LINUX Unplugged

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Deeply enjoyable and entertaining. As someone who autonomy enjoys Linux and tech related to it, I'm grateful for such an easily consumable and enjoyable show that informs me on the topic that I enjoy most. Wonderful program

 Dec 13, 2018
A wide swath of tech news mostly focused on FOSS and Linux as a whole.


An open show powered by community LINUX Unplugged takes the best attributes of open collaboration and turns it into a weekly show about Linux.

Episode Date
485: Mystery Box
We dig into Shufflecake, a tool that lets Linux users hide data with plausible deniability, then let our live stream SSH into our server and see if they can discover our secret data. Plus, we follow up on Brent's never-ending desktop distro search and Chris' new Linux rig.
Nov 21, 2022
484: Fedora Falls Flat
Why this latest release of Fedora misses the mark, and Ubuntu's quiet backing away from ZFS.
Nov 14, 2022
483: Chris Is Done With Raspberry Pi
We surprise each other with three different topics, and Chris has a big update on the ODROID H3+.
Nov 07, 2022
482: Legacy Gets the Boot
Are the long-timers holding Linux back? Lennart Poettering argues we are and proposes a new Microsoft-blessed way to secure Linux. Plus, our thoughts on the slow decline of mailing lists in open-source development. Special Guest: Neal Gompa.
Oct 31, 2022
481: Just a Prompt Away
The Internet is going crazy with AI-generated media. What's the open-source story, and is Linux being left out? Plus, we try out the new Ubuntu release on the ODROID H3+.
Oct 24, 2022
480: Taming the Beast
Linus Tech Tips blows it again, and we clean up. Plus, we push System76's updated Thelio Workstation to the breaking point.
Oct 17, 2022
479: Good Software, Bad Blood
What the heck is going on? Fedora is dropping features, GNOME is getting Iced, and the mistake we'll never make again. We've got a lot to sort out.
Oct 10, 2022
478: The Best of Both Worlds
We go hands-on at NASA's JPL and learn why Linux is the best OS for Earth and Mars. Special Guest: Tim Canham.
Oct 03, 2022
477: The Feeling of Fast
We finally give Brent his new laptop and get his reaction. Plus our best pick for replacing stock Android with something private.
Sep 25, 2022
476: Canary in the Photo Mine
We've gone deep to find our perfect Google Photos replacement. This week we'll share our setup that we think works great, is easy to use, and is fully backed up.
Sep 19, 2022
475: Brent's Bug Battle
Brent has been on a bug-finding marathon. We review what he's discovered and share some hard-learned lessons.
Sep 12, 2022
474: Linux's Malware Inevitability
Can Linux do better? Apple is scrambling to build always-on malware protection into the next macOS as its market share grows. A precautionary tale for Linux users. Plus we take a look at Ubuntu Unity as it becomes an official flavor.
Sep 05, 2022
473: End of the Road
We've reached the end of the road in our immutable Linux series, and an old friend stops by to give us the inside scoop on Endless OS. Plus, we announce who will be joining us at JPL in September. Special Guest: Cassidy James Blaede.
Aug 29, 2022
472: 5 Problems With NixOS
The five most common problems when trying out an immutable Linux distro like NixOS. Plus, why one Linux dev says just target WINE.
Aug 22, 2022
471: The Cottonwood Disaster
Our garage Linux server has died, and this time we’re looking at data loss. We attempt to revive our zombie box and reflect on what went wrong. Special Guest: Alex Kretzschmar.
Aug 15, 2022
470: Let's Call It an Upgrade
We present a buffet of budget Linux boxes. From $40 to $400 you'll be surprised by what we found. Then we attempt to find the perfect distro for them. Special Guest: Alex Kretzschmar.
Aug 08, 2022
469: Tough Linux Love
Is the Linux desktop hard to love? A long-time user experience developer argues it is, and we respond to his criticisms.
Jul 31, 2022
468: The Read Only Scenario
A fundamental change is coming to desktop Linux, and Silverblue might be our hint at where things are going.
Jul 25, 2022
467: All Hands on Deck
We try and bust a common Linux distro myth. Then what surprised Chris about his new Steam Deck.
Jul 18, 2022
466: The Night of a Thousand Errors
We were fixing servers all night, but at least we have a great story. A special guest joins us to help make a big show announcement. Special Guest: Tim Canham.
Jul 11, 2022
465: Too Nixy for My Shirt
The one shared secret behind some of the world's most powerful open-source projects. Brent's Node : 03cf7e9b79a3230749db642ad690889065ec35b9ded184266d4fce424ab75470fc
Jul 04, 2022
464: Git Happens
We're going back in time to witness the early days of a critical tool to build Linux, then jump forward 15 years and join our buddy Brent on his journey to learn that very tooling.
Jun 27, 2022
463: Humble Beginnings
One of the pioneers of the web, VNC, Webcams, and more joins us; plus we'll update you on a few projects we love. Special Guest: Quentin Stafford-Fraser.
Jun 20, 2022
462: One Cosmic Collaboration
From skeptic to buyer, why the HP Dev One is the best Linux laptop yet. This is the one review you don't want to miss.
Jun 13, 2022
461: Deep in the Tumbleweeds
Three tails of tech tribulations, and how Brent saved his openSUSE Tumbleweed box from the brink.
Jun 06, 2022
460: CPU as a Service
A new Linux update allows Intel to control features in your CPU using hardware-level DRM.
May 30, 2022
459: Better than Butter
We take a sneak peek at some future tech coming to Linux, and share details on HP's new laptop that runs POP!
May 23, 2022
458: NVIDIA's New View
NVIDIA is open-sourcing their GPU drivers, but there are a few things you need to know. Plus, we get some exclusive insights into Tailscale from one of its co-founders. Special Guests: Avery Pennarun and Christian F.K. Schaller.
May 16, 2022
457: Automated Chaos
Each of us brings a secret topic to the show, and we discover a common theme about using the wrong tool for the right job. Special Guest: Alex Kretzschmar.
May 09, 2022
456: Our Linux Regrets
If we could change just one mistake in our Linux journey, what would it be? Open a channel to our node: 037d284d2d7e6cec7623 (
May 02, 2022
455: I run NixOS BTW
We've hit a bump in the road with the NixOS challenge, and share what it might not be great at. Plus, what we didn't cover in our Ubuntu 22.04 review. The one where we don't talk about Ubuntu 22.04 at all. Open a channel to our Lightning Node: 037d284d2d7e6cec7623adbe600450a73b42fb90800989f05a862464b05408df39 Special Guests: Alex Kretzschmar and Martin Wimpress.
Apr 25, 2022
454: Double Distro Details
Has Fedora pulled ahead of Ubuntu? We take a look at the new Fedora 36 and Ubuntu 22.04 releases. Special Guest: Alex Kretzschmar.
Apr 18, 2022
453: Raleigh Action Show
We just wrapped up our East Coast meetup and have a bunch of great stories to share. Plus some Nix ups and downs, and more. Special Guest: Alex Kretzschmar.
Apr 11, 2022
452: Synapse Collapse
How we nearly crashed our Matrix server; what we did wrong and how we're fixing it. Plus an update on elementary OS, GNOME's next chapter, and we kick off the NixOS Challenge. NixOS Challenge Goals: Study the Nix Expression Language ( Setup at least one Nix/NixOS system ( Install htop ( Join the Nix Nerds Matrix channel ( Post a screenshot in the NixOS Challenge GitHub ( Complete all the above before the end of April. Special Guest: Danielle Foré.
Apr 04, 2022
451: The NixOS Challenge
We explore what makes NixOS so powerful, and why it might be the future of all Linux distributions. Plus we announce a community-wide NixOS challenge for the month of April.
Mar 28, 2022
450: It Went Real Bad
Why GNOME 42 is the release we’ve all been waiting for. Plus, we attempt to install Linux on an M1 MacBook live on the show.
Mar 21, 2022
449: Bugfix and Chill
How each of us asks for features and help from free software projects, and one of our most prescient soapboxes in a while.
Mar 14, 2022
448: A Mystery in Plain Sight
We surprise each other with three different topics, hidden away by encryption in our show notes - we literally have no idea what we're talking about this week.
Mar 07, 2022
447: An Umbrel for Everything
We look at two new options that enable ANYONE to run a personal server at home or a small business.
Feb 28, 2022
446: Kudu Cores and Cloud Wars
We put the sports car of Linux laptops to the test. Is it the multi-tasking machine it claims to be? And an essential update on the show.
Feb 21, 2022
445: Brent's Betrayal
Linux is the master of small computers, and this week it’s going to the next level. We chat with the creator of the $15 Linux box and share some significant updates for the Raspberry Pi. Special Guest: Brian Benchoff.
Feb 14, 2022
444: Much Ado About Ubuntu
There's just something off about Ubuntu these days, this week we put it all together.
Feb 07, 2022
443: Linux Did This First
We all take it for granted, but it is one of the best things about Linux. We share the history of the live CD, how it all got started, and the times it saved our bacon.
Jan 31, 2022
442: Liberty Leaks and Lies
SUSE had an awkward week; we breakdown the very mixed launch of SUSE Liberty Linux. Plus, we've cracked what's driving Linux Distribution adoption these days.
Jan 24, 2022
441: Planet Incinerating Technology
We make some last-minute changes to our server setup and catch up on a bunch of thought-provoking feedback. Special Guests: Martin Wimpress and Neal Gompa.
Jan 17, 2022
440: Saving Podcasting from Centralization
A new initiative uses open source to keep podcasting decentralized and add new features. We chatted with Dave Jones behind the Podcast Index. Special Guest: Dave Jones.
Jan 10, 2022
439: Double Server Jeopardy
Our new server setup is bonkers, but we love it.
Jan 03, 2022
438: Million-Dollar Predictions
We do our best to predict what will happen in 2022, and own up to what we thought might happen in 2021. Special Guests: Alan Pope, Drew DeVore, and Joe Ressington.
Dec 29, 2021
437: The 2021 Tuxies
It's the second annual Unplugged Tuxies; our community votes on the best projects, distros, desktops, and services of 2021.
Dec 22, 2021
436: Hop on Pop
We each try out the new Pop_OS! and Carl Richell from System76 joins us to get into the details. Plus why we feel Pop might be the new Ubuntu. Special Guest: Carl Richell.
Dec 15, 2021
435: Desktop Burnout
This was not the year of the Linux Desktop. We’ve been slacking on the mailbag, so we go on a feedback frenzy and answer some hard questions about desktop Linux. Special Guests: Carl George and Martin Wimpress.
Dec 08, 2021
434: Endlessly Flat
The Director of EndlessOS joins us to respond to recent Flatpak criticism. We take the opportunity to expand on the overall effort to solve Linux fragmentation. Special Guests: Martin Wimpress, Neal Gompa, and Will Thompson.
Dec 01, 2021
433: The Lessons of Jellyfin
We revisit some old assumptions about the open-source Plex-alternative, Jellyfin. We each try it out, and along the way, gain a few insights about open source.
Nov 24, 2021
432: Three Tumbleweed Temptations
Can we live with openSUSE Tumbleweed? We try three different builds and prepare ourselves for our journey into SUSE land. Our setups, what we liked, and what we still need to figure out.
Nov 17, 2021
431: Command Line Love
Is the true path to mastering Linux fully embracing the command line? Why it's time to change our mindset about the terminal. Special Guests: Martin Wimpress and Neal Gompa.
Nov 10, 2021
430: The Real Beefy Miracle
We check-in with Fedora Project lead Matthew Miller on the state of the project, then conduct our exit interview with Fedora 34, and review Fedora 35. What's new, what's changed, and what's broken. It's a Fedora special. Special Guests: Matthew Miller and Neal Gompa.
Nov 03, 2021
429: Starlink's Linux Secrets
We attempt a live production over Starlink, and dig into the secrets of this giant Linux network in space.
Oct 27, 2021
428: Pi for the People
We try out POP!_OS on the Raspberry Pi 4, and chat with its creator Jeremy Soller from System76. Plus our thoughts on the perfect Linux laptop right now, and the clever initiative Valve just launched for the Deck. Special Guests: Jack Aboutboul, Jeremy Soller, and Neal Gompa.
Oct 20, 2021
427: Life Changing Virtualization
Wimpy stops by with a new tool that will change your virtualization game, and we share our thoughts on Ubuntu 21.10 and take the flavor challenge. Special Guest: Martin Wimpress.
Oct 13, 2021
426: This Old Linux PC
It's the worst time ever to upgrade or buy a new PC, so we cover our favorite tips for getting the most out of your current hardware. Then we pit a 2014 desktop against a 2021 laptop and find out if our old clunker can beat the Thinkpad. Special Guests: Alan Pope, Christian F.K. Schaller, Jack Aboutboul, and Martin Wimpress.
Oct 06, 2021
425: Sad Server Stories
Sometimes things go wrong; this week, we admit we've got a problem. Plus new details about the Steam Deck everyone has missed, and an old friend stops by the show with an update. Special Guest: Danielle Foré.
Sep 29, 2021
424: Space for Theming
A serious problem is brewing in Desktop Linux that hasn't impacted end users yet, but will soon. We break down why distribution makers are getting upset and explain what's next. Plus, an update on Matrix and the recent upgrades we made to our server. Special Guests: Brent Gervais and Joshua Strobl.
Sep 22, 2021
423: What Makes a Linux User?
Why it might be time to re-think who is and who is not a Linux user, plus we do a reality check on the state of Linux phones. Special Guest: Brent Gervais.
Sep 15, 2021
422: The Fun Distro
We try out what might be the most fun Linux distribution around. It started as a laugh, but now we’re in love. Plus, the reunion road trip hits a bump, some community news, feedback, picks, and more. Special Guest: Brent Gervais.
Sep 08, 2021
421: Server Savior Squad
A surprise server outage at the studio requires we jump into action with a few last-minute solutions and deploy one of our favorite open-source tools. Plus some community news, handy picks, emails, and more. It's a special edition of the Unplugged show. Special Guest: Brent Gervais.
Aug 31, 2021
420: Real People Are Out There
We share some stories from our Denver meetup, the strange reason we found ourselves at a golf course, and some news you should know. Special Guest: Brent Gervais.
Aug 25, 2021
419: What's Cookin' at System76
Live from Denver, we chat with old friends and new. We get the inside scope on what has been going on at System76, and what's coming up next. Plus we catch up with a few members of our crew, and find out what Linux tech they're loving these days. Special Guests: Aaron Honeycutt, Alex Kretzschmar, Brent Gervais, Carl Richell, Cassidy James Blaede, chzbacon, and Ian Santopietro.
Aug 18, 2021
418: What's up with WireGuard
Big things are happening in the world of WireGuard, Jim Salter joins to catch us up. Plus we chat with Daniel Foré and Cassidy James Blaede about the just released elementary OS 6. Special Guests: Brent Gervais, Cassidy James Blaede, Danielle Foré, and Jim Salter.
Aug 11, 2021
417: Run Every Distro At Once
Yabba Dabba Distro! Run every major distribution on one native host. How we hijacked a Fedora install and turned it into the ultimate meta Linux box. Plus Valve and AMD team up to improve Linux performance and the duct-tape solution holding our server together. Special Guests: Brent Gervais and paradigm.
Aug 04, 2021
416: Server Meltdown
We try to pull off a show while recovering from an epic server crash. Then we build the ultimate remote Linux desktop—in the cloud!
Jul 28, 2021
415: Something Sinister Below Deck
Could the Steam Deck mean fewer native Linux games? We chat with prolific game developer Ethan Lee and get his perspective on the negative impacts of the Deck. Plus, our thoughts on how Valve might successfully ship Arch to consumers, a batch of feedback, and more. Special Guest: Ethan Lee.
Jul 21, 2021
414: Linux's Awkward News Phase
Have you noticed the Linux news has gotten a little weird? Michael Tunnell joins us to break down the changes we've observed over the last year. Plus, we set up private and secure location tracking and tell you how and why. Special Guest: Michael Tunnell.
Jul 14, 2021
413: Community of Enterprise Linux
Linux server admins don't know where to turn next; how the cult of personality might be shaping Linux's most important market. Special Guest: Jack Aboutboul.
Jul 07, 2021
412: Going Deepin on Fuchsia
Is Fuchsia a risk to Linux? We try out a cutting-edge Fuchsia desktop and determine if it is a long-term threat to Linux. Plus, have we all been missing the best new Linux distribution? We give this fresh distro a spin and report.
Jun 30, 2021
411: The Best of Both OSs
Is it possible to have Arch’s best feature on other Linux distros? We attempt it and report our findings. Plus our reaction to NVIDIA’s beta Wayland support–is this the milestone we’ve been waiting for?
Jun 23, 2021
410: Ye Olde Linux Distro
We revisit the seminal distros that shaped Linux’s past. Find out if these classics still hold up. Plus the outrageous bounty on a beloved Linux desktop app. Special Guest: Gary Kramlich.
Jun 16, 2021
409: Launch Your Memories Into the Future
We discuss old and new ways to manage, organize, index, and search your photo collection. It's our favorite Google Photo's alternatives. Plus Chris' hands-on review of System76's customizable Launch keyboard. Special Guests: Alex Kretzschmar and Brent Gervais.
Jun 09, 2021
408: Linux Road Warrior
We’re joined by a special guest who’s built his very own Linux battle bus. We get the technical details on how Linux is at the core of this open road machine. Special Guest: Aaron Bockelie.
Jun 01, 2021
407: And the Answer is...
From our origins with Linux to preparing your home LAN for a solar storm, it’s an Ask us Anything special edition!
May 25, 2021
406: Mars Goes to Shell
Tim Canham, Mars Helicopter Operations Lead at NASA’s JPL joins us again to share technical details you've never heard about the Ingenuity Linux Copter on Mars. And the challenges they had to work around to achieve their five successful flights. Special Guest: Tim Canham.
May 19, 2021
405: Distro in the Rough
We’re taking a look at an underdog distro. We may have found a diamond in the rough with a few tricks up its filesystem. Plus our review of the ODROID-Go Super an Ubuntu-powered handheld, and our tools for laptop battery health.
May 12, 2021
404: You've Got Mail
It's episode III, Return of the Email. Everyone says never host your own email, so we're doin it. We just have one last job to complete. Special Guest: Danielle Foré.
May 05, 2021
403: Hidden Features of Fedora 34
The new release of Fedora has more under the hood than you might know. It's a technology-packed release, and nearly all of it is coming to a distro near you. Plus the questions we think the University of Minnesota kernel ban raises, and more.
Apr 28, 2021
402: Our Worst Idea Yet
You should never host your own email, so we’ve gone and done just that. What we learned trying to build an email server in 2021. Plus our take on Ubuntu 21.04, become a master of your schedule with our pick, and a Garage Sale update.
Apr 21, 2021
401: Own Your Mailbox
Do as we say, not as we do. This week we're setting off to host our own email. We'll cover the basics, what's we're using, and why. Plus an update on Jupiter Broadcasting going independent, community news, and more. Special Guest: Martin Wimpress.
Apr 14, 2021
400: The See Ya Next Tuesday
Old friends and new join us on a quest to celebrate four hundred episodes. Special Guests: Alex Kretzschmar, Corry Clinton, Drew DeVore, and Graham Morrison.
Apr 07, 2021
399: No PRs Please
Lutris developer Mathieu Comandon joins us to share his perspective on the uncomfortable issues facing Linux desktop developers. Plus the tech behind, community news, feedback, and more. Special Guests: Mathieu Comandon and Zlatan Todorić.
Mar 31, 2021
398: Back in the Freedom Dimension
We share our favorite networking trick of all time, and then chat with the blokes behind a new WireGuard-powered service. Plus our reaction to RMS's return to the FSF, some big project updates, picks, and more! Special Guests: Dalton Durst and Danielle Foré.
Mar 24, 2021
397: Linux Desktop Levels Up
We break down the next-level features coming to a Linux near you in just a few weeks.
Mar 17, 2021
396: How Linux Got to Mars
Tim Canham, the Mars Helicopter Operations Lead, shares Linux’s origins at JPL and how it ended up running on multiple boxes on Mars. Plus the challenges Linux still faces before its ready for mission-critical space exploration. Special Guest: Tim Canham.
Mar 10, 2021
395: The Waybig Machine
It's our worst idea yet. We share the password to our brand-new server and see who can own the box first. Whoever wins gets a special prize. Plus how uses Linux, and more. Special Guests: Brent Gervais, Carl George, and Neal Gompa.
Mar 03, 2021
394: Tempted But the Truth is Discovered
After all these years, what's made us stick with Linux? Plus the commitment just made by the GNOME team, and some new tools that are changing our game. Special Guest: Drew DeVore.
Feb 24, 2021
393: Perfecting Our Plasma
Something special has been achieved this week, a new benchmark in the desktop experience. We dig in. And why everyone will be looking for an open-source LastPass alternative. Special Guests: Brent Gervais, Neal Gompa, and Philip Muller.
Feb 17, 2021
392: Dad's Deployments
Which distro is best for friends and family? We have a unique take on this common question. Plus new insights into the future of CentOS, and Chris falls in love with a 14-inch screamer. Special Guest: Carl George.
Feb 10, 2021
391: GNOME 40ified
We try out GNOME 40 and its new workspace layout. Who we think this works well for, and who might want to avoid it. Plus Wimpy, Ubuntu's Desktop lead, chats with us about his future after Canonical. Special Guests: Carl George and Martin Wimpress.
Feb 03, 2021
390: Eating the License Cake
Successful open-source projects all seem to struggle with one major gorilla. Who it is, and what their options are now. Special Guests: Drew DeVore and Jonathan Corbet.
Jan 26, 2021
389: Harder Butter Faster Stronger
We showcase a tool that will change your Linux game. Plus our thoughts on the recent Btrfs FUD, a bunch of feedback, and a handy pick.
Jan 20, 2021
388: Waxing On With Wendell
Wendell joins the show to cover the state of graphics on Linux, and what Intel has in store for the future. Plus why we're excited about PeerTube again, some feedback, and more. Special Guest: Wendell Wilson.
Jan 13, 2021
387: Tumbling Into the New Year!
We have some strong opinions about the state of openSUSE Tumbleweed. We've secretly been running it for the past week, and share our experience. Plus Microsoft's path to dominating the Linux desktop becomes clear.
Jan 06, 2021
386: Perilously Precocious Predictions
Friends join us for a special edition of the show to review last year's predictions, and forecast the future. Special Guests: Alan Pope, Alex Kretzschmar, Brent Gervais, Drew DeVore, Joe Ressington, and Neal Gompa.
Dec 30, 2020
385: The 2020 Tuxies
We reveal the winners of the 2020 Tuxies. We've tallied the audience votes for the best open source projects, desktops, distros, editors, games, and much much more. Special Guests: Drew DeVore and Nate Graham.
Dec 23, 2020
384: Born To Run Fedora
It's light as a feather, fast as hell, and everything is upstream. The ThinkPad X1 Carbon ships with Fedora, and this week we put it to the test. Plus community news, feedback, and a great pick.
Dec 16, 2020
383: Murder of a Distro
Red Hat just made big changes to how CentOS works, we breakdown the good, and the bad. Plus how you can DIY a cheap IP KVM using a Raspberry Pi. Special Guests: Alex Kretzschmar and Hector Martin.
Dec 09, 2020
382: A New Endeavour
A problem that just kept getting worse and worse. What it was, and why it led us to "check in" on EndeavourOS. Plus some important community news, handy picks, feedback, and more!
Dec 02, 2020
381: Secret Modem Sounds
We have the coolest new retro tool of the year, that will turn you into a Linux powered spy. Plus the changes coming to Fedora, and what GNOME is focusing on next year.
Nov 25, 2020
380: No Sur, No Thank You
We review the Dell Precision 5750, a born and bred MacBook killer that runs Linux. Plus a nasty reminder of how closely Apple monitors its users, and their fatal flaw that we think is outrageous.
Nov 17, 2020
379: Favorite Linux Tweaks
We round up our favorite tweaks to the desktop, and apps that make it great. Plus some highlights from Arch Conf, and our reaction to Mint finally fixing their Chromium problem. Special Guest: Drew DeVore.
Nov 10, 2020
378: All in One Pi
Why we think the new Raspberry Pi 400 is just the beginning. And we chat with the CTO of the Uno Platform, a new way to bring native apps to Linux. Chapters: 00:00:00 Pre-show 00:01:01 Intro 00:02:23 Meet the Raspberry Pi 400 00:11:21 Manjaro Update 00:16:59 State of Linux Gaming 00:23:11 GNOME 40 00:27:36 Building Native Apps on Linux 00:48:16 Housekeeping 00:50:05 Feedback 00:58:47 Pick 01:04:23 Post-show Special Guest: Jérôme Laban.
Nov 04, 2020
377: Buttered-Up Fedora
Fedora 33 is a bold release, and we’ve put it through the wringer. We tell you what’s great, and what you should know before diving in. Plus our thoughts on the bigger problem exposed by the youtube-dl takedown. Chapters: 00:00:00 Pre-show 00:03:12 Intro 00:04:40 New LTS Kernel 00:07:16 Pop!_OS 20.10 00:08:47 The youtube-dl Problem 00:29:00 Why 1Password Matters 00:34:52 Housekeeping 00:37:09 Fedora 33 Review 00:56:44 Feedback 01:05:04 Picks 01:08:21 Post-show Special Guests: Brent Gervais and Neal Gompa.
Oct 28, 2020
376: From The Factory Floor
We put the new Ubuntu 20.10 to the test, and chat with System76's Mechanical Engineer to get the secrets of the new Thelio Mega. Plus some important community news, feedback, picks, and more. Chapters: 0:00 Pre-show 1:37 Intro 2:55 Edge for Linux 7:29 Thelio Mega 16:00 NVIDIA's 5.9 Problem 21:02 PinePhone Manjaro Community Edition 25:44 Housekeeping 30:17 Ubuntu 20.10: Groovy Gorilla 49:33 Feedback 54:11 Picks 57:37 Post-show Special Guests: Lindsey Cross and Philip Muller.
Oct 21, 2020
375: Wrong About Pop!
We're reminded that you can't judge a distro by its screenshots. We use Pop!_OS for a few weeks and share our embarrassing discovery. Plus our thoughts on the new Plasma release, a super handy pick, and more. Chapters: 0:00 Pre-Show 0:44 Intro 0:50 SPONSOR: A Cloud Guru 2:39 Plasma 5.20 7:50 Kernel 5.9 8:05 VMware Flirts with Arm 15:28 SPONSOR: Linode 18:54 Big News for Nebula 22:10 Code-Shaming the Kernel 27:40 Housekeeping 29:31 Pop!OS Exit Interview 31:44 Pop!OS Full-Time Staff 34:49 Pop!OS: The Last Ten Percent 37:46 Pop!OS: A Very Unique Distribution 43:13 Pop!OS: Driving Hardware Sales 47:40 Pop!OS: Strengthening the System76 Brand 49:51 Manjaro Arm 20.10 Released 50:48 SPONSOR: A Cloud Guru 51:48 Feedback: TLP Magic 53:23 Feedback: Chromebooks and Education 56:16 Pick: Autotier 59:09 Pick: Antennapod 2.0.1 1:00:30 SPONSOR: Core Contributors 1:01:10 Outro 1:03:18 Post-Show Special Guest: Neal Gompa.
Oct 14, 2020
374: Perfect Nextcloud Setup
Our secrets for a low-cost bulletproof Nextcloud server that we figured out the hard way. We take you into the "server garage" and share our lessons learned. Special Guests: Brent Gervais and Drew DeVore.
Oct 07, 2020
373: Your New Tools
We embrace new tools to upgrade your backup game, securely move files around the network, and debunk the idea that Windows will ever be based on Linux. Chapters: 0:00 Pre-Show 0:29 Intro 0:46 SPONSOR: A Cloud Guru 2:31 LVFS Hits 20 Million Downloads 4:10 Dell Precision 5750 Review Unit Coming Soon 6:27 LVFS Continued 7:29 Xen Hypervisor is Porting to Raspberry Pi 4 12:09 New Dell XPS 13 Developer Editions 14:56 Lenovo Expands its Linux-Loaded Selection 16:48 SPONSOR: Linode 19:31 WSL to Support GUI Apps 24:09 Will Microsoft Switch to Linux? 33:18 Fedora 33 Beta is Live 35:13 Housekeeping 36:13 Exploring Send and Receive 38:06 Send and Receive: Backups 39:37 Send and Receive: Setting Up the Volumes 41:00 Send and Receive: Rsync Comparison 43:40 Send and Receive: Data Retention Tests 48:10 Send and Receive: Comparing Performance 50:09 Send and Receive: Right Tool for the Job 55:29 Send and Receive: Rivaling NTFS and APFS 57:39 Feedback: Todo Apps 1:01:33 SPONSOR: Unplugged Core Contributors 1:02:30 Outro 1:04:17 Post-Show Special Guests: Brent Gervais, Drew DeVore, and Neal Gompa.
Sep 30, 2020
372: Distro Triforce
What would it really take to get you to switch Linux distributions? We debate the practical reasons more and more people are sticking with the big three. Plus Carl from System76 stops by to surprise us with some firmware news. Chapters: 0:00 Pre-Show 2:22 Intro 2:36 SPONSOR: A Cloud Guru 4:24 USB Booting the Pi 4 10:10 System76 Open Firmware Update 23:14 SPONSOR: Linode 25:28 OpenPOWER Summit 2020 29:23 EndeavourOS ARM 30:14 Housekeeping 30:53 SPONSOR: Unplugged Core Contributors 32:59 It's Really Just a Three Distro World 46:37 Feedback: systemd Skepticism 50:50 Feedback: EmacsConf2020 51:40 Picks 52:12 Pick: Cloud Hypervisor 53:51 Pick: SongRec 54:45 Pick: tmpmail 55:55 Pick: MyPaas 57:16 Outro 59:11 Post-Show Special Guests: Brent Gervais, Carl Richell, and Neal Gompa.
Sep 23, 2020
371: Cabin Fever
Friends join us to discuss Cabin, a proposal that encourages more Linux apps and fewer distros. Plus, we debate the value that the Ubuntu community brings to Canonical, and share a pick for audiobook fans. Chapters: 0:00 Pre-Show 0:48 Intro 0:54 SPONSOR: A Cloud Guru 2:25 Future of Ubuntu Community 6:51 Ubuntu Community: Popey Responds 9:31 Ubuntu Community: Stuart Langridge Responds 16:26 Ubuntu Community: Mark Shuttleworth Responds 17:30 BTRFS Workflow Developments 19:09 Linux Kernel 5.9 Performance Regression 24:48 SPONSOR: Linode 27:34 Cabin 29:48 Cabin: More Apps, Fewer Distros 33:41 Cabin: Building Small Apps 36:40 Cabin: What is a Cabin App? 44:34 SPONSOR: A Cloud Guru 45:20 Feedback: Fedora 33 Bug-A-Thon 47:53 Goin' Indy Update 49:40 Submit Your Linux Prepper Ideas 50:11 Feedback: Dev IDEs 54:15 Feedback: Nextcloud 58:20 Picks: Cozy 1:00:25 Outro 1:01:38 Post-Show Special Guests: Alan Pope, Drew DeVore, and Stuart Langridge.
Sep 15, 2020
370: PipeWire Progress
We get an update from PipeWire developer Wim Taymans on the status of Linux's new audio and video subsystem. Plus Alexi Pol joins us for two big updates from the KDE community. Chapters: 0:00 Pre-Show 1:30 Intro 1:49 SPONSOR: A Cloud Guru 2:56 Linux Action News Returns! 4:17 Ubuntu 20.10 Embraces Active Directory 7:26 DebConf 2020 12:58 Pipewire Progress with Wim Tayman 23:26 SPONSOR: Linode 25:28 Akademy 2020 33:41 Housekeeping 36:19 SPONSOR: Unplugged Core Contributors 38:08 Jono Bacon's Book Club 39:05 Feedback: Alpine Server Challenge 40:15 Feedback: Remote Office 44:05 Picks: SC-IM 45:11 Picks: Present 47:30 Outro 48:49 Post-Show Special Guests: Aleix Pol, Brent Gervais, Drew DeVore, Neal Gompa, and Wim Taymans.
Sep 09, 2020
369: Double Data Rate Trouble
The Raspberry Pi might be getting a small software fix that makes a big performance improvement. Plus, we attempt to combine two internet connections with Linux live from the woods! Chapters: 0:00 Pre-Show 1:07 Intro 1:55 SPONSOR: A Cloud Guru 2:35 Lenovo Linux Laptops 11:21 Raspberry Pi Storage Speedup 13:31 SPONSOR: Linode 17:45 Linux Unplugged Core Contributors 18:58 Fedora 33 Bug-a-Thon 20:55 Using Two Internet Connections in Linux 25:11 Policy Routing 28:32 Net-ISP-Balance 31:46 Diving into Policy Routing 33:42 Speedify 39:35 Feedback 40:32 Pick: tunshell 43:16 Outro 45:46 Post-Show Special Guests: Alan Pope, Brent Gervais, Drew DeVore, and Neal Gompa.
Sep 02, 2020
368: The Best is Yet to Come
It's a new day for Jupiter Broadcasting and the show, we share our big news. Plus our plan to help make a difference in free software, and we reunite with some old friends. Chapters: 0:00 Pre-Show 0:42 Intro 1:08 SPONSOR: A Cloud Guru 2:59 Arch Update 4:13 Big News for Jupiter Broadcasting 6:58 Coder Radio Returns 8:08 Linux Action News Returns 9:45 The Future of Jupiter Broadcasting 10:23 Unplugged Core Contributors 15:01 Arch Update Part 2 16:49 Housekeeping 18:20 Arch Update Part 3 19:05 Bug Squashers Assemble 24:11 Fedora 33 Test Week 28:27 Fedora IoT 33:51 Pick: FetchCord 34:50 Wimpy's Discord Plea 37:14 Arch Update Part 4 38:16 Pick: Chowdown 40:59 Catching Up with Mike 52:21 Catching Up with Joe 54:30 Catching Up with Wimpy 1:01:19 Outro 1:03:34 Post-Show Special Guests: Alan Pope, Alex Kretzschmar, Drew DeVore, Joe Ressington, Martin Wimpress, and Neal Gompa.
Aug 26, 2020
367: Podcatcher Play-off
We round up the best podcast clients for your Linux desktop, mobile, and the web. Plus we announce the official Jupiter Broadcasting Matrix server, share some great picks, and a thought-provoking email. Chapters: 0:00 Pre-Show 0:35 Intro 2:03 Debian Requests Artwork 3:04 Google Kernel Code Dump 8:07 The Future of Rust 14:15 Manjaro Forum Meltdown 20:11 Matrix Server Migration 27:38 Housekeeping 28:44 Podcatcher Play-Off 29:08 Podcatcher Play-Off: Honorable Mentions 31:33 Podcatcher Play-Off: Winds 33:36 Podcatcher Play-Off: Cpod 35:33 Podcatcher Play-Off: Airsonic 38:16 Podcatcher Play-Off: Shellcaster 40:15 Podcatcher Play-Off: Castero 40:42 Podcatcher Play-Off: Castget 42:27 Podcatcher Play-Off: Pocketcasts 44:22 Podcatcher Play-Off: Antennapod 45:09 Podcatcher Play-Off: Overcast 47:22 Feedback: Mac Pro as a Daily Driver 48:38 Feedback: Internet Apocalypse 57:22 Pick: Quad SATA Kit for Raspberry Pi 1:00:01 Pick: Outrun 1:02:50 Outro 1:04:30 Post-Show Special Guests: Brent Gervais, Drew DeVore, Neal Gompa, and Philip Muller.
Aug 19, 2020
366: Linux Server Salvage
We refurbish a special machine from the Jupiter Broadcasting Hardware Archive and try out Matrix, the one chat platform to rule them all. Plus Dan and Cassidy from elementary OS join us to discuss version 6.0. Chapters: 0:00 Pre-Show 0:45 Intro 2:25 KDE Neon 20.04 4:17 Mozilla Resturcturing 8:21 elementary OS 6 18:29 Housekeeping 20:00 Matrix 22:33 Silver Salvage 29:43 Matrix Server Punishment Test 33:04 Clients Galore 35:06 Secure By Default 43:56 Outro 45:08 Post-Show Special Guests: Alex Kretzschmar, Cassidy James Blaede, Danielle Foré, Drew DeVore, and Neal Gompa.
Aug 12, 2020
365: There's a Hole in my Boot!
We explain why BootHole is getting so much attention and break down the key issues. Then we review our favorite Linux-compatible headsets. Plus community news, feedback, and more. Special Guests: Drew DeVore and Neal Gompa.
Aug 05, 2020
364: Linux Arm Wrestling
The past, present and future of Linux on Arm. The major challenges still facing full Linux support, and why ServerReady might be a solution to unify Arm systems. Plus we chat with the Manjaro team about recent changes. Chapters: 0:00 Pre-Show 0:58 Intro 2:01 Terminal 2.0 in ChromeOS 4:41 Manjaro's Process Problems 13:49 Manjaro Sneak Peaks 15:41 Weekend Manjaro Journey 21:02 Housekeeping 22:09 ARM on Linux 24:01 The History of ARM 28:16 Single Board Computing Revolution 31:47 ARM Reaching into the Present 33:17 The Future of ARM 36:42 Not Everyone Loves ARM 43:01 Wants and What Ifs 48:30 App Pick: tuptime 49:48 App Pick: s-tui 50:21 Outro 51:36 Post-Show Special Guests: Brent Gervais, Dalton Durst, Drew DeVore, Jeremy Soller, Marius Gripsgard, Neal Gompa, and Philip Muller.
Jul 29, 2020
363: Return of the Terminal Server
Fedora makes a bold move and Microsoft seems to be working on their ideal "Cloud PC", we ponder what Linux has to offer. Plus an easy way to remotely watch movies with others, and a bunch of your feedback. Chapters: 0:00 Pre-Show 0:29 Intro 2:34 RSI Woes 7:21 Jellyfin 13:12 Proxmox Backup Server 16:22 ProcMon for Linux 20:16 Fedora 33 Defaults to Btrfs 24:27 systemd-oomd 26:38 Housekeeping 28:41 Riot Becomes Element 32:36 Mysterious Microsoft Job Posting 39:19 Picks: Polybar 40:57 Picks: ytop 42:43 Feedback 48:50 Outro 50:06 Post-Show Special Guests: Brent Gervais, Drew DeVore, and Neal Gompa.
Jul 22, 2020
362: The Hidden Cost of Nextcloud
Our team has been using Nextcloud to replace Dropbox for over a year, we report back on what has worked great, and what's not so great. Plus why Linus Torvalds has become the master of saying no. Special Guest: Drew DeVore.
Jul 14, 2020
361: Buttery Smooth Fedora
Fedora's getting to work and reconsidering some long held-assumptions. Plus the best tool for getting things done on Linux, we take a look at openSUSE Leap 15.2, and breathe new life into an old Pebble. Special Guests: Alex Kretzschmar, Brent Gervais, Drew DeVore, Jeff Fortin Tam, and Neal Gompa.
Jul 08, 2020
360: The Hard Work of Hardware
We're joined by two guests who share their insights into building modern Linux hardware products. Plus we try out Mint 20, cover some big Gnome fixes, and a very handy open source noise suppression pick! Special Guests: Alfred Neumayer, Brent Gervais, Drew DeVore, and Jeremy Soller.
Jul 01, 2020
359: Death of the Mac
Why we think Apple just handed market share to Desktop Linux, and why you can kiss running Linux on the Mac goodbye forever. Special Guests: Drew DeVore and Neal Gompa.
Jun 24, 2020
358: Our Fragmented Favorite
It's time to challenge some long-held assumptions. Today's Btrfs is not yesterday's hot mess, but a modern battle-tested filesystem, and we'll prove it. Plus our thoughts on GitHub dropping the term "master", and the changes Linux should make NOW to compete with commercial desktops. Special Guests: Brent Gervais, Drew DeVore, and Neal Gompa.
Jun 17, 2020
357: The Little Distro That Could
The lightweight distro that stole our hearts, the four of us each try out a different contender and come away with what we think will be the leanest and meanest distribution for your PC. Special Guests: Drew DeVore and Jill Bryant Ryniker.
Jun 09, 2020
356: Linux Hardware Love
From the low-end to the high-end we try out both ends of the Linux hardware spectrum. Wes reviews the latest XPS 13, and Chris shares his thoughts on the Pinebook Pro. Plus a really cool new feature in Linux 5.7, and we get some answers to the recent GNOME patent settlement from the source. Special Guests: Dan Johansen and Drew DeVore.
Jun 03, 2020
355: Chris' Data Crisis
Chris' tale of woe after a recent data loss, and Wes' adventure after he finds a rogue device on his network. Special Guest: Drew DeVore.
May 27, 2020
354: Microsoft FINALLY Gets It
Windows is getting more competitive by adopting core Linux features, so we cover the latest Linux-inspired additions to Windows. Then review the new release of Pi-hole, sort through recent PINE64 updates, and read your feedback. Special Guests: Alex Kretzschmar, Drew DeVore, Neal Gompa, and Philip Muller.
May 20, 2020
353: Feeling Elive
We're blown away by the Enlightenment desktop, and its little known features, and we share a quick way for you to try it out yourself. Plus our experience with Pop!_OS 20.04, Telegram's recent embarrassment, and some feedback. Special Guests: Brent Gervais, Drew DeVore, and Jill Bryant Ryniker.
May 13, 2020
352: Three Course Battery
Manjaro has a new hardware partner so Phillip joins to share the details, and we have the Lemur Pro in house for a battery endurance test like no other. Plus an Arch server update, and Chris orders the new Raspberry Pi High Quality Camera. Special Guests: Brent Gervais, Drew DeVore, Jeremy Soller, and Philip Muller.
May 06, 2020
351: Lenovo Loves Linux
Fedora Project Leader Matthew Miller joins us to discuss Lenovo shipping ThinkPads loaded with Fedora, and our review of the new 32 release. Plus Ubuntu's Director of Desktop Martin Wimpress covers the details everyone missed in 20.04. Special Guests: Martin Wimpress, Matthew Miller, and Neal Gompa.
Apr 29, 2020
350: Focal Focus
The latest Ubuntu LTS is here, but does it live up to the hype? And how practical are the new ZFS features? We dig into the performance, security, and stability of Focal Fossa. Plus our thoughts on the new KWin fork, if Bleachbit is safe, and a quick Fedora update. Special Guests: Brent Gervais and Drew DeVore.
Apr 22, 2020
349: Arm: A New Hope
We build the server you never should, a tricked out Arm box, and push it to the limit with a telnet torture test. Plus what we're playing recently, community news, a handy self-hosted music pick, and more. Special Guests: Alan Pope and Brent Gervais.
Apr 15, 2020
348: OK OOMer
Today we make nice with a killer, an early out-of-memory daemon, and one of the new features in Fedora 32. We put EarlyOOM to the test in a real-world workload and are shocked by the results. Plus we debate if OpenWrt is still the best router solution, and chew on Microsoft's new SELinux competitor. Special Guests: Alex Kretzschmar and Neal Gompa.
Apr 08, 2020
347: Arm is Here
We discover a few simple Raspberry Pi tricks that unlock incredible performance and make us re-think the capabilities of Arm systems. Plus we celebrate Wireguard finally landing in Linux, catch up on feedback, and check out the new Manjaro laptop. Special Guests: Brent Gervais and Philip Muller.
Apr 01, 2020
346: The One-Click Trap
We debate the dangers and advantages of one-click deployments. Then Dan from elementary OS shares an AppCenter for Everyone update. Plus a big batch of feedback that kicks off some wide-ranging discussions. Special Guests: Danielle Foré and Neal Gompa.
Mar 25, 2020
345: Don't Go Viral, Go Virtual
It was the first of its kind, and the first forced to go virtual. We get the behind the scenes story of WSL Conf from the organizers. Plus our impressions of the latest GNOME release, community news, app picks, and more. Special Guests: Hayden Barnes, Neal Gompa, and Sohini Bianka Roy.
Mar 18, 2020
344: Our Week with Windows
We load up Windows 10 with WSL2, the new Terminal, and give it a go to see what it does better than Linux. Then we dive into the deep end and attend the first-ever WSLConf. Plus the big new feature coming to Ubuntu, why Chris is going to Denver, and more. Special Guests: Alan Pope, Brent Gervais, and Martin Wimpress.
Mar 11, 2020
343: What Linux is Best At
We try the Mac desktop for 30 days, find out what we think it does best, and where Linux will always have it beat. This episode kicks off the start of a bigger conversation series. Plus community news, very handy picks, and more. Special Guests: Alan Pope, Maria Komarova, and Michael Aaron Murphy .
Mar 04, 2020
342: Shrimps have SSHells
A radical new way to do SSH authentication, special guest Jeremy Stott joins us to discuss Zero Trust SSH. Plus community news, a concerning issue for makers, an Arch server follow up, and more. Special Guests: Alex Kretzschmar, Brent Gervais, Jeremy Stott, Martin Wimpress, and Neal Gompa.
Feb 26, 2020
341: Long Term Rolling
We question the very nature of Linux development, and debate if a new approach is needed. Plus an easy way to snapshot any workstation, some great feedback, and an extra nerdy command-line pick. Special Guests: Brent Gervais and Drew DeVore.
Feb 18, 2020
340: IRC is Dead
The difficult and fascinating conversations from FOSDEM 2020. Plus how elementary OS does coopertition right. And a bunch of community news, app picks, and much more. Special Guests: Brent Gervais, Cassidy James Blaede, Danielle Foré, and Dusty Mabe.
Feb 12, 2020
339: The Mint Mindset
We get into the Linux Mint mindset after years away and share our take on Cinnamon's many improvements. Plus news that'll have knock-on effects for the rest of the year, and more. Special Guest: Brent Gervais.
Feb 05, 2020
338: Success Through Vulnerability
How did we get from shareware to free software? We jump in the Linux powered time machine and revisit software past. Plus a new Plasma focused laptop, and two powerful command-line picks. Special Guests: Alex Kretzschmar and Brent Gervais.
Jan 28, 2020
337: Mystical Users
We make an appeal to keep Linux powerful and avoid the Macification of the desktop, and review the latest developer-focused XPS 13. Plus some community news that's getting missed, picks, and more. Special Guests: Alex Kretzschmar and Brent Gervais.
Jan 22, 2020
336: Linus' Filesystem Fluster
Linus Torvalds says don't use ZFS, but we think he got a few of the facts wrong. Jim Salter joins us to help us explain what Linus got right, and what he got wrong. Plus some really handy Linux picks, some community news, and a live broadcast from Seattle's Snowpocalypse! Special Guest: Jim Salter.
Jan 15, 2020
335: Practically Perfect Predictions
Find out what's happening in 2020 before it happens. Our crew returns from the future with predictions so perfect you could bet some Dogecoin on it. Special Guests: Alex Kretzschmar and Brent Gervais.
Jan 07, 2020
334: Particularly Poor Predictions
We review our predictions and own up to what we got wrong, and what we got right in 2019. Special Guests: Alex Kretzschmar and Brent Gervais.
Dec 31, 2019
333: Linux Wayback Machine
Open source won the last decade, but what if it hadn’t? We look back at some major milestones and reflect on a world where they never existed. Special Guests: Alex Kretzschmar and Brent Gervais.
Dec 24, 2019
332: The WSL Secrets
Big things are coming to Microsoft's WSL so we get the inside scoop on what's just around the corner. Plus a few new GNOME features, some Arch server follow up, and more! Special Guests: Alex Kretzschmar, Brent Gervais, and Hayden Barnes.
Dec 18, 2019
331: apt install arch-linux
We're myth-busting this week as we take a perfectly functioning production server and switch it to Arch. Is this rolling distro too dangerous to run in production, or can the right approach unlock the perfect server? We try it so you don't have to. Plus some big community news, feedback, and more. Special Guest: Brent Gervais.
Dec 11, 2019
330: 'Tis the SSHession
Give the gift of remote support with our neat SSH trick. Also, Cassidy from elementary OS joins us to discuss what's great about their new release. Plus we'll share some gadget gift ideas, and what we're building for the holidays. Special Guests: Alex Kretzschmar and Cassidy James Blaede.
Dec 04, 2019
329: Flat Network Truthers
Build one flat network across cloud providers, personal networks, with even thousands of nodes. We feature two amazing open source solutions, and the creators behind them. Plus community news, first impressions of Google Stadia, listener feedback, and some great picks. Special Guests: Alex Kretzschmar, Guus Sliepen, and Ryan Huber.
Nov 27, 2019
328: My Mighty Fine Pine
The Pinebook Pro gets put through the travel test, while we get an update on Pine64 projects straight from the source. Plus a few surpises from the System76 Super Fan event. Special Guests: Alex Kretzschmar, Brent Gervais, and Lukasz Erecinski.
Nov 20, 2019
327: Distro Disco
Get to know our Linux Users Group a little better and learn why they love their Linux distros of choice, and the one thing they'd change to make them perfect. Special Guests: Alex Kretzschmar, Brent Gervais, and Neal Gompa.
Nov 12, 2019
326: Dell, elementary, Fedora, oh my!
Dell expands their linux hardware lineup, why elementary OS's Flatpak support sets the bar, and we chat with Christian Schaller of Red Hat about Fedora 31 and what's around the corner. Plus an update on Ubuntu on the Raspberry Pi 4 and a pick that's just for Wes. Special Guests: Alex Kretzschmar, Brent Gervais, Cassidy James Blaede, Christian F.K. Schaller, Danielle Foré, and Martin Wimpress.
Nov 06, 2019
325: DNF or Die
Fedora 31 strikes the right balance, we get the latest on the Librem 5 situation, and an easy graphics boost for laptops. Plus the best way to share your terminal yet, and more. Special Guests: Alex Kretzschmar, Brent Gervais, and Drew DeVore.
Oct 30, 2019
324: RAMburglars
Is the ZFS tax too high? We pit ZFS on root against ext4 in our laptop pressure cooker and see how they perform when RAM gets tight. Plus we take a look at Pop!_OS 19.10, complete our Ubuntu 19.10 review, cover community news, and lots more. Special Guest: Alex Kretzschmar.
Oct 23, 2019
323: It's Pronounced 19.10
We risk it all and try ZFS on root with Ubuntu 19.10, and share our first impressions and what improvements we can't live without. Plus, exciting news for both Plasma and GNOME, coreboot laptops from System76, and too many picks. Special Guests: Brent Gervais, Drew DeVore, and Martin Wimpress.
Oct 16, 2019
322: Just Enough VPN
We reveal our secrets for bridging networks with WireGuard and Linux-powered networking. Plus the future of OpenPGP in Thunderbird, a disappointing update for the Atari VCS, and a shiny new Spotify client for your terminal. Special Guest: Martin Wimpress.
Oct 09, 2019
321: Fresh Install Feels
What makes a fresh install of Linux perfect? We ask our panel and share a few tools, tips, and habits that make our Linux installs perfect. Plus the big little updates coming to Ubuntu MATE, some Pi pontification, and some significant changes for Wireguard. Special Guests: Alex Kretzschmar and Brent Gervais.
Oct 02, 2019
320: RHELhide
CentOS goes rolling and announces version 8. Find out why we're excited to take a dip in this stream. Plus we review what might just be your next Linux laptop, and explain why systemd is coming for your /home. Special Guest: Neal Gompa.
Sep 25, 2019
319: Positive in the Freedom Dimension
Richard Stallman has resigned as president and director of the Free Software Foundation, and that's just one of the major shifts this week. Also what makes Manjaro unique? We chat with one of the founders and find out why it's much more than a desktop environment. Special Guests: Alex Kretzschmar, Bernhard Landauer, Brent Gervais, and Neal Gompa.
Sep 18, 2019
318: Manjaro Levels Up
It’s official, Manjaro is a legitimate business; so what happens next? We chat with Phil from the project about the huge news. Plus we share some big news of our own and the strange feels we get from Chrome OS. Special Guests: Brent Gervais, Ell Marquez, and Philip Muller.
Sep 11, 2019
317: Performance Picks for Kicks
We take a trip to visit Level1Tech's Wendell Wilson and come back with some of his performance tips for a smoother Linux desktop. Plus the story behind exFAT coming to Linux, and the big desktop performance improvements landing next week. Special Guests: Alex Kretzschmar, Brent Gervais, Cassidy James Blaede, Drew DeVore, and Ell Marquez.
Sep 04, 2019
316: Self-Hosted Secrets
Safely host your own password database using totally open source software. We cover BitWarden, our top choice to solve this problem. Plus we announce a new show we're super proud of, and chat with Dan Lynch from OggCamp. Special Guests: Alan Pope, Alex Kretzschmar, Brent Gervais, Dan Lynch, and Ell Marquez.
Aug 28, 2019
315: Wayland Buddies
We spend our weekend with Wayland, discover new apps to try, tricks to share, and dig into the state of the project. Plus System76's new software release, and Fedora's big decision. Special Guests: Brent Gervais and Drew DeVore.
Aug 21, 2019
314: Bigger. Faster. Harder to Maintain.
It's huge, and it's getting bigger every month. How do you test the Linux Kernel? Major Hayden from Red Hat joins us to discuss their efforts to automate Kernel bug hunting. Plus our honest conversation about which Linux works best for us. Special Guests: Alan Pope, Alex Kretzschmar, Brent Gervais, Drew DeVore, Ell Marquez, Major Hayden, and Neal Gompa.
Aug 14, 2019
313: I Spy With My Little Pi
We put the Raspberry Pi 4 to the desktop test, and try it as our daily driver. Plus some neat and powerful uses for recent Pis, and our thoughts on Manjaro's change of heart. Special Guests: Alan Pope, Alex Kretzschmar, and Brent Gervais.
Aug 07, 2019
312: What Modern Linux Looks Like
Manjaro takes significant steps to stand out, and the shared problem major distributions are trying to solve, and why it will shape the future of Linux. Plus macOS apps on Linux, and our first impressions of the Raspberry Pi 4. Special Guests: Alex Kretzschmar, Drew DeVore, Martin Wimpress, Neal Gompa, and Philip Muller.
Jul 31, 2019
311: 32 Hours of Outrage
Keynote presenter from Texas LinuxFest and established industry expert Thomas Cameron joins us to discuss the end of the distro wars, the future of Linux jobs, his personal take on IBM's acquisition of Red Hat, some really great Linux job tips, and much more. Plus we catch up on some community news from old friends, complain about a few Linux bugs, and share a "magical" app pick. Special Guests: Alex Kretzschmar, Brent Gervais, Martin Wimpress, and Thomas Cameron.
Jul 24, 2019
310: All Roads Lead to Linux
What’s surprised us, what we got wrong, right, and what the biggest game changers have been in 2019 so far. Special Guests: Alex Kretzschmar and Jim Salter.
Jul 16, 2019
309: The Future is Open
Open Source has taken over the world, as IBM's purchase of Red Hat closes. We reflect on this historic moment. Plus Mozilla's been labeled an Internet Villian, we deep dive into the tech behind all the controversy and how you can self-host secure DNS. Special Guests: Alex Kretzschmar, Brent Gervais, and Drew DeVore.
Jul 10, 2019
308: The One About GPU Passthrough
Our crew walks you through their PCI Passthrough setups that let them run Windows, macOS, and distro-hop all from one Linux machine. Forget multiple partitions, dual booting, and Hackintoshes; you can do it all with Linux and KVM. Near-native VM performance doesn't have to be painful. You only need a few prerequisites and a little help. Special Guest: Alex Kretzschmar.
Jul 02, 2019
307: What's your NextCloud?
Go full self-hosted with our team’s tips, and we share our setups from simple to complex. Plus what really happens on a 64-bit Linux box when you run 32-bit software, some very handy picks, our reaction to the new Raspberry Pi 4 and more. Special Guests: Alex Kretzschmar and Brent Gervais.
Jun 26, 2019
306: Flipping FreeNAS for Fedora
We attempt something you never should, we live flip our FreeNAS ZFS install to a Fedora server. Plus a REALLY weird PC, and our command line picks. Special Guests: Alan Pope, Brent Gervais, Martin Wimpress, and Neal Gompa.
Jun 19, 2019
305: Resilience Is Futile
Is Resilient Linux truly an indestructible distro? Or is this our toughest distro challenge yet? Plus why openSUSE is looking at a renaming, and if we’d pay for Firefox Premium. Special Guest: Brent Gervais.
Jun 12, 2019
304: Losing My Religion
Adopting a distro like it’s a religion is stupid. That’s one of many hard lessons we take away from Texas Linux Fest this week; we’ll share some of the best. Plus some old friends visit the show, reading eBooks on Linux, and a new Ryzen handheld. Special Guests: Alan Pope, Alex Kretzschmar, Brent Gervais, and Martin Wimpress.
Jun 05, 2019
303: Stateless and Dateless
We visit Intel to figure out what Clear Linux is all about and explain a few tricks that make it unique. Plus Wes and Ell are back from KubeCon in Barcelona and return with some great news for open source. Special Guests: Alex Kretzschmar and Brent Gervais.
May 29, 2019
302: Dark Style Rises
Can the Free Desktop avoid being left behind in the going dark revolution? Cassidy from elementary OS joins us to discuss their proposal. Plus we complete our Red Hat arc by giving Silverblue the full workstation shakedown, Drew shares his complete review, and we discuss the loss of Antergros. Special Guests: Alex Kretzschmar, Cassidy James Blaede, and Drew DeVore.
May 22, 2019
301: Peak Red Hat
We scale the Red Hat Summit and come back with a few stories to share. Plus some big community news, finding threats on the command line, and our reaction to Microsoft shipping the Linux kernel in Windows. Special Guests: Alex Kretzschmar, Brent Gervais, Cassidy James Blaede, Ell Marquez, and Neal Gompa.
May 15, 2019
300: Ultimate Fedora Test
Is Fedora 30 the peak release of this distribution? We put it through the ultimate test, live on the air, and put everything on the line. Plus Red Hat’s new logo, Dell’s new Linux workstations, and meet a new member of our crew. Special Guests: Alex Kretzschmar, Brent Gervais, and Neal Gompa.
May 07, 2019
299: Shame as a Service
Fresh back from LinuxFest Northwest we share a few of our favorite stories and memories. Plus our concerns with Purism's new subscription services, Fedora 30 is released, and we spin up the Distro Hoppers. Special Guests: Alex Kretzschmar, Brent Gervais, and Ell Marquez.
May 01, 2019
298: Blame Joe
This week we discover the good word of Xfce and admit Joe was right all along. And share our tips for making Xfce more modern. Plus a new Debian leader, the end of Scientific Linux, and behind the scenes of Librem 5 apps. Special Guests: Alex Kretzschmar, Brent Gervais, and Ell Marquez.
Apr 24, 2019
297: Release the Dingo
Ubuntu's new release is here, and this one might be one of the most important in a while. But is it worth upgrading from an LTS? We review and debate just that. Plus some great picks, community news, and more. Special Guests: Alan Pope, Brent Gervais, Ell Marquez, and Martin Wimpress.
Apr 17, 2019
296: Defining Desktop Linux
The way we’ve been thinking about Desktop Linux is all wrong. We start by defining Desktop Linux, and where it might be going in the future. Plus we throw a studio party for our new look, and the text editor that’s taking the crew by storm. Special Guests: Alan Pope, Ell Marquez, and Martin Wimpress.
Apr 10, 2019
295: Stay and Compile a While
Is there really any advantage to building your software vs installing the package? We discuss when and why you might want to consider building it yourself. Plus some useful things Mozilla is working on and Cassidy joins us to tell us about elementary OS' big choice. Special Guests: Brent Gervais, Cassidy James Blaede, and Martin Wimpress.
Apr 03, 2019
294: Tainted Love
Why we sometimes go too far with our Linux advocacy, and a few humble strategies to switch people to Linux. Plus an update to the most important text editor in the world, the new distro causing controversy, and what is a tainted kernel. Special Guests: Brent Gervais, Ell Marquez, and Neal Gompa.
Mar 27, 2019
293: Netflix's Gift to Linux
Developers at Netflix are creating the next set of super powers for Linux, we'll get the details straight from the source. Plus some good Debian news, our tips for better battery life, and we play a little Hot SUSE Potato. Special Guests: Brent Gervais and Ell Marquez.
Mar 20, 2019
292: Cheese on the SCaLE
A new voice joins the show, and we share stories from our recent adventures at SCaLE 17x. Plus we look at the Debian project's recent struggles, NGINX's sale, and Mozilla's new service. Special Guests: Alex Kretzschmar, Brent Gervais, and Ell Marquez.
Mar 13, 2019
291: Dirty Home Directories
We reveal all and look at the mess that is our home directories. How we keep them clean, back them up, and organize our most important files. Plus Gnome lands a long awaited feature, Firefox gets a bit more clever, and the big money being made on Open Source. Special Guests: Alan Pope, Anthony James, Brent Gervais, Danielle Foré, Dustin Krysak, and Martin Wimpress.
Mar 05, 2019
290: Proper Pi Pedigree
We head to the Raspberry Pi corner and pick the very best open source home automation system. Plus some great news for Gnome users, OBS studio has a new funding model, and a nostalgic chat with our study buddy Kenny. Special Guests: Alex Kretzschmar, Brent Gervais, and Martin Wimpress.
Feb 27, 2019
289: The Meat Factor
Will there ever be another "big" Linux distro, or has that time passed? Plus two popular Linux desktop apps see a big upgrade, and Wes explains to Chris why he should care a lot more about cgroups. Special Guests: Brent Gervais and Neal Gompa.
Feb 20, 2019
288: We're Gonna Need a Bigger Repo
The hype around a new security flaw hits new levels. Fedora has a bunch of news, and we discover what's new in the latest Plasma release. Plus we fall down the openSUSE rabbit hole when Ell updates us on her desktop challenge. Special Guests: Alan Pope, Brent Gervais, Danielle Foré, Ell Marquez, Martin Wimpress, and Neal Gompa.
Feb 13, 2019
287: Clean up After Yourself
Why FOSDEM might be the quintessential community event, and our thoughts after playing with Pi-Hole. Plus community news for everyone’s favorite video player, GNOME Shell gets a major speed boost, and why cryptocurrency might truly be dead. Special Guests: Alan Pope, Brent Gervais, Danielle Foré, and Martin Wimpress.
Feb 06, 2019
286: Ell is for Linux
We're playing Robin Hood with the content, and a new member of our team joins to tell you all about it. Plus some hard details on the Librem 5, we visit the Canonical Corner, and a big batch of great Linux picks. Special Guests: Brent Gervais, Ell Marquez, and Martin Wimpress.
Jan 30, 2019
285: Pain the APT
An embarrassing vulnerability has been found in the apt package manager, we’ll break it all down. Plus Alessandro Castellani tells us about his plans to build a professional design tool for Linux. We also have a batch of big community news, and the case for the cloud killing Open Source. Special Guests: Alessandro Castellani and Brent Gervais.
Jan 23, 2019
284: Free as in Get Out
ZFS on Linux is becoming the official upstream project of all major ZFS implementations, even the BSDs. But recent kernel changes prevent ZFS from even building on Linux. Neal Gompa joins us to discuss why it all matters. Plus some surprising community news, and a few great picks! Special Guests: Dalton Durst and Neal Gompa.
Jan 16, 2019
283: The Premiere Shell
Joe joins Wes to discuss the state of Adobe's Creative Cloud on Linux and why the Fish shell might be your favorite new tool. Plus community news, a reality check on Linux gaming, and some shiny new hardware. Special Guests: Jason Evangelho and Peter Ammon.
Jan 09, 2019
282: Wishing Upon a Kernel
We start off the new year with our hopes and dreams for Linux and open source in 2019 and beyond. Plus Clear Linux aims to build the ultimate Linux desktop based on Xfce, and it looks like GNOME is closing the performance gap. Special Guests: Alan Pope and Brent Gervais.
Jan 03, 2019
281: 2019 Predictions
We get serious and bring in a special referee to help us lock in our Linux predictions for 2019. Special Guest: Alan Pope.
Dec 27, 2018
280: Handmade Desktop Linux
We’re just back from touring System76’s new factory, and getting the inside scoop on how they build their Thelio desktop. This is our story about walking in as skeptics, and walking out as believers. Plus some surprising community news, a few great picks, and more!
Dec 18, 2018
279: WireGuardians of the Galaxy
We have a WireGuard success story to share, and it's probably not what you're expecting. Plus we check in on Ubuntu 19.04, start the search for an Emby replacement, and how to use Reddit on the commandline. Special Guest: Alex Kretzschmar.
Dec 12, 2018
278: Shell in a Handbasket
We chat with a developer who's gotten Linux running on iOS devices, do a deep dive into Clear Linux, and discuss Xubuntu ending 32bit support. Plus why Android in the cloud, and a bunch of community news. Special Guests: Alan Pope, Martin Wimpress, and Theodore Dubois.
Dec 05, 2018
Episode 277: Skipping Fedora 31
Fedora might take a year off, to focus on it self. Project Lead and Council Chair Matthew Miller joins us to explain this major proposal. Plus Wimpy shares his open source Drobo alternative, and our final Dropbox XFS hack. Special Guests: Brent Gervais, Martin Wimpress, and Matthew Miller.
Nov 28, 2018
Episode 276: Very Long Term Support
Android and Ubuntu are working exceptionally hard to create longer support cycles. We’ll highlight the work that makes this possible, and what’s motivating these two different projects to strive for Very Long Term Support. Plus Chris reviews how his new Thunderbolt 3 GPU docking station works under Linux, and why he’ll never be undocking again. Special Guests: Alan Pope, Brent Gervais, and Martin Wimpress.
Nov 21, 2018
Episode 275: Year of the Relevant Desktop
Christian F.K. Schaller from Red Hat joins us to discuss seamless Linux upgrades, replacing PulseAudio, some of the recent desktop Projects Red Hat’s been working on... And the value they get from them. Plus a big batch of important community news, Wimpy’s Thunderbolt Dock experiments, and way to run pacman on any Linux distribution. Special Guests: Alan Pope, Christian F.K. Schaller, and Martin Wimpress.
Nov 14, 2018
Episode 274: Open Source by Default
Have the revolutionaries won the war against proprietary software? That’s the argument being made. And we argue, what else did you expect? Plus some performance improvements inbound to Linux, and the perfectly proportioned open source project we’ve recently discovered. Special Guests: Alan Pope and Brent Gervais.
Nov 07, 2018
Episode 273: International Hat Machines
We speculate about a future where IBM owns Red Hat, and review the latest Fedora 29 release that promises a new game changing feature. Plus Chris returns from MeetBSD with his review, and we get the inside scope on System76’s Thelio hardware. Special Guests: Alan Pope and Martin Wimpress.
Oct 31, 2018
Episode 272: Prepare for Pipewire
The lead developer of PipeWire Wim Taymans joins us to discuss Linux’s multimedia past, and its exciting future. They promise to greatly improve handling of audio and video under Linux. Plus we review the professional grade Precision 5530, tour our new studio in a box, and release one of our first production tools as free software! Special Guest: Wim Taymans.
Oct 23, 2018
Episode 271: Juno Jubilation
elementary OS’ latest and greatest released today, and we talk with Dan and Cassidy from the project about their biggest release yet. Then community news, a preview of upcoming Ubuntu 18.10, and we announce our own free software project. Plus a chat with Dalton about the new Ubuntu Touch release and we find a real Photoshop replacement for Linux. Special Guests: Alan Pope, Brent Gervais, Cassidy James Blaede, Dalton Durst, Danielle Foré, and Martin Wimpress.
Oct 17, 2018
Episode 270: Stratis Pulls it All Together
Red Hat developer Andy Grover joins us to discuss Stratis Storage, an alternative to ZFS on Linux and its recent milestone. Also Google subtracts Plus, some KDE and GNOME news, and a bit of forgotten Linux history. Special Guests: Alan Pope, Alex Kretzschmar, Andy Grover, and Martin Wimpress.
Oct 10, 2018
Episode 269: Alternate Desktop Universe
What if desktop computing went a very different direction in the late 90s? Deeply multithreaded from the start, fast, intuitive, and extremely stable. This is the world of Haiku, and we go for a visit. Plus the latest community news, true flicker freedom comes to Fedora, and our favorite tools for easy virtual machines on our laptops. Special Guests: Alex Kretzschmar and Brent Gervais.
Oct 03, 2018
Episode 268: Elementary, My Dear Plasma
We chat with Nate Graham who’s pushing to make Plasma the best desktop on the planet. We discuss his contributions to this effort, and others. Plus we get the scope on a new Juno feature from the source, and the creator of WSLinux a distro built specifically for Windows 10’s Windows Subsystem for Linux joins us. Also some community news, some old friends stop by, and more! Special Guests: Alex Kretzschmar, Brent Gervais, Cassidy James Blaede, Hayden Barnes, Martin Wimpress, and Nate Graham.
Sep 26, 2018
Episode 267: People Patches
Linus takes a break and the Linux kernel adopts a new Code of Conduct. We work through these major watershed moments, and discuss what it means for the community. Plus our review of our brand new ThinkPad T480’s running Linux, the bug you need to know about, and why this might be one of the greatest Linux laptops of all time. Special Guests: Alex Kretzschmar, Brent Gervais, Danielle Foré, and Eric Hendricks.
Sep 19, 2018
Episode 266: From Jupiter to Beyond
We announce our big news, Jupiter Broadcasting is joining Linux Academy and what we have planned for the future is huge! Plus a new NextCloud lands, concerns are brewing for the Solus project, and a report from the recent Libre Application Summit. Special Guests: Alan Pope, Anthony James, Brent Gervais, and Martin Wimpress.
Sep 12, 2018
Episode 265: Privacy Priorities
Intel has disappointed the kernel community with its latest security disclosures but there’s still hope for a better future. That’s more than can be said for the state of privacy on Android, so we discuss some alternatives. Plus the latest community updates, a new timeline for the Librem 5, tempting new Chromebooks, and some top picks. Special Guests: Alan Pope and Eric Hendricks.
Sep 05, 2018
Episode 264: Proton, Electron for Games!
Steam Play rocks the Linux world as it promises new levels of compatibility with AAA Windows games. But the story of how Valve is doing it might be just as fascinating. Plus community news, our thoughts on building a market for Linux apps, the latest from UBPorts, and more good news from LVFS! Special Guests: Alan Pope, Brent Gervais, Marius Gripsgard, and Martin Wimpress.
Aug 29, 2018
Episode 263: Updates from the Source
Docker controversy is brewing, but it's probably not what you think. We get around of community updates directly from the source, and why Debian an Intel are playing the game of he said, she said. Special Guests: Brent Gervais, Cassidy James Blaede, Danielle Foré, and Martin Wimpress.
Aug 22, 2018
Episode 262: Tribes of Init
The FreeBSD community shares the hard lessons learned from systemd, we play some great clips from a recent event. Plus our work-arounds for Dropbox dropping support for anything but vanilla ext4, the return of an old friend, and a ton of community news and updates. Special Guests: Eric Hendricks and Martin Wimpress.
Aug 15, 2018
Episode 261: GNOME, GNOME on the Range
GNOME is discussing big changes, Elementary OS has big news, and a big bug has been found in Linux. Plus an update on our PeerTube efforts, our take Android P, and Lenovo’s big commitment to ThinkPad’s running Linux. Special Guests: Alan Pope, Cassidy James Blaede, Danielle Foré, and Eric Hendricks.
Aug 08, 2018
Episode 260: Thinkpad as a Service
We get an update from Dell’s Barton George on their Linux initiative Sputnik, cover some important community news, and the uncomfortable questions raised by Krita’s new financial boost. And some simple tips to improve your security at the edge. Special Guests: Alex Kretzschmar, Barton George, Brent Gervais, and Eric Hendricks.
Aug 01, 2018
Episode 259: Proprietary Action News
Another potential desktop Linux app is scared away by an aggressive free software community, and we struggle to find the balance between our moral ideals, and getting work done. Plus some community news, old friends return, and much more. Special Guest: Martin Wimpress.
Jul 25, 2018
Episode 258: The Future of Retro
Atari has released details about its upcoming Linux powered console, some of us are sold… And some of us are rather skeptical. Plus how SSH got its port, Mir goes to the farm, and what happens when Linus retires?
Jul 18, 2018
Episode 257: Security Amateur Hour
We reflect on recent FOSS security screw ups and ponder a solution powered by community. Plus get you caught up on community news, Firefox changes, and poke the new minimal Ubuntu.
Jul 11, 2018
Episode 256: Peering Into the Future
A major Internet monopoly might just be on the edge of cracking thanks to free software, a bit of initiative, and a lot of gumption. We'll follow up on a major experiment we kicked off last week. Plus SUSE is sold again, Linux on the Nintendo Switch just got way better, Mint has a new release, we look at elementary OS Juno's first beta, and we cover a ton of community news. Special Guest: Eric Hendricks.
Jul 04, 2018
Episode 255: Fedora to the Core
Big changes are coming to Fedora with the merger of CoreOS. We chat with a couple project members to get the inside scope about what the future of Fedora looks like. Plus the big feature of the new GitLab release, how Pocket might be Firefox's secret sauce, and why Chris is really excited by PeerTube. Special Guests: Dusty Mabe and Eric Hendricks.
Jun 27, 2018
Episode 254: Don’t Link to This
Free Software projects concerned about Article 13 are claiming it could destroy free software as we know it. We debate this controversial copyright law about to be voted on in the EU. Plus a big batch of community news, some exciting hardware updates, and a bit of retro gaming. Plus Chris shares what got done at Linux Academy, and more!
Jun 20, 2018
Episode 253: Personalities Happen
There is trouble at CopperheadOS, Plasma has a shiny new release, and we share the story of how Linux has powered the curiosity rover for 17 years. Plus our stories from a weekend of Linux parties, Texas LinuxFest, SouthEast LinuxFest, and FOSS Talk Live.
Jun 13, 2018
Episode 252: Github Hubbub
Microsoft has purchased GitHub, sending shock-waves through the free software community. We discuss the bidding war that took place, and it leaves us questioning what the future of Electron might be. Plus we’ve found a great batch of Linux apps you're going to want to try, NextCloud turns two, big changes to the KWin project, and the details on Samsung’s Chromebook Plus landing Linux app support.
Jun 06, 2018
Episode 251: The Qt and the Ugly
After we make ourselves at Gnome, we look at some future open source goodies coming your way, look at how Canonical’s upstream pitch, and get excited about the next great Linux filesystem hope. Plus Chris’ first wreck on the road to Texas, Thunderbolt networking, and our results from the best Linux laptop for 2018.
May 30, 2018
Episode 250: Only The Best
What is the best laptop for Linux in 2018? How about the best Evernote killer, and production setup? We cover the best of the best this week. Plus Gnome’s performance hackfest, Mycroft goes Blockchain, and what’s behind Tesla’s big GPL dump.
May 23, 2018
Episode 249: Home Grown FUD
The Linux community is eating its own this week, as attention seeking plucky YouTuber’s trade on free software’s good name for clicks. We learn the real story behind some of the Internet’s recent free software freak-out. Plus a fantastic batch of community news and updates, some cool tools, and we discuss if it’s time to give up the Qt or GTK purist lifestyle.
May 15, 2018
Episode 248: Contain All The Things
Chrome OS is officially getting full-fledged Linux apps, and we ponder if this is truly a win for Linux. Plus a ton of app picks this week, community news, and more.
May 09, 2018
Episode 247: Year of the Linux Desktop 😎
Ubuntu and Fedora have new releases, and our early impressions are great. We’ll share the features that we think make these distros some of the best Linux desktop releases ever. Plus some important community news, some Darktable tips for beginners, and some select clips from this year’s LinuxFest Northwest. Special Guest: Brent Gervais.
May 01, 2018
Episode 246: The Bionic Bet
We get the inside scope from the Ubuntu flavors prepping for the 18.04 release, and then we finally make good on a long running threat. Plus the quiet shuttering of the Windows division inside Microsoft, and how they could help save Linux from Apple.
Apr 25, 2018
Episode 245: Microsoft of Things
Azure Sphere is Microsoft making silicon as a service with Linux at its core. We’ve chatted with the folks behind Azure Sphere and breakdown this huge announcement. Plus a bunch of community news, a string of app picks, and maybe even a concerned rant.
Apr 18, 2018
Episode 244: Plasma Predicament
We have some Plasma problems this week, but we’re sticking with it and still putting it into production in our most ambitious event yet. But we start with a bunch of important community news, including what looks like ZFS on Linux’s first major bug, the future of Elementary OS apps, and a proposal to revamp Ubuntu’s betas.
Apr 11, 2018
Episode 243: The Stallman Directive
Richard Stallman has some practical steps society could take to roll back the rampant and expanding invasion of our privacy. But his suggestions leave us asking some larger questions. Plus the latest on the march to Juno, some fun app picks, a quick look at Qubes OS 4.0, community news, and more.
Apr 04, 2018
Episode 242: Debian on the Fly
A new version of Slax is out this week, and they might just be onto something really unique. We take this Debian powered, Fluxbox running, net bootin distro for a test drive. Plus Google moves to block GApps on “uncertified devices”, Red Hat turns 25, a new Wayland contender, a few app picks, and much more.
Mar 28, 2018
Episode 241: Snitching on SCaLE
We’re playing just one interview from SCaLE this year, tons of community news, and two handy app picks. Plus webOS returns, some fundamental Linux plumbing upgrades, and Private Internet Access goes Open Source. Special Guest: Ilan Rabinovitch.
Mar 21, 2018
Episode 240: Why This Theme Won’t Work | LUP 240
This week Noah fills in for Chris while he's on his return journey from SCaLE! The guys get down deep on a variety of topics from screen sharing in Plasma under Wayland to the status of the GTK 'CommuniTheme' for ubuntu 18.04 and more!
Mar 14, 2018
Episode 239: Selling Out for Open Source | LUP 239
We chip away at a larger meta topic this week, but before we get there we share a batch of community news, live technical feats & a random post show.
Mar 07, 2018
Episode 238: It's All Wimpy's Fault | LUP 238

Linux apps are coming to ChromeOS via containers, Fedora is going for better battery life & what is going on with Xfce?

Plus Ubuntu MATE’s cool new tick & we take a look at crankshaft: raspberry pi + android auto + free software + love.

Feb 28, 2018
Episode 237: One Ping Only | LUP 237

Canonical’s Ubuntu desktop head and their VP of Product Development join us to chat about the new proposed data collection system they want to build into Ubuntu 18.04 & Cassidy from System76 and Elementary OS join us to talk about their efforts to turn drive encryption on by default.

Plus a BIG announcement at the end of the show!

Feb 21, 2018
Episode 236: Microsoft’s Big Secret | LUP 236

Chris goes to Microsoft & gets the inside scoop on the awkward situation Microsoft finds themselves in with Windows & why they’ve been releasing more code as open source.

Plus we check in and & wrap up the Plasma Desktop challenge, Daniel Foré sets the record straight on the week’s Elementary OS news & more!

Feb 14, 2018
Episode 235: Atomic Neon Kool-Aid | LUP 235

We’re joined by two Project Atomic members from Red Hat to learn what it’s all about, how Fedora Atomic Workstation works & the problems it solves.

Plus we launch the biggest desktop Linux challenge in the history of this show & it’s going to have long lasting ramifications.

Feb 07, 2018
Episode 234: Behind Canonical’s Curtain | LUP 234

How does a SNAP really get created & why would companies like Microsoft, JetBrains & Plex want to be involved? We’re live from Canonical’s Seattle Snapcraft Summit with the inside scoop of where things are going.

Plus the major concerns we have about the future of Gnome Shell, why the Client Side Decoration debate is hot again & how Wayland is putting pressure on all the things.

Jan 31, 2018
Episode 233: Living Inside the Shell | LUP 233

Everyone’s Linux desktop is getting better this week, well… Almost everyone.

Plus why Linux users should be using Firefox, some Gnome and MATE news, communIty, why the Linux desktop isn't seeing as many native apps these days & more!

Jan 24, 2018
Episode 232: The Secret to Future Linux Success | LUP 232

A big week of community updates, events & news, including great news for Plasma Desktop users, MATE users & Wayland fans.

Then Barton George from Dell joins us to discuss the new XPS 13’s shipping Ubuntu, where Linux could see its next big success & more!

Jan 17, 2018
Episode 231: Most Expensive Linux Distro Ever | LUP 231

We slay the Gentoo challenge monster & give you our first take of the most expensive Linux distro we’ve ever tried. What does nearly $100 of Linux get you? We find out!

Plus tons of community news, the perfect Linux workstation coming soon & more!

Jan 10, 2018
Episode 230: Invest In Popcorn | LUP 230
Wes & the Beard kick Chris out to share their top tips for starting 2018 out right, plus a holiday surprise from Linux Journal, a new device for Google’s Fuchsia & an unfortunate new flaw in a processor near you.
Jan 03, 2018
Episode 229: Taste of Linux 2017 | LUP 229
We break from the unformat of the show for a special holiday chat about the top moments in the world of Linux this year that impacted us the most.
Dec 27, 2017
Episode 228: rm -rf 2017 | LUP 228

We debate the best distros of 2017, get into some community news, and a bcachefs and Gentoo challenge update & also learn a bit about Canonical’s new Multipass project.

Plus a few Linux commands that are guaranteed to destroy your install.

Dec 20, 2017
Episode 227: Peer Pressure | LUP 227

It’s time to replace Patreon, YouTube, Twitter/Facebook & all the other centralized platforms of the web. But can open source answer the call? This week we look at a few projects that could replace today’s information silos if Linux users just step up.

Plus community news, some big updates & a lot more!

Dec 14, 2017
Episode 226: Bitcoin for Linux Users | LUP 226
Why Bitcoin is the next Linux, the Gentoo Challenge is in full swing, and we catch you up on the latest community news, a throwback app pick & more!
Dec 06, 2017
Episode 225: Hacking the Community | LUP 225

Red Hat, Amazon, Facebook, Google, IBM, and others come together to push common sense GPL enforcement & a whole batch of community news.

Plus we call out the Register, DRM’s dirty little secret & how Linux users can make a difference.

Nov 29, 2017
Episode 224: No Escape from Google | LUP 224

Google gets caught red handed, we find lots of goodies in the new Linux kernel & we have three great new app picks this week.

But the meat of the show is Lynis a tool to audit your Linux box, create reports & teach you how to better secure your system.

Plus we officially lay the groundwork for the Gentoo Challenge.

Nov 22, 2017
Episode 223: Fedora’s New Trick | LUP 223

A new version of Fedora hits the web and we share our thoughts & chat with a member of the project, Noah joins us to answer your live calls & we’re all excited about Firefox’s new quantum release.

Plus Gnome 4’s ambitious goals, a new Linux Kernel that really matters, OpenShot woes & more!

Nov 15, 2017
Episode 222: A Community Divided | LUP 222

Community news & app picks this week before we get into a bizarre story that could rip up parts of the open source community.

Plus Elementary OS’s secret weapon to get more native apps, our tips for great High-DPI under Linux & some Enlightenment love.

Nov 08, 2017
Episode 221: Ubuntu A-Team | LUP 221

Two of Ubuntu’s top contributors join us to chat a bit about the 17.10 release, working upstream with Gnome, the future of SNAPS in Ubuntu & goals for 18.04.

Plus the public beating Kodi is taking for an open source problem, Flatpak gets mature & the Linux Foundation is working on open source AI.

Then we share some recent distro reload anecdote & a bunch of community news.

Nov 01, 2017
Episode 220: Remotely Useful | LUP 220

An easy solution to get high performance remote Linux desktop up and going, some tips on how to interact with an open source project or community & looking back at some of Fedora’s recent accomplishments.

Plus Canonical is on the path to an IPO, pirates embrace Flatpack & more!

Oct 25, 2017
Episode 219: Ubuntu’s New Era | LUP 219
We review Ubuntu 17.10 & discuss some of the major achievements this release represents. Plus we break down an important Linux kernel news story, get updates from the community & more!
Oct 18, 2017
Episode 218: The Purism Redemption | LUP 218

We review Purism’s Librem 15, the high performance 15.6″ laptop built for Linux with physical radio kill switches.

Plus the snap coming to a desktop near you, we report back from SeaGL & discuss some future changes to your humble weekly Linux talk show.

Oct 11, 2017
Episode 217: That One Time, At Ubuntu Camp | LUP 217

How does Ubuntu get built? Chris is back from the Ubuntu Rally in NYC and has a full report, some interviews & stories to share.

Plus Jos Poortvliet & Frank Karlitschek join us to talk about NextCloud’s new End-to-end Encryption.

Oct 04, 2017
Episode 216: Open Source Is Hard | LUP 216
It’s Wes & the Beard this week as we cover tons of stories. TopIcons is officially unmaintained, KDE launches the XFree kwin project in an attempt to rid themselves of XWayland, Synergy goes closed source, Microsoft & Canonical build a custom linux kernel & more!
Sep 27, 2017
Episode 215: Pulse of PipeWire | LUP 215

A game changing project for Linux multimedia has been officially announced today, so we chat with the brilliance behind PipeWire, Wim Taymans.

Plus community news of the week & why the rapid decline of the “open source media” matters more than ever.

Sep 20, 2017
Episode 214: Hacking Devices with Kali Linux | LUP 214
Audit your network with a couple of easy commands on Kali Linux. Chris decides to blow off a little steam by attacking his IoT devices, Wes has the scope on Equifax blaming open source & the Beard just saved the show. It’s a really packed episode!
Sep 13, 2017
Episode 213: Gnome Does it Again | LUP 213

The Gnome project is about to solve one of our audience's biggest Wayland’s concerns. But as the project takes on a new level of relevance, decisions for the next version of Gnome have us worried about the future.

Plus we chat with Wimpy about the Ubuntu Rally in NYC, Microsoft’s sneaky move to turn Windows 10 into the “ULTIMATE LINUX RUNTIME”, community news & more!

Sep 06, 2017
Episode 212: The Free Phone Nightmare | LUP 212

We reflect on the communities appetites for another GNU/Linux phone fundraiser & pontificate if the Librem 5 might be our last hope. Plus a live unboxing of some new shiny surprise hardware.

We also cover a batch of community updates, a cryptocoin you’re going to want & discuss additional options for offsite backup.

Aug 30, 2017
Episode 211: Forks Done Right | LUP 211

We get fired up about the bigger message behind Ubuntu’s new fork, debate Mozilla’s plans to collect data on Firefox users & come up with solutions for Linux users fleeing from CrashPlan.

Plus a geeky project so cool it might consume your life, Google’s clever plans to push ChromeOS into the Enterprise & the one thing Electron should never be used for.

Aug 23, 2017
Episode 210: Total Solus Eclipse | LUP 210

A new version of Solus is out and Ikey joins us to chat about whats new, building in Snap support & a peek at the future. Wimpy sets us on the straight and narrow about confinement & we have some follow up thoughts on Slackware.

Plus some great desktop app picks, community news, Gnome’s birthday & more!

Aug 16, 2017
Episode 209: LILO and Slack(ware) | LUP 209

We conclude our Slackware challenge & share the lessons and results.

Plus why you really need to give Firefox another try, easy sandboxing of any Linux app, GTK4’s blockers, the official anti-systemd resource... And we announce another meetup!

Aug 09, 2017
Episode 208: The Stallman Line | LUP 208

We get philosophical about open source’s most modern problem & debate where we draw our own personal “Stallman Line”.

Plus a we briefly discuss today’s big Bitcoin fork, Mozilla’s new Firefox experiments, Krita’s woes, Gnome’s moves & the groundwork for the Slackware Challenge.

Aug 02, 2017
Episode 207: Return Of The Distrohopper | LUP 207

We get down to distros in today’s episode. Distro news, modular distros, some reviews & major new developments.

Plus Chris talks about leaving Arch and returning to his distro-hopping roots & the major news that broke today.

Jul 26, 2017
Episode 206: Beardy McBeardface | LUP 206

We've chased Chris out of the studio and invented some new segments: First up Wes, in true TechSNAP style, highlights a few complicated ideas explained well, then it's on to updates from a few of our favorite projects, including some exciting news for WireGuard & a great collection of new stuff from around the internet.

Plus special guest host Rikai & Wes geek out about gaming, we celebrate Slackware & pose the question: Just what is Mageia & why does it exist?

Jul 19, 2017
Episode 205: A Fitting Fedora | LUP 205

Fedora 26 is here & so is Matthew Miller, the project leader, to chat all about the new release, big future projects, important changes to Rawhide & how they’re taking advantage of openSUSE’s openQA.

Plus our hands on experience with the new release, the ultimate upgrade test results & community news.

Jul 12, 2017
Episode 204: Awkward Distro Puberty | LUP 204
TUXEDO Computers & System76 have announced their own Linux distributions, but both these new efforts betray a much larger issue that no one is discussion. We’ll have that awkward conversation.
Plus OutlawCountry is getting a bunch of attention, BFQ scheduler finally gets its day, XDA Forum is going to give Phoronix some competition & some important info for Fedora users.

The an update from the recent SNAP sprint, community news & a lot more!

Jul 05, 2017
Episode 203: MATEs Wayland MIR-acle | LUP 203

Ubuntu’s skunkworks project, Mir, might be back with a vengeance to save the Linux desktop. Or at least prove quite useful for MATE.

Plus one of the most well built Linux PC’s ever tested, the Dell Precision 5720 with Ubuntu gets tested in the lab.

Jun 28, 2017
Episode 202: Halls of Endless Linux | LUP 202
Michael Hall from Endless joins us to discuss his new role, Endless’ involvement with Gnome & the unique approach they are taking with EndlessOS.

Plus Fedora shares some future plans that have us really excited & we try to grok casync, Lennart Poettering’s new project for distributing file system images.

Jun 21, 2017
Episode 201: Turbo Mode Ikey | LUP 201
Desktop Linux is about to get a lot more competitive, one of its recent biggest disruptors is going full time. Ikey, founder of the Solus project, joins us to discuss where this is going.

Plus A dive into Fedora 26 beta, the security of Cockpit, Ubuntu Gnome survey results & opening some Windows gaming tech to all of us.

Jun 14, 2017
Episode 200: Gnome in the Shell | LUP 200
It’s a Gnome lovefest this week, with a special look at the next release of Gnome 3, special features we’re looking forward to & new extensions that make Gnome even better.

Then we chat about Google’s solution to old Linux kernel’s in Android, the differences between Chrome & Chromium on Linux, a killer Plasma desktop feature & more!

Jun 07, 2017
Episode 199: No Samba No Cry | LUP 199
Why the big Samba vulnerability is no WannaCry, Wimpy gives us his take on e-gpus under Linux, our first take on Plasma 5.10 & a tool that will finally get you to use Docker!
May 31, 2017
Episode 198: Magic Device Cloud | LUP 198
NextCloud 12 is out & Jos joins us to chat about the highlights, Marius Quabeck joins us to discuss Magic Device Tool’s secrets. Plus we cover a bunch of project updates & more!
May 24, 2017
Episode 197: That New User Smell | LUP 197
We review System76’s Galago Pro, have a crisis of faith about the future of desktop Linux, get completely blown away by our community, help you BASH better & more!
May 17, 2017
Episode 196: Orange is the new Red (Hat) | LUP 196

Canonical is going for the IPO & that means some big changes. In a recent interview Mark Shuttleworth gives us a hint at the new purpose of the Ubuntu desktop.

Plus Thunderbird’s future is uncertain, we get our hands on System76’s Galago Pro & more!

May 10, 2017
Episode 195: Rub a Dub Grub | LUP 195

Big improvements are coming to a grub near you, Wes has a batch of really useful new open source projects & we consider the “threat” posed by Windows 10 S.

Plus the dirty secret about Linux’s battery life, some of our LinuxFest Northwest plans & a lot more!

May 03, 2017
Episode 194: Internet of Troubles | LUP 194

Linux Foundation thinks they have the solution to the Internet of Terrible & they might actually be right. We’ll share the exclusive interview that has us excited for the future.

Plus the bad, horrible, no good week that Docker had & more!

Apr 26, 2017
Episode 193: Ubuntu's Bare Gnome | LUP 193

Community efforts to port Unity 8 or recreate the Unity 7 desktop are popping up all over & one of them is showing some real promise. Plus why Ubuntu Gnome left us feeling a little underwhelmed.

Then, Solus has a Gnome edition now. Ikey stops by to tell us about it & other new things coming out from the project.

Apr 19, 2017
Episode 192: Home Sweet Gnome | LUP 192

OpenELEC’s latest release, Snaps on Fedora, plus Wes’ Picks, Pinterest’s support for Open Source & the controversial use of Slack for Open Source projects.

Then Wes, Noah & the Mumble room have a wide-ranging discussion about Ubuntu’s big desktop change, what it means for the Linux Desktop, Linux Vendors & you!

Apr 12, 2017
Episode 191: What’s a Distro? | LUP 191

Joe Ressington of Late Night Linux joins Wes to discuss just what makes a “Proper” distribution. Then the latest news about Libreboot and the Free Software Foundation, Containers explained in pictures & our complaints about the latest Telegram release.

Plus Fedora has the perfect desktop for Hacker News & Android is now king of the internet.

Apr 05, 2017
Episode 190: Boot Free or Die Tryin’ | LUP 190

We dig deep into the LibreBoot project, how the Intel ME problem impacts open source & limits badass free laptops. Then we spend Wes’ money and shop for his next perfect Linux rig.

Plus we discuss the big changeup at FreeNAS & more!

Mar 29, 2017
Episode 189: Das Boot Manager | LUP 189

Bulletproof Linux Kernel upgrades might be near, Kodi gets a real Netflix Plugin & the dirty, stinky, no good, obvious, elephant in the room around desktop Linux.

Plus why Bcachefs might be Linux’s next hit filesystem, Mozilla's Obsidian & more!

Mar 22, 2017
Episode 188: Celebrating Linux on Pi Day | LUP 188
We celebrate Pi Day by loading Mycroft & Alexa onto a Raspberry Pi 3, look at the actual use cases for VR & AR under Linux today, flash back to Linux in the 90s & update on our favorite projects.
Mar 15, 2017
Episode 187: CIA's Dank Trojans | LUP 187

It’s the year of the CIA linux desktop, with multiplatform malware & boot environments designed to attack Macs, Popey & Wimpy share their Mobile World Congress adventures & Bryan joins us to discuss the last Linux Sucks talk ever.

Plus we chat with Gnome at SCALE, take a look at Endless OS & ponder the Litebook.

Mar 08, 2017
Episode 186: AWS Loses Its ShIOT | LUP 186
The worst smart device hack we’ve ever heard of, dreams of the Pi Zero W, the AWS outage that savaged the Internet of Things & more!
Mar 01, 2017
Episode 185: Plasma Injection | LUP 185

Austrian schools are switching, Wes is trying & Chris is reviewing the Plasma desktop this week. Why the heck we keep talking about it & what’s really bugging us about it.

Plus the 7-Inch Ubuntu Laptop that might be legit & Linus reflects on what he really hates after 25 years of Linux.

Feb 22, 2017
Episode 184: Chilling with Kylin | LUP 184

A surprising new desktop environment, the latest on cross-distro snappy support & how to get the most out of Android without Play Services.

Plus a script to take over a running server and replacement it with FreeBSD, a fresh take on VPNs coming to a kernel near you & more!

Feb 15, 2017
Episode 183: Niche Distros Need Not Apply | LUP 183

Is software ever really finished? Should we avoid boutique or niche Linux distributions? We have a spirited discussion & attempt to finally answer both of those questions.

We also chat about what's new in Kodi 17, why open source on our TV’s is critical & more!

Feb 08, 2017
Episode 182: Death by Download | LUP 182

Remotely bricking Android devices, the new Plasma is looking great, first hands on with the new XPS 13 Sputnik, more btrfs woes & hacking Popey’s system.

Plus’s big change, building your own local Steam repository & more!

Feb 01, 2017
Episode 181: A Brisk MATE for Solus | LUP 181

It’s a huge show with a bonanza of updates, big future plans & cross project collaboration.

Michael Hall from Canonical join us to discuss UbunCon, SCALE15x plans & much more!

Jan 25, 2017
Episode 180: The Theory of Liri | LUP 180
We take a look at a material design influenced distribution, the FSF’s new high priority list & much more this week!
Jan 18, 2017
Episode 179: Project Sputnik Interview | LUP 179

Project Sputnik’s Barton George joins us to discuss the new Dell hardware running Linux & the history of the Sputnik project.

Plus the KillDisk hype is high, The Pi’s PIXEL is taking on MATE, another Mac dev switches to Linux & more!

Jan 11, 2017
Episode 178: Big Sister is Watching | LUP 178

Robots take over the show while we go around the table & get our 2017 predictions in for Linux.

Plus updates from projects we love & the great Mac migration continues!

Jan 04, 2017
Episode 177: The Many Faces of Linux | LUP 177

While the guys are hibernating over this holiday week, We look back on some of the most interesting topics the virtual LUG covered this year.

Everything from snap packages & ubuntu reviews to LXD & Arch MacBook installs, plus a whole lot more.

So kick back, settle in & enjoy the show!

Dec 27, 2016
Episode 176: Shell-Shocked 2016 | LUP 176
We review the very worst moments in Linux during 2016, look ahead to what might be big in 2017 and toss out the rules for our last live episode of the year!
Dec 21, 2016
Episode 175: Best of MATEs | LUP 175

We get the inside scoop about some fantastic collaboration happening between three Linux distributions that are supposedly big competitors.

Plus Google’s response to Ubuntu Core & the big NextCloud news!

Dec 14, 2016
Episode 174: Mesh of Thoughts | LUP 174

We ponder the implications of Fedora possibly going rolling & LTS, get schooled by the mumble room about the state of linux on the Raspberry Pi & debate about the effectiveness of mesh networking

Plus we talk about Clonezilla, one of our favorite backup tools & more!

Dec 07, 2016
Episode 173: Upgrade vs Nuke 'n Pave | LUP 173

After a slew of open source updates we contrast upgrades vs fresh install, get an update on the state of snaps & get geeky about performance monitoring our Linux rigs.

Plus the fake VLC story, a live install of Plasma Desktop & more!

Nov 30, 2016
Episode 172: It's Not X, It's Wayland | LUP 172

Fedora 25 is out & project leader Matthew Miller joins us to chat about what’s new. Plus Wimpy & Popey are back from UbuCon and share their experience, Ryan shares some tweaks Sytstem76 made to jump to 4k & Solus OS founder Ikey Doherty joins us to discuss benchmarking the “feel” of the Linux desktop.

Plus community updates & more!

Nov 23, 2016
Episode 171: Uncontained Human Error | LUP 171
This week we take a deep dive into the IOT & the Cloud. Noah isn’t quite dead yet as he gives us an earful on the future of MacOS. Plus our thoughts on Signal, Telegram, Wire, IRC & more!
Nov 16, 2016
Episode 170: Nano Users Unite | LUP 170

Nano users come out of the closet, we demystify NFS a bit & discuss the top 5 commands new Linux users should learn.

Plus a NUC killer with a GPU, new Cinnamon & more!

Nov 09, 2016
Episode 169: Apple's Out Of Touch Bar | LUP 169

Swaths of Apple users are trying out Linux for the first time this week, with varying results. We discuss why & how it's going.

Then, we play some great clips by long time Kernel guru GregKH, dream about a future Linux living room, update you on a ton of great projects & more!

Nov 02, 2016
Episode 168: Linux Shadow Force | LUP 168
We get the inside scoop on what happens when Canonical gets a bunch of employees & community members in the same room, discuss the cool open hardware project Chris just ordered for the studio & update you on the big community highlights of the week!
Oct 26, 2016
Episode 167: Livepatch Bait & Switch | LUP 167

Canonical is not first to the live patching game, but they could have the best take on it. VeraCrypt, the successor to TrueCrypt, audit results are out & KDE shares their long term plans for the Plasma Desktop.

Then we bust some brewing Linux FUD and misconceptions & ponder the role of Free Software in a world that doesn't care.

Oct 19, 2016
Episode 166: Linux Winter Developments | LUP 166

Serendipity this week as a beautiful theme reveals itself throughout the episode.

Plus we get updates from some of our favorite projects, discuss the historic shift happening in Linux desktop & wrap it all up with some macOS shade.

Oct 12, 2016
Episode 165: In OpenDaylight | LUP 165
We connect with the communities & hardware projects using Software Defined Networking, update you on some of our favorite open source projects, share some anecdotes from a recent trip & update you on our trails with OpenMediaVault.
Oct 05, 2016
Episode 164: Dial Up Linux | LUP 164

In this special edition of Unplugged we do away with the traditional format & take calls LIVE on the air for free.

Some say the advice is worth what you pay for it!

Sep 28, 2016
Episode 163: Games of Linux Future | LUP 163

In a special edition of Unplugged that looks towards the future of Gnome & KDE, The Linux Gamer joins us to discuss creating his content on Linux, game releases he’s looking forward to & answer questions from our virtual LUG.

Plus we gush about Canonical hiring Wimpy, if your SSH password revealed when you attempt to connect to the wrong server, gander at the Nextcloud box & much more!

Sep 21, 2016
Episode 162: Linux Flying High | LUP 162

Ubuntu powered drones that double as a desktop PC, tweaking your Linux desktop vs polish & coreboot’s efforts to bypass Intel ME.

Plus our we update you on some of our favorite open source projects, the MySQL 0-day, a batch of emails, why we're excited about the crazy USB/IP Project & more!

Sep 14, 2016
Episode 161: A Real Pain in the Flash | LUP 161

Wayland by default may finally be nigh & we share what we’re looking forward to the most about a Wayland powered desktop.

The ext4 bug that bit Wimpy, Adobe Flash comes crawling back to Linux & our quick review of a well put together Plasma Desktop distro.

Sep 07, 2016
Episode 160: Binary Decisions | LUP 160

We officially live in the post systemd word & we take a look around at some of the niftier tricks systemd is pulling off, some of the quirky bugs & quickly touch on some myths around the binary log format.

Plus the clever tricks Wimpy employed to get Ubuntu Touch on an Android Meizu Pro 5, some big project updates, the SteamOS problem & more!

Aug 31, 2016
Episode 159: All Wimpy's Vault! | LUP 159

We become masters of our own files this week, chat with the ElementaryOS project about inspiring future development & rolling our own file sync solution.

Plus a quick look at the new Android N & why now might be the ideal time to switch to a Linux based phone OS.

It’s a packed episode!

Aug 24, 2016
Episode 158: Happy Birthday Debian | LUP 158

We throw a birthday party for Debian, discuss the future of the project & the possible awkward moment that might be near.

Plus Ryan Sipes stops by to give us a post Mycroft update, we dream of a bcachefs future, challenge Wes to get Linux fully working on a MacBook by the end of the show & lots of community updates!

Aug 17, 2016
Episode 157: SSH: Heaven or Shell | LUP 157

Our favorite tricks & hacks for SSH, debunking the Linux botnet rampage myth, the new challenges Solus is taking on & the inside track on how FOSS Talk Live went.

Plus getting Ubuntu MATE on the BQ Tablet, benchmarking Ubuntu on Windows & our quick takes on using Zim Wiki and TagSpaces to manage you local, secure notes.

Aug 10, 2016
Episode 156: Your Media Just Got Served | LUP 156

Take advantage of the Chromecast without Google, extend Kodi with awesome new backends & cast media around your network with free Linux tools. Our panel covers great tips to fully trick out your Linux media setup.

Plus our thoughts on the FCC forcing TP-Link to support open source firmwares, reverse tethering for Android, a quick look at Mint 18 XFCE edition & a lot more!

Aug 03, 2016
Episode 155: Snappy Collaboration | LUP 155

The devil is in the details & we dive right in when Martin aka Wimpy returns from the Snappy Sprint & shares his experience from his recent trip.

And in light of KeepPass getting an audit by the EU, was ask our Virtual LUG to sound off on the projects they’d audit if given the means & why.

Plus great updates from all around open source & the Starbound server challenge!

Jul 27, 2016
Episode 154: Pragmatic Idealism | LUP 154

Do you use desktop Linux for idealistic or practical reasons? We ask our virtual LUG & share our stories. Plus Chris’s new VPN solution & the hosted vs self hosted debate with a new twist.

Plus Canonical’s smart move to push Snap packages forward, tons of updates from our favorite projects & the disturbing news about Chrome.

Jul 20, 2016
Episode 153: One NAT to Rule Them | LUP 153

Chris discovers he’s being snooped on by his ISP, we discuss some Linux friendly solutions solve the situation. Is Linux Mint 18 really the best Linux distro every? Or should Ubuntu 16.04 be getting more of the credit?

Plus our chat with a developer, Solus goes rolling, Unity on Windows & building a long-term financially sustainable open source product.

Jul 13, 2016
Episode 152: To .NET or to .NOT? | LUP 152
Noah joins Wes for the second time this week to talk with the mumble room. Package management for Bash takes it one step too far, Nvidia starts putting GPUs in your containers, we learn some surprising things about open source at Comcast & discuss just what "Microsoft ♥ Linux" really means.
Jul 06, 2016
Episode 151: Universal Divide | LUP 151
We go hands on with Linux Mint 18, then discuss the latest batch of desktop killers & Wimpy’s new rig. Plus what makes Mattermost really great, a new new universal package format, the confusing things Red Hat says & we get to know WireGuard!
Jun 29, 2016
Episode 150: War of the Packages | LUP 150
We have a spirited discussion from both sides of the universal packaging issue, take a quick look at maru OS that turns a Nexus phone into your desktop, get the inside scoop on the recent Mycroft update & the new Solus release. Plus much more!
Jun 22, 2016
Episode 149: Snaps are Go! | LUP 149

Canonical drops a bombshell by making snap packages available for nearly all Linux distributions, Nextcloud has some serious momentum, Samsung is rumored to drop Android in favor of Tizen across all devices & Wes kicks the tires of elementary OS’ new Beta of Loki.

Then we try out Snap packages & discuss needs to happen next to really make them take off as the standard universal Linux installer.

Jun 15, 2016
Episode 148: Mind on my Cloud & Cloud on my Mind | LUP 148

After we get through a slew of great open source project achievements, we discuss the slippery slope that online services represent to Linux users.

Plus we get all big picture, what can be learned from ownCloud’s recent troubles, what we conclude by reading between the lines & more!

Jun 08, 2016
Episode 147: The Talking Gnome | LUP 147

Open Source artificial intelligence in all the things? Ryan from Mycroft joins us to update us on their recent hard work.

Is YubiKey going to hell in a handbasket? The latest from openSUSE, our first impressions of Remix OS & more!

Jun 01, 2016
Episode 146: Snap, Flaps & Package Drops | LUP 146

Package once, run anywhere. It’s always almost here, just around the corner, in the near future. But are we finally about to nail it? We look at Flatpack, Snaps, AppImage, ask what stands out from the pack & which will fall flat.

Plus why you're going to want to wait on that systemd upgrade, funding projects with a rocky past, the big thing about Mycroft no one is talking about & we try out Mycroft on the desktop.

May 25, 2016
Episode 145: BuzzwordFS | LUP 145

You're insecure unless you're running one of Greg’s Kernels & we think he’s right! Plus openSUSE chairman Richard Brown stops by to follow up on not shipping ZFS in openSUSE which leads to a passionate discussion.

And the simple thing we could all be doing to improve open source, but maybe we’re all feeling a little too entitled!

May 18, 2016
Episode 144: Flavorless Mint | LUP 144

Is a new wave of tech savvy Linux users coming? Chris makes his case & why distributions like Linux Mint won’t be ready for it.

Plus updates from some of our favorite projects, Linux on the PS4 & a quick look at the Fedora 24 beta.

May 11, 2016
Episode 143: Can't Contain Linux | LUP 143

Your marvelous container powered future, what happens when your favorite open source project takes its ball and goes closed source? Subsonic is going closed source, we discuss alternative options, how we feel as donors & the bigger picture in all of this.

Hands on with the HTC Vive under Linux, DuckDuckGo supporting their favorite open source, the goals for Ubuntu 16.10 & much more!

May 04, 2016
Episode 142: Long Term Disappointment | LUP 142

This week LTS has a new meaning as we reflect on a couple of weeks with Ubuntu 16.04 & why we’re dumping it.

We pick up the mood with some exclusive LinuxFest Northwest clips, projects updates & another clip that was never meant to air.

Apr 27, 2016
Episode 141: 16.04 and Shut Your Face | LUP 141

We get a little rambunctious as we talk about Ubuntu 16.04, why not the openSUSE Build Server & the remarkable problem with Ubuntu that’s just now being solved.

Plus some audio never meant for public release, updates on your favorite projects, first hands on with the Bq Ubuntu Tablet & more!

Apr 20, 2016
Episode 140: Blame Popey for ZFS | LUP 140

ZFS on Ubuntu gets new prominent criticism from Richard Stallman & we launch into a wider discussion the underlying message in these recent statements. Leo Laporte gives Linux another go after his previous switch disaster & reports back with some interesting insights.

Then we discuss the big updates to XFCE, the HTC Vive's lack of Linux support & Chris finally sets up Traccar, a self hosted location tracking server & discovers it’s surprising limitation.

Apr 13, 2016
Episode 139: Virtual Bondage | LUP 139

We look at the state of Virtual Reality under Linux. Richard Brown from openSUSE joins us to discuss making the Plasma Desktop even better & our quick review of Apricity OS “a modern, intuitive operating system for the cloud generation”.

Plus a bunch of project updates & much more!

Apr 06, 2016
Episode 138: Better than Linux | LUP 138

Has Linux met its match? That’s the claim several outlets are making this week. We look at the new & innovative operating systems stepping into the public light.

The first official Ubuntu tablet goes on sale & we share our thoughts, a little BASH on Windows & a lot more!

Mar 30, 2016
Episode 137: Kool as Breeze KDE | LUP 137

Plasma Desktop 5.6 is out today & we’ll share of the small things that we simply love. Plus some of our secret LinuxFest Northwest Linux rig build plans are revealed, why gaming on Linux is doing better than you’ve been led to believe & live shootout of open source Skype killers.

Also our thoughts on ubuntuBSD, open source GPS tracking, Nvidia shipping Wayland support & more!

Mar 23, 2016
Episode 136: There's a Snap for That | LUP 136

The future of Linux package management is here & there’s a lot of ideas on how to solve it. We discuss some of the more popular ones & how they might be impacting your Linux desktop much sooner than you expect.

Plus that awkward moment when a traditional desktop environment adopts a controversial UI modern element, the new generation of “perfect” Linux laptops & more!

Mar 16, 2016
Episode 135: Microsoft's SeQueL to Linux | LUP 135

Our world has forever changed with Microsoft’s announcement of SQL server for Linux. We get a little nostalgic. Plus a look at the new OwnCloud release & updates on some of our favorite projects.

Then we take a look at Shashlik which promises to transparently run Android apps on your Linux desktop & more!

Mar 09, 2016
Episode 134: Pi 3: The Next Generation | LUP 134

After some updates about some of your favorite distros, we go hands on with the Raspberry Pi 3. Then we look at the AppImage project and their delivery on the download and run promise.

Plus a make good on a recent mistake, looking at a new kind of distro funding model & much more!

Mar 02, 2016
Episode 133: Apollo Has Landed | LUP 133

Entroware’s Apollo laptop has arrived, and we share our first hands on impressions of their ultra Linux laptop, how does it compare to the Purism, and a quick chat with Entroware’s co-founder.

Plus we discuss the Mint hack, and solutions we could create as a community to solve the bigger problems, updates from some of our favorite open source projects, and chat about Beep Beep Yarr, and more!

Feb 24, 2016
Episode 132: Librem 15 is FAN-tastic! | LUP 132

We discuss the official release of Vulkan, look at who has shipping code & why this is much bigger than you might realize.

Plus Chris share’s his first hands on impressions of Purism’s Librem 15 laptop, some big Ubuntu Mobile noise, the Linux security bug you need to patch for right away & more!

Feb 17, 2016
Episode 131: Terminal Tackle Box | LUP 131

Upgrade your terminal with Fish & the new Fishery plugin market. We chat about one of the really neat bash replacements on Linux. Then we take a look at Maru, a Debian based image for Nexus 5 devices that sounds a lot like Ubuntu Touch.

Plus a quick look at a new app that combines Plex with Popcorn Time & the awesome new features we just all got as Linux users!

Feb 10, 2016
Episode 130: The Six Rings of Ubuntu | LUP 130

Why Linux Mint’s X-Apps are a bigger shakeup then you might realize, bricking your laptop with a Linux command & Dell’s new Linux distro.

Plus we celebrate 15 years of VLC, a quick look at Tails 2.0 & more!

Feb 03, 2016
Episode 129: Shaky Linux Foundations | LUP 129

Has the Linux Foundation made moves to cut out the individual from having their voice heard? We discuss the latest controversy brewing this week and the foundations response.

Plus why if you're still waiting for Wayland to ship, your doing it wrong, AMD’s plans for the open future, some updates from some of our favorite projects, stories from SCALE14x & more!

Jan 27, 2016
Episode 128: Is that a server in your pocket? | LUP 128
This week we dive into what the community thinks about putting a server in their pocket, show you some smart tricks with Gimp & some Windows nightmares. Plus some router chat & more!
Jan 20, 2016
Episode 127: Sorry, I don't do Windows | LUP 127

We react to Remix OS and give it a go on a few of our machines, discuss the surprise feature in KDE 5.6 & chat with some of the folks behind SCALE 14x.

Plus how to tell family and friends you're not the Geek Squad, we get our filesystem geek on & using tech support opportunities to be an open source ambassador.

Jan 13, 2016
Episode 126: Mycroft Action Show | LUP 126

Straight from the horse's mouth, we get updates on the code drop coming from the Mycroft project. Plus some details about our SCALE plans & NVIDIA's Linux powered CES demo.

Plus Chris owns up to his 2015 predictions & more!

Jan 06, 2016
Episode 125: Slaving for Red Star OS | LUP 125

A distribution of Linux built to survey and track speech, we go into the surveillance marvel that is Red Star OS. Solus hits 1.0 & we bring on some of the team to tell us all about it.

Plus Mozilla has a new… Distraction? We debate their merits of rumored new Firefox OS powered hardware.

Dec 30, 2015
Episode 124: Linux’s Amazing Year | LUP 124

We look back at the big year for Linux, for our show & our virtual LUG. Some of the most interesting projects in open source were discussed first in our LUG, we look at some of the great moments & then give you our fresh take on the big events.

It’s a very special edition of LINUX Unplugged.

Dec 22, 2015
Episode 123: Mycroft and Chilli | LUP 123

UbuCon is just around the corner, we’re joined by Ubuntu’s community manager & the team on the ground to share the inside scoop on how this Ubuntu conference came to be & how you can get in free.

Ryan from Mycroft stops by to give us an update on their open source artificial intelligence project, their new official partnership with Ubuntu & more.

Then we discuss the major partnership between LibreOffice & OwnCloud, the cool OwnCloud hardware that could develop into a consumer device.

Plus some major project updates, community feedback & more!

Dec 16, 2015
Episode 122: Thunderclouds around Thunderbird | LUP 122

Mozilla wants to spin off Thunderbird & launch an iOS ad blocker that only works with Safari. Is there a master plan at work, or has the Mozilla foundation lost their way? Our virtual LUG debates.

Then our best solutions for syncing your Podcasts from your mobile to your Linux desktop & SpiderOak ditches Google.

Plus we review the new CrossOver 15 & discuss how this Linux desktop app works like no other. What nice features it offers over PlayOnLinux & standard WINE, why it's not quite like other commercial software for Linux & more!

Dec 09, 2015
Episode 121: Raspberry Pi Does What? | LUP 121

A new trick up Fedora’s sleeve might be worth trying on your own Linux install, the new mini-pc revolution is here & the Raspberry Pi Zero brings it for $5. Adobe announces the death of Flash… Kind of. But we’ll share how to finish the job & truly banish flash from your Linux rig.

Plus open source gaming just got an upgrade, GIMP has some fancy & more!

Dec 02, 2015
Episode 120: Budgie Jumping | LUP 120

A member of the Vivaldi browser project joins to discuss their new release. The man behind Solus comes on to follow up on our review, discuss the big plans for the future, creating a custom distribution & the problem with derivatives.

GIMP turns 20 this week and we ask if it’s just time to accept that some OSS projects will never topple their commercial competitor & why that’s just fine by us. We’re still thankful for the GIMP.

Nov 25, 2015
Episode 119: What’s Up Docker? | LUP 119

Have we gone too far with Docker? We channel our inner curmudgeon & discuss the Heartbleed sized elephant hanging out in Docker’s room. Plus why all the bad press around SteamOS might be missing the mark & our virtual LUG shares their hands on experiences with openSUSE LEAP!

Plus some important follow up, a few surprises & a dead UPS!

Nov 18, 2015
Episode 118: Leaping Over Tumbleweed | LUP 118

New versions of openSUSE leap and Fedora have hit the web. The chairmen of openSUSE joins us to answer our hard questions & we follow up on Fedora 23.

Plus the big upset with Debian this week, ransomware that targets Linux systems & way more than we can fit into this description!

Nov 11, 2015
Episode 117: Does Slack MatterMost? | LUP 117

New Desktop Environment updates grab our attention & the trend to move open source projects towards Slack has us concerned.

Plus how the VW emissions issue is great for hackers, an OggCamp recap & we light a candle for Fedora 23.

Nov 04, 2015
Episode 116: What's New MATE | LUP 116

Behind the scenes on Ubuntu MATE’s new features pushing the Ubuntu platform forward for traditional desktops, why Apple’s latest court case proves Richard Stallman was right about owning your own software & there is real debate about Xiaomi's new Linux laptop.

Plus the big EFF win that’s great for Linux users, the big problems facing x86 that are a wake up call to distro makers & more!

Oct 28, 2015
Episode 115: Open Production | LUP 115
OpenStreetMap might just be one of the most important open source projects in the world. We look at some of the amazing tools built around this open & free infrastructure. Then our tips for producing great content & podcasts under Linux, plus a live unboxing & demo of the new Steam Controller.
Oct 21, 2015
Episode 114: KDE Connect All the Things | LUP 114
We take a look at some of the coolest technologies coming out of the Plasma desktop & finally a open source router you and your family can use. Then we share some of our favorite ncurses terminal based applications, you might just be surprised at how modern these terminal apps are!
Oct 14, 2015
Episode 113: Kernel of Truth | LUP 113

Performance tips for keeping your Linux install running like new, some basic tricks & some advanced tips.

Why Microsoft’s new Surface Book might be able to run Linux & we reflect on the larger issues behind the recent public exits from the Linux Kernel development team & more!

Oct 07, 2015
Episode 112: Open Source Power Outlets | LUP 112
Noah hosts again while Chris is in the land of no service, also known as Utah! We talk about LibreOffice, Ubuntu's new Setup wizard, OpenSUSE's leap & more!
Sep 30, 2015
Episode 111: Completely Unplugged | LUP 111

A special edition of the Unplugged show, Chris joins the Virtual LUG from the road & Noah and Wes host the show. They compare and contrast Fedora and Arch & the nice new features of Fedora 23.

Then everyone has their own perspective on home automation, from security to convenience. We have a great discussion about the broader ramifications of home automation.

Then we wrap it all up with some closing thoughts on using Linux & open source to live offline, like you're online.

Sep 23, 2015
Episode 110: Return of the Localhost | LUP 110

We cover some great open source projects that help you live life off-line, as if you were online. We also discuss the upstream contributions from Munich & an awesome block level back up system.

Plus some great feedback, a road trip update & more!

Sep 17, 2015
Episode 109: Who Will Build The Builders | LUP 109

Debian aims for reproducible builds of all packages. We’ll explain what that means & why other distributions might be jumping onboard with the idea.

Plus impressive early performance results under Mir & Gnome’s 3.18’s best features you're not hearing about.

Sep 09, 2015
Episode 108: Insecurity by Design | LUP 108

Top law enforcement officials in the US want backdoors in all encryption systems. What would the ramifications to open source around the world be if this became law of the land in the US?

Details on the upcoming road show, Kubuntu's new look, saying goodbye to an old friend & some Go powered retro feedback.

Sep 02, 2015
Episode 107: Freedom Isn't Free | LUP 107

We celebrate the 24th birthday of Linux by looking back to it’s early days, discuss the new SSD optimized Linux file system, the rather normal things Linux is doing on Mainframes & how the community at large reacts to crowdfunding.

Plus some great follow up, some great discussion & much more!

Aug 26, 2015
Episode 106: Connecting the Docks | LUP 106

Live from the floor of LinuxCon 2015 we capture Bruce Schneier’s take on hacking attribution, how HP enthusiastically supports Linux internally & our impressions of the big convention.

Plus how Docker is going big this year & which type of Linux event is right for you.

Aug 19, 2015
Episode 105: Vulkan the Metal Slayer | LUP 105

We chat with the chief technology officer behind Mycroft, an open source artificial intelligence for everyone. Then discuss Android’s adoption of Vulkan and the major impact it could have on desktop Linux & the nice new Linux exclusive features coming to Firefox.

Plus we revisit file syncing under Linux & discuss the really great options that have cropped up recently.

Aug 12, 2015
Episode 104: Miles of WiFi | LUP 104

Ubuntu publishes their roadmap for the next few releases & we discuss what the future might hold for “Ubuntu Personal”. Plus the major challenges Linux gaming is facing.

Then we’ve got insights from the experts on building robust wifi for your home, enterprise or even large events… Powered by Linux!

Aug 06, 2015
Episode 103: OSCON Secret Sauce | LUP 103

Great interviews from the floor of OSCON 2015! How FastMail uses Linux, managing thousands of Apache instances, an open source Slack killer, Tizen on all the things & much more.

Plus why the Ubuntu MATE project is dropping the Ubuntu Software, their replacement, the vLUG’s thoughts on Plasma Mobile, a Skunkworks project straight out of Las Vegas & more!

Jul 29, 2015
Episode 102: Canonical, Dell & AMD Games | LUP 102
Noah joins us in studio for a fun edition of Unplugged! Updates are landing on Ubuntu Phones, the ridiculous work around for a major performance boost on AMD cards, the real problem with Dell’s latest Ubuntu laptops & more!
Jul 21, 2015
Episode 101: Will Flash Be Trashed? | LUP 101

A renewed push to kill flash hits the web & we discuss the possible advantages for Linux users. A KDE user trying out Gnome for a week & the real issues he touches on.

Plus your take on openSUSE’s big changes & follow up to our take on it.

Jul 15, 2015
Episode 100: Still Minty Fresh | LUP 100

We reflect on 100 episodes of LINUX Unplugged, the themes from episodes past & then review Linux Mint 17.2 Cinnamon edition.

Then we’ll discuss an exciting new form factor for x86 based Ubuntu PCs & the exciting use cases for them.

Jul 08, 2015
Episode 99: Finger on the Pulse of Video | LUP 99

Will Pinos bring to Linux Video What PulseAudio did for audio? We discuss this major development that breaks during the show.

Also, a great discussion about the new Linux Mint release that leads to a heated debate about the long-term usefulness of boring distributions & why we Linux advocates might think they are more useful than they truly are.

Plus some big follow up, the Mumble room gets unplugged & much more!

Jul 01, 2015
Episode 98: Not OK Google | LUP 98

We look at some tools that make installing Linux on multiple computers a snap, discuss our favorite backup and reload approaches & then debate the merits of Chromium auto-downloading a binary to enable users microphones.

Plus a great interview with the Openoid project from SELF2015 & more!

Jun 24, 2015
Episode 97: Better Open Source Options | LUP 97

What makes the Linux awesome? Community. This week we’ve got exclusive clips from SouthEast LinuxFest 2015 & an on the ground report from OpenTech 2015.

Plus why open source needs to follow the Apple model and get started with students, creating value around open source & how Red Hat stays connected to the community.

Jun 17, 2015
Episode 96: Fedora's Bright Future | LUP 96

The Fedora Project Lead Matthew Miller joins us to discuss what’s coming up in Fedora 23 & reflect on Fedora 22.

Plus Mark Shuttleworth unveils another device running Ubuntu, Angela stops by with a switch to Linux update, some quick story updates & more!

Jun 10, 2015
Episode 95: Disjunctive Normal Fedora | LUP 95

A follow up on our Fedora 22 review, including a few areas we missed. How Google’s Cardboard could kickstart open source VR & new features coming to Gnome 3.18.

Plus our take on the state of openSUSE, why 2015 might really be the year of the Linux Laptop & much, much more!

Jun 02, 2015
Episode 94: 11 Years of Linux Benchmarking | LUP 94

Michael Larabel joins us to discuss his initiative of daily automated performance benchmarking of some of the world's most important open source projects & reflects on 11 years of running

Plus our first take on Fedora 22 & how we resolved some rough edges, the best new options for new users that require Microsoft Office under Linux & more!

May 27, 2015
Episode 93: Rollback Romanticism | LUP 93

After an Ubuntu update goes really bad Chris reflects on how snappy, a transactionally updated version of Ubuntu, could have avoided this problem.

Plus a review of the System76 Meerkat PC, Russia plans to fork Sailfish OS & more!

May 20, 2015
Episode 92: Linux Wife, Happy Life. | LUP 92

We get an update on our resident Mac users switch to Linux & the challenges she's run into. Ubuntu makes a deal with Microsoft and promises to ship snappy on the Internet of Things, but what the heck is a Snap package? And is it truly a transactional system?

Plus hints on how Debian PPAs might work, the world's first $9 Linux rig & much more!

May 13, 2015
Episode 91: Open Source Kollaboration | LUP 91

Aaron Seigo joins us to discuss the Kolab project, open source’s genuine answer to Microsoft Exchange and other groupware solutions. We also discuss the Roundcube project’s fundraiser & possible integration with Kolab.

Plus our Virtual LUG reviews Ubuntu 15.04, and we discuss what’s so desktop focused about Ubuntu 15.10 & much, much more!

May 06, 2015
Episode 90: How The Fest Was Fun | LUP 90

Exclusive interviews from the floor of LinuxFest Northwest 2015, meet the man who brought Netflix to Linux & changed the WINE project forever, how Intel builds the MinnowBoard for Linux, the state of ZFS on Linux & how we had so much fun it just might be illegal.

Plus a quick look at the new KDE Plasma update, Telegram’s surprising popularity & more!

Apr 29, 2015
Episode 89: Oh Deere, RMS was Right | LUP 89

Manufactures claims software integrated with hardware means the end user never truly owns the device, and simply owns a license to use it. Our panel discusses the real world ramifications of this.

Plus MacBook Linux woes, the quick look at the ThinkPad Yoga 3 running Linux, the biggest systemd myth busted & more!

Apr 22, 2015
Episode 88: Churning Over Btrfs | LUP 88
Apr 15, 2015
Episode 87: btrfs Meltdown | LUP 87

After yet another gotcha takes down a critical Linux workstation, is it officially time to consider avoiding btrfs when it matters?

Plus what happened to the Evolve OS project & why they are now called Solus.

Apr 08, 2015
Episode 86: Evolve Your OS | LUP 86

The proprietor of Evolve OS stops by to discuss what makes Evolve OS a unique Linux desktop & the challenges smaller projects face getting coverage and attention.

Plus a look at tiny powerful Linux hardware gadget that we think might be worth backing, a debate about “the look” of Linux apps & more!

Apr 01, 2015
Episode 85: Give the Kids Linux | LUP 85

Will Secure Boot hamper boutique Linux distributions and hurt desktop Linux innovation? Our panel debates. Also getting started with Linux the right way.

Plus a recap of the first ever Kansas Linux Fest, our errata, your feedback & more!

Mar 25, 2015
Episode 84: On the Verge of Convergence | LUP 84

We get the scoop on how Ubuntu Touch plans to tackle Android’s market share & the challenges involved in moving some of our favorite desktop Linux apps to Ubuntu touch.

Plus what makes the perfect laptop for our crew, why the future of Btrfs looks very bright & an Ubuntu MATE Update.

Mar 18, 2015
Episode 83: Numixing Fedora | LUP 83

Ozon OS promises to make Fedora approachable for the rest of us, Ubuntu makes the switch to systemd & then we’ll debate the likely effectiveness of the new Linux Kernel development “Code of Conflict”.

Plus feedback, story updates & more!

Mar 11, 2015
Episode 82: Ubuntu MATE Gets Legit | LUP 82

We round out our SCALE13x coverage with a few more exclusive interviews, then get an update on the fast growing Ubuntu MATE project.

Plus a look back at Gnome 1.0’s release, Firefox OS on a pocket watch, the great wearable debate & much more!

Mar 04, 2015
Episode 81: Unplugging the Past | LUP 81
Join us as we peer into the past and revisit some big topics!
Feb 24, 2015
Episode 80: ARMed with Arch | LUP 80

One of the core developers of Arch Linux ARM joins us to chat about this rapidly developing platform, how Arch is used in ARM deployments & their relationship with the main Arch project.

Plus an update on Ubuntu Phone & the first fully sandboxed portable Linux desktop app is demoed this week. How is it different than what we’ve seen before? And how far away might it be? We debate.

Feb 18, 2015
Episode 79: Ubuntu Calling | LUP 79

The first Ubuntu phone goes on sale tomorrow & we ask all the interesting questions you might have been wondering. The details on the launch of the phone, some of the great apps & what’s still missing.

Plus the new Raspberry Pi hates being flashed & we read a quick batch of great emails.

Feb 11, 2015
Episode 78: Straight Outta FOSDEM | LUP 78

FOSDEM just wrapped up, where thousands of developers & enthusiasts of free & open source software gather to talk all things Linux.

Plus we drool over the new Raspberry Pi 2 & ask if B+ buyers got a little screwed.

Feb 04, 2015
Episode 77: Vivaldi, The Fourth Browser | LUP 77

A new browser called Vivaldi is on the scene with Linux support out of the box. Our virtual lug makes the case why it might be worth giving a try!

Plus a quick Linux laptop update, a surprise for Matt, your feedback & more!

Jan 28, 2015
Episode 76: Building a Better Gnome | LUP 76