LV podcast Season 1 Episode 1

Title: Be the change

 Podcast RSS feeds: Ogg Vorbis, MP3 and Opus.

In this episode: We’re launching Linux Voice, a new kind of Linux/Free Software magazine that gives profits and content back to the community (but we need your help). Oh, and Debian switches to Xfce, and Linux Mint explains its updates policy. We now share the world with 2,000,000 Raspberry Pis and we have a very special podcast guest.

Remind people who may not know: if we don’t hit our target, all funders get their money back. But when we do hit our target, it’s going to be amazing!

What’s in the show:

  • News:
      Three ex-Linux Format staffers strike out on their own to launch a new magazine called Linux Voice. It’s being crowdfunded on Indiegogo, and it will give 50% of its profits back to the Free Software and open source community, and release its content using a CC-BY-SA licence after nine months. In other news, Debian is going to switch to Xfce as its default desktop. Linux Mint may or may not be more vulnerable because of its package update policy. Two million Raspberry Pis have been sold – many congratulations to Team Pi – and openSUSE 13.1 has been released.

  • Things we found out in a week:
    • Nick:
      • 3D is still quite difficult, despite (or because of) the existence of Blender.
      • But tree[d] is fantastic for making little 3D trees!
    • Ben:
      • Get .apks off Google’s Play store with evozi (great for Cyanogen mod users).
      • Display formatted man pages from DuckDuckGo by preceding the command with ‘!man ‘.
    • Andrew:
  • The Part Where People Ask Us To Do Things:
    • We make up our own challenge for this episode and appear to be doing ‘alright’.
  • Vocalise your Neurons:
    • Mike was yodelling in the Austrian Alps this episode, so he couldn’t take part in the podcast, but he’ll be back next time. For now, we have some Neurons from Huw:

      “This is the first time I’ve spoken my neurons, sorry I mean vocalised my brains, in ages. It’s a shame Graham can’t join you because I wanted to say that I’ve finally found a use for the activities in KDE. I’m using one for all my standard stuff, web browsing, email and whatnot. However, I’ve just started studying for LPIC-1 so now I have a separate activity in which I do all my studying…e-books, a console for practising, etc. I bet Graham would be proud! Keep up the good work and good luck with your crowdfunding campaign.”

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  • Voice of the Masses: Who is the most important GNU/Linux/FLOSS person?

Presenters: Ben Everard, Andrew Gregory and Nick Veitch.

Download as high-quality Ogg Vorbis (47MB)

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Duration: 57:52

Many thanks to Evil Nick for allowing us homeless hobbits to record the podcast in his parlour. Thanks too for the biscuits, Nick.
Theme Music by Brad Sucks.


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