Podcast Season 4 Episode 21


Title: Sylvia

In this episode: HP becomes a platinum member of Linux Foundation. Microsoft sponsors LinuxCon Europe. Steam for Linux launched. FreeBSD now officially Clang-based. Android turns 5. Enlightenment 17 enters alpha. Lots of bad news for Apple. UK government redefines open standard and the ext4 bug has been patched (well ... sort of). We've also got lots of discoveries, a single rant and the open ballot.

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What's in the show:

  • Lightning News:
      HP has become a platinum member of the Linux Foundation. Microsoft is a gold sponsor of LinuxCon Europe. Steam for Linux external beta has been launched. Clang is now the default compiler for FreeBSD. It's been five years since the Open Handset Alliance announced Android. Enlightenment 17 enters alpha. Apple says sorry to Samsung again, this time with more intensity. Apple loses in Wisconsin, with added prejudice. And Apple loses in Mexico too. The ext4 bug we mentioned last week has been sort-of patched. Elite, the game, is being kickstarted. And the UK government redefines open standards and ensures : "rights essential to implementation of the standard, and for interfacing with other implementations which have adopted that same standard, are licensed on a royalty free basis that is compatible with both open source and proprietary licensed solutions".
  • Discovery of the week:
  • Rants and Rants:
      We read an extract from Clement Lefebvre's rant about GTK 3.4 from the Linux Mint blog.
  • Speak Your Brains:
      If you'd ever like to hear this section again, send your ideas for the next episode to graham.morrison@futurenet.com
  • Open Ballot: Christmas List

  • Our scripts are updating Facebook again.
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Presenters: Ben Everard, Andrew Gregory and Graham Morrison

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hello world,
their a fantastic podcast here,
just download & listen,
thank you tuxradar.

the tuxradar crew are mostly harmless, ;-D

Ableton Live is not so revolutionary...

Regarding Graham's discovery, as a computer music guy, I must point out that sound programming languages such as Csound and its ancestors and even more Dataflow programming such as Pure Data - aka Pd - existed at least two decades before the Ableton i-am-cool-so-need-a-mac-to-make-music fashion.
True, Pure Data might not be as shiny and glossy, but you can get pretty funky, unconventional sounds out of it, and it's open source and cross platform.
Ableton seems to be a very expensive way of making 'UNZ UNZ music' - IMHO

PS. Long time TuxRadar listener. keep it up ;)

Re: Ableton Live is not so revolutionary...

I didn't mean the discovery to sound like an advert for Live. It's expensive and Ableton has done little to innovate recently.

But I also think it's a little unfair to compare a desktop application, aimed at people who want to make music easily and creatively, with what are effectively programming environments.

Pd and its ilk (I've done quite a bit with ChucK) are a wholly different class of music construction tool, and a side catered for within Live by its Max integration. Sure, it's not open source, which I don't like, but after years spent with Bars & Pipes, Cubase and Logic, I found the UI, control and flexibility offered by Live genuinely refreshing. And I don't use it to make loop-based music. I use it to quickly record and control what I need to. Which is why I think Bitwig could be significant, and why I think it's brilliant something like that will run on Linux.

KDE Konfusion

Alas I can agree with the opinion that KDE is losing its way. KDE2 was my first Linux desktop, and it's sad to see changes which seem to be conterproductive. I have since moved onto LXDE and have a Pi, so have little chance to get used to it again.

Saddest one more thing ever


one example

/* There are times that I look at code and think "This is so beautiful I wonder who wrote it.". I then discover I wrote it six months ago.

I can say with extreme certainty that won't happen when I look at this code. */

To my cousins across the pond


Someone was clever to put this together!!!!! Enjoy.


To the citizens of the United States of America from Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

In light of your failure in recent years to nominate competent candidates for President of the USA and thus to govern yourselves, we hereby give notice of the revocation of your independence, effective immediately. (You should look up 'revocation' in the Oxford English Dictionary.)

Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will resume monarchical duties over all states, commonwealths, and territories (except North Dakota , which she does not fancy).

Your new Prime Minister, David Cameron, will appoint a Governor for America without the need for further elections.

Congress and the Senate will be disbanded. A questionnaire may be circulated next year to determine whether any of you noticed.

To aid in the transition to a British Crown dependency, the following rules are introduced with immediate effect:
1. The letter 'U' will be reinstated in words such as 'colour,' 'favour,' 'labour' and 'neighbour.' Likewise, you will learn to spell 'doughnut' without skipping half the letters, and the suffix '-ize' will be replaced by the suffix '-ise.' Generally, you will be expected to raise your vocabulary to acceptable levels. (look up 'vocabulary').
2. Using the same twenty-seven words interspersed with filler noises such as ''like' and 'you know' is an unacceptable and inefficient form of communication. There is no such thing as U.S. English. We will let Microsoft know on your behalf. The Microsoft spell-checker will be adjusted to take into account the reinstated letter 'u'' and the elimination of '-ize.'
3. July 4th will no longer be celebrated as a holiday.
4. You will learn to resolve personal issues without using guns, lawyers, or therapists. The fact that you need so many lawyers and therapists shows that you're not quite ready to be independent. Guns should only be used for shooting grouse. If you can't sort things out without suing someone or speaking to a therapist, then you're not ready to shoot grouse.
5. Therefore, you will no longer be allowed to own or carry anything more dangerous than a vegetable peeler. Although a permit will be required if you wish to carry a vegetable peeler in public.
6. All intersections will be replaced with roundabouts, and you will start driving on the left side with immediate effect. At the same time, you will go metric with immediate effect and without the benefit of conversion tables. Both roundabouts and metrication will help you understand the British sense of humour.
7. The former USA will adopt UK prices on petrol (which you have been calling gasoline) of roughly $10/US gallon. Get used to it.
8. You will learn to make real chips. Those things you call French fries are not real chips, and those things you insist on calling potato chips are properly called crisps. Real chips are thick cut, fried in animal fat, and dressed not with catsup but with vinegar.
9. The cold, tasteless stuff you insist on calling beer is not actually beer at all. Henceforth, only proper British Bitter will be referred to as beer, and European brews of known and accepted provenance will be referred to as Lager. South African beer is also acceptable, as they are pound for pound the greatest sporting nation on earth and it can only be due to the beer. They are also part of the British Commonwealth - see what it did for them. American brands will be referred to as Near-Frozen Gnat's Urine, so that all can be sold without risk of further confusion.
10. Hollywood will be required occasionally to cast English actors as good guys. Hollywood will also be required to cast English actors to play English characters. Watching Andie Macdowell attempt English dialect in Four Weddings and a Funeral was an experience akin to having one's ears removed with a cheese grater.
11. You will cease playing American football. There is only one kind of proper football; you call it soccer. Those of you brave enough will, in time, be allowed to play rugby (which has some similarities to American football, but does not involve stopping for a rest every twenty seconds or wearing full kevlar body armour like a bunch of nancies).
12. Further, you will stop playing baseball. It is not reasonable to host an event called the World Series for a game which is not played outside of America . Since only 2.1% of you are aware there is a world beyond your borders, your error is understandable. You will learn cricket, and we will let you face the South Africans first to take the sting out of their deliveries.
13.. You must tell us who killed JFK. It's been driving us mad.
14. An internal revenue agent (i.e. tax collector) from Her Majesty's Government will be with you shortly to ensure the acquisition of all monies due (backdated to 1776).
15. Daily Tea Time begins promptly at 4 p.m. with proper cups, with saucers, and never mugs, with high quality biscuits (cookies) and cakes; plus strawberries (with cream) when in season.

God Save the Queen!


What a fine podcast you have there! It's so awesome that I started listening to it from the first episode and continued on listening to all the "old" episodes (gotta catch them all!). I just finished listening to the second season and I hope to catch up soon enough. Oh and did I mention how awesome your podcast is? :)

One thing that would be pretty awesome is if you could make one videocast (I tried googling it out, but if there already is one, I didn't find it). Why? It would help us in connecting your voices with your faces, and would make it easier to know who is saying what.

"One more thing" that would be pretty awesome (see what I did there? ;) ) would be to hear you commenting this comment in the next episode. It would be real news from the future! Or a recursion at least. Or something like that..

Greetings from Croatia.
And keep it up! :)

Funniest Comments

My first job out of Uni was as a very Junior Software Engineer at a company based in the middle of nowhere (also known as Warwickshire). Being so lowly I was assigned to spend a lot of my time fixing minor bugs in existing applications, this went on for about six months, however it started to feel very odd as comments; and variable names; started to tell me stories.

This is not the norm... Reading code and you're exploring some wierd fantasy world... "int thePrincess = 0;" // She is whole and unsullied.

This story climaxed as an epic 40,000 odd line (including code) story spread out through about three different products that the senior developer had worked on...

It had a whole cast of characters, three settings, was presented like a giant rambling stuttering soap opera...

Strangely, this story was always allowed to continue, even at the expense of variable names, yet is I didn't use Hungarian notation to the nth degree I was screamed at until my boss burst bubbles of spit from his lower lip.

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