Linux Luddites

not all change is progress


December 12, 2016

Episode #93


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00:01:06 News
00:40:48 Bash on Ubuntu on Windows
00:51:55 Feedback
01:05:35 Ubuntu Touch

Damn it, Canonical. In our penultimate show, your Luddites genuinely wanted to be able to look forward to a glorious Linux-powered convergent future. But the harsh truth is that even after years of development, Ubuntu Touch remains stubbornly half-baked. Whilst progress on Touch is glacial, the same cannot be said of Bash on Ubuntu on Windows, which continues to power ahead. To be honest, in a few months there may be no need for the infrequently dual-booting developer to even contemplate installing a Linux distro. Which really ought to be focusing a few more minds than it seems to be.

00:01:06 News

Some preliminary Fedora 25 stats — and future release scheduling
Taking a stand against unofficial Ubuntu images
Canonical snaps gain dependencies
Snapping KDE Applications
Announcing OSS-Fuzz: Continuous Fuzzing for Open Source Software

State of Mozilla, 2015

Sailfish OS: only mobile OS approved for use by Russian Government
Steve Kondik blames Kirt McMaster for Cyanogen Inc’s failure, CyanogenMod to reorganize and regroup
Mycroft will soon be available as a pre-built Raspberry Pi 3 image

Pebble smartwatch maker calls it quits, proving that being first doesn’t guarantee success
Moto pushes off smartwatches indefinitely
AsteroidOS – Alpha 1.0 Release

SiFive launches open source RISC-V custom chip
First open source RISC-V chips arrive in Arduino board
Open-V on Crowd Supply

00:40:48 Bash on Ubuntu on Windows

It mostly works, albeit with caveats, and it’s being actively developed. Despite not being officially supported, with a Windows X server like Xming or VcXsrv you can run GUI apps. You can even reportedly switch from Ubuntu to another distro base. Give it a burl.

00:51:55 Feedback

On the topic of Android version usage, Mark Smith pointed us towards some data on take-up.

Eduardo Nogueira wondered how we saw the differences between Korora and Chapeau.

Both John Stoume and Tom Hardy got in touch to relate their experiences of the Linux Foundation’s System Administrator Certification program and test. It sounds more challenging than you might expect.

Helam Sirrine was one of several folks who got in touch following Paddy gushing about how an SSD breathed new life into his aging laptop (you can use fio to perform your own before/after testing); and Popey picked up on the question of why certain distros manage to sustain dedicated podcasts, whilst others don’t.

We wrapped up the feedback by announcing that the next show would be our last. A huge and heartfelt thank you to everybody who has helped us out financially, or contributed to the show with ideas, comments or feedback.

Please don’t feel shy about cancelling any recurring payment to us, but be assured we’ll cut off any remaining at the end of the month. We’ll also be pulling our Flattr account early in the New Year, with our merchandise shop vanishing at the end of January.

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It’s been a blast, and a real pleasure engaging with other knowledgeable and like-minded Linux enthusiasts. Until next time, which will be the last time…

01:05:35 Ubuntu Touch

When we last visited the convergent world of Ubuntu Touch back on show #72 in February, we noted some incremental improvements but nothing to really write home about. Ten months on, and with OTA14 freshly released, is Canonical’s hope for the mobile and desktop future starting to show some signs of maturity?


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