Episode 090 – Zero Niner Zero

Posted by mary on July 2, 2013 in Show-mp3, Show-ogg |



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Total Running Time: 1:40:05

Un-edited Live session – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1uXDbv1I5M&feature=share&list=UUyNJoeK7fk61qlVJJK15hvQ

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Kernel News: Mat
Time: 8:13
Distro Talk: Tony
Time: 12:38
Tech News:
Time: 36:22
Time: 1:00:00
Is it Alive? – Mary
Time: 1:15:45
Listener Feedback
Time: 1:21:15
Outtro Music
Time: 1:35:04


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

Kernel News: Mat

Time: 8:13

Distro Talk: Tony

Time: 12:38


  • 6-24 – Zorin OS 7 “Educational” – 32-bit only, Ubuntu-based distribution focusing on the needs of educational institutions
  • 6-24 –Linux Lite 1.0.6 – a lightweight desktop Linux distribution with Xfce, based on Ubuntu 12.04
  • 6-27 – Tails 0.19 – Debian-based live DVD with strong Internet privacy and anonymity features
  • 6-27 – DreamStudio 12.04.3 – Ubuntu-based distribution with a collection of applications for music production, video editing and graphics design
  • 6-27 – KNOPPIX 7.2.0 – Debian-based live CD/DVD with LXDE as the default desktop
  • 6-28 – GhostBSD 3.1 – based on FreeBSD, with a choice of GNOME 2, LXDE and Openbox desktop user interfaces
  • 5-28 – DoudouLinux 2.0 – Debian-based distribution designed for children between 2 – 12 years of age

Distro of the Week: Tony

  1. Lite – 1419
  2. Debian – 1721
  3. Ubuntu – 1823
  4. PCLinuxOS – 1900
  5. Mint – 3394

The most popular end-user Linux distributions are…

Tech News:

Time: 36:22

Fedora 19 Release A Go

At an online meeting of the Fedora developers on June 27th it was a unanimous decision that they would release Fedora 19 (Schrödinger’s Cat) will be released on July 2nd. While there are still some issues no “blocker bugs” remain. Historically Fedora release’s take place on Tuesday at 10am Eastern Time as close to October 31st and May 1st as possible, however delays in the Fedora 18 release(Sperical Cow) have thrown the schedule off.

There are several new and updated features:
Gnome 3.8
Ruby 2.0
and a new Systemtap

This is what Jaroslav Reznik, who co-chaired the meeting, had to say about it:

“Thank you everyone for heroic effort on this release!
I guess this means no public release candidate. The July 2 final release is expected to feature the latest popular desktops KDE 4.10.3 and GNOME 3.8.3. BIND will be updated to BIND10, GCC 4.8 is introduced this release, and new Developers Assistant will help new contributors get set up.”

A House Divided Kubuntu v Ubuntu

One day before Canonical made their announcement that they would be switching to Mir with the October release, Jonathan Riddell announced that Kubuntu would not be switching. Coincidence or prescience, Kubuntu used to be an official project of Canonical until they were kicked to the curb and support for the distribution was picked up by Blue Systems.

Riddell went on to explain the different development styles between Ubuntu and Kubuntu:

“Here at Kubuntu we still want to work as part of the community development, taking the fine software from KDE and other upstreams and putting it on computers worldwide.”

Implying, and I believe correctly, that this is no longer Canonical’s development strategy. He then went on to explain the future plans for Kubuntu:

“So when Ubuntu Desktop gets switched to Mir we won’t be following. We’ll be staying with X on the images for our 13.10 release now in development and the 14.04LTS release next year. After that we hope to switch to Wayland which is what KDE and every other Linux distro hopes to do.”

Makes one wonder if Mark Shuttleworth will eventually revoke their use of the name Kubuntu because they have chosen to buck his changes?

On a side note the Lubuntu team has announced that they will be using XMir. It is a translation environment that will allow legacy X applications to run on Mir. It accomplishes that by treating the entire desktop as a single window.

City Of Munich Giving Away Linux CDs

Munich is going to give Lubuntu CDs to city residents still running Windows XP. They are doing this to prevent them from upgrading to Windows 7 or 8 as that will most likely require a hardware upgrade as well. So what they are doing is encouraging people to switch to Linux to avoid a large in flux of old computer hardware to landfills.

Geek.com also says security issues might also be a driving force behind the encouragement:

“The German government has shown before that it’s keen on making its citizens aware of the risks of running outdated software. You may have read an article or two over the past couple of years about German citizens being urged to ditch older versions of Internet Explorer for a more modern, more secure browser.”

You’ll also remember, as we have reported on this show on several occasions, the Munich city government started migrating to Linux back in 2003.

FreeBSD Co-Founder Exiting Apple

Jordan Hubbard, who back in 1993 co-founded the FreeBSD Project, is resigning his positon as Director of UNIX Technology, at Apple. He is going to be joining iXsystems, who has been building FreeBSD servers since it was spun off from BSDi in 2001, as their new CTO on July 15th. This is what he said about the move:

“I’m very excited to have this opportunity to help guide iXsystems through its next phase of professional and technological development. This is not just a great opportunity for me to be part of a company known for its strong support of FreeBSD and other open source software, but I’m also looking forward to helping it achieve new levels of success with the TrueNAS storage appliance and having the opportunity to create future innovative products.”

Mac OS X has very strong roots in FreeBSD, so what does this mean for Apple? Probably not very much as Apple is unlikely to wander very far the BSD core they are currently using.


From the “Did they not get the word that 2013 is the year of the Linux Desktop” Department, we have…Avira says farewell to Linux


Google Newsreader is going away on Monday. Here are some alternatives.


Linux For You Magazine


Are freeloaders helpful or hurtful to open source communities?


Gartner: Microsoft Windows 15% Mobile, Desktop Market Share?


KDE Korner

Second Beta of Plasma Workspaces, Applications and Platform 4.11


KDE Returns to Mint

KDE Activities


Help us testing Microsoft Money import in Skrooge


 Linux Convention Scene – July 2013

OpenSuse Conference 2013
18-22 July, 2013
Thessaloniki Greece

From 18-22 July, 2013 the openSUSE Conference (oSC13) will bring together a wide variety of Open Source contributors to collaborate on one of the major Linux distribution projects. The Olympic Museum in Thessaloniki, Greece. At the crossroads of Europe, Asia and Africa. According to Lonely Planet the world’s fifth-best party city worldwide and Europes youth capital 2014.

Akademy 2013
13-19 July, 2013
Bilbao, Spain

Akademy is the annual world summit of KDE, and features a 2-day conference with presentations on the latest KDE developments, followed by 5 days of workshops, Birds of a Feather (BoF) and coding sessions. It is an opportunity to meet key KDE contributors, learn about the latest features and enjoy the great atmosphere.


July 22-23, 2013
Now in its 15th year, OSCON has shown that open source software is the standard for everyday programming languages, databases, utilities, and operating systems. At OSCON 2013, we’ll celebrate the open source success story and the ongoing revolution.

The Toolbox

Time: 1:00:00

dukto lan File sharing tool


Linux Stress Testing Utilities

1. Load test Linux with the stress tool:

For Debian/Ubuntu and RedHat/Centos use the repositories to Install:
$ sudo apt-get install stress
$ sudo yum install stress

Command to run a simple load test using stress:
$ stress –cpu 8 –io 4 –vm 2 –vm-bytes 128M –timeout 10s

2. Load test webserver with siege:
Siege is an http load testing and benchmarking utility. It was designed to let web developers measure their code under duress, to see how it will stand up to load on the internet. Siege supports basic authentication, cookies, HTTP and HTTPS protocols. It lets its user hit a web server with a configurable number of simulated web browsers. I find this utility very useful and it’s also good at checking your infrastructure and security.

In this example I will install Siege onto my Ubuntu Desktop and test my web server which is running CentOS with Apache. Siege should be available in most Linux distributions repositories, it’s certainly in Ubuntu, Debian and CentOS (epel) repos.

Install Siege onto client computer running Debian/Ubuntu:

$ sudo apt-get install siege

Test a web server which is named tigershark.local in this case:
$ sudo siege -c 120 http://tigershark.local

The above command will simulate 120 concurrent users hitting the site, the -c means concurrent users plus the value. You can also parse other switches such as -t which allows you to specify the time to run the test for. Here is another example using the time option and verbose output:

$ sudo siege -v -c 120 -t30M http://tigershark.local

See the MAN page or help switch for more options and more details including the manual can be found at the creators webpage: http://www.joedog.org/siege-manual

Note: Also worth a mention is AB or Apache Bench:

Scrot allows screenshots to be taken at a predefined interval, e.g. five seconds as in the example below.

while true; do scrot -d 5 '%Y-%m-%d-%H:%M:%S.png' -e 'mv $f ~/Pictures/'; done

After you install it paste the line above into a terminal (make sure the folder is correct) and pictures are taken.

Link to the article:

Is it Alive?


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Time: 1:21:15

Outtro Music

Time: 1:35:04

Ghoul Town by Earl Grey and The Legomen

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