Linux Luddites

not all change is progress

October 18, 2015

Episode #58

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0:01:07 Raspbian Jessie
0:31:22 Feedback
0:53:53 Encryption backdoors

In the last show before Paddy returns, Joe and Jesse look at the new officially supported distro for the Raspberry Pi, have a good look at your feedback, and then speak to Andrew again; this time about government backdoors in encryption.

0:01:07 Raspbian Jessie

A new version of the officially supported Raspberry Pi distribution that’s based on Debian has been released. It may be updated and refined but is it bloated? See what Jesse and Joe make of it.

0:31:22 Feedback

A huge thanks to new monthly supporter Michael Keen and of course to our existing monthly supporters. It’s very much appreciated.

Lots of you wrote in to tell us how much you missed Paddy while lots of other people thanked us for having Pete on the show. Morten Juhl-Johansen Zölde-Fejér did attempt to set Pete straight on a couple of points.

The subject of user-friendliness and whether Linux should appeal to new users featured heavily this week. Dennis Wickman, Lynne Dixon and Keith Z-G all made good points and esbeeb gave us his top 5 ways to advocate Linux and Open Source.

Moritz told us about a German event called Linux Presentation Day and linked to a list of participating cities.

Moonshine is of the opinion that Linux isn’t for non-technical users and deux3x wondered why we all use Ubuntu flavours and derivatives.

Keith Z-G and Wes Mason told Jesse that if you use apt instead of apt-get you get a progress bar and gabriel_3 pulled us up on a number of openSUSE related points.

Ian Kelling asked that we avoid confusion regarding software licences in the future and Helam Sirrine pointed out that he is a man.

0:53:53 Encryption backdors

Through the magic of editing, Andrew Gregory joins us again for a pint and a discussion. This time Joe asks if governments can really ban encryption. Have they already pretty much done so by forcing companies to have backdoors? Is moving everything to https really going to help, especially when certificate authorities are being centralised?


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