Podcast Season 2 Episode 4


Title: Penguins Are Doing Time

In this episode: Gnome's Guadec and KDE's Akademy are getting back together in 2011, and they're looking for a venue, while Canonical unveils a major rebranding for Ubuntu 10.04. We reveal which presenter had the most SUSE Studio downloads and report back on our time spent with Ubuntu 4.10.

What's in the show

  • News:
      Gnome's Guadec and KDE's Akademy are getting back together in 2011 and they're looking for a venue. Canonical unveils a major rebranding for Ubuntu 10.04 while the Linux Foundation has opened a new online store for t-shirts, mugs and beanies.
  • You Dare Us:
      We reveal who had the most SUSE Studio downloads and report back on our time spent with Ubuntu 4.10, the aptly named Warty Warthog. We also decide on a new challenge for the next two weeks.
  • Discovery of the week:
    • Andrew: Ubuntu's SoftwareCenter is alright and VirtualBox is actually easier to use than it sounds.
    • Mike: There are 1269 instances of the word 'broken', 1281 instances of 'workaround' and 29 mentions of 'braindamaged' in the Linux kernel source code.
    • Paul:
      • One of the original working titles for Philip K. Dick's 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep' was 'Killers Are Among Us! Cried Rick Deckard to the Special Man'.
      • The main riff from 'You Can't Touch This' was sampled from Rick James' Super Freak.
    • Graham: Ace image batch processing with Phatch.
  • In the Hot Seat:
    • This episode's victim is Paul Hudson.
  • Open Ballot: would you hire the FSF for the role of Linux PR department?

  • Special offer: subscribe to Linux Format magazine and save up to to 55% - that's just $7.62 an issue!

Presenters: Andrew Gregory, Paul Hudson, Graham Morrison and Mike Saunders

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Your comments

If SoftwareCenter gives you

If SoftwareCenter gives you one package for vbox then it is horribly broken, There are two base packages, one fully OSS and one with proprietary extensions ( mostly unneeded esoteric stuff ).

PS: Ice, Ice Baby ripped off its main riff from Under Pressure. I mention this since y'all are ignorant of music.

PPS: Still ignoring Microsoft's patent war on Linux I see.


You mentioned Effy in this weeks show - why don't you have him on the podcast? No more censorship - let the great man's dulcet tones resound along the internet!

new look ubuntu

Will Kubuntu, xubuntu etc. be getting a new look also or
will they be second rate citizens AGAIN?

Re: new look ubuntu

As I understand it, it's up to Kubuntu and Xubuntu to deal with their own designs and logos. It doesn't make them "second rate citizens" because Canonical doesn't do it for them. They're separate projects.


ok so im super new to the Linux os. If you would have told me 6 mths. ago that you work on a Linux desktop i assume jyou were some sort of modern day Bluebeard. picking up the mag and as well as being told the covering price helped me to understand.And man it's like seeing the ocean for the first time eeeehhhh. esp, the debian install packages are perfect for me considering thet i couldn't program a vcr the lazier the better thanks i'll message as time progresses,and keep reading to let you know where im at then thanks-

ps my choise for unbuntu [ver.10.4?) mentat momba

Boring old wheel

Hi Guys,

Love the podcast, I have listened to every episode and without Linux Format and the podcast, I wouldn't be using Linux now.

However the (relatively) new feature *the wheel* is a bit dull and doesn't really give us anything new. I realise the podcast is as much for your fun as it is informative and fun for us (keep it opinionated, keep challenging the diehards!) so my apologies for being so presumptuous.

What I would live to hear in the podcast is a section based on Graham's latest in the current issue on Demystifying Linux. I loved that article and even though I can use permissions, it cleared up some misunderstanding and opened up new areas of interest beyond the desktop.

Perhaps each week/fortnight/month/planetary-alignment Linux users could post a demystify question for answering?

If this sounds at all interesting, the first would be: "You've clarified user permissions and groups on a single, multi-user machine, but how do you enable the same rights for the same sets of multiple users with the same account details across several machines on a network?"

C'mon S02E05!

Just wanted to say how much I enjoy your podcast.

I recently discovered it through browsing a cover disc from July 2009 that I had to rip to my windows work laptop as my macbook couldn't handle your eco-disc.

Anyway, I am addicted and have listened to every podcast at work and in two weeks have digested them all, and am repeat listening until this one comes out.

Can't wait till the next one.
Keep up the good work, and all the laughter!

Iain B Simpson.

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