Episode 019

Posted by Tony on February 19, 2012 in Show-mp3, Show-ogg |



MP3 format (for Freedom Haters!)

OGG format (for Freedom Lovers!)
Total Running Time: 1:08:32


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

Kernel News: Mat

Time: 7:20
Release Candidate:
No release candidate this week.

Remains 3.3-rc3

Stable Updates:
On Sun, 12 Feb 2012 23:39:08 UTC Willy Tarreau announced the release of Kernel
2 files changed, 1 files inserted, 9 files deleted

On Mon, 13 Feb 2012 19:24:46 UTC Greg Kroah-Hartman announced the release of Kernel 3.0.21
80 files changed, 797 files inserted, 353 files deleted

On Mon, 13 Feb 2012 19:25:45 UTC Greg Kroah-Hartman announced the release of Kernel 3.2.6
80 files changed, 822 files inserted, 268 files deleted

On Mon, 13 Feb 2012 19:31:11 UTC Greg Kroah-Hartman announced the release of Kernel
20 files changed, 128 files inserted, 61 files deleted

Kernel Quote:
Sorry I could not find a relevant kernel quote this week.

Distro News: Tony

Time: 9:00


  • 2-16 – Tiny Core Linux 4.3 – a small, but extensible Linux distribution for the desktop
  • 2-16 – Ubuntu 10.04.4 – the fourth update of the distributions’ current long-term support versions, originally released in April 2010
  • 2-16 – Untangle Gateway 9.2 – a Debian-based distribution designed for firewalls and gateways.
  • 2-16 – Scientific Linux 6.2 – a distribution built from source packages for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.2 and enhanced with extra software for use in scientific and academic environments
  • 2-15 – IPCop 2.0.3 – small, Linux-based firewall distribution
  • 2-14 – Finnix 104 – small, self-contained, bootable Linux CD distribution for system administrators, based on Debian’s testing branch:
  • 2-12 – Frugalware Linux 1.6 – a general-purpose distribution for desktops and servers
  • 2-12 – Chakra GNU/Linux 2012.02 – one of the first distributions featuring the recently released KDE 4.8 desktop

Distro of the Week: Tony

  1. Chakra – 1768
  2. Fedora – 1812
  3. openSUSE – 1827
  4. Ubuntu – 2440
  5. Mint – 3949

Tech News:

Time: 36:42

Contest For “Wheezy Artwork Announced By the Debian Project

A new artwork contest for Debian version 7.0, code-named “Wheezy”, has been announced by the project. They are looking for several different graphics and other artwork that will set the tone for the new release. These include Boot Screen Images, Installer Images, and Desktop Wallpaper. You do not need to have a complete set of images done to submit them for review. If an incomplete submission is selected they will ask the artist to then submit any missing works. Current submissions are available to review on the DebianArt/Themes page(http://wiki.debian.org/DebianArt/Themes). A complete list of the rules and requirements for the contest can be found on the “Artwork For Wheezy” wiki page (http://wiki.debian.org/DebianDesktop/Artwork/Wheezy). Good luck all you graphic artists out there.

Debian Has A Street Value Of $19.1 Billion

James Bromberger, a Debian and CPAN developer, performed an analysis that determined it would cost $19.1 billion dollars to recreate all of the software included in Debian. He used Sloccount to count the lines of code used in Debian. Then he calculated how much it would cost, based on an annual salary of $72,533, to rewrite the 420 million lines of code. He also states that kernel 3.1.8 with its 10 million lines of code would cost about $540 million dollars. He also examined some other projects like Samba 3.6.1 from scratch would cost $101 million, and Apache 2.2.9 would cost $33.5 million.

Apple Gives Linux Users A Big F.U.

Changes to CUPS 1.6, the current development version, are going to have a large impact on the Linux community. The standard for open source printing has been maintained by Apple since 2007. Till Kamppeter announced these changes on the printing-architecture mailing list. Tim Waugh, of Red Hat and the developer of system-config-printer, announced on the Fedora Project mailing list that those orphaned features will continue to be maintained at OpenPrinting as a separate project. These features that are deemed by Apple as “not much interesting” to Mac OS X are used in most Linux distributions.

A major change will be the removal of “CUPS Browsing”. CUPS servers have always used port 631 to broadcast thier available queues. However CUPS in Mac OS X uses DNS-SD, a DNS based Service Discovery, to perform this function. CUPS also doen’t yet play well with Avahi which most Linux systems use for zeroconf. Waugh has submitted patches to correct this and goes on to say this:

“In the future, automatic CUPS queue discovery will require Avahi to be running on both the server and the clients. Operation without Avahi is possible, but it won’t allow CUPS to detect printer queues automatically.”

Several filters are also going to be dropped from CUPS. Waugh and Kamppeter have made statements that these will continue to be maintained as a separate package called “cups-filters” by the OpenPrinting project. Several developers have expressed a desire to fork the project. It was decided by consensus to not under take that at this time, but did not rule it out for the future.

MGSE Is Dead, Long Live Cinnamon And MATE

After the release of Linux Mint 12 the feedback said that MATE and MGSE where not really meeting the wants and needs of those looking for something Gnome 2 like. So the in response to this the Mint team decided to continue support for MATE and also develop a new desktop called Cinnamon.

This is what Clem had to say on the Linux Mint Blog in response to this question:

“Can you clarify that MGSE will NOT feature on Linux Mint Debian Update Pack 4 or Mint 13 LTS please as I feel this is of some importance to the Mint userbase. Seeing as you are making very positive progress with Cinnamon in providing the traditional Mint Desktop I find it puzzling you are to continue wasting time on MATE as it will never be true Gnome 2.”

“It would make no sense to ignore MATE. The fact that other major distributions are making that mistake doesn’t change the fact that it’s the closest thing to GNOME 2 and that GNOME 2 is by far the most popular Linux desktop. Whether it’s Shell, Cinnamon, Unity, none of these new desktops have come close to being as popular yet. It would be foolish to bet on one of them and to think that everybody out there is just going to agree with our choice. Whether it’s a matter of taste, of compatibility, of coherence, comfort, familiarity or even just the fact that some people don’t want to do without Compiz or don’t want their desktop to be accelerated… it’s pretty clear to me MATE will have a significant audience. I personally think both Cinnamon and MATE will outgrow all other DEs in popularity, and together they could represent a selection of quality alternatives that can please most GNOME 2 users out there by the time Mint 13 comes out. As for MGSE, I can clarify, it won’t be maintained in the future.”

I wholeheartedly agree with this approach. Even though I think Cinnamon is the cats pajamas the reality is that it won’t run on everybody’s hardware. Then there are those who just do not want an accelerated desktop. I was in the non-accelerated camp myself until I tried Cinnamon and now you could not pry it away from me.

Nortel Powned By Chinese Hackers

Chinese hacker have been inside Nortel Networks deepest reaches since the year 2000. They accomplished this feat with seven stolen passwords that included then CEO John Roth. Brian Shields, a senior manager for Nortel who led the investigation, said they “had access to everything”. “They had plenty of time,” said Shields, “All they had to do was figure out what they wanted.” The attackers have not been individually identified but the infiltration leads back to IP addresses in Shanghai. The hack was initially discovered in 2004 when a high rankling manager was asked why he downloaded certain documents. When it was shown that the manager was as surprised by the download as investigators they realized they had been breached. The extent of there initial response was to just change the seven stolen passwords. They later discovered that spyware had been so deeply embedded on employees systems that the passwords where just the tip of the infiltration. Nortel started selling themselves off in 2009 as part of a bankruptcy filling. Those purchasers better beware as they may have gotten more than they bargained for. If they bought infected IP then they also probably the rootkit right along with it.


It looks like a new “locally integrated menu” will make it into Unity, starting with version 5.6.0. There’s basically no information about the new locally integrated menubar, except for two bug reports which link to some custom Unity, Compiz, Metacity and Light Themes branches so to see “LIM” in action, I’ve compiled all these branches and here’s the result:
As you can see, the “locally integrated menubar” can be displayed on the panel (for maximized windows) as well as in the window decoration (unmaximized windows). But it’s not displayed on both in the same time.

Using the current code, locally integrated menubar is disabled by default, but it can be enabled via Dconf-editor (com > canonical > indicator > appmenu > menu-mode: locally-integrated).

Listener Feedback:

Joel McLaughlin
Scott Dowdle

Outtro Music:
Time: 1:05:18
Still Running by The Woolen Men

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