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Episode 027

Posted by Tony on April 15, 2012 in Show-mp3, Show-ogg |
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Summary

Kernel News: Mat
Time: 4:27
Distro Talk: Tony
Time: 6:43
Tech News:
Time: 17:41
Listener Feedback
Time: 32:03
Interviews
Time: 33:43

Intro:

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

Kernel News: Mat

Time: 4:27
Kernel News

Release Candidate:
No RC release as of this recording because once a month we record the show on Saturday after our regular LUG meeting.

Mainline:
3.4-rc2

Stable Updates:
On Fri, 13 Apr 2012 09:46:39 EDT Greg Kroah-Hartman released kernel 3.0.28
There where 45 files changed, 486 files inserted, 182 files deleted

On Fri, 13 Apr 2012 09:48:01 EDT Greg Kroah-Hartman released kernel 3.2.15
There where 71 files changed, 549 files inserted, 235 files deleted

On Fri, 13 Apr 2012 09:49:04 EDT Greg Kroah-Hartman released kernel 3.3.2
There where 97 files changed, 817 files inserted, 415 files deleted

Kernel Quote:
A quote from Linus about the myth of c++ having “stronger type safety” than c.

“So the C++ people then completely made up the argument that “C++ has a stronger type system, we can’t use ‘void *’, so the C style ((void *)0) is wrong for C++”.

Which is utter and complete bullshit, and any amount of brains would have realized that (since C++ at the same time happily continued to special case the *integer* zero).”
Linus Torvalds

If you want to you can read the entire post here or the whole thread if you choose here.

Distro Talk: Tony

Time: 6:43

Distrowatch.com

  • 4-13 – Lightweight Portable Security 1.3.3 – live CD with strong privacy protection features created by the United States Department of Defence, is out
  • 4-12 – Slackel KDE-4.8.2 – distribution based on Slackware’s “current” branch, with the goal of integrating the latest KDE desktop, the Calligra office suite and some custom artwork into separate live (installable to hard disk) and installation DVD images
  • 4-12 – Devil-Linux 1.6.0 – a specialist live distribution for firewalls, routers and servers which boots and runs completely from a CD-ROM or a USB Flash drive
  • 4-11 – Plop Linux 4.2.1 – distribution built from scratch and designed to rescue data from a damaged system, backup and restore operating systems, and automate tasks
  • 4-11 – SliTaz GNU/Linux 4.0 – minimalist but extensible Linux distribution with its own package management system
  • 4-10 – Superb Mini Server 1.6.5 – a Slackware-based distribution for servers, was made available earlier today
  • 4-10 – Snowlinux 2 “LXDE”, “Xfce” – based on Debian GNU/Linux 6.0 and featuring custom LXDE and Xfce desktops
  • 4-8 – Semplice Linux 2.0.2 – lightweight distribution (with Openbox) based on Debian’s unstable branch

Distro of the Week: Tony

  1. Fedora – 1487
  2. openSUSE – 1615
  3. ROSA – 1719
  4. Ubuntu – 2260
  5. Mint – 4108

Tech News:

Time: 17:41

Government Agency’s Infrastructure Built On Open Source

Don’t get me wrong I am not in favor of either more or bigger government. As one of my favorite modern day thinkers, Dennis Prager, is want to say:

“The bigger the government the smaller the citizen.”

However if you are going to start a new government agency why not start by using Open Source solutions. Having been established, by a knee-jerk reaction to do something, in 2010 the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has that opportunity. Since it was not encumbered by any proprietary legacy solutions they were able to take advantage of the flexibility of Open Source.

Matthew Burton, in a recent O’Reilly Radar guest post, said the goal of establishing the agency IT infrastructure was not only to use open source, but to share code with the public (whenever it didn’t compromise system security). He also went on to say public money was used to create the code, so why not make it public whenever it’s possible to do so. He then followed that with this statement:

“The mission of this agency, as he points out is to protect consumers. Its only right for his agency to be as transparent as possible about how it goes about doing its business — and providing source code is one good way to do that.”

It does not happen often but when it does you can definitely see the advantages with using an Open Source stack to build your company/agency on.


Kubuntu Gets A New Sponsor

As we all know Canonical stopped supporting Kubuntu several months ago. Transitioning it to a community based distribution only. Now there is some good news for you Kubuntu users, Mary. Blue Systems is going to pick up the sponsorship for the project. Kubuntu lead developer, Jonathan Riddell, has announced that he will be leaving Canonical for Blue Systems after the up coming Ubuntu Developer Summit. This is not the first KDE project that Blue Systems has sponsored, they also sponsor Linux Mint KDE, Netrunner, Folderview, Muon Software Center, Kde MenuEditor and more.


Finally BlackBerry Users Get Linux Support

There is a now a BlackBerry integration tool out for the Linux desktop. It is called LinBerry, and you can download it here. They have both deb and rpm packages available but state they have only tested the deb package. When you download it and unzip/untar it you will have the LinBerry package along with three libraries for dependencies. I only needed one of the dependencies as my SolusOS install had the other two already. The site is in Spanish but Google’s translator did a good job and I was able to download it and get it installed. After installation most of the interface used English however some of the pop-ups were in Spanish. I was able to use all of the features except for the Modem as that interface is completely in Spanish and my carrier was not in the drop down. And the restore function just because I did not want to possibly loose any data. I did however make a backup, edit some contacts, and installed/uninstalled some apps.

They claim to have tested it with the 8520, 8900, 9000, and the 9650. I have a 9330 so can confirm that it does work with that device also. Even though it is in beta it worked very well. The only issue is some of the interfaces not being translated into English.


Hey Nokia How’s That Windows Phone Working Out For You

If you have watched television at all in the US lately, you have seen a commercial for the Nokia Lumia 900. This is Nokia’s first attempt at a 4G phone. It was released into the US market on April 8th and not even three days later a bug was discovered that cause the data connection to randomly drop. Not really the expected behavior for a phone that has a tagline of “an amazingly fast way to connect.”

This is the third phone from Nokia since they decided to go with Windows for their OS. They had so much hype in this launch that all of the eyes in the industry are on them. This could be devastaing as they say a fix will not be in place until at least April 16th.

Nokia,s stock price has fallen 50% since they made the announcement that they wee switching to Microsoft in February 2011. Their market share in the US has also fallen to less than 1%. Not a very shining outcome for the company that created the smartphone with its Communicator model phones.


Open Source Textbook Start Up Sued By Big Three Textbook Publishers

Pearson, Cengage Learning, and Macmillan Higher Education have decided to sue the start up company Boundless Learning. Over their business model of producing open and free alternative textbooks. They build these textbooks by using creative commons licensed and other freely available material. We have to note here that this description comes from the entities suing them as they are still in closed beta.

A student would choose what textbook they needed from one of the major publishers. Boundless learning would then pull all of the material needed to reproduce the book from freely available open sources to recreate the textbook. We have to stress that all of the content would be from freely available open source repositories.

The big three textbook publishers are calling this copyright infringement. Even when no actual images or text from the book are used. They use an example of this biology textbook, Campbell Biology with MasteringBiology® (9th Edition), In which images of a running bear and a bear catching a fish are used to demonstrate two of the laws of thermodynamics. the boundless version does use similar pictures of bears but not the same ones, also the pictures used were from Wikipedia and licensed under a creative commons license.

In essence what they are saying is the fact that we used bears to do this means that you can’t. This is ridiculous on it’s face. Let me quote from the federal governments Copyrights Basics PDF available here on what is not copyrightable:

“titles, names, short phrases, and slogans; familiar symbols or designs; mere variations of typographic ornamentation, lettering, or coloring; mere listings of ingredients or contents ideas, procedures, methods, systems, processes, concepts, principles, discoveries, or devices, as distinguished from a description, explanation, or illustration.”

This case appears to be unsustainable on its face. However in today’s wacky world of copyright we shall have to wait and see.


CloudFoundry, Linux Of the Cloud

CloudFoundry was launched about a year ago by VMware as their Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS). This week VMware announced that they were going to open up the platform more in an effort to gain dominance in the PaaS market. Steve Herrod, CTO at VMware, had this to say:

“We see CloudFoundry as being the Linux of the cloud… You need to be open source to be able to port across different cloud infrastructures.. That’s what CloudFoundry is about; it’s an open source approach for providing portability for applications across clouds.”

The reason he says he compares CloudFoundry to Linux is because, of Linux’s ability to provide application portability across many different architectures. He want CloudFoundry to become that environment across the different cloud architectures out there. He also goes onto stress that CloudFoundry has been completely Open Source since day one.


My project last week: Install and use PeaZip
PeaZip is a cross-platform file archiver utility that provides an unified portable GUI for many Open Source technologies. I downloaded it (QT version) and installed it. I test extracted an ISO, DMG, ZIP and all extracted without a problem. I likeed this utility so much that I donated $15 to the project.


Suse Linux: 20 years and going strong
Red Hat may be celebrating its new role as the first open source company to reach $1 billion in annual revenue, but it’s not the only Linux provider to reach a key milestone recently.

Suse Linux, in fact, is not just celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, but last week, it also announced that its customer base now numbers 15,000.


Microsoft Intros New Open Technologies Unit

Microsoft has announced a new focus on openness, with the launch of a new wholly owned subsidiary known as Microsoft Open Technologies.


Zero-day security hole in BackTrack Linux uncovered by student
A zero-day security flaw has been identified in the latest version of BackTrack Linux, a version used by security professionals for penetration testing.


Listener Feedback show (at) smlr.us or 313-626-9140

Time: 32:03
Brad
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Interviews

Time: 33:43
Klaatu
Jessica McKellar

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