Linux Luddites

not all change is progress

May 26, 2014

Episode #16

Direct download links: MP3 & Ogg

KolibriOS – baby ‘buntus – Elizabeth Krumbach Joseph interview


Confirmed: Next 3 Linux Mint Releases Will Be Based On Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
wattOS 8.0 dumps Ubuntu base for Debian

Dogecoin off the leash after Doge Vault admits server attack
Bitcoin Is Hiring Lobbyists
Bitcoin Foundation Hit by Resignations Over New Director
In the Bitcoin world, half the wealth belongs to the 0.1 percent

A New Unity 8 Version Of Ubuntu Proposed
Canonical offers ‘Chuck Norris Grade’ OpenStack private cloud service
Canonical Orange Box
Canonical Juju DevOps tool coming to CentOS and Windows

Adobe’s Cloud Outage Angers Users
Cloud computing is FAIL and here’s why

Mozilla WinterOfSecurity
Reconciling Mozilla’s Mission and W3C EME
Firefox’s adoption of closed-source DRM breaks my heart
FSF condemns partnership between Mozilla and Adobe to support Digital Restrictions Management; so does the EFF
Mozilla Foundation’s justification for their US tax exempt status (2.4MB PDF)

eBay Inc. To Ask eBay Users To Change Passwords
EBay asks 145 million users to change passwords after cyber attack

Seen Elsewhere

LibreSSL at BSDCan (video)

Embedded Linux Conference 2014; audio now up
   Tim Bird’s keynote calling for a kernel fork (actual talk starts @ 26:40, worth listening to 5 mins from 53:27)
   Bradley Kuhns’s declaration of “a ground war” against GPL non-compliance (from 42:06 )

First Impressions

Joe took a look at the assembly-coded KolibriOS, and handed Paddy openmamba GNU/Linux for next time.


A huge thank you to Guillaume Beaudin and Daniel Asante for the PayPal donations, and to our anonymous Flattrers.

SonOfNed shared Paddy’s concerns over systemd and the path that Debian is treading. Jens Klün told us about Podlove and Auphonic, two services that might be of interest to those starting out in podcasting.

Manfred Nilsson requested a show index on our website; there’s one up there now. Andy Mitchell, like Joe, has been suffering with screen blanking issues on a box running Xfce4’s native window manager, which he eventually tracked down to VLC.

Richard and Steven Rosenberg have both been suffering with Skype issues; Richard on Xubuntu, and Steven on Fedora. Since PulseAudio always works flawlessly, I guess they’re both holding it wrong ;)

Jack Dennahower is chuckling his way through The UNIX-Haters Handbook (3.6MB PDF). If any other listeners have feedback on this, it’d be great to receive it before the end of May as we’ll be talking about it next show.

Thanks also to Andrew Precht and Esteban for their comments on the website.

We received further feedback about Ubuntu following our recent look at the Unity LTS. Steven Rosenberg has been struggling with taking the upgrade path from Lubuntu 12.04 to 14.04. Bruno Miranda suggested that the volume change noises that Joe was talking about are known as ‘popcorn sounds’, and are currently all the rage in audio circles. Mark hadn’t noticed them; Joe said they’re only present when using hardware keys for volume adjustment.

Richard Marsh suggested that the (much beloved by us, *cough*) Ubuntu Software Centre will live on as a separate application for the ‘buntu flavours after it is subsumed into Unity’s Dash. Both Jonathan Groll and Jonathan Plews thought that we’d been a bit hard on Unity, as it seems to work well for non-technical users in their experience.

On the topic of keyboards, Jonathan Groll wondered why Joe wasn’t looking for a proper mechanical one?

Last show, Joe got a bit hot and bothered about the latest version of Firefox. Scott Dowdle pointed out that menus are still easily summoned in the new Firefox build. Jim Delahunty suggested Joe try a de-chroming extension for Firefox, whilst FriedEggs told us that the elementary Firefox theme makes things more pleasant for him. MikeF was not alone in pointing us towards Pale Moon, a Firefox fork that rips out all of the cruft. Of note is that the Pale Moon project will apparently not be including Firefox’s upcoming DRM support.

Some kind words from listeners about our interview with Blender developer Campbell Barton. SonOfNed was interested to hear Campbell’s thoughts around real-world development practices. Rob Mackenzie thanked Campbell for his honesty in the interview, and Stephen Martinez was another listener pleased that we spent some time discussing coding issues.

Oskar complimented us for digging deeper in the interview than other podcasts tend to, and Andy Jesse found it so interesting that he extended his cycle to work to listen to it all in one sitting. We’re really pleased that so many of you enjoyed the interview, and huge thanks again to Campbell for taking the time to talk with us.

Like Paddy, Steven Rosenberg is also intrigued by the possibility of Android-like ‘intents’ coming to Linux; it’s certainly something that we’ll be keeping a close eye on.

Amongst the inevitable blowback from Paddy’s comments daring to question the infallibility of St. IGNUcius, Scott Dowdle brought up a number of fair points, some of which Paddy attempted to address in the comments under the last show’s notes. Rob Landley also chimed in with some more interesting history that’s well worth a read. When the conversation got around to APIs, Campbell Barton pointed us towards the Free as in Freedom podcast 0x44. Even if you’re not particularly interested in the ongoing Oracle vs Google battle over Java APIs which was the main theme of that show, what Bradley and Karen had to say on a different topic – between 37:25 and 44:10 – could provide some food for thought.

Finally, it was noticeable that far more of you left comments on this site rather than sending us private email following our appeal last show for that to happen. That’s fantastic – none of has a monopoly on valid points of view, and having posts publicly visible means that others can contribute to the discussion. Thanks again.

Baby ‘buntus

We took a whistle-stop tour around the latest LTS releases of Lubuntu, Kubuntu and Xubuntu. Despite our grumbling about KDE (in particular), all are pretty solid distros and – whisper it quietly – Canonical are clearly doing something right at the underlying OS level.

We also spoke to Elizabeth Krumbach Joseph, web and marketing lead at the Xubuntu project. Thanks to Lyz for finding the time to spend with us, and for putting up with a couple of curveball questions. You can find the slides for Lyz’s presentation at LOPSA East 2014 here (786kB PDF), and anyone interested in the Ubuntu Women project can find their wiki here.


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