Linux Outlaws 8 - Sheep Backups for Ewe
At the top of the show, we talk about why Dan is once again podcasting from a Windows machine (oh, the shame) and what Fab thinks about Gutsy, now that he has installed it and had some time to play with it.
Ramkumar corrects us on our misperception that Compiz Fusion isn’t enabled by default in Gutsy. Fab had another problem with the compizconfig-settings-manager package not getting installed by default, though which means he had to install that from Synaptic before he could enable the “Custom” options like the 3D Desktop Cube, which slightly pissed him off. This wasn’t the case when Dan installed the beta version of Gutsy on his system, though.
Kevan corrects another mistake of our’s and tells us that it is in fact possible to block certain companies from appearing in your Google Ads. It is called the “competitive ad filter”. But his advice is to click the Microsoft ads on Linux sites to death since M$ will be charged money and the Linux sites will get payed for that. Good point!
Our third email this week is from Butch who congratulates us on the show and requests a sort of cheat sheet for software new users might like to install on Gutsy. We don’t really have any ideas about this yet, but Dan mentions Automatix and Easy Ubuntu as two possible starting points. If you have any ideas about this, feel free to talk to us about them!
New releases this week: Puppy Linux 3.01,elpicx 1.1, Foresight Linux 1.4.1, Slamd64 Linux 12.0, Kiwi Linux 7.10 (which has nothing to do with New Zealand, as one might expect) and also the development releases of NetBSD 4.0 RC3 and FreeBSD 7.0 Beta1 which Dan might try soon. Fab, however, wants to try Ubuntu Satanic Edition when he gets a chance. He also tells us about the Ubuntu theme add-on for Firefox.
In the news, Microsoft finally caved to the EU’s demands and chose to cut its losses and comply with the court rulings to open up their server products to third party developers.
If you are in the UK, you might be interested in buying your own “L1NUX” license plate on eBay. Maybe the Canonical guys are interested. For something slightly cheaper, you could buy this great shirt:
In other news, Linspire chief Kevin Carmony defects to Ubuntu and Becta says Microsoft is abusing their monopoly in the school market (with which Fab tends to agree since he also does some IT work in schools).
That’s it for this week. Be sure to check out Dan’s blog to follow his distribution tour, which we will talk about in detail in a future show.
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.