Podcast Season 4 Episode 6


Title: Skeleton Crew

In this episode: Kubuntu has a new sponsor. Many OS X users are suffering from a trojan called Flashback. The awesome Raspberry Pi has passed CE testing. Microsoft is now a significant contributor to the Linux kernel. There's a major update to MythTV, Android has been merged with the Linux kernel 3.3 and the UK government wants unprecedented access to your online life. As ever, share our discoveries and hear your own opinions in the fabulous Open Ballot.

What's in the show:

  • Lightning News:
  • Discovery of the week:
    • Graham:
      • Replace an intermittent SSH connection with the excellent Mosh - the mobile shell.
    • Ben:
      • Ubuntu 12.04 is shaping up to be a great release.
    • Andrew:
      • Good customer service shock at PC World
  • Rants and Raves
      Ben and Andrew enter the colosseum of contretemps.
  • Speak Your Brains:
      Our thanks to Russell Hay for this episode's brains. If you'd like this section to continue, email graham.morrison@futurenet.com.
  • Open Ballot: You've got to fight, for your right, for privacy

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Presenters: Ben Everard, Andrew Gregory and Graham Morrison

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Your comments

Of course I was joking

Do you really think I could trust 1sf with explosive devices, there are innocent people in Wigan who don't deserve to die.
Towy is much more trustworthy...


A fine rant (or was it rave?) from Andrew about the madness of Ts&Cs -- funny and thought provoking. And I'd never thought of the point made about the *real reason* those things are so long...

Score another point for FLOSS !

Another excellent podcast

Another excellent podcast ladies. I look forward to this every fortnight!

FreeBSD has lots of

FreeBSD has lots of corporate usage, ever heard of company called Juniper? Juniper likewise has contributed lots of code back to the FreeBSD kernel. FreeBSD is not closed to outside contributions. Furthermore big contributions have come from Apple and Yahoo among many others.

Also, most software that is written to some kind of Unix normalcy should work on FreeBSD as well as Solaris or Mac OS X. Also since FreeBSD has a more permissive kernel license, it has ports of DTrace and ZFS. Both thing that may eventually come to Linux but are only not available because of the GPL.

The downfall of FreeBSD? UFS. UFS is slow as snails. Any benchmark you see comparing FreeBSD to Linux (see Phoronix) shows that computationally it's roughly neck and neck. When the bottleneck is disk access FreeBSD always loses.

I don't understand the comparisons though. It's all Unix in the end. I'm just as happy on Linux, FreeBSD or Solaris (Illumos based of course).

Gary's Quest

How is Gary going with his Discovering Linux progressing.

What do you guys think of Puppy Linux - how about something in the next Podcast.

Podcast dedication slipping?

Hiya guys!

Just wanted to say that I hope this trend I am seeing is just a coincidence. Your podcasts seem to be getting shorter and shorter.

I realise you a several men down for this particular show, but please, keep up the quality and quantity. Btw, you guys inspired me to get back into linux, from the obvious fun and enjoyment you have on this show!

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