Linux Luddites

not all change is progress

September 20, 2015

Episode #54

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0:01:07 Flavio Tordini’s Apps
0:22:26 Feedback
0:47:50 Chromixium

We often criticise apps over poor functionality and interface design but this week we look at three applications from a developer with a keen eye on what it takes to make nice looking software that works well.

After your feedback, Joe gives us his first impressions of a Chrome OS/Ubuntu mashup called Chromixium that he was less than complimentary about when it came up in the news on a previous show.

0:01:07   Flavio Tordini’s Apps

We had a good look at Flavio Tordini‘s apps: Minitube – a standalone way to watch YouTube videos without visiting the website, Musictube – a similar app but with a focus on music videos and Musique – a small but functional way to organise and play local audio files.

0:22:26   Feedback

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A few listeners got in touch to point out that Jesse probably should have included digiKam in the group test of photo editing software.

Several listeners came up with suggestions for different directory syncing solutions we could look at. These included git-annex, BitTorrent Sync, a couple of votes for FreeFileSync, and the ubiquitous Syncthing. And Ron Houk pointed us towards syncthing-inotify, which uses the inotify kernel subsystem to trigger Syncthing updates in real time.

Will pointed out that Paddy should like tools that use rsync because it follows the UNIX philosophy and Matthew Platte made a good point about the stability of rsync.

Will also got in touch about the Firefox API changes and Bob Long flagged up how much Mozilla really seem to care about what many of us see as another of their core products – Thunderbird.

Isaac Carter asked us whether we only like old software because it’s old and wondered if we’d like the software that’s currently new once it gets old.

Esbeeb sent us a very nice email and also put forward the case for slimming down the number of Linux distros to avoid duplicated effort while Charlie suggested that having to use the command line could be what puts off a lot of Windows and Mac users.

Richard Walker asked if we’d ever reviewed a System76 laptop, and wondered if any listeners had experience of buying one in the UK. We’d also love to hear from anyone who has done business with System76 from outside the USA.

Back on show #51, we mentioned the Linux Foundation Core Infrastructure Initiative’s Best Practices badge program. David A Wheeler, who is one of the key people involved, got in touch to answer some of the questions we had about it. Thanks a lot for that, David.

0:47:50 Chromixium

We covered the release of Chromixium back on show #41. Paddy was impressed at the time while Joe was characteristically negative about it. Version 1.5 was released in July and Joe has been eager to try it out ever since. Find out what he made of this mashup of Chrome OS and Ubuntu when he gives us his first impressions.


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