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LINUX Unplugged

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Weekly Linux Talk Show with no script, no limits, surpise guests and tons of opinion.
250: Only The Best
May 23 • 73 min
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.Sponsored…
249: Home Grown FUD
May 15 • 81 min
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…
248: Contain All The Things
May 9 • 76 min
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.Sponsored By:Linux Academy: Visit linuxacademy.com/unplugged to support the show and sign…
247: Year of the Linux Desktop 😎
May 1 • 93 min
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…
246: The Bionic Bet
Apr 24 • 80 min
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…
245: Microsoft of Things
Apr 17 • 72 min
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…
244: Plasma Predicament
Apr 11 • 74 min
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…
243: The Stallman Directive
Apr 3 • 68 min
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…
242: Debian on the Fly
Mar 27 • 62 min
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…
241: Snitching on SCaLE
Mar 20 • 68 min
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.Sponsored…
240: Why This Theme Won’t Work | LUP 240
Mar 14 • 80 min
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!
239: Selling Out for Open Source | LUP 239
Mar 6 • 73 min
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.
238: It’s All Wimpy’s Fault | LUP 238
Feb 28 • 60 min
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.
237: One Ping Only | LUP 237
Feb 21 • 97 min
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…
236: Microsoft’s Big Secret | LUP 236
Feb 13 • 95 min
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…
235: Atomic Neon Kool-Aid | LUP 235
Feb 7 • 103 min
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…
234: Behind Canonical’s Curtain | LUP 234
Jan 31 • 95 min
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…
233: Living Inside the Shell | LUP 233
Jan 24 • 94 min
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!
232: The Secret to Future Linux Success | LUP 232
Jan 16 • 103 min
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!
231: Most Expensive Linux Distro Ever | LUP 231
Jan 9 • 98 min
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!
230: Invest In Popcorn | LUP 230
Jan 3 • 57 min
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.
229: Taste of Linux 2017 | LUP 229
Dec 26, 2017 • 85 min
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.
228: rm -rf 2017 | LUP 228
Dec 19, 2017 • 76 min
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.
227: Peer Pressure | LUP 227
Dec 14, 2017 • 92 min
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.…
226: Bitcoin for Linux Users | LUP 226
Dec 5, 2017 • 83 min
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!
225: Hacking the Community | LUP 225
Nov 29, 2017 • 99 min
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.
224: No Escape from Google | LUP 224
Nov 22, 2017 • 84 min
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.…
223: Fedora’s New Trick | LUP 223
Nov 15, 2017 • 109 min
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…
222: A Community Divided | LUP 222
Nov 7, 2017 • 79 min
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.
221: Ubuntu A-Team | LUP 221
Nov 1, 2017 • 93 min
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…
220: Remotely Useful | LUP 220
Oct 25, 2017 • 94 min
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…
219: Ubuntu’s New Era | LUP 219
Oct 17, 2017 • 66 min
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!
218: The Purism Redemption | LUP 218
Oct 11, 2017 • 86 min
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.
217: That One Time, At Ubuntu Camp | LUP 217
Oct 4, 2017 • 96 min
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.
216: Open Source Is Hard | LUP 216
Sep 27, 2017 • 84 min
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…
215: Pulse of PipeWire | LUP 215
Sep 19, 2017 • 66 min
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.
214: Hacking Devices with Kali Linux | LUP 214
Sep 13, 2017 • 95 min
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!
213: Gnome Does it Again | LUP 213
Sep 5, 2017 • 74 min
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…
212: The Free Phone Nightmare | LUP 212
Aug 30, 2017 • 86 min
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…
211: Forks Done Right | LUP 211
Aug 22, 2017 • 97 min
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…
210: Total Solus Eclipse | LUP 210
Aug 16, 2017 • 75 min
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…
209: LILO and Slack(ware) | LUP 209
Aug 9, 2017 • 84 min
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!
208: The Stallman Line | LUP 208
Aug 2, 2017 • 98 min
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…
207: Return Of The Distrohopper | LUP 207
Jul 26, 2017 • 96 min
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.
206: Beardy McBeardface | LUP 206
Jul 19, 2017 • 103 min
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…
205: A Fitting Fedora | LUP 205
Jul 12, 2017 • 64 min
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…
204: Awkward Distro Puberty | LUP 204
Jul 5, 2017 • 102 min
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…
203: MATEs Wayland MIR-acle | LUP 203
Jun 28, 2017 • 73 min
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.
202: Halls of Endless Linux | LUP 202
Jun 20, 2017 • 78 min
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…
201: Turbo Mode Ikey | LUP 201
Jun 13, 2017 • 87 min
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…
200: Gnome in the Shell | LUP 200
Jun 7, 2017 • 70 min
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…
199: No Samba No Cry | LUP 199
May 30, 2017 • 88 min
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!
198: Magic Device Cloud | LUP 198
May 23, 2017 • 69 min
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!
197: That New User Smell | LUP 197
May 17, 2017 • 79 min
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!
196: Orange is the new Red (Hat) | LUP 196
May 9, 2017 • 74 min
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!
195: Rub a Dub Grub | LUP 195
May 3, 2017 • 76 min
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…
194: Internet of Troubles | LUP 194
Apr 26, 2017 • 90 min
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!
193: Ubuntu’s Bare Gnome | LUP 193
Apr 18, 2017 • 86 min
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…
192: Home Sweet Gnome | LUP 192
Apr 12, 2017 • 102 min
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,…
191: What’s a Distro? | LUP 191
Apr 5, 2017 • 71 min
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.…
190: Boot Free or Die Tryin’ | LUP 190
Mar 29, 2017 • 78 min
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!
189: Das Boot Manager | LUP 189
Mar 21, 2017 • 87 min
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!
188: Celebrating Linux on Pi Day | LUP 188
Mar 14, 2017 • 65 min
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.
187: CIA’s Dank Trojans | LUP 187
Mar 7, 2017 • 88 min
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…
186: AWS Loses Its ShIOT | LUP 186
Feb 28, 2017 • 77 min
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!
185: Plasma Injection | LUP 185
Feb 21, 2017 • 87 min
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…
184: Chilling with Kylin | LUP 184
Feb 14, 2017 • 75 min
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…
183: Niche Distros Need Not Apply | LUP 183
Feb 7, 2017 • 83 min
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 &…
182: Death by Download | LUP 182
Jan 31, 2017 • 92 min
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 Kernel.org’s big change, building your own local Steam repository & more!
181: A Brisk MATE for Solus | LUP 181
Jan 24, 2017 • 83 min
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!
180: The Theory of Liri | LUP 180
Jan 17, 2017 • 95 min
We take a look at a material design influenced distribution, the FSF’s new high priority list & much more this week!
179: Project Sputnik Interview | LUP 179
Jan 10, 2017 • 64 min
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!
178: Big Sister is Watching | LUP 178
Jan 4, 2017 • 96 min
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!
177: The Many Faces of Linux | LUP 177
Dec 27, 2016 • 143 min
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…
176: Shell-Shocked 2016 | LUP 176
Dec 21, 2016 • 91 min
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!
175: Best of MATEs | LUP 175
Dec 14, 2016 • 95 min
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!
174: Mesh of Thoughts | LUP 174
Dec 7, 2016 • 74 min
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…
173: Upgrade vs Nuke ‘n Pave | LUP 173
Nov 30, 2016 • 85 min
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!
172: It’s Not X, It’s Wayland | LUP 172
Nov 23, 2016 • 114 min
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…
171: Uncontained Human Error | LUP 171
Nov 16, 2016 • 89 min
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!
170: Nano Users Unite | LUP 170
Nov 9, 2016 • 72 min
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!
169: Apple’s Out Of Touch Bar | LUP 169
Nov 1, 2016 • 75 min
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…
168: Linux Shadow Force | LUP 168
Oct 26, 2016 • 93 min
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!
167: Livepatch Bait & Switch | LUP 167
Oct 19, 2016 • 94 min
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…
166: Linux Winter Developments | LUP 166
Oct 11, 2016 • 89 min
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.
165: In OpenDaylight | LUP 165
Oct 4, 2016 • 90 min
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.
164: Dial Up Linux | LUP 164
Sep 28, 2016 • 86 min
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!
163: Games of Linux Future | LUP 163
Sep 20, 2016 • 74 min
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…
162: Linux Flying High | LUP 162
Sep 14, 2016 • 99 min
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…
161: A Real Pain in the Flash | LUP 161
Sep 6, 2016 • 75 min
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.
160: Binary Decisions | LUP 160
Aug 31, 2016 • 65 min
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…
159: All Wimpy’s Vault! | LUP 159
Aug 24, 2016 • 143 min
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…
158: Happy Birthday Debian | LUP 158
Aug 16, 2016 • 100 min
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…
157: SSH: Heaven or Shell | LUP 157
Aug 9, 2016 • 113 min
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…
156: Your Media Just Got Served | LUP 156
Aug 3, 2016 • 81 min
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…
155: Snappy Collaboration | LUP 155
Jul 27, 2016 • 79 min
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…
154: Pragmatic Idealism | LUP 154
Jul 19, 2016 • 97 min
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…
153: One NAT to Rule Them | LUP 153
Jul 13, 2016 • 112 min
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 Matrix.org…
152: To .NET or to .NOT? | LUP 152
Jul 5, 2016 • 88 min
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…
151: Universal Divide | LUP 151
Jun 28, 2016 • 108 min
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!
150: War of the Packages | LUP 150
Jun 21, 2016 • 116 min
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!
149: Snaps are Go! | LUP 149
Jun 14, 2016 • 94 min
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…
148: Mind on my Cloud & Cloud on my Mind | LUP 148
Jun 7, 2016 • 68 min
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…
147: The Talking Gnome | LUP 147
Jun 1, 2016 • 86 min
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!
146: Snap, Flaps & Package Drops | LUP 146
May 24, 2016 • 88 min
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…
145: BuzzwordFS | LUP 145
May 17, 2016 • 88 min
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…
144: Flavorless Mint | LUP 144
May 10, 2016 • 111 min
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.
143: Can’t Contain Linux | LUP 143
May 3, 2016 • 82 min
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.…
142: Long Term Disappointment | LUP 142
Apr 27, 2016 • 90 min
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.
141: 16.04 and Shut Your Face | LUP 141
Apr 20, 2016 • 126 min
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…
140: Blame Popey for ZFS | LUP 140
Apr 12, 2016 • 81 min
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…
139: Virtual Bondage | LUP 139
Apr 5, 2016 • 106 min
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…
138: Better than Linux | LUP 138
Mar 29, 2016 • 102 min
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…
137: Kool as Breeze KDE | LUP 137
Mar 22, 2016 • 96 min
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…
136: There’s a Snap for That | LUP 136
Mar 15, 2016 • 103 min
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…
135: Microsoft’s SeQueL to Linux | LUP 135
Mar 8, 2016 • 71 min
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…
134: Pi 3: The Next Generation | LUP 134
Mar 1, 2016 • 88 min
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…
133: Apollo Has Landed | LUP 133
Feb 23, 2016 • 78 min
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…
132: Librem 15 is FAN-tastic! | LUP 132
Feb 16, 2016 • 83 min
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…
131: Terminal Tackle Box | LUP 131
Feb 9, 2016 • 96 min
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…
130: The Six Rings of Ubuntu | LUP 130
Feb 2, 2016 • 86 min
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!
129: Shaky Linux Foundations | LUP 129
Jan 26, 2016 • 88 min
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…
128: Is that a server in your pocket? | LUP 128
Jan 20, 2016 • 86 min
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!
127: Sorry, I don’t do Windows | LUP 127
Jan 12, 2016 • 76 min
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…
126: Mycroft Action Show | LUP 126
Jan 5, 2016 • 114 min
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!
125: Slaving for Red Star OS | LUP 125
Dec 29, 2015 • 70 min
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…
124: Linux’s Amazing Year | LUP 124
Dec 22, 2015 • 118 min
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…
123: Mycroft and Chilli | LUP 123
Dec 15, 2015 • 121 min
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…
122: Thunderclouds around Thunderbird | LUP 122
Dec 8, 2015 • 104 min
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…
121: Raspberry Pi Does What? | LUP 121
Dec 1, 2015 • 99 min
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…
120: Budgie Jumping | LUP 120
Nov 24, 2015 • 106 min
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…
119: What’s Up Docker? | LUP 119
Nov 18, 2015 • 105 min
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…
118: Leaping Over Tumbleweed | LUP 118
Nov 10, 2015 • 97 min
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…
117: Does Slack MatterMost? | LUP 117
Nov 3, 2015 • 81 min
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.
116: What’s New MATE | LUP 116
Oct 27, 2015 • 91 min
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…
115: Open Production | LUP 115
Oct 20, 2015 • 95 min
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…
114: KDE Connect All the Things | LUP 114
Oct 14, 2015 • 101 min
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…
113: Kernel of Truth | LUP 113
Oct 6, 2015 • 78 min
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…
112: Open Source Power Outlets | LUP 112
Sep 30, 2015 • 107 min
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!
111: Completely Unplugged | LUP 111
Sep 23, 2015 • 90 min
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,…
110: Return of the Localhost | LUP 110
Sep 16, 2015 • 59 min
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!
109: Who Will Build The Builders | LUP 109
Sep 8, 2015 • 65 min
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…
108: Insecurity by Design | LUP 108
Sep 1, 2015 • 67 min
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…
107: Freedom Isn’t Free | LUP 107
Aug 25, 2015 • 113 min
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…
106: Connecting the Docks | LUP 106
Aug 19, 2015 • 56 min
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…
105: Vulkan the Metal Slayer | LUP 105
Aug 11, 2015 • 77 min
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…
104: Miles of WiFi | LUP 104
Aug 5, 2015 • 95 min
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,…
103: OSCON Secret Sauce | LUP 103
Jul 28, 2015 • 96 min
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…
102: Canonical, Dell & AMD Games | LUP 102
Jul 20, 2015 • 92 min
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!
101: Will Flash Be Trashed? | LUP 101
Jul 14, 2015 • 103 min
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.
100: Still Minty Fresh | LUP 100
Jul 7, 2015 • 56 min
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.
99: Finger on the Pulse of Video | LUP 99
Jun 30, 2015 • 101 min
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…
98: Not OK Google | LUP 98
Jun 23, 2015 • 87 min
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…
97: Better Open Source Options | LUP 97
Jun 17, 2015 • 118 min
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…
96: Fedora’s Bright Future | LUP 96
Jun 9, 2015 • 66 min
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!
95: Disjunctive Normal Fedora | LUP 95
Jun 1, 2015 • 108 min
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…
94: 11 Years of Linux Benchmarking | LUP 94
May 26, 2015 • 96 min
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 Phoronix.com. Plus our first take on Fedora 22 & how we resolved…
93: Rollback Romanticism | LUP 93
May 19, 2015 • 92 min
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!
92: Linux Wife, Happy Life. | LUP 92
May 12, 2015 • 72 min
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…
91: Open Source Kollaboration | LUP 91
May 5, 2015 • 94 min
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…
90: How The Fest Was Fun | LUP 90
Apr 28, 2015 • 90 min
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…
89: Oh Deere, RMS was Right | LUP 89
Apr 21, 2015 • 75 min
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…
88: Churning Over Btrfs | LUP 88
Apr 14, 2015 • 94 min
87: btrfs Meltdown | LUP 87
Apr 7, 2015 • 91 min
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.
86: Evolve Your OS | LUP 86
Mar 31, 2015 • 76 min
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…
85: Give the Kids Linux | LUP 85
Mar 24, 2015 • 73 min
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!
84: On the Verge of Convergence | LUP 84
Mar 17, 2015 • 70 min
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…
83: Numixing Fedora | LUP 83
Mar 10, 2015 • 78 min
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!
82: Ubuntu MATE Gets Legit | LUP 82
Mar 3, 2015 • 102 min
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!
81: Unplugging the Past | LUP 81
Feb 24, 2015 • 87 min
Join us as we peer into the past and revisit some big topics!
80: ARMed with Arch | LUP 80
Feb 17, 2015 • 65 min
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…
79: Ubuntu Calling | LUP 79
Feb 10, 2015 • 75 min
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…
78: Straight Outta FOSDEM | LUP 78
Feb 3, 2015 • 65 min
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.
77: Vivaldi, The Fourth Browser | LUP 77
Jan 27, 2015 • 62 min
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!
76: Building a Better Gnome | LUP 76
Jan 20, 2015 • 59 min
Christian Hergert the creator of Gnome Builder joins us to discuss his projects funding campaign, quitting his full time job to work on open source & answering a major concern of developers looking to target Linux. Ubuntu announces their Internet of…
75: Obviously Linux’s Fault | LUP 75
Jan 13, 2015 • 71 min
It’s a new year & a new round of Linux bashing. But are some of the criticism corrects? Can we handle a little tough love as a community for the collective good? We debate. Plus the 4 best new Linux distributions to watch in 2015, a MATE love story & an…
74: Proprietary Exodus | LUP 74
Jan 6, 2015 • 71 min
During a recent passionate speech Richard Stallman said users of proprietary software are victims, we’ll debate of that’s true & play other clips from his speech. Then we’ll look at the recent exodus of Mac developers, ponder if this a trend worth paying…
73: Predicting 2015 | LUP 73
Dec 30, 2014 • 102 min
Our bold predictions for Linux & open source over 2015. Thought provoking, sometimes a bit inspired or maybe just plain wrong, this edition of Unplugged promises to entertain. Plus what goes into making a great & secure messaging system & more!
72: Best of LUP 2014 | LUP 72
Dec 23, 2014 • 95 min
We look back on some of the rants and events of 2014. Wether it's systemd, mir, tox, ubuntu or anything else, we covered lots of major events this year!
71: Fedora Takes the Lead | LUP 71
Dec 16, 2014 • 90 min
Our virtual LUG reviews Fedora 21 & why we’ve just witnessed one of the most ambitious transformation of any Linux distro of 2014. Plus Dustin Kirkland from Canonical answers if Ubuntu Snappy could be the future of the entire Ubuntu project & what’s…
70: Next Gen Fedora | LUP 70
Dec 10, 2014 • 73 min
Fedora’s project lead joins us to discuss today’s Fedora 21 release, the possibility of the project switching to an Intel style Tick-Tock release & what Fedora 22 might look like. Plus what the Ubuntu Snappy Core announcement means, why it’s a big deal &…
69: Perfect Linux Laptop | LUP 69
Dec 2, 2014 • 87 min
The founder of Purism Librem 15, a laptop that promises to respect your freedom and be the perfect Linux machine joins us to discuss the hardware, software & goals of the project & how he hopes to encourage manufacturers to free the entire stack. But are…
68: Linux Powered Schools | LUP 68
Nov 25, 2014 • 84 min
We’re joined by a classroom full of special guests, we talk with the students from Penn Manor School District, where they’ve given every high school student a Linux laptop & integrated the students into the help desk. We get the inside scope on the…
67: Debian Community Divided | LUP 67
Nov 18, 2014 • 66 min
We recap the recent mini-exodus in the Debian project & discuss how the tone of discussion around systemd has had some terrible consequences. We follow that with some concrete ideas of what we can do to change that tone. Plus we take a stroll down fantasy…
66: Firefox gets Unplugged | LUP 66
Nov 12, 2014 • 74 min
The crew took the Firefox challenge & we follow up, we reflect on 10 years of Firefox, their early Linux support & the growing competition from Webkit. Gnome raised money to defend it’s Trademark from Groupon, which has quickly raised the white flag. Is…
65: OpenSUSE Followup | LINUX Unplugged 65
Nov 4, 2014 • 81 min
We follow up on our review of openSUSE 13.2 & discuss how life on the rolling side has been going for some of our LUG members. Plus the hardware box that promises to replace your password manager & we say goodbye to the Linux Outlaws.
64: SeaGL & OLF Roundup | LINUX Unplugged 64
Oct 28, 2014 • 68 min
Our interviews from SeaGL 2014, a grassroots technical conference dedicated to spreading awareness and knowledge about the GNU/Linux community and free/libre/open-source. Special guest Angela Fisher joins us to discuss getting women involved with Linux…
63: For Forks Sake | LUP 63
Oct 21, 2014 • 89 min
Is it time to fork Debian? Some Unix veterans do, and we discuss. The Linux Grandma joins us to discuss Kubuntu, KDE’s outreach, and Google Summer of Code. Plus Microsoft says they really love Linux, Steam’s secret weapon against Windows & much more!
62: Unifying Linux Software | LUP 62
Oct 14, 2014 • 69 min
We discuss how one software center for all distributions would work & which existing solutions are the closest. Plus looking forward to some new Ubuntu apps & how Linux bit Lightworks right in the memory manager.
61: Don’t Feed the Soap Opera | LUP 61
Oct 8, 2014 • 105 min
The Linux community is at each others throats this week, from Lennart Poettering’s well intentioned rant, to the rage quit of GamingOnLinux’s lead writer. You’d think it was high school all over again. But what’s the larger ramifications of this public…
60: Calm Before the Storm | LINUX Unplugged 60
Sep 30, 2014 • 93 min
Today’s show is full of robust discussion as your hosts discuss the recent criticism over our coverage of Ubuntu 14.10, the general reaction to Shellshock & the Netflixification of Photoshop on Chromebooks. Plus picking the best distro for getting a job,…
59: Dead Desktop Walking | LUP 59
Sep 23, 2014 • 76 min
Debian moves to make Gnome the default desktop, is XFCE going the way of the Dodo bird? Our living debate will try to get to the bottom of the big elephant in the room. Plus Red Hat announces its refocusing on the very thing Canonical makes all its money…
58: Cult of Community | LUP 58
Sep 16, 2014 • 75 min
Is the role of “Community Manager” a fraud perpetrated by companies trying to exploit the fruits for their community? We debate if things are really that black and white, and how a community advocate can make all the difference. Then we discuss your…
57: systemd Haters Busted | LUP 57
Sep 9, 2014 • 83 min
The majority of systemd hate appears to be coming from just two sources. At least that’s what we suspect & call them out. Plus a review of OpenMediaVault and how it compares to FreeNAS, a quick look at Tox & what the heck is Fedora’s DNF?
56: One Packager for All | LUP 56
Sep 2, 2014 • 88 min
The systemd group has a proposal for universal software management scheme for all Linux distributions. We’ll share the technical details, debate the philosophical impact & explain why it’s all powered by btrfs. Plus some thoughts on the ultimate desktop…
55: LinuxCon 2014 Unplugged | LUP 55
Aug 26, 2014 • 91 min
We’ve got exclusive interviews from LinuxCon 2014, learn about Linux in big networking, what the future holds for SUSE & much more. Plus, are you feeling a bit down? Maybe it’s because Linux users are being told to shut up about Desktop Linux & move on.…
54: Microsoft’s Munich Man | LINUX Unplugged 54
Aug 19, 2014 • 65 min
Sam from the Moka project stops by to chat about the business of making Linux look better. Then we get into the role open source plays in self driving cars. Plus we bust some of the FUD around Munich’s much reported plan to abandon Linux and switch back…
53: Ubuntu with Rodent | LUP 53
Aug 12, 2014 • 80 min
The new Beta of ElementaryOS has shipped and we discuss where they are heading, the problems with their community interaction, and the genius move they are taking with some tricky hardware support. Plus the long term cost of Ubuntu Touch becoming…
52: CRUX Interview | LUP 52
Aug 5, 2014 • 84 min
Our team reviews the famous CRUX Linux and we discuss this unique distribution with one of its long time developers. Plus details about Fedora COPR and is Desktop Linux stuck in an uncanny valley? We debate.
51: OSCON Behind The Story | LUP 51
Jul 29, 2014 • 100 min
We’ve got more exclusive interviews from OSCON 2014, and then debate if fragmentation is simply the result of winning. Plus why the Linux community needs a reality check about the popularity of Apple’s MacBook, and how poor the solutions are for MacBook…
50: Linux Look-Back | LUP 50
Jul 22, 2014 • 58 min
We look back at five years of Linux memories, and reminisce about the bad old days of the Linux desktop. Then the exciting future for PC-BSD, and it’s new unique desktop. Plus our favorite ways to track performance, desktop Linux app containers that are…
49: Rapid Fire Journalism | LINUX Unplugged 49
Jul 15, 2014 • 75 min
We chat about our time with the new Plasma 5 desktop from KDE, then using the latest situation with Manjaro we discuss the poor state of Linux news, root causes, and what the real solution is that has major ramifications for the open source community.…
48: KaOS Theory | LUP 48
Jul 8, 2014 • 79 min
We chat with Jos Poortvliet about the future of KDE, Plasma 5 Desktop, then review a KDE distribution with a direction: KaOS. Plus: The great news for the Blender project, our OSCON plans and much more!
47: Desktopaholics Anonymous | LUP 47
Jul 1, 2014 • 37 min
We come clean on our struggle with loving every Linux desktop, until we start up the hate. Plus we discuss the huge news for CoreOS and take a closer look at OwnCloud 7’s server-to-server syncing. Plus troubleshooting KDE sound problems, and a new…
46: SouthEast LinuxFest Unplugged | LUP 46
Jun 24, 2014 • 54 min
We’ve got another round of great exclusive interviews from the floor of SouthEast LinuxFest 2014. Find out why Slackware is still going strong, the BSD kindness brigade & more!
45: The Triple-Boot Phone | LUP 45
Jun 17, 2014 • 24 min
Chris shares his experience with triple booting Firefox OS, Ubuntu Touch and Android on his Nexus 5 and the surprising results. Plus some grounded feedback and much more!
44: Bedrock: A New Paradigm | LUP 44
Jun 10, 2014 • 46 min
The founder of Bedrock Linux joins us to discuss their ambitious distribution that lets you utilize the userland of all your favorite distributions at once Plus Alienware slaps Linux users in the face with a dead fish, your feedback, and more!
43: Mint 17: Fresh or Stagnant? | LUP 43
Jun 3, 2014 • 63 min
We’ll take a look at the new features of Linux Mint 17, and discuss the new Cinnamon release. Then we’ll debate if distro derivatives are a bad thing. Plus: Is Red Hat too over controlling of Gnome? Candidates for the Gnome Foundation’s board think so,…
42: Fine Wine or Sour Ports | LUP 42
May 27, 2014 • 62 min
Liam from Gaming on Linux joins us to discuss the Witcher 2 port fiasco, and why Linux’s reputation as a gaming platform could be on the line. Plus a heated Manjaro discussion, your feedback, and a BIG announcement!
41: Arch’s Uprising | LUP 41
May 20, 2014 • 60 min
Is this the year of Arch? We dig through the results from our listener home server survey, and compare our audience’s answers with another recent large survey, and find some surprising results. Plus how the “Power Linux User” is underrepresented by…
40: Developers Get Qt | LUP 40
May 13, 2014 • 51 min
We chat with two of the LXQt developers, and find out what’s behind this major undertaking. Then we discuss our favorite packages for a Linux home server, and the brand new Ubuntu Orange cluster box. Plus your feedback, our follow up, and much more!
39: Fragmentation Timebomb | LUP 39
May 6, 2014 • 55 min
In the not too distant future the Linux desktop will face a landscape comprised of users running Wayland, Mir, and X11. Ubuntu will be rolling out their first generation Qt based desktop environment, and developers are crying fragmentation. But how would…
38: The Rest of the Fest | LUP 38
Apr 29, 2014 • 47 min
We had a chance to chat with folks from Firefox, the EFF, SUSE, and more. Plus we discuss the real benefits to Linux conventions like LinuxFest Northwest.
37: Client Side Drama | LUP 37
Apr 22, 2014 • 49 min
The GTK camp is pushing hard for Client Side Decorations, but there are some major drawbacks on non-Gnome desktops. We discuss the pros and cons, and if this is going to lead to a new kind of desktop Linux fragmentation. Plus our thoughts on the best…
36: Beware of Underdog | LUP 36
Apr 15, 2014 • 56 min
Are boutique distributions a bag of hurt for new users? We love a good underdog, but sometimes our excitement gets the best of us and we recommend something that’s not appropriate for a switcher to land on. Plus some quick thoughts on the beating open…
35: Windows eXPired | LUP 35
Apr 8, 2014 • 70 min
XP support ends today and we’ll celebrate the occasion by debating what prevents technical users switching to Linux, address some common myths, and set a course for our new howto show. Plus why Chase and Matt are wrong about DS9, blaming choice, your…
34: Drive-By Advice | LUP 34
Apr 2, 2014 • 67 min
We debate the validity of recent anti-Linux comments made on a Leo Laporte’s nationally syndicated “Tech Guy” radio show, and the more subtle and larger “built-in bias” many in the tech community still hold towards Linux. Plus: Your follow up on the…
33: Graphical Civil War | LUP 33
Mar 25, 2014 • 82 min
Is devastating fragmentation going to doom Desktop Linux, can a case for multiple display servers? Don’t care about the display server? We’ll make the case why you need to care, and why the biggest community confrontation could be brewing.
32: Do Me a SolydXK | LUP 32
Mar 18, 2014 • 50 min
The co-founders of SoyldXK join us to discuss their origins, what they focus on, how they hope to make a profit, and what the future might hold. Plus we have some “solid” AutoCAD replacements for Linux, your emails, and more!
31: Ubuntu Punching Bag | LUP 31
Mar 11, 2014 • 53 min
Is the Linux community’s animosity towards Ubuntu turning away new switchers? We’ll analyze what has the community so upset, and how that can color a new Linux users first impressions. Plus Vale promise to make transitioning from DirectX to OpenGL much…
30: Talkin’ Tox | LUP 30
Mar 4, 2014 • 60 min
Two developers from the TOX project, an open source secure Skype killer join us to discuss their new project, the future, and how they hope to become your new messaging system. Plus getting more battery life out of a Linux laptop, the Steam problem, and…
29: The Klementine Squeeze | LUP 29
Feb 25, 2014 • 64 min
A cautionary tale for anyone thinking about starting their own Linux distribution, and then we’ll put it all out on the table and discuss our ideas and goals for Howto Linux, and take the live feedback of our virtual LUG. Plus should we trust Valve? Your…
28: Neckbeard Entitlement Factor | LUP 28
Feb 18, 2014 • 65 min
Michael Hall from Canonical joins us to discuss his personal views on what he’s coined the new 80/20 rule for open source. Are the consumers of open source the biggest hurdle to projects becoming sustainable? Plus Valve might looking at your DNS history,…
27: Debian’s systemd Decision | LUP 27
Feb 11, 2014 • 65 min
One of the bumpier chapters in Debian’s history looks to be drawing to a close, at least for now. But what was all the drama about? And where do things stand now? We’ll dig into the latest developments in the Debian init system debate. Plus inspiring a…
26: MATE Mythbusting | LUP 26
Feb 4, 2014 • 63 min
The MATE Desktop is about to see some big improvements, we bring on Martin Wimpress from the MATE project to discuss his new MATE Live CD, and what the future holds for MATE. Plus our renewed commitment to improving the state of Linux news, and the recent…
25: Culture of Shiny | LUP 25
Jan 29, 2014 • 67 min
Aaron Seigo joins us to call out the new and shiny culture that’s pervasive in the free software community. And even your own humble hosts have been afflicted with from time to time. The reality is users want new features, but hate reduced functionality.…
24: FUD for Thought | LUP 24
Jan 21, 2014 • 74 min
The battle lines have been drawn and the assault against upstart is in full force. We’ll discuss the heat being put on Canonical, the CLA, and upstart with our virtual LUG. Then we’ll bust some Linux switching FUD that’s been popping up with more and more…
23: Google Invades Your Nest | LUP 23
Jan 14, 2014 • 66 min
We follow up on some of the most innovative Linux powered devices at CES, and this discuss Google buying Nest Labs. Is the future of the “Internet of Things” locked down to proprietary devices running locked down software? And what are the ramifications…
22: Hurd Mentality | LUP 22
Jan 7, 2014 • 62 min
Does building by group consensus slow down open source innovation? We’ll look at some big choices Debian is facing and debate if some stronger leadership might produce more expedient and practical results. Plus: We’ll discuss the CentOS team joining Red…
21: Unplugging 2013 | LUP 21
Dec 31, 2013 • 66 min
In the final moments of 2013 our virtual LUG shares their expectations and predictions for 2014. We’ll debate some of the most anticipated changes. Plus a frank Slackware discussion, rolling Ubuntu is back again, your emails, and more!
20: Fidel Chromecastro | LUP 20
Dec 24, 2013 • 66 min
Chromecast has been called the gadget of the year, but are the better options? Or is a simple, low cost, Linux powered gadget the ultimate living room solution? We’ll debate where it stacks up compared to XMBC, Plex, and others. Plus: Some insights into…
19: Fixing Linux Support | LUP 19
Dec 17, 2013 • 56 min
Experienced Linux users may soon be finding a new call on their talents to help new users switching to Linux. But with services like Stackexchange, Google+ Helpouts, and more is it time to reboot the way we provide support to new Linux users?
18: Hugs for LUGs | LUP 18
Dec 10, 2013 • 68 min
Have IRC chat rooms, forums, reddit, and Google Hangouts killed the local Linux Users Group? We’ll share our ideas to reboot the LUG and make them relevant for the modern Linux user. PLUS: Your follow up thoughts on the perfect swap setup, feedback, and…
17: Swap It Outta Here | LUP 17
Dec 4, 2013 • 62 min
Do you run without swap? This week we reach into the topic grab bag and debate to swap or not to swap, the reasons long timer Linux users are switching to BSD, and what’s wrong with our Sailfish OS coverage. Plus we’ll some perspective from a new Linux…
16: Meet the Dockers | LUP 16
Nov 26, 2013 • 79 min
A new version of Docker was just released, we bring on the CTO and Founder of Docker to chat about the big features all Linux users can look forward to. Plus building the perfect Linux workstation, your feedback, and much more!
15: Don’t Switch to Linux | LUP 15
Nov 19, 2013 • 66 min
Our frank advice for switches to Linux. Despite what what the advocates would have you believe, there are some important consideration a potential Linux switcher should make. Our team of silverback Linux users shares their tips after years of using Linux.
14: Negative in the Practical Dimension | LUP 14
Nov 12, 2013 • 60 min
This week we’ll use the lens of some recent technical meltdowns to discuss this age old struggle of pragmatism vs idealism. Sometimes the practical choice kicks you in the butt, and you regret ignoring your ideals. And sometimes the free choice can’t do…
13: Dark Mail: A New Hope | LINUX Unplugged 13
Nov 5, 2013 • 59 min
What is the Dark Mail Alliance? We’ll dig into how it’s more of a protocol, and a hope than an actual product. Now the time to replace email we’ll explain how you can help get the concept kickstarted. Plus your follow up on upstart vs systemd, a brief…
12: Debating Debian Decisions | LINUX Unplugged 12
Oct 29, 2013 • 66 min
Upstart or systemd which will Debian choose? We’ll discuss the inherent benefits and disadvantages of both, and the larger ramification Debian’s decision will have on the Linux ecosystem.
11: Bankrupt Linux News | LINUX Unplugged 11
Oct 22, 2013 • 67 min
The recent outburst from Linus Torvalds and Mark Shuttleworth have put the poor state of Linux news coverage into sharp focus. The media’s attention to the cult of personalities damages the Linux community. We’ll discuss what pressures push this trend…
10: The Ubuntu Hangover | LINUX Unplugged 10
Oct 15, 2013 • 53 min
What does a post Ubuntu world look like, which distro would rise to the top? Our specially crafted team of armed and dangerous Linux users weigh in. PLUS: Rise up against your bearded distro gatekeepers! If you’re an experienced Linux user, it might be…
9: The Ubuntu Situation | LINUX Unplugged 9
Oct 8, 2013 • 81 min
Is the traditional release model failing Ubuntu? Perhaps there is a better way to harness the rapid progress of Linux then static releases. With their focus on mobile, and a rather lackluster release around the corner, we debate if Ubuntu’s switch to…
8: Cloud Guilt | LINUX Unplugged 8
Oct 1, 2013 • 68 min
Should Linux users be anti-cloud? Why do so many of us feel guilty for using the”cloud”? This week will dig into this conundrum and maybe even solve this more and more complex question. Plus a little KDE vs Gnome debate, moral pirates, and even RMS’…
7: Full SteamOS Ahead | LUP 7
Sep 24, 2013 • 68 min
Valve has announced SteamOS, and we have our analysis of how this will impact the Linux ecosystem at large, the challenge Valve faces, and the reasons Valve is the right company to pull this effort off. Plus the real reason for iTunes, re-thinking Google,…
6: The Android Problem | LINUX Unplugged 6
Sep 17, 2013 • 73 min
Is that exploit in your pocket? This week we’ll ask if Android is Stallman’s worst nightmare, making Tivo look like a quaint abuser of Linux. And how Linux is poised to push past it’s current limitations over the next few years. Then it’s your feedback,…
5: Wrath of Linus | LINUX Unplugged 5
Sep 10, 2013 • 68 min
We break down what has Linus so upset, and the Internet in an NSA induced fever. Plus GOG makes a public statement about Linux that has us scratching our heads, and your feedback. Then if we had a format, we’d be breaking it with our review of Star Trek:…
4: Are Linux Users Cheap? | LINUX Unplugged 4
Sep 3, 2013 • 82 min
We crunch the Steam and Ubuntu Software Center numbers and we have to ask: Are Linux users cheap? Or is the answer more complex than that? Plus how we think Microsoft buying Nokia might impact Ubuntu Touch, Firefox OS, and other open mobile startups,…
3: Go Dock Yourself | LINUX Unplugged 3
Aug 26, 2013 • 74 min
After rebuilding his KDE desktop better and stronger than before, Chris and Matt dig into what really seems to be troubling the Gnome project, what really makes a desktop easy to use, and if the Ubuntu Edge campaign was a sophisticated PR stunt. Plus the…
2: Edge of Failure | LINUX Unplugged 2
Aug 19, 2013 • 64 min
As the final hours countdown we chat about the fate of the Ubuntu Edge camping and debate with our live callers about the bigger picture. Plus our thoughts on the new KDE release, Steam, and a few more thoughts on elementary OS.
1: Too Much Choice | LU1
Aug 12, 2013 • 71 min
Does the Linux community lean on the age old excuse of choice, to brush of the real limitations of desktop Linux environments? We debate that, and then discuss the growing reasons to roll your own email server. Plus we read a ton of feedback, chat with…