Linux Luddites

not all change is progress

November 24, 2014

Episode #29

Direct download links: MP3 & Ogg

Ubuntu MATE 14.04, interview with Martin Wimpress, review


Jesse briefly brought us to to date with his experiences running Fedora 21, and Joe grumbled about the all new (and supposedly improved) Android 5.

0:07:56   News

Security as a Plug-in
ISPs Removing Their Customers’ Email Encryption (the EFF has kicked off a STARTTLS Everywhere project, which aims to deal with issues like this)
Let’s Encrypt: Bringing HTTPS to Every Web Site (EFF blogpost)
The Underlying Layer in Most ‘Secure’ Messaging Apps Might Not Be So Secure

We mentioned that there had been lots of Tor news over the last fortnight, but rather than adding an extra half hour to the show thought it best to simply provide links here for anyone interested:
81% of Tor users can be de-anonymised by analysing router information, research indicates
Tor Project initial response
Tor eyes crowdfunding campaign to upgrade its hidden services
Large Number of Tor Hidden Sites Seized by the FBI in Operation Onymous were Clone or Scam Sites
Introducing Polaris Privacy Initiative to Accelerate User-focused Privacy Online (précis)

Firefox Faux Pas?
Here They Are: Ads in Firefox
New Search Strategy for Firefox: Promoting Choice & Innovation
Mozilla’s 2013 annual report: Revenue up just 1% to $314M, and again 90% came from Google

New and Shiny! And New and Unshiny!
Raspberry Pi Model A+ On Sale Now At $20
Fifth, a new browser using Webkit and FLTK

Crowd Funding (or Fashion?)
anonabox is back from the dead (for now)
Librem 15: A Free and Open Source Laptop That Respects Your Essential Freedoms

Odds ‘n’ Sods
Status Update For “LXDE”
Help the GNOME Foundation defend the GNOME trademark against Groupon!
Gnome Update (UPDATED)

Ubuntu and Debian
Q&A with Mark Shuttleworth
Freexian’s third report about Debian Long Term Support
After Joey Hess resigned from the entire Debian project, Tollef Fog Heen resigned from the systemd maintainer team (personal blogpost)
Colin Watson quit the Technical Committee, swiftly followed by Russ Allbery
Bruce Perens offered some apposite thoughts
Results for the Debian init system coupling GR (vote breakdown overview)
And rapidly after the failure of his GR, Ian Jackson also quit the Technical Committee

0:47:16   Feedback

A huge thank you to Charles Malpas and Solomon Jackson for becoming our latest Monthly Supporters; and to johanv, defascat and cocreature for the Flattrs.

And thanks to everyone whose comments we didn’t explicitly mention on the show. We do read everything, and it often gives us pause for thought – so keep it coming.

Daniel, SonOfNed, Isaac Carter and Charles Malpas all got in touch following the (probably not particularly untimely!) demise of our First Impressions segment, with some good suggestions.

Arthur Tan wondered whether we thought the community around Ubuntu could carry the distro should Canonical ever drop the desktop side of things. This prompted a bit of discussion, during which Paddy mentioned a blog post by Aaron Seigo that’s only tangentially related, but well worth a read.

evk, Daniel and Joe had a back and forth about Sailfish and the TOHKBD keyboard project. And, if you’ve not seen it, the IndieGOGO campaign for a Jolla tablet can be found here.

Twisted Lucidity chipped in with some more suggestions to help Jesse transfer files between Android and Linux; and Pat Regan raised the interesting prospect of using the BadUSB vulnerability to good ends.

We briefly talked about the comments Nathan D. Smith’s had left on our website, where he expressed some disagreement with Paddy’s views on the downsides of OpenStack and containerisation.

Morten Juhl-Johansen Zölde-Fejér pointed us towards a free and self-paced online Internet History, Technology, and Security course. And thinking about Internet history, Paddy mentioned that he’d been thoroughly enjoying listening to the Internet History Podcast.

Daniel, Andrew Lindley, SonOfNed and Floyd Wallace offered differing perspectives on licensing following our look at Trisquel last time. It’s a can of worms that we probably ought to open again at some stage in the future, as Jesse wasn’t with us the last time we risked alienating our audience. But let’s leave it a while, eh?

1:12:22   Ubuntu MATE 14.04 – Interview

We caught up again with Martin Wimpress to find out what the reaction to the recently released LTS version of Ubuntu MATE had been, and how he sees things developing.

Thanks to Martin for again finding the time to talk to us about a project that we’re keen to see succeed.

1:35:28   Ubuntu MATE 14.04 – Review

We brought up a couple of concerns with Martin during our conversation, but are they really significant in the grand scheme of things? Trying to put aside our natural enthusiasm, we attempted to answer the big question: how does Ubuntu MATE 14.04 actually shape up?


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