Linux Luddites

not all change is progress

July 6, 2015

Episode #45

Direct download links: MP3 & Ogg

Venturing back to the Jurassic era, your Luddites took three tiling window managers for a spin and found that walking with dinosaurs can be a fun and productive experience. Plus, we’ve all the fortnight’s news, our first impressions of Mageia 5, and the usual thought-provoking mailbag of your feedback to chew over.


Joe spoke about his recent purchase of a Gigabyte BRIX GB-BXPi3-4010 barebones PC with built-in projector. Since recording, Joe’s installed Trisquel 7 on the box to see how it copes with a truly Libre OS, and found it to be largely flawless. The only snag he’s hit is with Wi-Fi, which is provided by a combination Wi-Fi/Bluetooth card, and which can be swapped out fairly easily.

0:06:18   News

Red Hat enters mobile software market with Samsung
Samsung sells a million Tizen-fitted Z1s in less than six months, plans Gold version
Next Tizen Smartphone is the Samsung Z3
EU agrees to eliminate roaming charges but net neutrality rules disappoint
EU plans to destroy net neutrality by allowing Internet fast lanes

Privacy & Security
Google Chrome Listening In To Your Room Shows The Importance Of Privacy Defense In Depth
Google removes “always listening” code from Chromium
Changes to Domain Name Rules Place User Privacy in Jeopardy
MAC address privacy inches towards standardisation
Wayback Machine’s 485 billion web pages blocked by Russian government order
Espionnage Élysé

[show #43] Joint Statement from the CC and KC
[show #44] according to Martin Wimpress, the Librem 13 is basically the same box as the Entroware Apollo; uses the same touchpad as the Librem 15 and the Apollo, and so will suffer the same touchpad issues (see the heading “touchpad driver”) as the 15 – and the Apollo, which we spoke about in our review on show #40
[show #30] The 1TB UbuTab Tablet with Ubuntu and Windows Scam Is Unfolding
Ubuntu MATE hardware partnership with LibreTrend

0:40:55   First Impressions

Joe, with a little help from Jesse, gave us his First Impressions of Mageia 5.

1:00:20   Feedback

A huge thank you to David Garth-Owen for the PayPal donation, and to Michael Perryman and Richard Clayton for becoming Monthly Supporters. And on Flattr, Robert Orzanna and Clemens Gruber were good enough to tip their hats our way.

Joe paid thanks to Gary Newell for the frequent mentions our show receives over at Everyday Linux User. Thanks, Gary.

Whilst OggCamp 2015 has yet to be officially announced, it will be held 30 October through 1 November at Liverpool John Moores University. The three Luddites are booked and ready to roll, and are looking forward to meeting many of you in person again.

Most of the full talks from the OpenTech 2015 conference are now available as audio or video from their website. If you enjoyed the interviews last show, these should be well worth checking out. And thanks to both Pete and Ron Houk for your comments about that show segment, and some of the topics it raised.

Matthew Valentine-House got in touch to give us a better idea of what Apple’s plans for Swift will likely mean in practice, whilst Will echoed our thoughts about the parlous state of SourceForge. Brian36 picked up on a point that Will also made – that we really are fortunate in the Linux world to have access to software via sensibly maintained and managed repos.

Graham made a couple of well-considered points about FOSS development in his mail from Japan, and we talked around the leadership angle a little by reference to Jesse’s Google Plus poll on this topic.

Finally, Jon “The Nice Guy” Spriggs sent us a link to a blogpost from Max Kreminski that had us nodding along. We covered similar ground comprehensively back on show #17, when revisiting The UNIX-Haters Handbook twenty years after publication, so that may be worth a listen if Max’s points have got the old grey matter ticking over.

1:16:56   Tiling Window Managers

Frequently seen as relics of the past, at least some tiling window managers are still in active development today. But why? We took awesome, xmonad and i3 for a spin to try to find out.

Whilst enthusing about i3, Paddy mentioned a Google Tech Talk given by Michael Stapelberg, i3’s primary author. It’s well worth checking out, not only to get a feel for i3, but also as a primer on some of the benefits of tiling WMs generally. Paddy also spoke about j4-dmenu-desktop, a faster .desktop based menu tool which is great for i3, but also works well with other window managers.


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