Linux Luddites

not all change is progress

September 1, 2014

Episode #23

Direct download links: MP3 & Ogg

AUSTRUMI Linux – Blackbox, Fluxbox, Hackedbox, Openbox – Sanos editor

0:05:23   News

Ten years of OpenStreetMap and GParted
Debian’s 21st birthday

Linux on the desktop
Munich to ditch Linux, return to Microsoft?
Ditching Linux for Windows? The truth isn’t that simple, says Munich
Five big names that use Linux on the desktop
Linux Founder Linus Torvalds ‘Still Wants the Desktop’
OS Battle – Porn by the Platform (caution: content safe for work, but visiting domain may not be!)
Can we please stop talking about the Linux desktop?
Linux Has Run Out of Time

Linux Foundation announcements
Linux kernel source code repositories get better security with two-factor authentication
Linux Foundation introduces new Linux certifications (2 minute video pitch)

Distro news
Operating System U on Kickstarter
The future of SolydXK (later clarification via a Q&A)

Seen Elsewhere (aka the speculative hardware section)
lowRISC open-source SoC

And finally…
Simplenote want developers to make a GNU/Linux implementation

0:39:31   First Impressions

Joe looked at AUSTRUMI Linux, and Jesse was handed Slackel for next time.

0:46:28   Feedback

Thanks to johanv, perlist, mikaelinscius and defascat for the Flattrs, and to our current PayPal Monthly Supporters – you guys are keeping the lights on.

At the request of Campbell Barton, we’ve also signed up with Gratipay (the recently renamed Gittip); and thanks to Campbell for funding us that way.

Thanks to Charlie in Oklahoma, Iain McKeand, Rob Mackenzie, Esteban Martinez and Brendan Perrine for their mails, tweets and comments.

Danny Knestaut, apache9, Campbell Barton and Russell Dickenson all got in touch following our interview with Jonathan Nadeau last time. As Paddy explained, we’re hoping to hear back from Jonathan to better understand his desire to rewrite the speech server for Sonar.

Our new CAPTCHA system has caused problems for a few folks; we’ll keep an eye on the situation. We’ll also have a look at podcast chapter marks following Cathryne’s remarks, but no promises from Joe on that score. And thanks to Torin Doyle, SirTomate and Dale Visser, all of whom got in touch about podcasting-related matters.

Arold told us that he’d discovered the Xfce terminal’s ability to act in drop-down mode, and Andrew Turner pointed us towards Ubuntu’s Startup Disk Creator as a possible UNetbootin replacement.

Thanks to apache9 for the link to an interesting CCC presentation on hardening hardware. And staying on the security theme, Secret Squirrel wondered if the media are more harsh on FOSS projects than proprietary ones when reporting vulnerabilities?

A comment from Gregor prompted a brief discussion around Amazon affiliate links.

Daniel got in touch to share his (decidedly lukewarm) impressions of the Linux Foundation’s ‘Introduction to Linux’ course. We’d love to report back other people’s opinions, and also of the new certification exams that we talked about in the News segment this show, so do get in touch if you’ve been through the process.

Pariah and Steven Rosenberg got in touch regarding the Mint team’s plans to move to Debian Stable as a base for LMDE.

Wrapping up, Nathan D. Smith’s challenge for Joe to run GNOME Shell for a month received the response we probably all expected. Worth a shot, though, Nathan ;)

1:15:29   Boxing Clever?

They may be perennial favourites with lightweight distro users, but how practical are Blackbox, Fluxbox, Hackedbox and Openbox as standalone Window Managers?

1:46:35   Off the Beaten Path

Risking the wrath of traditionalists, Paddy introduced a simple console text editor that doesn’t require you to memorise a bunch of arcane and finger-contorting keystrokes to be useful. We talked about the Sanos editor, and mentioned Tilde in passing. And to get stared on configuring xterm into something more usable, you could do a lot worse than reading these three posts, which should give you the confidence to delve into the actual man page itself.


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