12:22 elementary OS Loki

With 517 days having passed since the release of Freya, our interest was piqued by the recent and well publicised launch by the elementary team of Loki, the latest upgrade to their desktop-focused OS. After well over a year’s worth of development, surely this incarnation of the Mac look-alike would manage to address the shortcomings we noted previously?


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