Podcast Season 3 Episode 15


Title: Batting for freedom

In this episode: KDE 4.7 has been released and it's awesome. Microsoft and SUSE reaffirm their their patent vows and Chrome is now the most popular browser in the UK. We discover some cool things, write our own Linux jingles and discuss what Linux might look like in ten years.

What's in the show:

  • News:
      KDE SC 4.7 has been released. You can find lots of screenshots and more information here. Microsoft and SUSE renew their patent pact interoperability agreement. And Google's Chrome browser has overtaken Mozilla Firefox use in the UK.
  • Discovery of the week:
  • You Dare Us:

      We all did it again (almost)! Listen to our jingles for a Linux boot sound and hear us think of something for the next episode.

      Thinking music is called 'Once Tomorrow' by Josh Woodward (CC BY 3.0)

  • Speak Your Brains:
      We respond to two of your five emails. Thanks for the great feedback. As ever, if you'd like this section to continue email mike.saunders@futurenet.com today.
  • Open Ballot: What will Linux look like in 10 years?

  • We're apparently still on Facebook! You can check here.
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Presenters: Andrew Gregory,Graham Morrison and Jonathan Roberts and Mike Saunders.

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Your comments

The Jingles

I liked Andrew's best, and Graham's was interesting, and should be included in KDE5.

And, I have recently noticed that the intros are getting longer and longer.

Also, where was Effy?????

No offense, but thank God

No offense, but thank God Effy wasn't on this episode. He's so damn annoying!

Loved the jingles...

...especially the one that sounded like something off the Bagpus theme.


I just changed my win shadow in the oxygen theme configuration dialogue from the control centre. My guess is that it's the logical place to go in order to change graphical properties since the theme is the graphics...

P.S.:Love your podcast. :D

just as I listen I post :D

omnibar plugin in firefox solves your suggestion problem. my point is EXTRAS(for firefox are)...AMAZING

"Fixed with Linux" stickers

+1 for a sticker saying "Fixed with Linux", "Saved by Linux" etc as per speak your brains

Netbook interface

I would like to hear your opinions on the KDE Netbook interface, which I found impressive.
I looked at it while I was looking into UNR, and I found the KDE version considerably better.


To get your Chrome and all other gtk apps with the oxygen style AND shadows you can use the official oxygen-gtk style. It's in the *buntus as gtk-style-oxygen.


Sorry, the *buntu package name's gtk2-engines-oxygen. Been there since Natty...

A linux success!

Just before I listen to the podcast, thought I'd share a linux success just yesterday. I was at work (in the NHS), where a consultant wanted to show everyone a DVD on a particular medical emergency. After waiting around 10 minutes for a laptop (core-duo) to boot up win XP, anwser questions about running and installing Windows media player for the first time, we discovered there was some problem with the DVD decoding. After waiting another 5 minutes for help to load up, and feeling that time was slipping away, I decided to intervene. After a forced shutdown, I stuck an 8Gb USB stick in, switched it on, pressed F9, booted up Ubuntu 10.10 and loaded up VLC in around 4 minutes, and played the DVD without any further problems! There was stunned silence (they may simply have been bored!).

PS I've created this memory stick with Ubuntu 10.10 and an encrypted home drive, so that I can work with my favourite software at work, if I need to...

Paul's old intro...

...was brilliant. The only way you could improve upon it is to have Mike do it. The one time he did, it made me quite happy...er at least the first sentence did...

It is sorely missed, as it had become an iconic component of the show.

Bring it back.

70's jingle

Dunno who did it, but the 1970's-ish jingle was the best, A) because it sounded the best, and B) Unix was created in 1970 and Linux is a Unix derivative.

@Adam Griffiths

Those box designs are fantastic, especially the second one!

Thanks for going to all that effort. You've made our attempts look a little rubbish (except for Effy's). But don't be offended when we fail to mention them in tomorrow's podcast (Thurs), it's purely because we recorded it earlier today (Weds).

A good listen

I discovered the podcast earlier in 2011. I have enjoyed every one posted since January and look forward to each new one every fortnight. Keep it up.

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