Linux Outlaws 3 - Please Reboot Your Submarine
We discuss a letter Alistair from Scotland wrote us, in which he brings up the trustworthiness of Linux repositories and your OS provider as well as the general issue of trust and security precautions in computing. In response to all of that we also rathole a bit about the fact that we’d rather trust the open source community than those people from Redmond.
Our first news item is the fact that Microsoft got another kick in the nuts from the EU. We are definitely with the EU on this one.
Fab goes on to rant about the German government and their decision to change the German copyright law as well as the fact that it’s generally a crappy idea to pass laws that make half of the population criminals over night. We then once again totally rathole the topic in the course of which we learn that Fab enjoys the latest Mark Knopfler CD as well as the TV show House, M.D..
Dan then gives us the scoop about how SCO filed for bankruptcy. We say “die and burn in hell!” and also rant about software patents in general and Microsoft’s crusade against F/OSS.
We move on to the story about the U.S. Army switching from Linux to Windows and discuss the fact that the U.S. military now has to be prepared for the fact that their submarines might suddenly bluescreen in the middle of the ocean.
The last news story for this week is the new Windows-based installer for Debian at goodbye-microsoft.com.
Homework for the Greenhorns
Michael Johnson had the idea to this brand new segment. Your assigment for this week is to download and try out a Linux LiveCD. Pick a distribution of your choice on DistroWatch, burn the ISO image to a CD and have fun! Here are a few links to some LiveCD image downloads: Ubuntu, Fedora, openSUSE, PCLinuxOS and Mint. If you need help burning the ISO image you downloaded, you can find help in the Ubuntu community docs or the openSUSE online help.
The theme music for this podcast is a song called “Sudo Modprobe”, it was written by Fab and produced by Dan and Fab. The album art was also created by Fab.