Episode 088 – Happy Fathers Day

Posted by Tony on June 17, 2013 in Show-mp3, Show-ogg |



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Total Running Time: 1:33:54

Un-edited Live session – http://youtu.be/xr8rLGdPDtw

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Kernel News: Mat
Time: 13:33
Distro Talk: Tony
Time: 17:30
Tech News:
Time: 38:40
Is it Alive? – Mary
Time: 1:11:37
Listener Feedback
Time: 1:18:18
Outtro Music
Time: 1:28:00


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

Kernel News: Mat

Time:b 13:33

Release Candidate:
On Sat, 15 Jun 2013 12:12:18 HAST (not sure where he is but his offset equates to Hawaii)
Linus Torvalds released kernel 3.10-rc6
And this is what he had to say about it:
“Another week, another rc.

And I didn’t even need to curse all that much at people. Sure, I talked smack about some of your hamsters, and I declined a couple of pull requests, but let’s face it, it was pretty halfhearted. Most of the time things were good.

Which is not to say that rc6 couldn’t have been smaller, and I’ll probably be even more upset next week if you try to push stuff that really shouldn’t go in by now, but things are better than in rc5.

And while I’m traveling again, this time the internet works better, and equally importantly, I actually have my release scripts and kup install on my pixel now, so the tar-balls and patches are going out as I write this. For all you luddites that still use ancient technology.

But even if you’re a luddite, and haven’t yet learnt the guilty pleasures of a git workflow, you do want to run the latest kernel, I’m sure. So go out and test that you can’t find any regressions. Because we have fixes all over, even if the diff may be dominated by a DTC parser patch that comes from changing the shipped files to be generated by Bison 2.5 rather than 2.4.

Most of the rest is pretty small, even if it’s all over. Architectures: x86, powerpc, mips, arm, s390. Filesystems: ceph and xfs. And networking and driver updates (sound, wireless, md, gpu, block)…”


Stable Updates:
On Thu, 13 Jun 2013 10:06:46 PDT
Greg Kroah-Hartman released kernel 3.0.82
With 18 files changed, 149 lines inserted, and 43 line deleted

On Thu, 13 Jun 2013 10:12:03 PDT
Greg Kroah-Hartman released kernel 3.4.49
With 41 files changed, 286 lines inserted, and 118 lines deleted

On Thu, 13 Jun 2013 10:55:02 PDT
Greg Kroah-Hartman released kernel 3.9.6
With 89 files changed, 741 lines inserted, and 274 lines deleted

Kernel Developer Quote:
Comes from Greg Kroah-Hartman

“Astute users will notice the kernel codename change for 3.9.6. That’s thanks to Alex Polvi and the CoreOS team that put me up for a few days this week while I was visiting the Bay area.

Thanks so much for the wonderful bandwidth and company, but next time I visit, I’m bringing a squirrel trap so I can sleep in past the crack of dawn…”
–Greg Kroah-Hartman
For those not astute enough to have notice the new codename for the 3.9.x kernel is “Black Squirrel Wakeup Call”

Distro Talk: Tony

Time: 17:30


  • 6-9 – ROSA 2012 R1 “Desktop Fresh” – ighly customised and enhanced KDE 4.10.3 desktop:
  • 6-9 – Point Linux 13.04.1 – Debian-based distribution featuring the MATE 1.4 desktop:
  • 6-10 – Zorin OS 7 – Ubuntu-derived distribution designed for new Linux converts and featuring a custom desktop user interface based on GNOME Shell
  • 6-10 – UberStudent 3.0 – Ubuntu-based Linux distribution for learning and teaching academic success at the higher education and advanced secondary levels:
  • 6-13 – Peppermint OS Four – lightweight and easy-to-use desktop Linux distribution based on Ubuntu 13.04
  • 6-13 – Window Maker Live 2013-06-05 – Window Maker window manager with well-known open-source components in an attractive graphical user interface.
  • 6-15 –Parted Magic 2013_06_14 – pecialist live CD designed for disk management and data rescue tasks

Distro of the Week: Tony

  1. Zorin –
  2. Ubuntu –
  3. OpenSUSE –
  4. Debian –
  5. Mint –

Tech News:

Time: 38:40

MariaDB Coming to RHEL In Version 7

This follows the announcement by the Fedora project earlier this year that they were moving to MariaDB. As is the case with all changes in RHEL this will also propagate to the clones like CentOS.

After the acquisition by Oracle there were numerous complaints about how the arguably best open source database was being managed. In response one of the three original creators of MySQL Ulf Michael (Monty) Widenius forked MySQL in to MariaDB. His company Monty Program merged with SkySQL reuniting the three original developers of MySQL. With most major community distributions having already announced that they are switching to MariaDB with RHEL’s announcement this means the corporate distributions can’t be far behind.

This is what Arjen Lentz, MySQL’s first employee in Australia, had to say about it:

“I presume there is not much love lost between Red Hat and Oracle (particularly since the “Oracle Linux” stuff started) but I’m pretty sure this move won’t make Oracle any happier.”

Non Unity Ubuntu Derivatives Fear Mir

With Canonical moving to Mir over the next year to replace X.org, derivatives like Kubuntu, Lubuntu, and Xubuntu are wondering what they are going to do. The KDE developers have flat out said they are not going to expend any energy on supporting Mir. The options for these “red headed stepchildren” (OK all you gingers out there send your hate mail to show@smlr.us attention Mat) are rather bleak. They can try to use Mir or Wayland and hope everything works, or EOL the distro. Jonathan Riddell, the Kubuntu developer, is hoping that using Debian’s Wayland packages will be able to coexist with Mir and work. What can I say but good luck guys and maybe it is time to just switch to Debian.


Office for iPhone: Microsoft delivers basic document editing, but no iPad version


Larry Page, “Dear Google Users”





Google Drive Gets Failing Grade on Privacy Protection


OWASP top ten of web application security risks released


KDE Korner

KDE Ships First Beta of Plasma Workspaces, Applications and Platform 4.11

On June 13, 2013 KDE released the beta of the new versions of Workspaces, Applications, and Development Platform. With API, dependency and feature freezes in place, the KDE team’s focus is now on fixing bugs and further polishing.


Since KDE has released the first beta of Platform, Workspaces, and Applications 4.11, there will be some changes in the packages offered in the openSUSE repositories.


Disable Semantic Desktop at run time

Is it Alive?


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 for our game show and challenge Mat and Tony to decide if the named entity was a Linux distribution or something else. Previous twists have include whether the distro was French, Ubuntu-based, a super hero, or my favorite twist, a bar drink. I’ll have a Liquid Lemur with my chips, please.

This week is not twist week, so the task is very simple. Is it alive or dead…

Myrinix  – Myrinix was smart and centralised operating system for the home. Its main feature is the ability to connect a plasma TV or large LCD screen to a central server that could record and play DVD or surf the Internet on the big screen.
Frog Linux -is a Quebec Operating System Web Site: Our real innovations to provide you with the benefits of Linux and Ubuntu by adding a Quebec personality by adding visual elements representing Quebec, a commitment to quality and appropriate software.

Dyson is a general-purpose operating system, a Debian derivative using the illumos kernel, libc, and SMF init system.

Mundus OS is an extension to Ubuntu which is easier to use for a new Linux user. Mundus OS can install Windows programs, mount Macintosh dmg’s, install the packages of other non-Debian Linux distributions, and is meant to be “out of the box”.


Intuitive Linux
The Intuitive Project in order to build a powerful and easy to use operating system. This project was  open to everyone! Whether you are a PhD in computer science or elementary student 🙂  All that matters here were your ideas.



Biadix is Knoppix-based Linux live CD with support for the Catalan language. There was one realse 1.0 in November of 2003.


Mat and Tony tied!!


Listener Feedback:

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Time: 1:18:18

Outtro Music

Time: 1:28:00

Spice – I’m Not Your Personal IT Guy
on The Fump website http://www.thefump.com/fump.php?id=1263

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