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Episode 085 – Where’s the Doughnuts

Posted by Tony on May 26, 2013 in Show-mp3, Show-ogg |
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Summary

Kernel News: Mat
Time: 11:20
Distro Talk: Tony
Time: 13:37
Mary Distro Review
Time: 30:07
Tech News:
Time: 45:55
Convention Scene:
Time: 56:45
Toolbox
Time: 1:01:10
Is it Alive? – Mary
Time: 1:05:00
Listener Feedback
Time: 1:11:01
Outtro Music
Time: 1:29:50

Intro:

Tony Bemus, Mat Enders, and Mary Tomich
Sound bites by Mike Tanner

Kernel News: Mat

Time: 11:20

Kernel News

Release Candidate:
On Mon, 20 May 2013 14:54:53 PDT
Linus Torvalds released 3.10-rc2
This is what he had to say about it:
“So it’s been just over a week, and -rc2 is out.

For being an -rc2, it’s not unreasonably sized, but I did take a few pulls that I wouldn’t have taken later in the rc series. So it’s not exactly small either. We’ve got arch updates (PPC, MIPS, PA-RISC), we’ve got driver fixes (net, gpu, target, xen), and we’ve got filesystem updates (btrfs, ext4 and cepth – rbd).

And various random small fixes. Shortlog appended, it should get smaller and more readable going forward.”
–Linus Torvalds

Mainline:
3.10-rc2

Stable Updates:
On Fri, 24 May 2013 11:23:47 PDT
Greg Kroah-Hartman released kernel 3.0.80
With 4 files changed, 20 lines inserted,and 14 lines deleted

On Fri, 24 May 2013 11:24:25 PDT
Greg Kroah-Hartman released kernel 3.4.47
With 8 files changed, 27 lines inserted,and 20 lines deleted

On Fri, 24 May 2013 12:08:13 PDT
Greg Kroah-Hartman released kernel 3.9.4
With 19 files changed, 170 lines inserted,and 101 lines deleted

Kernel Developer Quote:
Comes from the man himself:
“Pink? Check. Cat? Check.

“It’s like I have a fifth sense. ESPN or something…”

Life with teenage girls.”
–Linus Torvalds
While describing a cat reportedly created by one of his daughters.
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-GrCU0bbnY2o/UZw2w_FQPkI/AAAAAAAAN5Q/x-cKiFV-T3o/w506-h675-o/photo.jpg

Distro Talk: Tony

Time: 13:37

Distrowatch.com

Distro of the Week: Tony

  1. Hybryde – 1489
  2. Ubuntu – 1620
  3. Debian – 2007
  4. Mint – 4059
  5. Mageia – 4362

Mary Distro Review – Hybryde Linux

Time: 30:07

So many desktops, so little time. That’s how it felt this week when I decided to review Hybryde Fusion. It was one year ago that I first reviewed this unusual distro with its 8 different desktops. What’s different this year? Well, Mate, LXDE and Cinnamon have been added as desktops.

The Vitals:
Name: Hybryde Fusion http://www.hybryde.org/site/index.php
Maintainer: Larrieu Olivier
Distro Latest Birthday: May 20, 2013
Derivative: Ubuntu 13.04
Kernel: 3.8.0-19
Review Desktop: All of them… 😀

Live Environment:

The live environment boots to a Hybryde desktop. A French-language popup appears, containing presumably information about the project, distro, etc. I checked the support forum about this pop-up because it appears every time you boot. To rid yourself of it scroll to the bottom of the popup text, and click the box that will prevent it from appearing on subsequent boots.

Unfortunately wireless did not work, and I had no time to figure out what was wrong. I plugged a network cable in and continued.

Graphics:  ( i915)
Wireless: ✘ (iwl3945)

The Defaults
Browser: Chromium and Firefox
Office Suite: LibreOffice 4.0.2.2
Mail Client: Kmail, Thunderbird,
File Manager: PCManFM, Dolphin, Files (Nautilus)

One aspect to the live environment that I noted is that LibreOffice Base, the database program is not part of the mix. Instead Kexi, from Calligra Suite is included.

Hybryde Fusion desktop displays two panels. The top panel holds icons for open programs. The bottom panel holds several Hybryde Menus, including the menu for which this distro is famous, the desktop-switching menu. A button called Magic displays an overlay with time/date display and, essentially, the app launcher reoriented horizontally. Clicking on the categories in this mode causes the sub-menu content to also display horizontally. For me it was an easier way to see what was in a category. There also was a K-runner-style search box . In the lower right portion of the screen is a close button which removes the overlay and returns you to the Hybryde desktop.

Bracketing all of this in the lower panel where two capsule-like buttons and my first thought was they should have colored blue and red…as in red pill – blue pill from The Matrix. Both buttons operate wing panels toggle style. I clicked the left button to reveal a slide-out container to hold favorites on the similar to Gnome. It starts empty. To add app shortcuts to this panel, simply open the launcher and click the plus sign next to any program and it appears on the panel. Right-clicking removes the icon from the panel. Click the left button to retract the panel. One thing I noted, and could have been due to the 5-year old laptop I am using but when there were icons on the panel and you slide it out, first the panel slides out then the favorites slide out.

The right-side button slides a panel out which you’d think might contain the windows of open programs a la Gnome. But it doesn’t…it contains a list of personal folders. Clicking one of them opens Nautilus, which called Files in hybryde hive. At the bottom of this panel are links to change the background, manage what apps appear on the launch menu. A check-box next to each entry controls what appears on the launch menu, thus it’s easy to modify the menu.

The Install Process:
Installing Hybryde starts from Accessories menu category where you’ll find an Install Hybryde menu option. Install notes take you directly to Ubuntu install sequence. I decided to bypass manual partitioning and let the system take over the entire drive. It install was unremarkable and that’s good.

Installed Environment:

My main reason for looking at this distro is to see how it’s progressed since the last time I reviewed it. I am happy to say that the creepy lilies are gone. In its place asd wallpaper is some One thing that confounded me during the original review were the open programs when you switched desktops. It appeared that the open app did not make the trip. However, I am happy to report that I experienced absolutely no problem with any of the aps I tried.

I opened the Muon software center then transitioned to OpenBox. Despite Muon being a KDE– centric utility Muon was still available for use after I transitioned smoothly to Openbox. OpenboxI right-clicked the Exit option on the menu , rather than use the back arrow supplied by Hybryde. It created no problem for Hybryde box via the right click menu and Hybryde handled this action correctly, returning me to the Hybryde desktop.

Had an upgrade of 168MB that went well.

Other interesting Programs:
There is a lot of overlap or duplication regarding software programs on this distro. Obviously it’s due in no small part to the numerous desktop options. Each has its file manager, mail client, etc. I was surprised that KOffice was not on the CD—of course it’s in the repository.

It seems to me that after one decided the desktop to use, you can remove the menu items that don’t apply.

Rating:

1. No wireless.
2. A few spots were terms were not translated

Aside from those items, Hybryde performed as expected and did so nicely. I rate it 3.0.


Tech News:

Time: 45:55

Android – 3, Chromebook – 1, Windows 8 – 0 Says Meg Whitman

In her earnings call HP CEO, Meg Whitman, talks up Google Android and Chromebooks all the while skirting the issue of Windows 8. Here is what she said:

“Following the launch of our first Chromebook in February, we launched the new Slate 7 in the second quarter. The Slate marries a sleek 7-inch form factor with an ARM chip and Android platform to deliver a compelling mobile device at $169. Early signs of interest in this product are encouraging. And just last week, we introduced the HP Slate Book X2, the first Android hybrid device with the NVIDIA Tegra 4 mobile processor. The Slate Book X2 provides users with more realistic gaming, faster web browsing and smoother HD video playback.”

Later when talking specifically about the PC market she said the following:

“And then PCs, listen, if we have the right product priced right, the channel still loves HP and they want to sell in our product, whether it’s to small businesses, medium-sized businesses, or the enterprise. And frankly having Android products here helps a lot. This $169 Slate helps cover a segment of the market that we didn’t have before. So I’d say those are the things. The first ones were the ones I feel most certain about and we’ll have to see how industry-standard servers pans out and how our PC product is received by the channel.”

Like I said in the title if you’re keeping track that is 3 mentions for Android 1 for Chromebook and a whopping 0 for Windows 8. Hmmm I wonder where Meg sees the future of HP.


Data.gov relaunches on open source platform CKAN
http://sunlightfoundation.com/blog/2013/05/24/opengov-voices-data-gov-relaunches-on-open-source-platform-ckan/

Salesforce Nabs Open Source Database Guru for War on Oracle
The grudge match between Oracle CEO Larry Ellison and his former protege Marc Benioff, the CEO of Salesforce.com, has reached legendary proportions in recent years. Ellison and Benioff pepper their speeches and interviews with not so subtle digs at each other’s companies, and Oracle even went so far as to cancel Benioff’s scheduled keynote at the Oracle Open World conference in 2011.

The irony is that beneath all the bickering, Salesforce is a major customer of Oracle. Its web-based services are built on top of Ellison’s database software. That’s why Benioff was scheduled to speak at the Oracle conference in the first place

http://www.wired.com/wiredenterprise/2013/05/salesforce-tom-lane/

KDE Korner

Plasma Workspaces 4.11: A long term release
Aaron Seigo says that 4.11 will be significant for a couple of reasons:
It’s the last in the 4.x seriesof Plasma Workspaces. Feature development will switch fully to the Qt5 and KDE Frameworks 5 based Plasma Workspaces 2.

He believes that will be a good thing for their packaging partners because there will be no new features added to KDE desktop, but simply bug fixes, etc. He goes on to say that KDE will be better for distros having a longer shelf life.

He also discuss the decoupling of software compilation

http://aseigo.blogspot.com/2013/05/plasma-workspaces-411-long-term-release.html

 



Linux Convention Scene – June 2013
Time: 56:45

SouthEast LinuxFest
June7-9, 2013
Charlotte Blake Hotel, Charlotte, NC
http://www.southeastlinuxfest.org/
The Southeast LinuxFest is a community event for anyone who wants to learn more about Linux and Free & Open Source software. It is part educational conference, and part social gathering.

Red Hat Summit
Hynes Convention Center
Boston from
June 10-14, 2013

Red Hat Summit is focused on generating developer, partner and customer success with Red Hat solutions across cloud,virtualization, platform, storage, middleware and systems management. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with Red Hat product teams, hear from expert users at leading customer and partner companies, get hands-on training and learn best practices and strategies for innovation and success.

Open Source Bridge
Eliot Center
Portland, OR 97205
June 18-21, 2013
http://opensourcebridge.org/
Open Source Bridge is a conference for developers working with open source technologies and for people interested in learning the open source way. Tickets are only $300.00

2013 USENIX Annual Technical Conference
June 26-28, 2013
Fairmont Hotel
San Jose, CA
 https://www.usenix.org/conference/fcw13
USENIX ATC ’13 will again bring together leading systems researchers for cutting-edge systems research and unlimited opportunities to gain insight into a variety of must-know subjects, and includes over 30 long and short papers on key topics such as virtual machine implementation and performance, mobile and small application development, etc.


The Toolbox

Time: 1:01:10
Carl’s CLI Note taking script:
http://www.carltm.com/notes


Is it Alive…or is it Chinese?

Time:1:05:00

During this segment of the show, I challenge Mat and Tony to identify whether a Linux Distro is alive or dead? Every other week, I twist the concept and challenge Mat and Tony to decide if the named entity was a Linux distribution or something else.

This week is twist week and I challenge I challenge Mat and Tony to decide whether the named Linux distro is Chinese in origin. As is customary during twist week, extra credit will be given if after Mat and Tony correctly identify the distro, they also correctly identify whether it is alive or dead. The items for this week’s show are:

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Red Star is a North Korean based Linux distro.

MAT: Chinese
TONY: Chinese
VERDICT: Korea Live

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Happy Linux iwasa Chinese Linux distribution based on Red Hat Linux.

MAT: Chinese Alive
TONY: Not Chinese
VERDICT: Chinese Dead

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Vine Linux is a supreme Linux distribution with integrated Japanese environment for desktop PCs and notebooks

MAT: Not Chinese Alive
TONY: Not Chinese Alive
VERDICT Japan Alive

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Wow Linux was a Chinese linux distro.

MAT: Not Chinese
TONY: Not Chinese
VERDICT Chinese Dead

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Magic Linux was a Fedora-based distribution, which is specifically designed for Chinese users.

MAT: Not Chinese
TONY: Not Chinese
VERDICT: China Dead

===================================
iBox was a highly customised and flexible live CD based on Gentoo Linux. China.

MAT: Chinese Alive
TONY: Not Chinese
VERDICT: China Dead

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Mat and Tony tied!!


Listener Feedback:

show (at) smlr.us or 313-626-9140
Time: 1:11:01

 

Last week Chattr had a question about Recoll being able to index SQL databases. I checked and it does:

sql-recoll

 


Outtro Music

Time: 1:29:50

Stars and Stripes Forever Performed by The U.S. Marine Corps Band

Works published before 1923 are now in the public domain and also in countries that figure copyright from the date of death of the artist (post mortem auctoris in this case John Philip Sousa March 6, 1932) and that most commonly run for a period of 50 to 70 years from December 31st of that year.
Performed by The U.S. Marine Corps Band, Generally speaking, works created by U.S. Government employees are not eligible for copyright protection in the United States. See Circular 1 “COPYRIGHT BASICS” from the U.S. Copyright Office.

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