Podcast Season 4 Episode 3


Title: The Guild of Linux Podcasters

In this episode: Raspberry Pi is out, and sold out. Mozilla kicks Boot to Gecko into game. OpenSUSE annoys Linus Torvalds and Canonical has announced a smartphone/PC mashup. Learn about Cheetahs, secret smartphones and your own opinions in our infamous Open Ballot.

What's in the show:

  • Nearly New! Lightning News:
  • Discovery of the week:
    • Graham:
      • The UK-specific Humax HDR satellite receiver has an excellent community-built custom firmware that has been recently upgraded to include a web-based package manager and remote recording/viewing.
    • Efrain:
      • BBC iPlayer on Android's Market now carries live broadcasts.
    • Ben:
      • Port knocking through a firewall is very cool (great docs on the Arch wiki).
    • Andrew:
    • Jonathan:
  • Rants and Raves
      We play a rant from Ian Barton, and Andrew raves about you all, dear listeners.
  • Speak Your Brains:
      Great selection this episode, thanks for your contributions! To help Gwilym Kuiper with his survey, follow this link: http://bit.ly/xhB5TO.

      If you'd like this section to continue, email graham.morrison@futurenet.com.

  • Open Ballot: Ubuntu, the next Apple?

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Presenters: Ben Everard, Andrew Gregory, Efrain Hernandez-Mendoza, Graham Morrison and Jonathan Roberts

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Your comments

Canonical has announced an Android PC/screen mobile mashup

Until such a device were to ship with large hdd type memory, say in the 500GB to 1TB range, I will not be interested. I don't trust the Cloud solutions and consider them to be a waste of Internet backbone resources.

I remember 32Mb

Seriously, I /want/ a raspberry pi. Any phone I buy now has locked hardware and still more resources than a decent programmer worth their /salt/ can do things with.

A) It should be available to access the internals

B) It should be recognisable, ie, more than 32Mb addressable
memory is too tempting to waste - about time we got back to the real programming paradigm, that's what made such great programming to begin with.

The best games anyway were 6800 assembler.


What? Just dropped 32Mb out of the upper registers.

Will MikeOS run on these devices? I suspect that it will, given enough driver support. Argh.

some form of linux definately will, though, right?

There now is such a thing as a problem
with a gift for you in it's hands. in your
hands. Physicazlly.

There is no such thing as a problem
without a gift for you in its hands


I'd love to see a raspberry pi that could be upgraded. Say for an extra $25, you could get a model C with sockets for swapping out the SD card for something bigger / upgradeable RAM / upgradeable processor, so you could tweak the hardware as well.

Re: I remember 32Mb

MikeOS won't run on it, as it uses an ARM chip (MikeOS is written in x86 assembly). But I agree with you -- the device's "limited" resources (which are still plentiful) makes it an attractive target for hobbyist OS development...



Thank you for reading my "Speak Your Brains" letter. What a great birthday present!

The Raspberry Pi does seem to be the next evolution of the Arduino kit in many ways. Given that the Arduino community is huge, Raspberry Pi could build an even greater community very quickly once the uber-geeks get their hands on it and develop tutorials and hacks for others to share.

Make Magazine is a great source of info for this kind of tool. Check it out!

TuxRadar Racist

I think now all what in your podcast is full of hatred to Ubuntu in particular and Africans in general. I don't know whether the founder of Canonical is an African.
Please stop racism.

Mdba - Having lived in

Mdba - Having lived in Tanzania for three of the past four years, I can assure you that none of the team here have any hatred for the continent I still think of as home.

Mark Shuttleworth, the founder of Canonical, is African. Infact, he was the first African in space. This is where the link comes from.

Some of the team, like many Ubuntu users, are annoyed with the direction Canonical have taken the distro, but this is purely technical and has nothing to do with the geographical origins of the founder.

Infact, if you go back a couple of episodes, you'll hear me raving about how I like the way Canonical are pushing the boundaries of the Linux world. And only an issue ago (155) we covered a project using Linux in Africa.


Iplayer and licence stuff


If you do not have a TV licence then you are NOT allowed to use the IPlayer live feature. You are allowed to use the replay feature as this is only content that the BBC is allowed to re-re-broadcast.


PheonixAsh (yes i know its spelt wrong lol)

Thanks Everyone

Thanks for filling in my survey! And thanks guys for an awesome podcast.

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