Episode 016

Posted by Tony on January 29, 2012 in Show-mp3, Show-ogg |



MP3 format (for Freedom Haters!)

OGG format (for Freedom Lovers!)
Total Running Time 1hr 5min 1sec


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

Kernel News: Mat

Time: 15:53
Release Candidate:
No release canidate this week Still on 3.3-rc1

Main Line :

Stable Releases:
On Wednesday, 25 Jan 2012 at 20:46:47 Greg Kroah-Hartman announced the release of Linux kernel 3.2.2
There were 156 files changed, 1837 files inserted, and 1038 files deleted

On Wednesday, 25 Jan 2012 at 22:34:34 Greg Kroah-Hartman announced the release of Linux kernel
There were 43 files changed, 215 files inserted, and 59 files deleted
On Google Plus he said of the release “…for those stuck at the old release level.”

On Thursday, 26 Jan 2012 at 01:29:52 Greg Kroah-Hartman announced the release of Linux kernel 3.0.18
There were 111 files changed, 869 files inserted, and 453 files deleted

Kernel Quote:

“Since you’ve asked this I’m advised by my lawyer to respond to all such assumptions of legality of binary modules…

For a Linux kernel containing any code I own the code is under the GNU public license v2 (in some cases or later), I have never given permission for that code to be used as part of a combined or derivative work which contains binary chunks. I have never said that modules are somehow magically outside the GPL and I am doubtful that in most cases a work containing binary modules for a Linux kernel is compatible with the licensing, although I accept there may be some cases that it is. ”

— Alan Cox

This quote was the result of quite the lengthy dust-up of whether dma-buf will use EXPORT_SYMBOL or EXPORT_SYMBOL_GPL. The former would be required for it to work binary blob modules like those from Nvidia.

Distro News: Tony

Time: 27:51


  • 1-24 – GhostBSD 2.5 – FreeBSD-based desktop operating system and live media with a choice of GNOME or LXDE desktops.

Distro of the Week: Tony

  1. GhostBSD – 1440
  2. Debian – 1529
  3. Fedora – 1850
  4. Ubuntu – 1929
  5. Mint – 4270

Tech News:

Time: 34:38

Linux powered coffee roaster

Microsoft schtum on Dropbox snags with IE

Red Hat Virtualization Admin Console Requires Windows

This is not really new news, but I just discovered this. I was looking around reading up on the most current release of RHEV (Red Hat Enterprise Vitalization) server 3, Released last week on the eighteenth. When I was reading the data sheet PDF – link in show notes – when I came across this little bit of information:

RHEV Admin Client Operating systems supported
•  Windows XP (x86 only),
•  Windows 7 (x86, AMD64 or Intel 64), and
•  Windows 2008/R2 (x86, AMD64, or Intel 64).
Browser required
•  Internet Explorer 7 and higher on Windows, with the .

That is directly from the data sheet. Red hat requires Windows with IE 7 at the least in order to run the management console. I guess we should be happy that the management server itself with this release no-longer reuires Windows also. Come on Red Hat, the worlds largest Open Source company really should not be requiring Windows for anything.

OpenOffice IBM Version

All of the Linux distribution I can think of have left OpenOffice behind in favor of the new and improved LibreOffice. However IBM is still stuck on the OpenOffice train. When they announced probable end of life for Lotus Symphony earlier this week they also said that future efforts will be going into Apache OpenOffice.

Ed Brill, Director of Messaging and Collaboration Solutions at IBM, said in a blog posting:

“Our energy from here is going into the Apache OpenOffice project, and we expect to distribute an “IBM edition” of Apache OpenOffice in the future,”

The problem however is that since the fork that created Lotus Symphony the code has drifted far enough the OO can not be integrated with Lotus the same way Symphony was. This is according to a statement from Eric Otchet, product manager for Symphony and the upcoming Apache OpenOffice the IBM Edition:

“We will not have the ability to embed the Apache OpenOffice the IBM Edition into the Notes client…We are looking at how to extend our Symphony LotusScript support to the Apache OpenOffice code in the future.”

From where I sit this seem like a lot extra work. However the IBM people already have a lot of time and energy investd in thier own branded version of OpenOffice. The good thing for Notes users is they won’t have to make the switch right away as for the time being they still have Symphony.

LPI Joins the Linux Foundation

LPI (Linux Professional Institute) has joined the Linux Foundation. The LPI was established as an international in September 1999. They are recognized as a global leader in setting skill standards For Linux Administrators. LPI’s certification program is available on five continents at over 7,000 testing centers. The major sponsors of LPI are IBM, Linux Journal, Linux Magazine, Novell, SGI, and TurboLinux as well as Gold Sponsors, HP and IDG.

This is what Jim Lacey, president and CEO of LPI, had to say:

“LPI represents many Linux professionals from around the globe and we have been promoting the professional use of Linux and Open Source since 1999. Our membership in The Linux Foundation is a natural partnership for us given our long-standing history of industry and community cooperation. We look forward to working with The Linux Foundation to enhance the Open Source ecosystem that supports innovation and evolution in this dynamic industry,”

The Linux Foundation is a nonprofit dedicated to promoting the use of Linux. Current Fellows of the Linux Foundation include Linus Torvalds Creator of the Linux kernel, Till Kamppeter leader of the OpenPrinting project, Richard Purdie is a developer and maintainer of the OpenEmbedded software project, Theodore Ts’o was the first North American Linux Kernel Developer, and organizes the Annual Linux Kernel Developer’s Summit.

Introducing Spark The First Tablet With Plasma Active Pre-Installed

Off the bat it looks just like one of those cheap Chinese tablets, however it does not run Android. It will instead run a regular open source Linux distro with the KDE Plasma Active interface on top.

Aaron Seigo, a member of the KDE Plasma Active team, announced the up coming release on his blog on Saturday 1/28. It is should release shortly and be priced at around $265. He also revealed the specs:

1GHz AMLogic CPU
Mali 400 graphics
7″ capacitive multi touch display
512MB of RAM
4GB of on-board storage
MicroSD card slot

Compared to other tablets recently it appears a little under powered. The big plus is no Android, it will run a community driven Linux distro. This is unlike Google with Android that does all development behind closed doors accepting no community input. They then release the source code when it is “finished” in their mind. Then they sometimes do not even release the source code then, where is the source for 3.0.

This tablet is most likely only going to apeal to Open Source and Free Software enthusiasts initially. The popularity should increas after it is out for awhile and other manufacturers start using it.

Ubuntu 12.04 Is ARM-ing Up For Better Performance

They are looking forward to making Ubuntu Linux be the first operating system to support the forthcoming ARM Cortex A15, but before that and the other achievements they have planned, they must first ship Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. With Ubuntu 12.04 there is already some exciting improvements on the ARM front, including ARM hard-float support, better OMAP4 support, and other packaging improvements. In this article are some early benchmarks of Ubuntu 12.04 LTS “Precise Pangolin” from the PandaBoard ES. For some workloads, Ubuntu 12.04 is remarkably faster than Ubuntu 11.10.

/usr-fication of Linux

Outtro Music:
Time: 1hr 6Min 56Sec

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