mintCast 183 – Python, Twitter, and Pi

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  • Low-end laptops:The rise of the Chromebook– Some people are still in denial about the rise of the Linux operating system with the Chrome Web browser interface, Chrome OS, and its hardware: the Chromebooks. The experts say, however, it’s the one segment of the PC market that’s growing while everything else shrinks. (
  • Slackware Linux 14.1 – Yes, it is that time again! After well over a year of planning, development, and testing, the Slackware Linux Project is proud to announce the latest stable release of the longest running distribution of the Linux operating system. ( (
  • Canonical “abused trademark law” to target a site critical of Ubuntu privacy – “Fix Ubuntu” site accused of trademark violation, asked to change domain name. According to Micah Lee, Canonical sent him an e-mail this morning asking him to stop using the Ubuntu logo and also to stop using the word “Ubuntu” in his domain name. Lee reprinted the entire e-mail in a blog post. ( ( ( (
  • The future of Linux: Evolving everywhere – Mark Shuttleworth’s recent closure of Ubuntu Linux bug No. 1 (“Microsoft has a majority market share”) placed a meaningful, if somewhat controversial, exclamation point on how far Linux has come since Linus Torvalds rolled out the first version of the OS in 1991 as a pet project. But where from here? (
  • Linux Voice – A new Free Software and Linux magazine that gives profits back to the community – from an all-star team of ace Linux journalists. Linux Lifestyle originally shared: OK folks here it is. We’re launching a crowd funding campaign to create a new Linux magazine that puts the community first. That means we’ll donate half of our profits back to the community. There’s loads more details on the campaign page.  ( (
  • Humble Store Opens with 24-Hour Debut Sale – First there was the Humble Bundle, and it was good. Then came the Humble Weekly Sale, and it was pretty cool too. Now it’s time for the next step in the Humble evolution: The Humble Store, where games go on sale and proceeds go to charity. ( (

Main Topic: Python, Twitter, and the Raspberry Pi

  • Python ( is a programming language that lets you work more quickly and integrate your systems more effectively. You can learn to use Python and see almost immediate gains in productivity and lower maintenance costs.
  • Twitter: Developer (; Manage Apps (; Create a new App (
  • NLTK ( is a leading platform for building Python programs to work with human language data.
  • WordNet® ( is a large lexical database of English. Nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs are grouped into sets of cognitive synonyms (synsets), each expressing a distinct concept.
  • @braynebuddy is where the results will eventually appear, and you can follow the development process on Rob’s webwords blog.



  • Unix: The Art of Being Lazy – One of the most endearing qualities of Unix devotees is how determined they are to be as efficient as possible. Why type three characters if you can do the same thing with two? And one of the best ways to cut down keystrokes is to turn common commands into aliases. (

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  • Mumble Server: The LinuxBasix community funded the mumble server we currently use to live stream and record mintCast. Since they have segmented a bit, jneuster has funded it privately. While ~$5 runs the server for a month, it would be nice if it was community funded. (
  • Texas Linux Fest 2014 has been scheduled. We are going to be at the Austin Convention Center June 13th and 14th! This year we are planning to do two full days of expo floor in a much larger venue! We are already accepting registration for this year’s event! We are also starting the call for papers immediately to get as many exciting talks as we can! If you would like to submit a talk, please check here for more info:

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3 Replies to “mintCast 183 – Python, Twitter, and Pi”

  1. Tolga Erok

    major rant alert !!

    has anyone tried copying a large file (say 3gb) onto a usb2.0 stick on any buntu based OS? (this also includes mint)

    it took me 15 MINUTES !!! to copy a 3gb file across onto my usb2.0 stick using ubuntu 12.04 and initially thought it may have been my failing usb stick. After trying out numerous pen drives (usb sticks) with the same file transfer (the 3gb file) all of them took approx 15 minutes!

    i thought to myself, nah, this cant be right and went for a net troll fest to see if anyone else had this same issue. LORD BEHOLD (which it didn’t surprise me the least) there was oodles of the same complaint since ubuntu 9 right up to 12.10! (same issues for YEARS!!) regarding this same mega slow data transfer to usb sticks. Am i living in a cave or something and havnt come to terms that this is a acceptable file transfer speed especially on todays modern linux OS’s?

    I tried many HACKS in the etc/fstab but to no avail or any noticeable speed improvements. Heres an example of what I added into the fstab file:

    /dev/sdc1 /mnt/sdc1 auto async,noauto,user,exec 0 0

    It made jack difference, meaning nothing! But I did learn something important out of this though, and that is, from now on, i SHALL only rely on windows for its superior file transfers speeds whether it be on SSD or usb sticks.

    Unfortunately, i have to boot back into windows to copy all the downloads onto the usb sticks or usb portable drives as i just simply can not tolerate linux slow slow file transfer speeds.

    Another rant, I also discovered that file transfer speeds and file manageability of my Samsung S4 is next to eye watering painful on any buntu based OS and yet quite the opposite and almost lightning fast through windows 7.

    Rather ironic dont you think considering 99% of smartphones are linux based android devices and are problematic to manage files on, on a linux desktop operating system… I mean, come on, its 2013 and we still have these issues with any linux based os’s? BLUETOOTHING, omg! Don’t even let me start on that…

  2. tolga erok

    absolute disgrace regarding to file transfer/writing speeds to usb stick and to galaxy s4 – but this time on my main pc HP elite 8000 and got the same results as previous post.

    ubuntu 1204 froze while trying to copy 90mbs of pictures onto my galaxy s4 !!! but as usual, had no problems on windows 7 and was blazing quick — chop chop

    And yet again, it took 5 mins !!!! to transfer a downloaded youtube clip at 720p, at around 400mb in size onto a usb stick and my galaxy s4, on windows 7, once again, chop choppidy chop, no problems whats so ever.

    the progress bar just simply staid stagnate, as though its for ever caching or writing back at SUPER slow speeds…. because of these woes, ive actually reverted back to using windows full time, since using using linux almost 100% fultime for the last 3 years.

    is it me or is every new release of ubuntu its seeming to get slower and less compatible and not to mention, old old old bugs just dont seem to get ironed out and carried over into each new release of ubuntu?

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