Linux Luddites

not all change is progress

March 16, 2015

Episode #37

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With the Software Freedom Conservancy leaping into a legal battle that coincidentally supports the MPAA/RIAA, and Linus’ employer and underlings seemingly looking to ease out the grumpy old coot, our news segment this show reflected the old adage that where there’s people, there’s politics.

After your feedback, we revisited the subject of self-hosted cloud products, kicking the tyres of ownCloud, Pydio and Seafile. Each has its positives, but did any match up to the standards set by Drive and Dropbox?

0:06:21   News

Conservancy Announces Funding for GPL Compliance Lawsuit
A GPL-enforcement suit against VMware
VMware Update to Mr. Hellwig’s Legal Proceedings

​NCC Group to audit OpenSSL for security holes
Lenovo Only Made Up To $250,000 From Nightmare Superfish Deal, Say Sources

BBC gives children mini-computers in Make it Digital scheme
Linux adopts conflict resolution code
Linux Foundation begins clampdown on Torvalds

Dead Cat Bouncing
Why I won’t mourn Mozilla
Mozilla Webmaker: Empowering the next billion citizens of the web

Our Imperious Overlords
Google to close Google Code open source project hosting
Chrome OS Switches To “Freon” Graphics Stack To Replace X11

The Ubuntu podcast has returned, at a new home.

0:38:02   Feedback

A huge thank you to Nigel Green for becoming our latest Monthly Supporter, and to johanv for your continuing support on Flattr.

Further discussion on the topic of energy efficiency was prompted by an email from John O’Brien – thanks, John.

And thank you to Daniel, Will and Pete, who all got in touch to give us their perspectives following our ruminations last show on the frequently inadequate state of GUI free software.

Jezra continued to bang his drum for web-based apps, and both SonOfNed and Will offered some thoughts on ‘secure’ email services. Sticking on the security topic, Topikissa wondered what our thoughts were on hard disk encryption?

And, finally, Brian was concerned by something that he’d heard on a JoeRess podcast.

1:02:41   Self-hosted Cloud Services, Redux

With version 8 of ownCloud recently being released, it was high time for us to revisit the topic of self-hosted cloud services. We set up a server running ownCloud, the attractive Pydio and the utilitarian Seafile, and used them all for a few weeks. Did any prove to be real contenders to the dominant Dropbox and Google Drive…?


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