Linux Luddites

not all change is progress

April 28, 2014

Episode #14

Direct download links: MP3 & Ogg

NuTyX – Ubuntu 14.04 – Xfe file manager


Bitwig Studio on Linux: Can one top-tier app change the game? (Linux Voice are writing about this in issue #3, and Graham’s made a video about it and JACK)

$ sudo modprode douchery

Google, not Facebook, buys Titan Aerospace

Facebook is getting regulatory approval to start financial services division

2013 Internet ad revenues now exceed TV spend

Heartbleed updates:
Heartbleed disclosure timeline: who knew what and when
Certificate Revocation Slow for Heartbleed Servers
Heartbleed Flaw Lurks in Android Apps Downloaded by Millions
Apple Fixes Serious SSL Issue in OSX and iOS
PHK says Please Put OpenSSL Out of Its Misery
OpenBSD has started a massive strip-down and cleanup of OpenSSL
OpenSSL Valhalla Rampage Tumblr
OpenSSL code beyond repair, claims creator of “LibreSSL” fork
Tech Titans Launch ‘Core Infrastructure Initiative’ to Secure Key Open Source Components

QEMU 2 ships

Announcement of long term support for Debian oldstable

Canonical Is Taking Over Linux 3.13 Kernel Maintenance, and ushering in a world of rainbows and Unicorns

First Impressions

Paddy took a look at NuTyX, whilst Joe landed KolibriOS for the next show.


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Nicola, FreeLikeGNU and Lars Øyvind Hagland all chimed in following Paddy’s comments about command line tools last show, and his wish that folks would stick to the Unix philosophy. Paddy mentioned Rob Pike and Brian Kernighan’s paper ‘Program Design in the UNIX Environment‘, and also Pike’s later comments on /. The cogitation continues…

Mickey, Nagilum and Joel offered their opinions on the best audio format options for us to publish the show in, whilst Fin and SonOfNed both had complimentary things to say about Joe’s music.

Moritz wrote in with some anecdotal evidence suggesting that Google Apps may be the cause of Joe’s phone stability issues when running a CyanogenMod ROM.

Danyl Strype was disappointed with Canonical for their handling of Ubuntu One, and suggested that transferring the trademarks for the Ubuntu name and logo from Canonical to the Ubuntu Foundation might help restore some credibility to the organisation.

Rob Landley filled in some more details on the origins of the UNIX filesystem layout; and following our appeal for US Linux magazine recommendations for listener Jason, SonOfNed provided some useful information.

Peter Paterson pointed us in the direction of ExTiX, which we’ve duly added to the list of distros awaiting the Luddite once-over. BeDucky wrote in with praise for Enlightenment, and Joel thanked us for raising awareness of how good both Manjaro and the ArchWiki are.

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

Never noted fans of the Unity environment, did the latest 5-year supported version of Ubuntu win over your hosts, or does it remain to desktops what Comic Sans is to the world of fonts…?

Off the Beaten Path

Paddy introduced Xfe, the X File Explorer. Based on the lightweight FOX Toolkit, Xfe may be just what you’re looking for if you are dismayed by the constant bloating up, and dumbing down, of X-based file managers in recent desktop environments.


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