Linux Luddites

not all change is progress

July 7, 2014

Episode #19

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Frugalware – Randal L. Schwartz interview – Deepin 2014RC


Google I/O 2014 Keynote Highlights
REVEALED: Google’s proposed indie music-killing contract terms
Google Domains
Google Invests $50 Million to Close the Tech Gender Gap
Flashing Back to 2004 As Orkut Fades Away a Decade Later
Google terminates Quickoffice apps on Android, iOS

Google’s BoringSSL Latest OpenSSL Fork to Surface
OpenSSL speeds up development to avoid being “slow-moving and insular”

The NSA thinks Linux Journal is an “extremist forum”?
NSA targets the privacy-conscious
IRS policy that targeted political groups also aimed at open source projects

In Road To Qt, Audacious Switches From GTK3 Back To GTK2

elementary OS Isis is now Freya
“Won’t Freya be free?” – The cost of software

Time for the emperors-in-waiting who run Facebook to just admit they’re evil
Facebook Added ‘Research’ To User Agreement 4 Months After Emotion Manipulation Study
British and European data cops probe Facebook user-manipulation scandal
EPIC says Facebook ‘messed with people’s minds,’ seeks FTC sanctions
CEO of European publishing giant accuses Google of downgrading rivals’ search results

Mint 17 KDE and Xfce released

Seen Elsewhere

Police Story: Hacking Team’s Government Surveillance Malware

What’s Next For Fedora?
Where KDE is going – Part 1, Part 2

First Impressions

Paddy took a look at Frugalware, and next time Joe will be checking out StartOS.


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Martin Wimpress and Alan Pope both left comments BTL to follow up on our words about Ubuntu MATE Remix last show. Martin let us know that the website at now has some content for people interested in the project, and an ISO of their first Alpha – based on Ubuntu 14.10 – is also available on the site.

Thanks to Scott Dowdle and Steven Rosenberg for leaving comments relating to

SonOfNed pointed out that Ken Thompson and Rob Pike developed the Go programming language at least in part to address some of the shortcomings in C (and C++) that we’ve periodically discussed on the show.

Both Krayon and Will are happy users of Pentadactyl, a Firefox add-on that seems to offer a lot of functionality, especially for keyboard warriors.

Nathan D. Smith suggested Paddy take a look at the Rails-based Feedbin project, and Arold asked if Paddy had considered using an RSS feed reader from a shell.

Jens Klün and kalei wrote in regarding the effects of the Snowden revelations, and Cae suggested a potentially audience-shredding tactic for increasing PGP adoption. In the ensuing commentary, Paddy briefly mentioned miniLock.

Randal L. Schwartz

Legendary Perl hacker and host of FLOSS Weekly, Randal Schwartz, joined us for a chat. Randal has a number of books to his name, and was the original co-author (along with Larry Wall, the creator of Perl) of the definitive Programming Perl. Randal runs a Perl consulting and training business, and you can also find him on Twitter and Google+. A huge thank you to Randal for taking the time to speak with us, despite his jet-lag.

Deepin 2014RC

We took a long, hard look at the Release Candidate for Deepin 2014, and found much to like. If you’ve never thought about trying a Chinese distro, this one could well come as a very pleasant surprise.

Update: the final version of Deepin 2014 was released the day after our recording. Changes from the RC which we looked at include the replacement of Kingsoft Office with the more familiar Libre Office suite, and the complete removal of Google Play Music. It also now correctly recognises Paddy’s Vista partition.

The question of ‘trust’ raised its head a few times during our review. We’ll come back to this topic in an Over a Pint segment in a couple of shows’ time; if you have any thoughts on how much we can really trust any software, or even our hardware, do drop us a line or leave a comment below, and we’ll include your thoughts in that upcoming discussion.


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