45:31 minutes (8 MB)
Errata: Dan’s router is a Linksys WRT54GL.
Follow-up to Fab’s package from last time: Big Huge Labs has a free online tool that lets you automagically create a harmonious colour palette from any photograph.
Listener Feedback: Mick from Australia asks about minimum specs for running Linux. We suggest Xubuntu and talk about how Fab put Damn Small Linux on his USB thumb drive to boot from on any machine that supports booting from USB. There’s also Feather Linux to try.
In the main part of the show we talk about the fact that ATI promised to opensource the 3D drivers and specs for their Radeon cards and Fab goes off on a tangent about MythTV. We then discuss 3D graphics acceleration cards on Linux in general.
We also announce that IBM plans to get serious about OpenOffice.org development and talk about ODF, open standards in general and OpenOffice.
The next story is about how Paul Thurrott announced the “revolutionary” new Server Core feature of Server 2008 from Microsoft on Windows Weekly 34 and we go on to talk about how Vista’s networking is broken by design and the very different design of the Linux kernel.
The last story is about Lenovo and their plans to follow Dell’s lead and put Ubuntu on their laptops. Cast your vote in the poll here. We also mention this funny “Linux at Dell” video.
Package of the Week
Dan: KCheckGMail, a tray applet for checking and manipulating your GMail
Fab: wicd, an alternative network manager to replace the broken Gnome NetworkManager in Ubuntu
At the end of the show, we pledge to try out other distros than Ubuntu and then wrap it up.
The theme music for this podcast is a song called “Sudo Modprobe” and was written and performed by Fab. The album art was also created by Fab.