Linux Luddites

not all change is progress

January 30, 2014

Episode #1

So, a new Linux podcast is born. As you might expect, our first show was somewhat rough and ready – and just a little bit ranty.

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Bodhi – Year of the Linux desktop – Potamus


We discussed the sad news of the demise of SolusOS.

BBM for Android and iPhone has finally launched.

Fedora is switching to Python 3 as default in F22, so DNF will replace Yum at the same time.

Ubuntu 13.10 has been launched to wide acclaim a lot of ‘meh’. We talked a bit about Mir, and Joe described his experiences running Ubuntu Touch on one of his many Nexus 7’s.

First Impressions

Using the power of DistroWatch‘s Random Distribution button, Paddy chose Semplice as the distro for Joe to have a go at running. Joe will let us know how he got on in the next show.


We’ll occasionally have a more in-depth look at a distro or application. For today’s show, Paddy has been running Bodhi Linux with Enlightenment for the last week.

Over a Pint

The year of the Linux desktop has long been ‘just around the corner’. With the slump in desktop PC sales, and a rise in tablets, other touch devices, and locked down systems like Chromebooks, it looks as though it’ll now never happen. Does this matter? Linux has the server space pretty well locked up, and is probably (in the shape of Android’s guts) powering those tablets and phones that we all own.

Free software is now ubiquitous. Counterpoint: so what? Big ‘net company servers run all sorts of closed source on top of Linux, with no GPL mandated need to redistribute code. Also, it’s clear that Google is taking Android closed source as much as possible (and CyanogenMod look to be doing something similar with their forthcoming Pro edition).

Paddy and Joe chewed the topic over for a while. If any listeners have a point of view that they’d like to share, please drop us a line to show@.

Off the Beaten Path

Paddy talked about Potamus, a relatively unknown minimalist GUI music player that he likes.

Potamus was dropped out of the Ubuntu repos a while back, but it’s easy to compile (here, without JACK support):

    $ sudo apt-get install build-essential wget tar automake pkg-config libglib2.0-dev libgtk2.0-dev libglade2-dev libao-dev libsamplerate0-dev libvorbis-dev libmad0-dev libaudiofile-dev libmodplug-dev libavcodec-dev libavformat-dev libflac-dev
$ cd ~/
$ wget
$ tar xzf potamus-14.tar.gz
$ cd potamus-14/
$ ./configure --prefix=/usr/local --disable-output-jack
$ make
$ sudo make install

Add a custom action to Thunar to play a folder and the job’s a good ‘un!

That wrapped things up for our first outing. We hope that you enjoyed the show, and will listen again as we move from rough and ready to smooth and silky! Seriously, though, do let us know what you thought; what you liked (and what you didn’t), and what your point of view is on the topics that we touched upon. Leave us a comment here on our website, drop us a mail to show@, or find us on Twittter @linuxluddites.

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