Podcast Season 5 Episode 16


Title: ROT-13

In this episode: Encryption is dead, but there are lots of great games in the new Humble Indie Bundle. FreeBSD ditches GCC and Intel clashes with Ubuntu. We've got some great discoveries, we dust down the old wheel of misfortune and discuss your opinions in the Open Ballot.

What's in the show:

  • News:
  • Discovery of the week:
    • Andrew:
    • Ben:
      • Avoid the Google stuff on your Android devices with CyanogenMod.
      • Stream your music to your devices with Ampache.
    • Efrain:
    • Graham:
      • Locally cache your Google Maps from the Android app by entering 'ok maps'.
      • Turn your Raspberry Pi into an audiophile's media streamer with RasbyFi.
  • Speak Your Brains:
    • Many thanks to Paul for sending over his challenge idea. Email graham.morrison@futurenet.com with your own suggestions/questions for next time.
  • Challenge Us:
    • We're going to do it this time, we promise! We'll post our results next time.
  • Open Ballot: What's the best distro for beginners?

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

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Your comments

If you only play one HiB game

It should be Fez. Amazing, beautiful game.

check out Antergos Linux.

check out Antergos Linux.

Ubuntu Errors and Intel

Listening to the last podcast I kept hearing about all the error pop ups annoying several of you. It's a default setting that can be turned off and you will not see these crazy error reports.

askubuntu. com/questions/93457

As far as Intel goes, they accepted the patch to xorg that Canonical sent up and deemed it proper. Two days later "the Management" decided to take it back out. Seems Canonical gets bashed for not pushing patches and development back upstream then when they do the patches are vindictively rebuffed by those who are apparently threatened by their rapid success. If you can't compete then impede others progress. Intel was never a favorite of mine and now I say Nvidia or AMD will get my money.

@Anonymous Penguin Esq

How are Intel and Canonical competitors?

(More importantly: Why do I have to type a captcha when I'm logged in?!)

OK Maps

It might be my old version of android but typing "OK Maps" gets me a map of Oklahoma.

eLinux Format subscriptions

I wonder if, when LF was offered at £13.99, on Google Play, the management wanted it to fail to get may subscribers. I went to 'Play' looking for a link with the said offer and couldn't see it. So maybe it was hidden deeper but I wasn't going to click any further lest I fell into a trap of paying the exorbitant price of ~£45/year.
If LF was offered more openly at a reasonable price I'd be at the front of the queue to subscribe. However I cannot see the justification in charging so much when there are:
No printing machinery capital and maintenance costs.
No paper & ink costs.
No costs for staff to operate printing machinery.
No warehousing costs.
No distribution costs.
The only cost is a proportion of the production costs and the minimal cost of a download.
So, I say offer the eMagazine at a reasonable price on all platforms and show the price clearly and openly. Then people will subscribe.

Ogg Opus

You should consider adding an Opus version of the podcast, should be able to reduce that file size down by a large margin, it's already supported in most distributions.

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