Podcast Season 5 Episode 13


Title: Edgy Ubuntu

In this episode: Canonical attempts to crowdfund its own cutting-edge smartphone and Linus Torvalds gets into an argument on the kernel mailing list. We also have some nice discoveries, a couple of great Brains submissions and the ever-awesome Open Ballot.

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What's in the show:

  • News:
      Canonical has launched a $32,000,000 crowdfunding campaign to produce the Ubuntu Edge smartphone. Linus Torvalds gets into a kernel mailing list argument over the professionalism of his comments. And a great source of news for this podcast The H, is sadly closing down.
  • Discovery of the week:
    • Graham:
      • If you write anything, there's a brilliant distraction free text editor called FocusWriter.
    • Efrain:
      • All polar bears are ambitious, determined, practical, realistic and as pragmatic as possible.
      • There should be one package manager to rule them all.
    • Ben:
    • Andrew:
      • SID chips, as found in the Commodore 64, are an excellent source of entropy.
  • Speak Your Brains:
    • Great contributions from Darren and Remy, thanks! Email graham.morrison@futurenet.com with your own suggestions/questions for next time.
  • Challenge Us:
    • We challenge ourselves to record another podcast next week to make up for our recent latency.
  • Open Ballot: Will Canonical's Ubuntu Edge campaign succeed?

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Presenters: Ben Everard, Andrew Gregory, Efrain Hernandez-Mendoza, Graham Morrison and Chris Thornett.

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Your comments

Package Management

One click is an openSUSE/SUSE killer feature!

Wobbly bits on tape measures:

This from my friend Tom about the loose end on tape measures:

"[The end moves] until you drop it, cut a lot of steel work, weld for a day or so, get confused as to why the item doesn't fit then realise you've bent said wobbly end two days prior."

It turns out that it really is important.


I like how "FocusWriter" is actually just blue text, and not a link. An excellent ruse.

Efy deserves respect too.

I Love the podcast, however, I have noticed that you geek boys can seem rather cosy together and can be quite dismissive of Efy's input. It's a subtle thing but I have picked up on it for a while now.

Remember, although you are all very clever guys that know lots of stuff, fundamentally "knowing" is just a form of attachment that at best is a distraction and worst a path to suffering. Our true nature can only be discovered though the "mystery" for which the creative arts is the key and the path.

Or as Einstein said “I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”

Efy doesn’t just make the mag look pretty he gives your work meaning. Respect him for that, even if you don't understand it.

@Anonymous Panda - Regarding Efy

I see your point Anonymous Panda but on saying that his response on Nixie Pixel was incorrect in several areas. Firstly it wasn't Defcon it was OSCON and it was in 2012 last year. As much as it is nice to have someone who doesn't know a whole lot about Linux on the podcast. I kind of listen to it to be informed about new tech and stories.

@Anonymous Panda

To anonymous panda. Thank you very much for your comment, I think that regarding if the rest of the guys respect me or not, I think they do, maybe they find me funny somehow but I believe they do appreciate my work. You know what anonymous panda? maybe this will sound cheesy but, if the readership of Linux Format magazine is happy with our work (the content and the visual language) then, I think that we are a very successful editorial team! Thanks again!


To Dean. Just to clarify, I did not say Defcon, I said "conference" but probably I did pronounce the word "conference" wrongly so it sounded like "Defcon", sorry about that, it is just my Mexican accent!
Also, I did not mention the date when the video was uploaded to youtube, I have only said that, I had watched this video by Nixie Pixel in order to highlight the fact that, there is a level of elitism within the linux and the open source community because, that was the subject we were talking about during the podcast. I promise I will try to speak clearer in future editions of the podcast.
Saludos a todos.

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