Linux Luddites

not all change is progress

January 4, 2015

Episode #32

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We report on the news of how a booming Android eco-system doesn’t translate into actual profits for many hardware manufacturers, and how recent major hacks may have just been part of a marketing scheme. Another story provides a timely reminder of why biometrics can be a poor authentication choice; and we bid a possible farewell to one distro, and a definite one to the Web’s first comprehensive index.

If you’ve ever wanted to see the notifications on your Android devices in real time on your desktop, then come off the beaten path with us, as we take a look at an app to scratch that itch.

After your feedback, we’re into the obligatory predictions for the year ahead. Whether you agree with our thoughts or not, we’d love to hear yours.


Does Samsung’s Touchwiz for Android point towards the need for one Linux disro to rule them all? Is Joe about to ditch his beloved Firefox browser? Will Paddy ever have anything to share in these intro pieces? And just how many podcasts can one man record over a two week period?

Note that whilst the Christmas special of the Mind Tech Podcast Joe spoke about is great fun, it’s most definitely NSFW.

0:17:47   News

Mostly Mobile
The transparent Fx0 will finally make you want a Firefox OS phone
Crouton for Chromebooks: Run Ubuntu in a browser tab
How Android beat iOS in 2014, and vice versa
Android Hardware Profits Tanked in 2014

Script Kiddies enjoy some time off school
Krebs makes it personal
Lizard Squad’s Xbox Live, PSN attacks were a ‘marketing scheme’ for new DDoS service
Sony compensate affected users
Chaos Computer Club claims it can reproduce fingerprints from people’s public photos
German minister fingered as hacker ‘steals’ her thumbprint from a PHOTO
German minister photo fingerprint ‘theft’ seemed far too EASY, wail securobods
EFF: Law enforcement ‘desperately’ trying to hide use of surveillance cell towers
This App Claims to Know When Police Are Tracking You with Fake Cell Towers

Odds ‘n’ Sods
ROSA Desktop Fresh R5 Release Notes
Open Embedded Linux Entertainment Center (OpenELEC) v5 Released
ZevenOS 6.0 – Goodbye Edition
Yahoo Directory Closes, Five Days Early
Two Internet History Podcast shows about the rise of Yahoo!

Upstream & Development
Updating the Linux Kernel Without Restart Could Arrive Soon for Users
Builder, An IDE of our GNOME

0:53:17   Off the Beaten Path

Jesse introduced us to Linconnect, a GPLv3 project which provides a simple way to view your Android notifications on a Linux desktop. In passing, Paddy mentioned the slightly more comprehensive – but proprietary – Pushbullet.

1:00:40   Feedback

A huge thank you to cocreature, navigium and an anonymous donor for your Flattrs; and to Jonathan Glossop, who joined the ranks of our PayPal Monthly Supporters. And, as Joe commented, a massive thank you to everyone who has supported us over the last year – you really do keep the show on the road.

Jesse mentioned a plug we got on the Windows-focused Admin Admin Podcast; and, as ever, thanks to everyone for your emails, website comments, and feedback on Twitter and Google Plus.

Nathan D Smith, Steven Rosenberg and SonOfNed all got in touch following our cursory look at Fedora 21. And yes – whisper it softly – we did find GNOME Shell no longer to be a thing of nightmares. To be honest, I think that this is going to be a big year for the GNOME cabal, as various pieces (including the IDE mentioned in the News) come together to create a coherent eco-system based around that desktop. It’s entirely possible that with Canonical pursuing similar goals in their own space, this year could mark the beginning of a fracturing of the commonality of the entire Linux space into three competing eco-systems: Red Hat compliant distros, Ubuntu and direct derivatives, and everyone else. So there’s another prediction for 2015, but since nobody reads these show notes, one I don’t expect to be held to ;)

SonOfNed flagged up a potential issue for those commenting here on our website. If anyone else has experienced difficulties, please do get in touch.

Michael Tatum tried to help Paddy (and Joe, as it turns out) get around Google’s desire to push you towards the new version of Drive; whilst Phil and Ian Barton weighed in with praise for Syncthing. And it was good to hear from Damian Nowak that his VirtKick project, which we briefly mentioned last show, had achieved a strong funding result.

SonOfNed wrote in with agreement about Paddy’s comments on the likely disruptive impact of containerisation on the Linux desktop environment; whilst Nathan D Smith offered some thoughts about atomic update processes.

Ivor O’Connor and Joel both wondered why torrents aren’t used more frequently for distro distribution; and Joel also commented on distro installation without the need for the usual full CD/DVD ISO image.

Thanks again to everyone who got in touch, and please keep it coming. We’re always striving to make the show something that’s relevant and interesting to as broad a range of people as we can, and your feedback – even the brickbats – helps us immensely in that regard!

1:17:52   2015 Predictions

We offered our obligatory predictions for the coming year; with Jesse and Joe coming up with specifics that we’ll be able to check back on in twelve month’s time, and Paddy being somewhat vaguer, other than mentioning his belief that this will be a big year for Nuzzel.


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