Linux Luddites

not all change is progress

June 22, 2014

Episode #18

Direct download links: MP3 & Ogg

Puppy Linux – PCLinuxOS – self-hosted RSS aggregators


RHEL 7 release buzzword bingo
A big step forward in business Linux: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 arrives
Docker 1.0 released
Docker libcontainer unities Linux container powers
Docker container breakout proof-of-concept exploit
Lennart watch continues

Traffic Snarls in Europe as Taxi Drivers Protest Against Uber
Uber registrations ‘increase 850%’ as black cab drivers stage London protest
Taxi medallions have been the best investment in America for years. Now Uber may be changing that.
How does Uber make money?
Indie Labels Face YouTube Block Over Unsigned New Terms For Paid Service

HP starts a memristor-based space program to launch … THE MACHINE
Dell exec: HP’s ‘Machine OS’ is a ‘laughable’ idea
Alienware Steam Machine now a Windows PC for the living room
Intel will offer a customizable chip to keep data center clients happy
Microsoft Supercharges Bing Search With Programmable Chips

Microsoft eggheads publish JavaScript crypto code for devs

Amazon launch their mobile cash register

All your Android are belong to us; not fixed in the 4.4.4 update

Ubuntu Looking To Bring Click Packages To The Desktop; Click Packages 101
MATE 1.8 has now fully arrived in Debian

Seen Elsewhere

LinuxBBQ Cream: 500MB ISO, 76 Window Managers to try out
Thanks for nothing, jerkface
How to mend … a slow computer

First Impressions

Joe took a look at Puppy Linux, and Paddy will be firing up Frugalware next show.


A huge thank you to Jeroen van Rijn and SonOfNed for their PayPal donations, and to an anonymous Flattrer.

We had a large amount of feedback to talk about, most of which can be found BTL of our last show notes. Thanks to everyone for contributing, and our apologies for having to be selective about what we included in the show.

Martin Wimpress told us a bit more about his plans for Ubuntu MATE Remix, and we’re looking forward to having him on the show to talk about that project when it gets little nearer to release. Martin is working with Popey at Canonical, who – as Tsukasa Buddha pointed out – seems to have a slightly schizophrenic view on the benefits of traditional desktops like MATE.

Jeroen van Rijn and Rob Landley had an exchange in the comments about user interface design and change for change’s sake, with specific reference to Unity and systemd; whilst Joel told us why he’s a huge fan of Unity’s HUD.

Will thought that we’ve underplayed the usefulness of clouds, at least in a business environment; and Paddy and Jeroen van Rijn had an email exchange about the costs and benefits of fixed release cycles for corporate Linux users.

Jason, Joe and Jeroen van Rijn had a back and forth about what constitutes ‘a gamer’.

Gregor got in touch asking for advice on what distro might suit a Windows XP refugee. The key thing he was looking for was the ability to run a familiar looking desktop on very weakly powered hardware. We’ll be taking a spin around the sub-LXDE desktop environment field on a future show to see what the state of play really is.

Joel wanted to understand why Paddy thought that Btrfs might not quite be ready for use yet, and Paddy mentioned a presentation Dave Chinner gave back at 2014.

Tsukasa Buddha asked if we had any ideas about what was coming from the project, and Mark Walton had further wireless keyboard feedback for Joe.

Danny got in touch to explain how the Snowden revelations had changed his approach to computing, and Jason and Warren also pitched in on the same topic.

Andy Jesse gave us an update on his data recovery story and, along with Henrik, endorsed the Testdisk suite of data recovery tools. Both the Arch Wiki and the online Ubuntu documentation provide a reasonable starting place for folks looking to understand what data recovery tools are out there.

Rob Landley, Ian Barton, Campbell Barton and SonOfNed all offered thoughts on the issue of software quality.

Jens asked what language might be a good starting point for a beginner, and Nathan D. Smith suggested Python. Paddy and Ian Barton pointed Jens towards a couple of different free online Python courses; Campbell Barton chipped in to endorse one of them, and Cathryne’s first impressions of one seemed really positive.

Eric and Ian Barton were prompted to get in touch following our piece on the UHH; both were of the view that yes, thankfully, things have improved an awful lot since the book was written.

Jezra told us why he doesn’t think that Tizen will gain traction, whilst Henrik, arold, Brian Hall and Jenny offered thoughts around syncing or file transfer from Android devices to desktop machines.

We got a mixed, but mainly positive, response to our suggestion last show that we were looking for additional hosts. Thanks to everyone for giving us your thoughts on the matter – especially to Dhalgren, who offered us some sensible advice. If anyone is interested in putting themselves forward who hasn’t yet got in touch, please send us a few minutes of audio to show@ explaining a bit about your background, and what you think you could bring to the show – thanks!


An independent offering with a strong and vibrant community is a welcome sight in these days of increasing corporate-funded distro dominance. But is it any good? We took a look at the LXDE and MATE versions of PCLinuxOS.

Off the Beaten Path

Thinking about self-hosted RSS aggregators to reduce your exposure to unreliable cloud services? Tiny Tiny RSS, selfoss and KrISS Feed may be good places to start. And if anyone does knock up a good mobile theme for KrISS Feed, at least one of your hosts would like to know about it…


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