Everyday Linux, Ep. 1 - Ubuntu Examined



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In this episode Chris and Josh take a look at the Ubuntu Linux operating system, from where to get it, to how to install it, to what you'll find when you do.









So is this going to be a separate podcast on itunes, or will it come out in the same TightwadTech feed?

Everyday Linux is an entirely different podcast. The show notes will appear on the Tightwad Tech web site, but the show will have a different feed. You can see it over on the right side in it's own little widget box. iTunes just approved it as of this morning, so it should be in their store now, or you can just click one of the subscribe buttons on the right.

Thanks for the Libra Office info. I had not heard of it before.

There's a similar fork in the Linux distro world. There are a very few truly free GNU / Linux distros around, despite the claims to the contrary. It turns out that the Linux Kernel violates the GPL by including a bunch of nonfree driver blobs. The free distros remove those blobs.

Of course, then it won't work on a lot of hardware, illustrating the broken business model of free software in a world of unfree chip APIs. While I appreciate the FSF's stance, the sad fact is that their 20 year call to boycott nonfree chip sets has resulted in zero industry pressure to open the APIs. If I could buy a laptop with free APIs, which allowed me to run truly free software, I would do it. But I can't. So I run a nonfree OS called Mint.

It's odd that the FSF and particularly Eben Moglen have been so quiet about this. Normally the vociferously go after nonfree software, and especially GPL violations. Perhaps suing Linus Torvalds isn't such a hot idea for the free software movement.

thanks for the feed back guys ...

Mark glad to hear that Itunes picked it up and running...

I LOVE THE BUMPER MUSIC!! << yes, that much.

Also, I thought it might be helpful to link to a source for that pronunciation, so here it is, right at the very top: (Chris, it's pronounced toe-may-toe :) ) http://www.ubuntu.com/project/about-ubuntu

Chris kinda faded out when explaining RPM, so for anyone who missed it, it stands for Red [H]at Package Manager.

Also, Chris, were you saying "Nero" or "mirrow" or what? (hopefully it wasn't "mirrow" since that's not a word :) )

Downside of Handbrake is that it only exports to MP4/M4V or MKV. It's certainly fine for uploading to video sharing sites, but it might not work with some devices or software that one might want it to. Unfortunately, not everything supports every codec.

I see you linked to InfraRecorder. In my experience it hasn't really taken everything I've thrown at it without throwing a fit, and that's unfortunate. Thus, I'd recommend the other two you linked to: CDBurnerXP for non-geeks, and ImgBurn for geeks. That said, there is yet another option out there: Express Burn by NCH Software. ( http://www.nch.com.au/burn/ ) You might notice that the free download is a trial version -- there's a way to use it for free, sans its premium features: start uninstalling it, and it will give you the option to downgrade to the free, non-time-limited version. :) But anyway, I thought this was a Linux podcast! ;)

Lastly, I want to plug LibreOffice. It's a fork of OpenOffice.org (OOo) that was created by some of the OOo developers due to fear that Oracle might do something to it (and in response, Oracle booted said developers off of OOo) -- and many Linux distros are moving to it. Another fork of OOo that I preferred, called Go-OO (which added several features), has merged into LibreOffice, so that's one reason I now recommend it.
Added Features: http://www.libreoffice.org/download/new-features-and-fixes/
Why was LibreOffice created/forked?: http://www.documentfoundation.org/faq/
4 Reasons to Try LibreOffice: http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/212578/4_reasons_to_try_li...