Episode 81: The One With No Name

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14 Replies to “Episode 81: The One With No Name”

  1. Skinnx86

    Hello guys,

    I was originally concerned for this episode due to the lack of write up online, then I found out that you were practicing your “link-baiting” lol :-). As a continued (mostly silent) listener from the very first episode, I enjoyed listing to your debates and views on open source news this week, it was kind of LUGRadio-esque.

    On the topic of rolling/timed releases there are benefits and drawbacks of both;
    Rolling- For me this is currently what I am running (LMDE since the 201012) as it means that I do not have to burn an iso to disk or flash drive every 6 months to get the latest and greatest.
    Timed- Has benefits for SOHO’s and businesses who want to make sure that the OS they have deployed is stable and will work with and custom built software/programes. Timed is also helpful for new linux users who are unsure how to, or unwilling to, operate and/or upgrade their machine.

    When we merge these benefits together we have a clear choice in Debian (you can see why most distros are moving to a deb base) as you can choose between, Stable=Squeeze / Testing=Wheezy / Unstable=Sid. If you go for Sid you are always on the bleeding edge of linux, on the other hand if you opt for Squeeze you have a very stable OS that will not change dramatically for roughly two years, of which you can run a business on top of. Sitting in the middle is Wheezy which is like having a constant alpha release of the next version of M$ Windows to play with.

    This is all done by “freezing”. The testing branch will not get any new updates/packages in this time but the packages that make it in this branch will be worked on to be made stable, then released as a final product. After which “all eyes” are on back on testing and unstable.

    As for grabbing a multi-hundred dollar tablet for $99, well you Americans seem to get a lot of fire-sales (unless its a common thing of late for company’s to drop a whole line from the shelves….!) We Londoners don get much of that happening over here. Although Best Buy has started opening stores in England over the last year, I still have not seen any “Best Buy’s” like that :-). On that note I hope you are are enjoying WebOS.

    P.S. Open-Source is not communism as stated many a time, by RMS and Bruce Perens, in the film Revolution OS. If it was, I sincerely doubt that Russia would embrace it so……….!! Communism has many a good idea at it’s core and these are reflected in the way Open-Source operates, only Open-Source does not demand you use only Open-Source or die 🙂

  2. John Zimmermann AKA Blithe55

    Hi guys, I really liked the news/opinion style of this cast. It is always ice to hear what you have to say. When I moved over to Mint from the popular Ubuntu, I figured there would not this kind of thing… I didn’t expect there to be Mint Websites, Podcasts, Forums, etc. So please keep it up. From Winder, GA (2 hours north of Atlanta, were the cows live), thanks again. P.S. If there is ever a question as to were to have some sort of Linux Gathering, Please come to Atlanta!

  3. Michael Kargl

    Good evening!

    Just listened to this experimental episode and I really have to say that I loved it. It was extremely fun to listen to because everything was so dynamic, informative and even funny! I would totally love hearing more of those episodes!

    Im listening for a few months now and even catched up with charles’s episodes (who has left us twice now ;)) and I really enjoy listening to you guys! appreciate all your hard work 🙂

    have a nice day
    greetings from austria

  4. Aron

    Nice cast, first time I listened to yours I think.

    I’m a lazy dude, I only upgrade software if there is a security patch, if the software is outdated and not supported any more or if there is a new feature I really need. (5-15% faster browsing is not a new feature I really need.)

    Keep up the good work, greetings from Sweden.

  5. Jonas

    In answer to your question from the show, Yes, I did like the episode. I’m a TLLTS listener from way back so I’m used to a long show with lots of turns and opinions. I definitely like hearing what’s going on in the Linux world as well as what you as users have to say about the topics of the day. Since your show now has more hosts, I think the multi-opinion + discussion style is very good. It’s good to hear what you really think about what you’re reporting or discovering. Good work as usual.

  6. Doughbury

    I enjoyed this week’s episode. It was very much like TWiT’s Tech News Today, but funnier.

    I wanted to weigh in on the tablet vs. netbook debate. I own both an Acer Aspire 1 running Linux Mint 10 LXDE and an Acer Iconia A500 running Android 3.1. Personally, I find myself reaching for the netbook more than the tablet because the netbook is more versatile. It has a real OS, and it is both a content consumption and a content creation device. I also prefer the netbook when traveling because its clam shell design lets me set it on things more easily, and the clam shell protects the screen. The tablet has a better battery life, sure, but I’m never far away from a plug for long.

    That being said, like James, I don’t represent the market. I want my devices to actually do things as well as display things. I recognize that most people are content to use their computers to access Facebook, Google and YouTube, and that’s about it. Although a tablet fits that bill, I think the price point is what is holding the tablet market down. I suspect that the brief popularity of netbooks had more to do with the price point than the product. People want cheap computers. If the tablet can get down to a couple hundred dollars, then I think it can take on the netbook, especially as corporations push them as shopping portals like Scott suggested, and as evidenced by the Nook color and rumors of an Amazon tablet.

    In the mean time, I would LOVE to try Ubuntu Natty on my Iconia. My biggest problem with my tablet is Honeycomb. It’s a lot like Windows–pretty, insecure, cumbersome, and it doesn’t do what I want it to do.

  7. Doughbury

    Oh, I forgot to address the open question. I don’t use rolling releases. I prefer standard releases for a couple reasons. First of all, I like being able to kick the tires when I first install an upgrade. This gives me a chance to make sure everything works out of the box, as opposed to being surprised when something breaks. Secondly, I like the feeling of new releases. Upgrading to a new version brings back a little bit of that new-car smell to old hardware. It’s a personal preference, and though my reasons aren’t strong, I was relieved to hear that Clem and Team is keeping standard releases alongside rolling releases.

  8. Jano1505

    I’m from Slovakia and I listen do you podcast almost every week.The GPL part is hard to explain to someone that’s not living in Slovakia basically are legal system is put together without any directions or logic of any kind, we are trying to fix that but is taking a long time.Don’t worry about that.

  9. MaTachi

    I liked the format. Doesn’t really matter how you do it. I just like listening to other people’s voices when I’m doing stuff. And if it’s about Linux it’s even better. =)

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