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Podcast Season 2 Episode 3

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Title: 2400 DPI

The BrewPi beer is finally ready! And it's now almost all gone...
The BrewPi beer is finally ready! And it’s now almost all gone…

In this episode: Debian has settled on which init system to use. Nvidia makes a great contribution to open source. It’s the Year of Code in the UK, apparently. Valve gives free games to Ubuntu developers and Edward Snowden used a web crawler. We’ve got an epic finds section, listener neurons and the almost famous Voice of the Masses.

What’s in the show:

    • News:Debian has decided on which init system to use, and it’s going to be systemd. Nvidia has made a significant contribution to the open source nouveau drivers of its Tekra K1 chipset, and Linus approves. The UK government has announced the Year Of Code initiative, which hopes to teach people to code ‘within an hour’. Last week’s Newsnight provided further insight (5:33 for the interview), but put any hot drinks down first. Valve has given all Debian and Ubuntu developers access to every Steam game published, past and present, and 25% of Debian developers have taken up this offer. Edward Snowden says he ran a web crawler to capture the data he leaked. And Tim Cook has described Android as being like Europe.
    • Finds of the Fortnight:
      • Graham:
      • Andrew:
        • Edward Snowden Tribute Linux.
        • Obfuscated C is not considered Free Software.
        • The Thames isn’t flooded in Wiltshire.
      • Mike:
      • Ben:


Presenters: Ben Everard, Andrew Gregory, Graham Morrison and Mike Saunders.

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Duration: 1:07:04

Theme Music by Brad Sucks.

16 thoughts on “Podcast Season 2 Episode 3

    1. If you don't use pulseaudio, you can't have more then one application using the audio at once. You can try it by stopping pulseaudio and watching what happens. There are ways around this, but pulseaudio does it very well.

      You still use ALSA when you're using pulseaudio, applications connect to pulseaudio which does some mixing of the different sources, which talks to ALSA which talks to the hardware. This is how I see it though. As when I was running arch and didn't install pulseaudio, I could only every get one application at the time playing sound.

      Someone please correct me if I'm wrong.

      gwilyʌm kaɪə(r)

    2. I asked for it.

      It provides a method for combining ALSA, ESD and OSS into a logical layer with the right abilities to suit desktop users. That's not all that it does of course, but really I'm sick to death of hearing "why do we need PulseAudio/systemd", so instead of letting you waste any more of my time I suggest you just have a google and find out for yourself.

      Or, you can just keep repeating this lame rhetoric.

      1. Why don't you try to be a bit more kind on people looking for answers?We are not all on the same level, if these questions are a waste of time for you just don't answer. It would be much better than being rough at someone

        1. There's been a huge number of people using this rhetoric recently as a way to deride PulseAudio and systemd. They've got nothing else to attack with, except rehashed talking points that have been disproven time and time again and conspiracy theories about Red Hat destroying Linux somehow.

          So perhaps this was an honest question, in which case I apologise for being rude, but honestly it's been making me mad as hell to see the community resort to such utter bullshit "tactics".

    3. Well for people like me who have tried pulse audio, I can only say the quality is average at best compared to the venerable alsa.

      It will never be in my distro period.

  1. VikingsEatPenguins

    well as a gift for your discovery of the … two weeks past … her are some of the opensource software news sites and linux stuff.
    (I would really like to see more graphic sentric open source news)

    (also blendernation dose report on news other then blender like this one)

    Maby you should invest in making a redit like LAS

    and lastly :)

  2. Another great podcast guys. Whilst listening I came up with the following acronyms:

    LFOS (Linus' Finger Of Scorn)

    LTOA (Linus' Thumb Of Approval)

    I wonder if, in years to come, LV001 will be as sought after as the original Spiderman No. 1 (not the numerous reprints)? ;-)

    Your friendly neighbourhood rodent

  3. At the risk of inciting much ire, and with the expectation of much abuse, may I suggest in response to this mention about sound on linux.

    Look, mostly, it's OK. It's really just mostly rubbish as well.
    For the most part, the idea is that you want a decent underlying sound/audio /functionality/. That's what most people want, they just want their computers to /work/ with whatever operating system they choose to use, and they expect it to work.
    And for the most part, sound on linux (whatever your poison) does that, it does /work/.

    However, given that it is possible and indeed desirable to improve on what is available, many people have invested large amounts of time trying to improve on what /just works/ and have implemented many schemes in order to make the most or actually improve on what is already available, and have succeeded to a large extent for a majority of systems.

    But that improvement has come at a cost: Many different people have worked out different situations, and many different arrangements have now come into existence. This is generally all for the good, but unfortunately has also meant that many different solutions exist for similar problems, and (as with trying to employ many different antivirus software) it turns out you run into problems if you try to run all of them concurrently.

    In the sonic/music-making universe, generally it is thought that "the more you have, the better". But it is actually more along the lines of "Pick one, and stay with that".


    As far as sound/audio goes with linux, you really have to try to remain within one "mindset/audio tech" (for your system).

    Trying to run several different audio subsystems is guaranteed to give you headaches, so much that it is best to have several different systems running sifferent audio subs to compare.

    It's kind of similar to trying to run both KDE and GNOME desktops, then thinking that you can try E or XFCE over the top of those, and trust me, it just doesn't work.

    I'm NOT saying you have to give up options, just that you need to recognise that in some circumstances, trying to include all options will in fact cause you more trouble, and that it is best to remain with one "style" (for want of a better word).

    None of this is meant to reduce or restrict your choices – you still have all of them.
    Just implementing them might require you to uninstall some things before you install others, and that's not different from any other OS.

    As you might surmise, I'll end with a best wishes, and a YMMV,

    ESS was rather decent on my hardware, for what it's worth.
    And I don't know JACK about ALSA. If you're serious, you wouldn't use a laptop
    for audio stuff anyway (cheeky grin hides)

    1. Personally I find the above post perfectly reasonable and not flame bait at all. For my normal desktop needs pulse audio works well for me out of the box.

      When I'm doing professional audio work, I use JACK. The reason for this is so a can patch and route all my audio input/output through software a compressor, eq etc prior to sending it to my recording app. It gives me all the detailed control I need as I have quite a complex setup with 24 input channels, most systems just don't need the level of complexity I do.

      So simply choose the audio system that works for your needs, just don't try to run all of them at once or you will end up with quite a mess.

  4. Pearl B Foreswine

    What's with the anti PERL rhetoric here??? Ok so it is not as widespread in use as PHP, it still runs 0.6% of the worlds web CGI, and can do everything from running a Desktop application, to web CGI, to configuring the OS. PERL is a basic built in, and if it wasn't for unpatched PHP, there would not be vulnerabilities in Linux Routers and websites…c'mon guys back me up here

    1. Wasn't anti-Perl; just a joke about the readability of some Perl code. I've talked to plenty of Perl coders who also joke about the language's readability — don't take it offensively :-)

  5. I subscribed from LF #1. I subscribed to LV for a year. But I have unsubscribed to the podcast and am concerned about LV if the writers know of no other adjective than awesome and can’t remember which podcast section headings are copywrited and which are their own creation


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