Linux Luddites

not all change is progress

October 3, 2016

Episode #88

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00:04:55 News
00:51:49 Feedback
01:01:36 Rob Landley Interview

With GPL enforcement back in the news, we thought we’d cut through the bull and speak to someone who’s been there, done that, and only got a very tattered T-shirt in return. So, after our usual news and feedback, we welcomed Rob Landley back on the show to find out about real-world enforcement, and to talk a little about Linux’s rise to prominence.

00:04:55 News

B2G OS and Gecko Annoucement (sic)
Pursim phone survey
Chromification Continues: Firefox May Use Chrome’s PDF and Flash Plugins
Mozilla wants woeful WoSign certs off the list

Google Chrome Beta For Android Now Lets You Play YouTube In The Background
Google Announces YouTube Go in India: The Data-Friendly Way to YouTube
Google Allo’s limitations explained in one word: “India”
How Allo and Duo Want to Complicate Messaging by Fracturing the Market
Google Allo review: This is fine
Google backs off on previously announced Allo privacy feature

Introducing PIXEL
The Slashdot Interview With Raspberry Pi Founder and CEO Eben Upton

What’s really going on with Microsoft, Lenovo and Linux
Microsoft aren’t forcing Lenovo to block free operating systems
Lenovo, Intel, Synaptics, and PayPal are working to kill passwords on your next laptop

And! it! begins!! Yahoo! sued! over! ultra-hack! of! 500m! Accounts!
InfoArmor says Not a State Actor
Congressional Leaders Demand Answers on Yahoo Breach
Defending Against Hackers Took a Back Seat at Yahoo, Insiders Say
2016 On Track To See Over 1 Billion Records Breached
Changing Passwords After a Breach Is Still Way Too Hard
Should you trust sites like

ORWL – The First Open Source, Physically Secure Computer

00:51:49 Feedback

A huge thank you to Thomas Denning for your PayPal donation, and to Gabe Norwood and David Lindberg for joining our small but honoured band of Monthly Supporters. Thanks, guys!

We mentioned Linux Presentation Day 2016.2 on October 22, do have a look to see if an event is happening locally.

The age-old question of quantity versus quality in FOSS projects was raised by CubicleNate, and Marian Gasparovic got in touch regarding one of the newest, the Nextcloud Box.

Jon Spriggs pointed out that we’re just entering Hacktoberfest, which is a great excuse to get involved in a project; and Jesse extended his thanks to both Jon, and also Jerry (from the Admin Admin podcast), for their firewall feedback.

Lars Falk-Petersen flagged up his project to us, which finds an interesting use for the venerable finger command, and a question from Dave Lindberg allowed Joe to once again plug Boot-Repair.

01:01:36 Rob Landley Interview

We last spoke to Rob in show #11, so felt it high time we had him back on. Starting off with the recent brouhaha on the Kernel Summit mailing list, we touched upon GPL enforcement, the historical context of the success of Linux, how Rob’s Toybox project (now in vanilla Android) is progressing, and the future for the Linux desktop — which Rob firmly believes is in mobile. Once again, thanks for your time, Rob!


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