Episode 024

Posted by Tony on March 25, 2012 in Show-mp3, Show-ogg |



MP3 format (for Freedom Haters!)
OGG format (for Freedom Lovers!)
Total Running Time: 1:03:04


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

Kernel News: Mat

Time: 8:25
Release Candidate:
No RC this week

On Sun, 18 Mar 2012 21:25:05 EDT Linus Torvalds released kernel 3.3

“So after the extra -rc release last weekend, now the final 3.3 is out there in the usual locations.” “… the 3.3 release means that the merge window for 3.4 is now open…”

Also with this release some of the Android kernel has been merged back into the mainstream kernel.

Stable Updates:
On Mon, 19 Mar 2012 12:17:49 EDT Greg Kroah-Hartman released kernel 3.0.25
Their were 41 files changed, 350 inserted, 131 files deleted

On Mon, 19 Mar 2012 12:18:38 EDT Greg Kroah-Hartman released kernel 3.2.12
Their were 49 files changed, 377 inserted, 174 files deleted

On Fri, 23 Mar 2012 16:59:08 EDT Greg Kroah-Hartman released kernel 3.0.26
Their were 11 files changed, 38 inserted, 25 files deleted

On Fri, 23 Mar 2012 16:59:56 EDT Greg Kroah-Hartman released kernel 3.2.13
Their were 19 files changed, 73 inserted, 58 files deleted

Kernel Quote:
No Kernel Quote this week

Linux and Android, together at last

Distro Talk: Tony

Time: 12:48


  • 3-23 – Pear OS 4 – Ubuntu-based Linux distribution of many names, including Pear Linux or Comice OS, has been released
  • 3-22 – Bodhi Linux 1.4.0 – Ubuntu-based distribution featuring the latest build of the Enlightenment 17 window manager
  • 3-22 – VectorLinux 7.0 “Light” – a desktop distribution featuring four lightweight desktop configurations with JWM, IceWM, Openbox and LXDE
  • 3-21 – Legacy OS 4 “Mini” – Puppy-based desktop Linux distribution designed to run on obsolete Pentium 3/4 personal computers and laptops
  • 3-19 – Zorin OS 6 “Lite” – Lubuntu-based distribution featuring the lightweight LXDE desktop environment

Distro of the Week: Tony

  1. Debian – 1429
  2. Fedora – 1484
  3. openSUSE – 1978
  4. Ubuntu – 2069
  5. Mint – 3813

Tech News:

Time: 21:09
LibreOffice Last 3.4 Release And Gets Ready For The Cloud

On March 22nd The Document Foundation (TDF) announced the last maintenance release of the 3.4 fork. This fixes a security hole in XML handling along with small tweaks. Now the development efforts will focus on 3.5. They will also be driving towards LibreOffice in the cloud. Here is what Italo Vignoli, a TDF spokesman, had to say about the cloud:

“At the moment we are focusing more on this because of some of the opportunities that are arising, which we can’t disclose now,” he explained. “We will have the cloud version out in April.”

They have already released 3.5.1 and they are also looking to port this version other platforms. LibreOffice for Android is well into development claimed Vignoli. It is about 80% complete with the majority of what is left to code being the interface. He then went on to say that after the release for Android is out they will then focus on the iOS port.

TDF is also in the final stages of getting its certification program out. This will be a process of certifying developers and third party consultants, so enterprises looking to migrate to LibreOffice will be able to hire qualified people.

TDF has been able to generate a lot of support from the community. They have been adding between 10 and 20 developers a month. They are steaming right along putting out 12 builds within 18 months. While LibreOffice parent OpenOffice still has not had a major release although Apache does say one is one its way.

Iceland Becomes Latest Government To Announce Move To Open Source

From the that is great news bag Iceland has announced plans to migrate every desktop to Open Source software. The plan is to complete the project within a year. This does not mean everyone will be on Open Source in a year. This is what Tryggvi Björgvinsson, the project leader, had to say:

“The goal of the project is not to migrate public institutions to free and open source software in one single year but to lay a solid foundation for such a migration which institutions can base their migration plans on”

In order to ease the transition they plan to implement a joint infrastructure between different organizations. They have also enlisted a group of specialists to monitor the project and guard against possible failures. this policy is a continuation of the program that for the last four years has been moving schools and other public bodies to open source from proprietary software. It all stems from an initiative introduced Icelandic Prime Minister, Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, that charged all governmental organizations to evaluate open source solutions on an equal basis with proprietary solutions.

Microsoft Tries to “Bribe” European Union Parliament Staffers

If you remember back in March of 2011 the European Commission had been accused of favoritism when it decided to migrate their internal IT systems to Windows 7 without a public tender. This was contrary to their own advice for public sector organizations to avoid lock-in.

What MS is doing is offering free versions of some of it’s most popular software Office, Visio, and Project, to EU Parliament staffers. This a common tactic for MS in its contracts with large organizations. However the EU Parliament should be held to a higher standard. Even though the offer does not extend to elected officials we all know who does the real grunt work and makes the suggestions to the legislatures, their staff. They also control all of the access to the members.

This just looks bad, for the people who create and enforce regulations to be offered these “Gifts”. If they accept these gifts how does that look then when they decide in MS favor sometime in the future.

Patent And Trademark Office Guts Oracle’s Lawsuit Against Google

In 2010 Oracle sued Google for patent and copyright violations relating to Java in Android. At Google’s request the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) re-examined the patent’s Oracle was using in their claim. After the PTO made it clear that the vast majority of these patents would not stand up in court, Oracle withdrew all except two.

When the lawsuit was first filed it was a shock to the community. Oracle a founding member of the Linux Foundation was suing someone over Android, a mobile variant of Linux. When Oracle acquired Sun, Java came along for the ride. James Gosling, creator of Java, had this to say about the integration meetings when Oracle purchased Sun:

“Oracle finally filed a patent lawsuit against Google. Not a big surprise. During the integration meetings between Sun and Oracle where we were being grilled about the patent situation between Sun and Google, we could see the Oracle lawyer’s eyes sparkle. Filing patent suits was never in Sun’s genetic code.”

Oracles expert Iain Cockburn, a professor at Boston University, originally claimed that damages would be worth $6.1 Billion. Judge William Alsup, of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, has whittled that figure down. And recently Google using Cockburn’s latest numbers says they’d owe Oracle only $37.5-million if found guilty on all counts. Worse yet Oracle came up with an even lower figure of $32.3-million using the same numbers.

Oracle wanted billions from this lawsuit and will most likely only get millions. Then after legal cost will most likely lose money on the litigation. It would have cost Oracle less if they would have just granted Google an open ended Java licenses in the first place.

Programming the Raspberry Pi with Raspberry Pi co-founder Eben Upton
A webinar to help Raspberry Pi users get their unit up and running and begin their programming revolution is scheduled for April 4, 2012 at 9:00 AM CDT (America/Chicago). Go to this site to register: http://www.element14.com/community/events/3282 .

Kdenlive reaches crowdfunding goal
The Kdenlive (http://kdenlive.org) project has managed to raise $4000 on the crowdfunding web site Indiegogo in under a week. To complete the rewrite of the program’s source code, which was begun in 2011, the project started a crowd-funding campaign to hire a full time developer.
Extremadura CIO plans Linux rollout on 40,000 desktops
The CIO of Spanish autonomous region Extremadura says it is planning to move the administration’s 40,000 desktop systems to a Debian distribution. According to a report on the European Commission’s “Joinup”, CIO Teodomiro Cayetano López says that the project is “really advanced” and deployment will begin in the spring and be completed around the end of the year.

Google patent: Background noise from phone calls could be used to target ads

Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Eucalyptus?

“Enterprises can now take advantage of a common set of APIs that work with both AWS and Eucalyptus, enabling the use of scripts and other management tools across both platforms without the need to rewrite or maintain environment-specific versions,” Terry Wise, director of Amazon Web Services Partner Ecosystem says in a statement.


All the games in the bundle are available for the first time ever on Android!

Pay what you want for awesome games. Mac, Windows, Linux, and Android.

Listner Feedback

Time: 52:05

That Dude gives a workaround for the “invalid rss format” problem. He added our rss feed to his google reader then has dogcatcher get our show from his google reader.

Mat’s Opinion piece

Outtro Music:

“Stamp” (by The Rural Alberta Advantage)

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1 Comment

  • Keith Pawson says:

    Hi Guys

    Just started to listen to your show, found you from HPR and also TLLTS mentioned you. Like the format and the news about kernel etc which is different from other Linux shows and something I wouldn’t bother to read, so that’s great… keep up the excellent work guys!

    Just one thing though… Mat’s laugh. Don’t take it personally Mat, but it really makes me jump when listening with head phones and starts to get a bit annoying as I keep changing my volume. Are you able to tone it down a bit on the audio or something?

    Looking forward to your future shows.


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