Linux Luddites

not all change is progress

February 2, 2015

Episode #34

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Neither the weather nor a slickly marketed new Linux vulnerability can hold the Luddites back; like the Beast of Redmond, which features heavily in the News this show, we just keep on coming.

Changing the pace, Joe and Jesse went Off the Beaten Path to bring us a couple of FOSS applications that they frequently find useful; but we soon got back on track with all your Feedback.

Yomping ended, we settled down Over a Pint to discuss the impact that social media has had upon how we see the world and our fellow human beings. It’s broadened our outlook… hasn’t it?

0:07:01   News

BOO! Grave remote-code exec flaw in GNU C Library TERRIFIES Linux
Sky to block porn by default to protect children

Odds ‘n’ Sods
Jeff Hoogland’s back
CoreOS Moves From Btrfs To EXT4 + OverlayFS
The Linux Foundation Offers a Self-Paced SysAdmin Course

CEO: “Today, Cyanogen has some dependence on Google. Tomorrow, it will not.”
Microsoft to Invest in Rogue Android Startup Cyanogen
Microsoft Releases Finished Versions Of Office For Android
Microsoft continues cross-platform tear, releases Outlook for iOS, Android
LibreOffice for Android coming soon
#CASHTAGS are a thing: you can now bank on Twitter
Now available in the UK: Send and request money right from Gmail

Crowdfunding Updates
[show #29] Librem 15 reaches funding goal
[show #30] UbuTab Indiegogo failed; undeterred, Nikki Wertish is now selling preorders
[show #31] Interview with Andromium CEO Gordon Zheng; Kickstarter failed to reach goal, but still pushing ahead
[show #32] Builder, a Gnome IDE completed its Indiegogo campaign

I’ll believe it when it happ… oh
Smart things powered by snappy Ubuntu Core on ARM and x86
Hands-on: Microsoft’s HoloLens is flat-out magical

0:49:38   Off the Beaten Path

Joe and Jesse talked about a couple of pieces of software that they use regularly, and find really useful: Bombono DVD and Rapid Photo Downloader for Linux.

1:00:52   Feedback

A huge thank you to Aaron Cook for the PayPal donation; and to Stefan Hofbauer and Jason Connerley, who joined our ranks of Monthly Supporters. And thanks to Clemens Gruber, Andrey Panasyuk and Jeremy Wooten for the Flattrs.

We mentioned that it’d really help us gain more visibility if we had a few more ratings and reviews on our iTunes listing… so, if you enjoy the show, you know what to do ;)

We received a fair amount of feedback regarding our look last show at the ZTE Open C running Firefox OS. Thanks to SonOfNed, Firefoxfan2702, Efraim and Aaron for your differing and thoughtful perspectives.

Andrew Kirkpatrick got in touch to remind us of the environmental impact that our computing devices have, and we’ll try to keep this in mind going forwards.

And Issac Carter offered some predictions for 2015 of his own. With GHOST seemingly already fulfilling one of Joe’s – which he failed to pick up on! – it’ll be interesting to look back in 12 months’ time to see how we all fared.

1:15:55   Over a Pint

Have social media platforms broadened our appreciation of the views of others, or simply become a space where we can easily seek out those with our own existing narrow perspectives and prejudices?

Whilst chewing over this topic, we mentioned the worldwide spread of the #JeSuisCharlie hashtag, how online dating is turning us all into Tamagotchis, how social media can reinforce a ‘spiral of silence’, and how comfortable conformity is all too often the only desire of today’s youth.

Despite being asked nicely, Joe didn’t edit in the chorus from an apposite viral video that Paddy thought would make a good bumper for this segment. So, just for everyone reading, here’s the song in its full glory. Enjoy ;)


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