not all change is progress
December 24, 2015
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0:01:06 The Year’s News In Review
1:24:20 Revisiting Our 2015 Predictions
After revisiting some of the major news stories of 2015, we reflected upon our previous predictions for the year.0:01:06 The Year’s News In Review
LibreOffice for Android coming soon
[Dec] LibreOffice as a service offers alternative to Google Docs, Office 365
Samsung debuts its first Tizen phone – the Z1- in
our Tizen review was on show #42
[Jun] Samsung sells a million Tizen-fitted Z1s in less than six months, plans Gold version
UbuTab Indiegogo failed; she started selling preorders
[Jun] Ubutab scam (and for those preferring a video version)
15 reaches funding goal
[Feb] The truth about Purism: Why Librem is not the same as libre
[Jun] Librem 13: A Laptop That Respects Your Rights
[Jun] according to Martin Wimpress it’s 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
Mate gaining official status for 15.04
[Apr] Ubuntu MATE on hardware
CrunchBang: The End
Answering the Call for Werner Koch’s Everywhere
[May] OpenSSL, OpenSSH, NTP Get Funding From Core Infrastructure Initiative
[Aug] Linux Foundation’s CII Donates $50k+ To OpenBSD
Lenovo PCs ship with man-in-the-middle adware that breaks
Lenovo Only Made Up To $250,000 From Nightmare Superfish Deal, Say Sources
Online Community Goes Nuts After elementary OS Devs Say People Should Pay
GPL-enforcement suit against VMware
[Nov] Conservancy begging for cash
gives children mini-computers in Make it Digital
[Sept] BBC Micro:bit delayed by power supply SNAFU
Linux adopts conflict resolution code
[Oct] Kernel developer quits, citing lack of manners in the community
[Oct] Matthew Garrett Follows suit
[Nov] Why Hackers Must Eject the SJWs
Lots of Ubuntu tablets hit the street
General European retail availability of bq Ubuntu
our review of Ubuntu Touch was on show #35
[Oct] Meizumart Is Closed, Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition No Longer Has a Home
Mozilla overhauls Firefox smartphone plan to focus on
quality, not cost
our review of Firefox OS was on show #33
[Dec] Mozilla Will Stop Developing And Selling Firefox OS Smartphones
Oculus Rift Suspends Linux Development To Focus On Windows
and Ubuntu at odds
Joe’s interview with Jonathan Riddell at the time was on show #43
[Oct] Kubuntu Lead Has Stepped Down – But It Isn’t The End Of Kubuntu
After years of struggle, Mandriva is finally no more
CEO of bankrupt Linux company says employee lawsuits put it out of business
GPL-Violator Allwinner Joins The Linux Foundation
SourceForge commits reputational suicide
Wayback Machine’s 485 billion web pages blocked by Russian government order
Joe bought something; how’s it holding up?
Jolla cuts hardware biz loose to concentrate on Sailfish
[Nov] Tough times for Jolla
[Dec] Jolla is back in business!
Plasma Mobile launched, with initial support for the Nexus 5
Stagefright Explained: The Exploit That Changed
Waiting for Android’s inevitable security Armageddon
[Oct] Stagefright 2.0 Vulnerabilities Affect 1 Billion Android Devices
[Oct] HTC exec deems monthly Android security update guarantee ‘unrealistic’
Oracle security chief to customers: Stop checking our code for vulnerabilities
Automatic Windows 10 Updates Chewing Through Data
Windows, Privacy, and You
Microsoft has developed its own Linux
[Dec] Microsoft Made Many Shocking Linux & Open-Source Announcements This Year
Steam gamers already use Windows 10 more than all Linux distros combined
LILO Boot-Loader Development To Cease At End Of Year
The Free Software Foundation turns 30
World Without Linux Video Series Debuts, gets frosty reception
Google Chromebooks: The most popular classroom computing device
Raspberry Pi Zero: the $5 Computer
NET OF INSECURITY – The kernel of the argument
Red Hat, Microsoft Forge Wide-Ranging Cloud Partnership
Not a typo: Microsoft is offering a Linux
Linux Foundation’s Deal With the Devil
Free HTTPS certs for all – Let’s Encrypt opens doors to world+dog
AMD GPUOpen: Doubling Down On Open-Source Development
25 years ago: Sir Tim Berners-Lee builds world’s first website
New HTTP error code 451 to signal censorship
1:24:20 Revisiting Our 2015 Predictions
Traditionally the annual show segment that Joe enjoys the most, but how did things pan out this year?
I just don’t see a scenario when HTTP 451 would be seen by a user. Presumably it would only be implemented by a end web server, but that implies that the server is voluntarily implementing censorship, which seems unlikely. More likely you’ll be shown a “block page” HTTP 200 or a simple black hole when navigating to banned content. That status code is a nice political statement, but I’m not holding my breath to ever encounter it in browsing.
I don’t understand exactly how to find the Distrowatch Top 20, but surely Slackware and Gentoo are in there? Neither uses systemd in the default install.
I guess they are referring to the rankings on the right side of the page. The two you mention are in the 30-45 range (depending on time frame). Puppy and PCLinuxOS are in the top 20 though anf FreeBSD is just outside. I feel that these rankings are only a rough proxy for actual popularity.
OK, one comment from now on.
The proposed regulation for drones in the US is based on mass – “…more than 0.55 pounds (250 grams) on takeoff…” https://www.faa.gov/uas/registration/faqs/#gen
Instagram *nearly* had the mother of all leaks. It was
discovered by a white-hat (though the ensuing conflict
makes for a great debate on white-hat hacking
Women’s skills more probable to be questioned in the whole tech space (b/c “traditional” gender roles & stuff). Maybe less so in a face2face setting but on a list like the Linux kernel dev’s being female might count as an additional flaw for someone new.
I’ve just seen this tweet by a gal attending this year’s
Chaos Communication Congress:
“Using git hub data to prove women are just as good programmers as men. I am not sure if I’m sad or excited about this #32c3”
Expresses the problem with perceived merit in a meritocracy rather good, doesn’t it?
I don’t know about the other games mentioned on the podcast, but Street Fighter V at least was confirmed to run on Steam OS.
If you get a TLS cert, and allow users to browse with https, you could potentially enabled http 2.0 which brings speed improvements. However, that require a web server which supports 2.0, which I don’t think the major ones in the stable distros do yet. Hopefully soon though!
The reason why you need https for using version 2 is because there is no web browser which has implemented http 2.0 without TLS.
Glad to hear that you are going back to every other week or, as they say on your side of the pond, every FORTNIGHT. Still don’t agree with your view of the Oracles chief security officer’s stance. The reality of the situation, is (per the link you refer to) that Oracle pulled it back, and brought down the blog. Oracle thought customers should be complying, but what is, is that customers have rights also. But I won’t beat this dead horse any further. Look forward to listening to your new podcast in 2016. Cheers!
I also thought about Instagram’s massive security hole that Nathan mentioned in regards to Jesse’s prediction. I was surprised Jesse didn’t try to get partial credit for the Ashley Madison hack at least.
I agree with you stance on the Oracle reverse engineering issue, but I am not sure that this is really a controversial position (with Enrique’s post perhaps showing that I am wrong). To me, that blog post was notable as an example of why Oracle and its proprietary licenses are terrible: I doubt you will find any cybersecurity professional that thinks Oracle’s license improves their products’ security.
I thought Jesse had some nice comments on diversity in open source communities (I have an engineering background as well so I have a similar perspective). Joe’s rebuttal highlighted the difference in viewpoints for me. Where Joe questions the need to protect women and other minorities from rude and aggressive behavior, I question the utility of protecting rude and aggressive behavior (toward minorities or anyone really) from criticism. Other than letting Linus blow off steam, I just don’t see any benefit to Linux of the way he conducts himself. I think he could write effective strongly worded rejections of patches without personal attacks laced with sexual imagery.
Sad to hear that plan to cut content by 25% but given that this show was well over an hour I guess we should wait and see if you actually keep the show to 90 minutes first.
It was not clear to me what Jessie meant by “derivative distribution” I assume he meant Debian based. In any case I’d like to point out some non systemd distos. For starters there is PClinuxOS(sysvinit), which has been in the Distrowatch top twenty for years. Another is antiX linux(sysvinit) which just released antiX MX 15. Centos 6.7 uses Upstart and is supported until 2020. Good old Slackware keeps chugging along and is systemd free. A Newer Disto is Void Linux which uses the runit init system. It would be nice if Paddy did a review of this distro, but be warned, it’s made by technically advanced users for technically advanced users, no hand holding on this one. Finally, the most used “Linux” is probably android. The latest version of android, Android 6.0 “Marshmallow” dosen’t use systemd. Best of the new year to all the Luddites! Hal 9009
Sad to hear you’re cutting back on the frequency of the episodes.
Hearing your podcast is like listening to some good friends chatting together, and I’ll miss our get-togethers, so to speak.
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