Podcast Season 1 Episode 3

Title: Irradiated Sausage

In this episode: Debian 5 and Xfce 4.6 are released, Microsoft sues TomTom, are the Creative Commons licences working, are there too many Linux distributions and did Mike really play Captain 'S' - the remake?

What's in the show

  • News: Debian 5 is released, and so too is Xfce 4.6. Microsoft sues TomTom.
  • Hot Topic: Are the Creative Commons licences working ?
  • Discovery of the week:
  • OpenBallot: are there too many Linux distributions? Read more views here.
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Presenters: Andrew Gregory, Paul Hudson, Graham Morrison, Mike Saunders

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I haven't grabbed this one yet, but after putting the first two on my phone I'd like to respectfully ask that you maintain consistency with the ID3 tagging! Cheers, m'dears!

Ubuntu to Debian

(Typing as I listen)

Your comments about this being the first time Ubuntu users are switching back to Debian are uncanny. I myself have been asking around about this very subject lately, since Debian is finally looking to be as capable on the desktop as any other distro. I'm planning to stick it on an old machine soon to try it out.

By the way, Mepis will always have a dear place in my heart because it's the first distro I ever used, and for years it's had a live CD with an incredibly useful Grub installer.

Cheers Mike!

(Finished listening now)

Mike, that script command is splendid! I'll be making use of that, thanks for the info.

Too Many distributions?

I think there are way to maany distros. way to many for new users to find the one that suits them.

Perhaps this particualr issue is one for the new Linux.com site that the Linux Foundation to help with.

A central info source that traces the lineage of a distro in terms of what main distributions they are based on and a very clear explanation of how package management works, also install instructions.

Not to sell LSB but to show why its important and why some distros have decided not to use it.

Standardising Linux is important in helping deal with these issues but isn't the sole solution.

Another great show by the way. Love LinuxFormat magazine too......:)

User empowerment is by helping them through giving them the right tools to decide for themselves which distro is best for their systems.

Keep it up

Thanks everyone - now listened to all three and really like it. Too many podcasts just go on, and on, and on ... but you chaps have a pretty good balance.

As fo Ubuntu overload, it's true it does seem unfair on the other distros for one to have such a huge lion share of the focus at the moment. Having started on Caldera (pre SCO !!) in 1995 and eventually setting on RHE, with various dabbles with with SUSE and Debian, I have to hand it to Ubuntu as I settled with it on my main laptop aabou two years back - althouhg still use RHE for servers. Since then, I've also tried Fedora, Mandriva and OpenSUSE (I'm getting old - I know they're the "easy" ones!), but something never works quite right compared to Ubuntu (sound or WLAN, etc). Having said that 8.10 did break quite a few things for me and if I;'d no found workarounds and new updates, would have switched back to 8.04.

Keep up the good work an thanks !

The more distros the better

I strongly disagree with the idea there are too many Linux distributions. Diversity is a great thing -- not only does it inspire competition, it's an incredible source of ideas and enhanced thinking. When I look at a listing such as the one at distrowatch.com, there are a lot of distros I'll never even bother to read up on, much less have time to try out. But that's just me. I may only focus on a few that are relevant to my interests but someone else will have a completely different viewpoint and will focus on their interests. That doesn't mean one is right or wrong, just different.
As far as the public acceptance issue, it's probably better to focus on a just a handful of distros, but the spotlight should be on those distros like Ubuntu, OpenSuSE, Mandriva, etc. that are specifically going after the Desktop market. Getting people new to Linux to focus on a distro that fits their needs is the real issue as far as I'm concerned, certainly not the vast number of them. The idea that mono-cultural thinking is the right direction is always great for a small subset, but never for the masses. For those who think there are too many distros out there, why do you care? Simply ignore the ones you don't an interest in.

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