Episode 119: Put It In The Cloud

News:

  • Samsung joins the Linux Foundation. (tmcnet.com)

The Main Topic: ownCloud

  • OwnCloud enables universal access to files through a Web browser or WebDAV. It also provides a platform to easily view and sync contacts, calendars and bookmarks across all devices and enables basic editing right on the Web. Programmers will be able to add features to it via its open application programming interface (API). (owncloud.org/)
  • Version 4, the latest release of ownCloud has introduced a versioning system that allows you to recover old versions of a file if it get accidentally deleted.
  • The new encryption application/plugin allows files to be encrypted with a users password.

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6 thoughts on “Episode 119: Put It In The Cloud

  1. Hey, *

    Just to dis-prove the image of the Grumpy Old Xfce User, I installed Cinnamon on the laptop running LMDE.

    Everything installed without problems, and Cinnamon looks nice, it seems to randomly spike at 50% on system resources. Nothing I was currently doing accounts for this, like Handbrake which has always used 100% of the CPU – no matter which machine I’ve ever used. Xfce usually idles at about 10%.

    Decided to play with things a bit further, and downloaded and installed to separate flash-drives the 64-bit versions of Mint13. I got the same results in the live environment with Cinnamon, and MATTE used about 20%.

    As a control group, I booted into Windows 7 (remaining only because Netflix uses Silverlight and there’s no Linux client), which is native on the 64-bit Toshiba laptop, and system resources seemed to idle at 15%.

    Has anyone else noticed this? If we’re all using new hardware, fine – no problem. If you’re trying to breathe new life into old hardware, the choice seems obvious…

    Thanks for putting the show out there. I always enjoy listening, although work prevents me from listening live.
    -jim, a.k.a merelyjim, a.k.a. JimTX

  2. I still love the podcast even though I have sacrificed my freedom in favour of the walled garden. Mac is super expensive, especially here in South Africa as everything imported costs us four times more (related to income/currency value) than it does a “Westerner”. However it has been worth the investment as Mac has increased my productivity three fold. My first impression of OS X was it’s like “Linux done right”.
    As I think Rob said, Linux is for hobbyists. How can it compete with Windows, let alone Mac. People don’t seem to understand that Linux for the desktop is based upon “reverse engineering”. Mac only has to work on a few hardware devices so it’s not hard for it to be solid. Nearly every computer comes with Windows and therefore the manufacture has tuned Windows to work with its product. Linux, on the other hand, is always playing catchup. New hardware is released and then Linux is tuned to work with it. To add to its challenges, Linux is diluted and divided into so many flavours. It’s walking into Walmart and being offered 2000 varieties of tomatos. Do people really want choice? No, they will sacrifice choice and freedom happily for something that just works. Mac maybe a walled garden but the people within the walls are running playing happily, the people outside are happy to too, but they are always looking over their shoulder. Just watch the progress of Ubuntu. Its wall is slowly growing brick by brick, however the higher it gets, the more popular it will become.

  3. When it comes to using the right tools at work, I wish I had a choice!
    Glad you found a solution that works. At least there’s a CLI if you need to make something happen in a hurry.
    As for too much choice? I find I learn more as I expand on what I’ve already learned. Exploring in Linux has taught me far more than I ever learned in school – even taking into account I was the worst student in living memory at my high school…
    Glad to hear from you again.

  4. So I guess you guys are using Google Hangouts now, huh…

    I caught a few minutes of an episode on Google+, and while it’s great to see your lovely faces I feel obliged to point out a potential issue for fans of the non-video mintCast like myself.

    I can still remember when I first started listening and it seemed like you were each speaking by the paragraph, but now I’m wondering if you’re sometimes going too far the other way. In the last few episodes I’ve noticed a growing number of instances where the three of you are all talking over each other for a protracted period of time. I’m sure it’s not an issue with a live video stream, but it can be frustrating to listen to with only audio.

    I only bring this up because I want to hear everything. The stories and opinions on the mintCast remain excellent, as they’ve always been.

    My two cents. Keep up the great work!

  5. I know this is very late, but I’m behind on the podcast. I wanted to defend my rant a little bit.

    Yes, I could install a bunch of things to ADD functionality. I’m just not a fan of adding functionality that should already be present. Would you rather build your own DE every time you do an or just install something that already does what you want it to do out of the box?

    I actually prefer Unity, but I certainly understand not everyone does. But, the insurance that MATE (Gnome 2) and Cinnamon are more productive isn’t backed up by evidence. A individual may feel more productive because of familiarity, but that doesn’t make either of them objectively more efficient.

    Rob is correct that Microsoft did not create the ideas behind Aero and the superbar. But they did it a core functionality of the desktop interface. I never felt the need to add things to make my desktop more functional. Everything I wanted was right there to use if I wanted it, right out of the box.

    Right now I’m dual-booting Windows and Ubuntu 12.04. I wanted to test out Unity in a more practical sense before I buy a new laptop. I plan on trying to get full Unity functionality in LM13 simply because I like that Clem and team actually listen to their users, even if I disagree with the direction that is currently taking Mint.

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