Episode 55 – Tricks or Treat

Posted by Tony on October 28, 2012 in Show-mp3, Show-ogg |



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Total Running Time: 1:31:16

Un-edited Live session – http://youtu.be/EOmSFK6ST_g

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Kernel News: Mat
Time: 13:52
Distro Talk: Tony
Time: 17:03
Mary Distro Review
Time: 26:27
Tech News:
Time: 47:22
Is it Alive? – Mary
Time: 1:14:05
Listener Feedback
Time: 1:21:41
Outtro Music
Time: 1:28:56


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

Kernel News: Mat

Time: 13:52
Release Candidate:


Stable Updates:
On Sun, 21 Oct 2012 10:23:30 PDT
Greg Kroah-Hartman released kernel 3.6.3
With 85 files changed, 940 lines inserted, and 297 lines deleted

On Sun, 21 Oct 2012 10:24:17 PDT
Greg Kroah-Hartman released kernel 3.0.47
With 47 files changed, 480 lines inserted, and 126 lines deleted

On Sun, 21 Oct 2012 10:25:12 PDT
Greg Kroah-Hartman released kernel 3.4.15
With 71 files changed, 583 lines inserted, and 297 lines deleted

On Mon, 22 Oct 2012 08:44:08 PDT
Greg Kroah-Hartman released kernel 3.0.48
This is to revert one patch in 3.0.47

Kernel Developer Quote:

“So really Rasberry Pi and Broadcom – get a big FAIL for even bothering to make a press release for this, if they’d just stuck the code out there and gone on with things it would have been fine, nobody would have been any happier, but some idiot thought this crappy shim layer deserved a press release, pointless.”
–Dave Airlie

Distro Talk: Tony

Time: 17:03


  • 10-22 – Zenwalk Linux 7.2 “Live” – “Zenlive” and based on the latest version of Slackware Linux
  • 10-23 – Puppy Linux 5.4 “Precise” – “Precise” edition, a small Linux distribution built from Ubuntu 12.04.1 and compatible with Ubuntu 12.04 DEB packages
  • 10-23 – DEFT Linux 7.2 – Ubuntu-based live distribution with a large collection of free and open-source tools for incident response, cyber intelligence and computer forensics tasks
  • 10-24 – Proxmox 2.2 “Virtual Environment” – “Virtual Environment” edition, an open-source virtualization platform for running virtual appliances and virtual machines, based on Debian GNU/Linux
  • 10-24 – BackBox Linux 3.0 – Ubuntu-based live DVD designed for penetration testing and forensic analysis tasks
  • 10-25 – CRUX 2.8 – independent and customisable Linux distribution designed for more advanced Linux users
  • 10-26 – Linux Lite 1.0.0 – beginner-friendly Ubuntu-based desktop Linux distribution with Xfce as the preferred desktop environment
  • 10-27 – FreeNAS 8.3.0 – free and open-source Network-Attached Storage (NAS) operating system based on FreeBSD
  • 10-25 –
  • 10-25 –

Distro of the Week: Tony

  1. Fedora – 1472
  2. Puppy – 1736
  3. Mageia – 2618
  4. Ubuntu – 2725
  5. Mint – 3891

Mary Distro Review-Alien Section OS

Time: 26:27

Alien Section OS Linux Review

Since it’s the season of Hallowe’en and ghosts and goblins, I decided that I wanted a distro that reflected the spirit of the season. What better distro to review than Alien Section OS (http://www.aliensectionos.tk/index.html). According to the distro’s site, Alien Section OS is an Openbox operating system based on Crunch-bang/Debian, Ubuntu, and Linux Mint. That’s right! Instead of a single Linux distro with multiple desktops, we have a single desktop on top of multiple distros—but not at the same time, of course.

Now you may be wondering how all of those distros are rolled into a single distro—is it a five-headed ugly alien baby or will is it an attractive sleek spaceship. Let’s find out.

The Vitals:
Name: Alien Section OS
Maintainer: Mark Jack
Distro Latest Birthday: 7/27/2012
Derivative: Debian
Kernel: 3.2.0
Review Desktop: OpenBox

Out of the Alien Section OS mother ship we have:

  • Alien Section OS Debian Edition Squeeze Final (stable) , Wheezy (test)
  • Alien Section OS v1.10 Debian Edition Wheezy
  • Alien Section OS v2 based on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (updated)
  • Alien Section OS v1–002 based on Crunchbang/Debian squeeze (test)
  • Alien Section OS v3 Based on Linux Mint 13

Live Environment:

I downloaded and burnt to disk, the 687MB Debian Squeeze edition Alien Section OS. The Alien Section OS CD booted easily to a live environment, a welcome change from a few of my recent distro reviews. The familiar Debian swirl, albeit in a lovely swamp green hue, greeted me . Perfect! Emblazoned across the desktop are the words SQUEEZE ME all caps in a Hallowe’en like font. All of this delightful spooky goodness sat on a background that sported electronic glyphs with a sprinkling of matrix-like drips frozen in time on the right. One of the more eclectic desktops wallpapers I have seen.

Conky sat on the right, tracking system vitals. Everything looked good. Included in that thumbs-up assessment were my two favorite items:

Graphics/Display: ( i915)
Wireless:  (iwl3965) An interesting note: When I first tested AS-OS live on my Zareason, the iwl4965 driver was loaded. It was nice to see AS-OS adapt to a different wireless chipset.

Those of you who are familiar with OpenBox will know Adesk Bar, the lightweight app launcher at the top of the screen. Someone like me, who does not use Openbox on a regular bases would say that this panel resembles the upper Gnome2 panel in earlier versions of Ubuntu. Gnomish, I guess.

The Big Three
Default Browser: Chromium
Office Suite: Abiword/Gnumeric
Mail Client: None
Default File Manager: Thunar

The bottom of the screen –just where you’d expect the task panel to be is neatly divided into four desktops. What I particularly liked about this arrangement in Openbox is that you can see the applicatins that are open across all your desktops. Seems convenient in my opinion.

The Install Process:

Alien Section OS uses the Refracta installer. At first I thought this installer is named after Refalca, Ann Romney’s Dressage horse, but I was mistaken. It’s name is derived from the Refracta OS. Here is the link: (http://www.ibiblio.org/refracta/) Dressage/hip-hop horse: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=knCj92zA0tU

The installer is very minimal, which made me a little cautious, especially when I planned to install it on a slice of my hard drive on my main laptop. So I resorted to using my Bemus hosting laptop and temporarily overwrote Chakra by installing Alien Section in the first partition. I left my LFS partition alone but I will probably have to recreate the environment when I get back to it next week.

Installed Environment:

The installed environment looks exactly like the live environment only faster.

Other interesting Programs:

Bulk Rename – A thunar-based renaming utility
X11 Keyboard switcher –Sits in the system tray and allows you to switch betweenGB, US, DE, and FR keyboards on the fly
Refracta Installer – An installer that is part of the Refracta OS.
Catfish – This program acts as a front-end for different file search engines. It can be configured via the command line.
ImageMagic – the GUI front-end for Image-magick. A very nice addition for anyone who does not want to wrestle with the command line!
Nano – My new favorite text editor (after Kate) is set up as a menu item.
Fortune – a little fortune-telling application.

Rating: 3.0 –

Tech News:

Time: 47:22
Apache Foundation Gets ARM Server Donated

Dell donated a new concept server based on the ARM processor to the ASF (Apache Software Foundation). The server uses Calxeda’s EnergyCore processor architecture. The goal here is so ASF can test and optimize Apache, Hadoop, and the Cassandra NoSQL database for these new servers. The Dell “Zinc”, is being hosted by Calxeda in a data center in Austin. Along with the server they are also giving them full technical support and maintenance. The ASF is already using the server and has built versions of Apache Hadoop, Thrift, Derby, River and Tapestry. The build server is running Ubuntu Server for ARM. The Zinc concept runs EnergyCore EXC-1000 processors that are integrated with layer 2 networking switches on Calxeda’s EnergyCard boards. These servers are not available for purchase from Dell yet but they definitely coming. Here is what Dell said about when:
“bring ARM servers to general availability at the appropriate time.”

ext4 Data Corruption Bug Hits Linux Kernel

Ted Ts’o has released a series of patches to correct a bug he has dubbed the “Lance Armstrong bug”. Because nothing untoward shows up in testing but, nevertheless it performs with unexpected results. The bug was tracked down to the release of 3.6.2. It was a tough bug to track down as it requires that you reboot your computer twice in a short period of time. It further requires you to shut the machine down while it is in the process of unmounting the file-system with an already compromised journal. Developers are still working to pinpoint the exact problem and it might actually involve more kernel components than just the ext4 drivers. This bug requires a very specific set of conditions for it to surface. So it is very unlikely to affect almost all users.

Amazon accused of remotely wiping punter’s Kindle
It’s bad enough that when you ‘buy’ an e-book, you’re really only renting it, but now we hear that at least one e-book seller will, it has been alleged, wipe your device if it sees fit.

Norwegian writer Martin Bekkelund tells the story of a chum, called Linn, who claims to have had her Kindle remotely wiped by Amazon UK.



Cory Doctorow’s take on it


Google Drive opens backdoor to Google accounts
The Windows and Mac OS X desktop clients for Google’s Drive file storage and synchronisation service open a backdoor to users’ Google accounts which could allow the curious to access a Drive user’s email, contacts and calendar entries.
The sync tool includes a “Visit Google Drive on the web” link which opens Drive’s web interface in the default browser and automatically logs the user in. Somewhat problematic is the fact that this session can then be used to switch to other Google services such as GMail and Google Calendar.


Top 10 Features of Ubuntu 12.10

Is it Alive?

Time: 1:14:05

Is It Alive (or is it a Zombie…)?

During this segment of the show, Mary challenges Mat and Tony to identify whether a Linux Distro is alive or dead? We twisted the concept for last week’s show when Mary challenged Mat and Tony to decide if the named entity was rocket science Linux . Hoping we have not jumped the shark just yet we continue our sightly different tack when Mary challenges Mat and Tony to decide whether the named Linux distribution is alive or a ZOMBIE (dead).. The items for the October 27 show:

Storm Linux

Storm Linux is based on Debian, and includes its own Administration system for easier network setup Includes GUI installation.


MAT: Zombie

TONY: Alive


Lunar Linux

Lunar is a source-based distribution for 32 and 64bit Intel or AMD systems with simple, yet powerful package management and system administration tools. If you want a flexible system built from source that is easy to install and maintain, you should try Lunar!


MAT: Zombie

TONY: Alive

VERDICT: It’s Alive

Magic Linux

Magic Linux 2.5 using major components of the kernel, xorg 1.6.5, gcc 4.4.0, kde 4.4.3 (kde3 3.5.10) is not always the latest version. Its main characteristics are:

Designed for windows users prepare magic_win installer installed just a few mouse clicks you can easily from the hard disk installation magic linux, no need to manually configure the startup items


MAT: Alive

TONY: Zombie

VERDICT: It’s Alive

Evil Entity Linux

Its primary goal is to provide the best home or dorm-room desktop environment possible.. No longer will you have to spend a week compiling downloaded programs to have a usable environment and NEVER will you have to boot into the outdated, unstable, piece of dog shit called MS Windows (especialy since EvilE blows out your Windows partion during the install — for the good of mankind of course).


MAT: Alive

TONY: Alive


Devil Linux

Devil-Linux is a distribution which boots and runs completely from CDROM or USB flash drive. The configuration can be saved to a floppy diskette or a USB pen drive. Devil Linux was originally intended to be a dedicated firewall/router but now Devil-Linux can also be used as a dedicated server for many applications


MAT: Alive

TONY: Alive

VERDICT: It’s Alive

Sorcerer Linux

Sorcerer is a source-based Linux distribution. Source tarballs are downloaded directly from software project home pages or as patches when an old source was previously downloaded. Sources are compiled for the architecture and with the optimisations that the system administrator specifies. Sorcerer has both command-line and menu-driven source management programs.

MAT: Alive

TONY: Alive

VERDICT: It’s Alive


Mat Won…….


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Outtro Music

Time: 1:28:56

Supernatural by Juanitos

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