Episode 081 – Penguicon WhooHoo!!!!!

Posted by mat on May 1, 2013 in Show-mp3, Show-ogg |



MP3 format (for Freedom Haters!)
OGG format (for Freedom Lovers!)
Total Running Time: 1:03:03

Un-edited Live session – http://youtu.be/y7zsgiH8Cl8

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Kernel News: Mat
Time: 4:20
Distro Talk: Tony
Time: 8:28
Mary Distro Review
Time: 18:00
Tech News:
Time: 31:35
Is it Alive? – Mary
Time: 43:25
Listener Feedback
Time: 48:05
Outtro Music
Time: 55:50


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

Kernel News: Mat

Time: 4:20

Release Candidate:
On Sun, 21 Apr 2013 15:00:43 PDT
Linus Torvalds released kernel 3.9-rc8
This is what he had to say about it:
“Yes, I was really hoping (and originally planning) to release 3.9 final this weekend, but we had enough issues that I just didn’t feel comfy about it. It was borderline, and none of the issues were huge, and maybe I could have called this just 3.9 and opened the merge window, but hey, another week won’t hurt.

The bulk of the changes here are networking (both core and drivers), but there’s arch fixes (sparc, x86, arm, powepc) and random other stuff. A couple of reverts and some cleanups. The shortlog gives some flavor of the details. Nothing here on its own would have delayed 3.9 for me, but I was hoping for a calmer week.

Please don’t send me pull requests unless it’s something really critical, and let’s aim for a nice calm 3.9 release next weekend, ok?”
–Linus Torvalds


Stable Updates:
On Thu, 25 Apr 2013 21:27:22 PDT
Greg Kroah-Hartman released kernel 3.8.9
With 58 files changed, 405 lines inserted, and 222 lines deleted

On Thu, 25 Apr 2013 21:29:29 PDT
Greg Kroah-Hartman released kernel 3.4.42
With 39 files changed, 283 lines inserted, and 166 lines deleted

On Thu, 25 Apr 2013 21:30:17 PDT
Greg Kroah-Hartman released kernel 3.0.75
29 files changed, 227 lines inserted, and 171 lines deleted

On Fri, 26 Apr 2013 12:25:21 PDT
Greg Kroah-Hartman released kernel 3.8.10
He said:
“It fixes a build error in the 3.8.9 release. If you can properly build that kernel, no need for you to upgrade (hint, if you enable CONFIG_NS, you need this release.)”

Many thanks to Shea Levy for pointing out the problem.”

On Fri, 26 Apr 2013 12:42:37 GMT
Ben Hutchings released kernel 3.2.44
With 91 files changed, 678 lines inserted, and 226 lines deleted

Kernel Developer Quote:
Comes from Greg Kroah-Hartman
“Time to build a kernel:
real 665m28.867s
user 585m42.150s
sys 30m35.120s

I don’t recommend doing a kernel build for a raspberry pi, on a raspberry pi, unless you have a lot of spare time.”
–Greg Kroah-Hartman

Distro Talk: Tony

Time: 8:28


  • 4-24 – Red Flag Linux 8.0 – a Beijing-based software company specialising in the development of open-source software products for the local market,
  • 4-25 – Ubuntu 13.04 – Kubuntu, Edubuntu, Xubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu Studio, Ubuntu Gnome, and UbuntuKylin
  • 4-26 – SparkyLinux 2.1.1 “MATE” – a Debian-based distribution featuring the latest release of the MATE desktop environment
  • 4-27 – Semplice Linux 4 – fast and light Linux distribution with Openbox, based on Debian’s “unstable” branch
  • 4-27 – Descent|OS 4.0 – Debian-based desktop Linux distribution featuring a customised MATE (version 1.4.2) desktop environment

Distro of the Week: Tony

  1. Ubuntu Gnome – 1827
  2. Fedora – 1994
  3. Megeia – 2827
  4. Mint – 3451
  5. Ubuntu – 3930

Mary Distro Review

Time: 18:00

To Be Added Later

Tech News:

Time: 31:35

German Parliament Says Software Patents Harmful

The Bundestag has taken up a motion against software patents. This is what it says:

1) Software patents restrict developers ability to exercise their copyright. It also says that software patents help create monopolies and hurt innovation.

2) Under the European Patent Convention software patents are illegal. This creates legal uncertainty which can be expensive for big companies and deadly for small ones.

They also said the government needs to ensure that software is covered by copyright alone.

MariaDB And SkySQL Team Up

Oracle bought Sun and gained control of MySQL not by accident. Well now the creators of MySQL have rejoined forces. SkySQL announced on 4/23 a merger with Monty Program Ab. The community part will remain the MariaDB Foundation.

Here is what Michael ‘Monty’ Widenius, creator of both MySQL and MariaDB, had to say about it:

“I’m ensuring that the MariaDB project will remain ‘open source forever’, while knowing that enterprise and community users of both the MySQL and MariaDB databases will benefit from best-in-breed products, services, and support provided by SkySQL. And who doesn’t want the best for their kids?”

And this is what Patrik Sallner, SkySQL’s CEO, said about it:

“By bringing on board the talented MariaDB developer team, SkySQL proposes a comprehensive partnership to leading open source database users. We are committed to develop MariaDB into the most versatile open source database. We look forward to working with the MariaDB Foundation as they engage with developers and users of MariaDB, as well as with their important mission of ensuring the independence of the MariaDB project itself.”

First Quarter Earnings Off at IBM

IBM reported first quarter earnings of $23.5 billion. That is off five percent year over year, accompanied with a decline in Net Income of one percent, it does not bode well. The plan is to leverage Linux to save the day. While POWER systems are most often used for AIX, Linux runs well on them. Mark Loughridge, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, had this to say:

“This opportunity is of similar size to Unix but growing faster. We’ve already had some key successes with wins this quarter in China and in Europe and in fact Watson is based on Power Linux. Though this will take time to mature, it provides a real opportunity for future growth.”

Is it Alive?

Time: 43:25

To Be Added Later

Listener Feedback:

show (at) smlr.us or 313-626-9140
Time: 48:05

Outtro Music

Time: 55:50

Playin’ gamez by Cyborgjeff

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