Episode 113 – PP

Posted by Tony on December 8, 2013 in Show-mp3, Show-ogg |



MP3 format (for Freedom Haters!)
OGG format (for Freedom Lovers!)
Total Running Time: 1:35:20

Un-edited Live session – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVVISZWW5vg&feature=share

Contact Us:

show (at) smlr.us or the Contact us page


Kernel News: Mat
Time: 7:35
Distro Talk: Tony
Time: 11:05
Mary Distro Review
Time: 41:00
Tech News:
Time: 51:40
Time: 1:02:00
Listener Feedback
Time: 1:15:25
Outtro Music
Time: 1:28:40


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

Kernel News: Mat

Time: 7:35

Distro Talk: Tony

Time: 11:05


  • 11-28 – Deepin
  • 11-28 – MakuluLinux 4.3
  • 11-29 – Peppermint OS Four-20131113
  • 11-29 – Centrych 12.04.3
  • 11-30 – Tiny Core Linux 5.1
  • 11-30 – Linux Mint 16
  • 12-1 – Oracle Linux 6.5
  • 12-1 – CentOS 6.5
  • 12-5 – Canaima GNU/Linux 4.0
  • 12-5 – DoudouLinux 2.1
  • 12-6 – ROSA 2012 R2 “Desktop Fresh”

Distro of the Week: Tony

  1. CentOS – 1679
  2. Mageia – 1694
  3. Ubuntu – 1724
  4. Manjaro – 2004
  5. Mint – 5324

Linux Mint 16 package upgrade using apt
As root run

sed -i.bak 's/olivia/petra/
s/raring/saucy/' /etc/apt/sources.list /etc/apt/sources.list.d/*

apt-get update
apt-get dist-upgrade

Mary Distro Review

Time: 41:00
Blink and you’ll miss this linux distributation. That’s beause it is small….really small….12.7MB small. This week’s review is of Nano Linux. And that’s the end of my review! Just kidding.

Actually Nano Linux is based on MicroCore Linux (and TinyCore) It uses BusyBox. For those of you who may not be compeltely aware Busybox is a utility set that combines tiny versions of many common UNIX utilities (with far fewer options) into a single small executable.

The Vitals:
Name: Nano Linux
Maintainer: Project Team
Distro Latest Birthday: 11/28/13
Derivative: TinyCore
Kernel: 3.0.21
Review Desktop: None but uses the Nano-X Window system

Live Environment:

Nano Linux starts at a boot prompt with the option to user three function keys. Each presents a set of boot parameters. I decided to go with the defaults.

The second thing I noticed about Nano Linux is its boot speed. I timed it—in 8 seconds I had a graphical desktop—with icons. Nano Linux uses Nano-X instead of X11. FLTK 1.3.x is used as the GUI toolkit. The window manager is the Slim Window Manager (SLWM). Did we really expect anything else?

I usually check what graphics and wireless modules were loaded to the kernal. Nano Linux has no wireless module but handled a wired network connection with no problem. I was able to successfully browse to web sites,etc., which brings me to the defaults:

The Defaults
Browser: Dillo
Office Suite: FIWriter
Mail Client: None
File Manager: Fluff File Manager (also the default in TinyCore Linux).

Nano Linux’s desktop contained a small grid of icons in the upper left corner. This was in lieu of a traditional menu/launcher. Nano had a “Start” button but it only contains four options: Settings (Keyboard, internet connection), Search Program Files (opens a search box), Run Program (opens a search box), and Power Off.

The Install Process:

Nano Linux did not have an install method. However it can be saved to usb and booted from there.


1.8 Nano Linux is a pared-down, bare-bones Linux distro. A little more so than I prefer. Much like tiny core, it contains the basics, but unlike Tiny Core– Nano Linux lacks a user community and that may be due to its relative newness…and nano-ness. There wasn’t anything that distinguished Nano Linux from the other micro distros, that would make me say, wow


Tech News:

Time: 51:40


New Tracks and characters added to SuperTuxKart

Print books or E books

Beijing leans on Microsoft to maintain Windows XP support

KDE Korner

KDE Release Candidate of Applications and Platform 4.12


Project Neon5 Retiring Support for 13.04

Project Neon5 – the most awesome daily builds of KDE Frameworks 5 – is moving the distribution targets forward one release, making Kubuntu 13.10 and upcoming 14.04 the supported versions. Support for Kubuntu 13.04 will be discontinued shortly.

Dolphin Improvements
“Tree View” improvements – and bug fixes (samba share bug)
Reduced memory consumption – Degreee of reduction depends on the number of files in the current folder, the view mode, and some other factors. For large folders, it is not uncommon to see a 30% reduction

Preparations for porting to KDE Frameworks
There is no KDE Framworks port of Dolphin yet, but a few changes were made to make the porting easier

Improvements concerning the “Move to Trash”/”Delete” actions in the context menu



The Toolbox

Time: 1:02:00

Explain Shell breaks down Linux command line arguments for you



Listener Feedback:

show (at) smlr.us or 313-626-9140
Time: 1:15.25

Outtro Music

Time: 1:28:40
“Fairweather Friends Until The End” – All Systems Go (FREE DOWNLOADS)

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  • Arthur says:

    Thanks for mentioning SuperTuxKart in the show. I am part of the development team and have been listening to your show for some time now and I generally like it (as long as audio quality is as good as this episode).

    The motion sickness probably comes from our flexible camera that adjusts itself according to speed. There are some problems with it being dependent on framerate and at low framerates it can become unstable. We want to rewrite the camera code but so far we have had more important things to do – hopefully we can fix this some time and maybe even support additional camera modes.

    Anyone wanting to help us out, please contact us via our website, which contains links to our forum, mailing list and IRC channel.

    Cheers, and thanks for creating the podcast.

  • Samuel says:

    Great show guys. Can you share the links to the talks and podcasts on Linux containers you mentioned in the show?

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