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LINUX Unplugged

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

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495: The Moment of Truth

January 30th, 2023


Are the free software alternatives good enough? The conclusion to our 60-day challenge to drop Google, Apple, and the iPhone.

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494: Updating Our Fiddly Bits

January 23rd, 2023


Today we are finally taking on a project months in the making, and we're switching to an entirely new generation of Linux tech in the process.

493: Network Nirvana

January 16th, 2023


Chris' sticky upgrade situation, and we chat with the developer behind an impressive mesh VPN with new tricks.

Special Guest: Ryan Huber.

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492: A New Challenge Approaches

January 9th, 2023


Join us on a journey to true software freedom. We embark on our 30-day challenge and discover a whole new philosophy that will change the way you …

491: 2023 Spoilers

January 1st, 2023


We assemble to predict what will happen in 2023 and score how our 2022 predictions turned out.

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490: 2022 Tuxies

December 25th, 2022


It's the third annual Unplugged Tuxies; our community votes on the best projects, distros, desktops, and services of 2022.

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489: Brent's Secret Emails

December 19th, 2022


Brent's been hiding your emails; we confront him and expose what he's been keeping from the show.

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488: Revenge of the Lizard People

December 12th, 2022


We complete a year-long journey and discover some unspoken truths about a great Linux distro. Plus one small, and one major update on our GrapheneOS …

487: The Debian Debate

December 5th, 2022


After nearly half a year of woe, Brent is ready to give Linux the go. Join us as we compare and contrast two Linux distros and end up with one going …

486: Goodbye, Google

November 28th, 2022


Chris ditches the iPhone and switches to GrapheneOS, a security and privacy-focused project that lets you take control back from Google.

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485: Mystery Box

November 21st, 2022


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 …

484: Fedora Falls Flat

November 14th, 2022


Why this latest release of Fedora misses the mark, and Ubuntu's quiet backing away from ZFS.

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483: Chris Is Done With Raspberry Pi

November 7th, 2022


We surprise each other with three different topics, and Chris has a big update on the ODROID H3+.

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482: Legacy Gets the Boot

October 31st, 2022


Are the long-timers holding Linux back? Lennart Poettering argues we are and proposes a new Microsoft-blessed way to secure Linux.

Plus, our …

481: Just a Prompt Away

October 24th, 2022


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 …

480: Taming the Beast

October 17th, 2022


Linus Tech Tips blows it again, and we clean up. Plus, we push System76's updated Thelio Workstation to the breaking point.

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479: Good Software, Bad Blood

October 10th, 2022


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.

478: The Best of Both Worlds

October 3rd, 2022


We go hands-on at NASA's JPL and learn why Linux is the best OS for Earth and Mars.

Special Guest: Tim Canham.

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477: The Feeling of Fast

September 25th, 2022


We finally give Brent his new laptop and get his reaction. Plus our best pick for replacing stock Android with something private.

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476: Canary in the Photo Mine

September 19th, 2022


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 …

475: Brent's Bug Battle

September 12th, 2022


Brent has been on a bug-finding marathon. We review what he's discovered and share some hard-learned lessons.

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474: Linux's Malware Inevitability

September 5th, 2022


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 …

473: End of the Road

August 29th, 2022


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 …

472: 5 Problems With NixOS

August 22nd, 2022


The five most common problems when trying out an immutable Linux distro like NixOS. Plus, why one Linux dev says just target WINE.

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471: The Cottonwood Disaster

August 15th, 2022


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.

470: Let's Call It an Upgrade

August 8th, 2022


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.

469: Tough Linux Love

July 31st, 2022


Is the Linux desktop hard to love? A long-time user experience developer argues it is, and we respond to his criticisms.

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468: The Read Only Scenario

July 25th, 2022


A fundamental change is coming to desktop Linux, and Silverblue might be our hint at where things are going.

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467: All Hands on Deck

July 18th, 2022


We try and bust a common Linux distro myth. Then what surprised Chris about his new Steam Deck.

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466: The Night of a Thousand Errors

July 11th, 2022


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.

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465: Too Nixy for My Shirt

July 4th, 2022


The one shared secret behind some of the world's most powerful open-source projects.

Brent's Node : …

464: Git Happens

June 27th, 2022


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 …

463: Humble Beginnings

June 20th, 2022


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 …

462: One Cosmic Collaboration

June 13th, 2022


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.

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461: Deep in the Tumbleweeds

June 6th, 2022


Three tails of tech tribulations, and how Brent saved his openSUSE Tumbleweed box from the brink.

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460: CPU as a Service

May 30th, 2022


A new Linux update allows Intel to control features in your CPU using hardware-level DRM.

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459: Better than Butter

May 23rd, 2022


We take a sneak peek at some future tech coming to Linux, and share details on HP's new laptop that runs POP!

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458: NVIDIA's New View

May 16th, 2022


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. …

457: Automated Chaos

May 9th, 2022


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 …

456: Our Linux Regrets

May 2nd, 2022


If we could change just one mistake in our Linux journey, what would it be?

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455: I run NixOS BTW

April 25th, 2022


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.

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454: Double Distro Details

April 18th, 2022


Has Fedora pulled ahead of Ubuntu? We take a look at the new Fedora 36 and Ubuntu 22.04 releases.

Special Guest: Alex Kretzschmar.

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453: Raleigh Action Show

April 11th, 2022


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 …

452: Synapse Collapse

April 4th, 2022


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 …

451: The NixOS Challenge

March 28th, 2022


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 …

450: It Went Real Bad

March 21st, 2022


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.

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449: Bugfix and Chill

March 14th, 2022


How each of us asks for features and help from free software projects, and one of our most prescient soapboxes in a while.

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448: A Mystery in Plain Sight

March 7th, 2022


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 …

447: An Umbrel for Everything

February 28th, 2022


We look at two new options that enable ANYONE to run a personal server at home or a small business.

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446: Kudu Cores and Cloud Wars

February 21st, 2022


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.

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445: Brent's Betrayal

February 14th, 2022


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.

444: Much Ado About Ubuntu

February 7th, 2022


There's just something off about Ubuntu these days, this week we put it all together.

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443: Linux Did This First

January 31st, 2022


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 …

442: Liberty Leaks and Lies

January 24th, 2022


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 …

441: Planet Incinerating Technology

January 17th, 2022


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 …

440: Saving Podcasting from Centralization

January 10th, 2022


A new initiative uses open source to keep podcasting decentralized and add new features.

We chatted with Dave Jones behind the Podcast Index.

438: Million-Dollar Predictions

December 29th, 2021


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 …

437: The 2021 Tuxies

December 22nd, 2021


It's the second annual Unplugged Tuxies; our community votes on the best projects, distros, desktops, and services of 2021.

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436: Hop on Pop

December 15th, 2021


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.

435: Desktop Burnout

December 8th, 2021


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.

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434: Endlessly Flat

December 1st, 2021


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 …

433: The Lessons of Jellyfin

November 24th, 2021


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 …

432: Three Tumbleweed Temptations

November 17th, 2021


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, …

431: Command Line Love

November 10th, 2021


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 …

430: The Real Beefy Miracle

November 3rd, 2021


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 …

429: Starlink's Linux Secrets

October 27th, 2021


We attempt a live production over Starlink, and dig into the secrets of this giant Linux network in space.

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428: Pi for the People

October 20th, 2021


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 …

427: Life Changing Virtualization

October 13th, 2021


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.

426: This Old Linux PC

October 6th, 2021


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 …

425: Sad Server Stories

September 29th, 2021


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 …

424: Space for Theming

September 22nd, 2021


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 …

423: What Makes a Linux User?

September 15th, 2021


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 …

422: The Fun Distro

September 8th, 2021


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.

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421: Server Savior Squad

August 31st, 2021


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.

420: Real People Are Out There

August 25th, 2021


We share some stories from our Denver meetup, the strange reason we found ourselves at a golf course, and some news you should know.

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419: What's Cookin' at System76

August 18th, 2021


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 …

418: What's up with WireGuard

August 11th, 2021


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 …

417: Run Every Distro At Once

August 4th, 2021


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.

416: Server Meltdown

July 28th, 2021


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!

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415: Something Sinister Below Deck

July 21st, 2021


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 …

414: Linux's Awkward News Phase

July 14th, 2021


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 …

413: Community of Enterprise Linux

July 7th, 2021


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 …

412: Going Deepin on Fuchsia

June 30th, 2021


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 …

411: The Best of Both OSs

June 23rd, 2021


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 …

410: Ye Olde Linux Distro

June 16th, 2021


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 …

409: Launch Your Memories Into the Future

June 9th, 2021


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' …

408: Linux Road Warrior

June 1st, 2021


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 …

407: And the Answer is...

May 25th, 2021


From our origins with Linux to preparing your home LAN for a solar storm, it’s an Ask us Anything special edition!

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406: Mars Goes to Shell

May 19th, 2021


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 …

405: Distro in the Rough

May 12th, 2021


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 …

404: You've Got Mail

May 5th, 2021


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 …

403: Hidden Features of Fedora 34

April 28th, 2021


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 …

402: Our Worst Idea Yet

April 21st, 2021


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 …

401: Own Your Mailbox

April 14th, 2021


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.

400: The See Ya Next Tuesday

April 7th, 2021


Old friends and new join us on a quest to celebrate four hundred episodes.

Special Guests: Alex Kretzschmar, Corry Clinton, Drew DeVore, and Graham …

399: No PRs Please

March 31st, 2021


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: …

398: Back in the Freedom Dimension

March 24th, 2021


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!

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397: Linux Desktop Levels Up

March 17th, 2021


We break down the next-level features coming to a Linux near you in just a few weeks.

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396: How Linux Got to Mars

March 10th, 2021


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 …

395: The Waybig Machine

March 3rd, 2021


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 …

394: Tempted But the Truth is Discovered

February 24th, 2021


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 …

393: Perfecting Our Plasma

February 17th, 2021


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, …

392: Dad's Deployments

February 10th, 2021


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.

391: GNOME 40ified

February 3rd, 2021


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 …

390: Eating the License Cake

January 26th, 2021


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 …

389: Harder Butter Faster Stronger

January 20th, 2021


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.

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388: Waxing On With Wendell

January 13th, 2021


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.

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387: Tumbling Into the New Year!

January 6th, 2021


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.

386: Perilously Precocious Predictions

December 30th, 2020


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.

385: The 2020 Tuxies

December 23rd, 2020


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.

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384: Born To Run Fedora

December 16th, 2020


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.

383: Murder of a Distro

December 9th, 2020


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.

382: A New Endeavour

December 2nd, 2020


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, …

381: Secret Modem Sounds

November 25th, 2020


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 …

380: No Sur, No Thank You

November 17th, 2020


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, …

379: Favorite Linux Tweaks

November 10th, 2020


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 …

378: All in One Pi

November 4th, 2020


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.

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377: Buttered-Up Fedora

October 28th, 2020


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 …

376: From The Factory Floor

October 21st, 2020


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.

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375: Wrong About Pop!

October 14th, 2020


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.


374: Perfect Nextcloud Setup

October 7th, 2020


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 …

373: Your New Tools

September 30th, 2020


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 …

372: Distro Triforce

September 23rd, 2020


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 …

371: Cabin Fever

September 15th, 2020


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.


370: PipeWire Progress

September 9th, 2020


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 …

369: Double Data Rate Trouble

September 2nd, 2020


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!

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368: The Best is Yet to Come

August 26th, 2020


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 …

367: Podcatcher Play-off

August 19th, 2020


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.

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366: Linux Server Salvage

August 12th, 2020


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 …

365: There's a Hole in my Boot!

August 5th, 2020


We explain why BootHole is getting so much attention and break down the key issues. Then we review our favorite Linux-compatible headsets.

Plus …

364: Linux Arm Wrestling

July 29th, 2020


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 …

363: Return of the Terminal Server

July 22nd, 2020


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 …

362: The Hidden Cost of Nextcloud

July 14th, 2020


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 …

361: Buttery Smooth Fedora

July 8th, 2020


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 …

360: The Hard Work of Hardware

July 1st, 2020


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: …

359: Death of the Mac

June 24th, 2020


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 …

358: Our Fragmented Favorite

June 17th, 2020


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 …

357: The Little Distro That Could

June 9th, 2020


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 …

356: Linux Hardware Love

June 3rd, 2020


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 …

355: Chris' Data Crisis

May 27th, 2020


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.

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354: Microsoft FINALLY Gets It

May 20th, 2020


Windows is getting more competitive by adopting core Linux features, so we cover the latest Linux-inspired additions to Windows. Then review the new …

353: Feeling Elive

May 13th, 2020


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 …

352: Three Course Battery

May 6th, 2020


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 …

351: Lenovo Loves Linux

April 29th, 2020


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 …

350: Focal Focus

April 22nd, 2020


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, …

349: Arm: A New Hope

April 15th, 2020


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, …

348: OK OOMer

April 8th, 2020


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 …

347: Arm is Here

April 1st, 2020


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 …

346: The One-Click Trap

March 25th, 2020


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 …

345: Don't Go Viral, Go Virtual

March 18th, 2020


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 …

344: Our Week with Windows

March 11th, 2020


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, …

343: What Linux is Best At

March 4th, 2020


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 …

342: Shrimps have SSHells

February 26th, 2020


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 …

341: Long Term Rolling

February 18th, 2020


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 …

340: IRC is Dead

February 12th, 2020


The difficult and fascinating conversations from FOSDEM 2020. Plus how elementary OS does coopertition right.

And a bunch of community news, app …

339: The Mint Mindset

February 5th, 2020


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 …

338: Success Through Vulnerability

January 28th, 2020


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 …

337: Mystical Users

January 22nd, 2020


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 …

336: Linus' Filesystem Fluster

January 15th, 2020


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 …

335: Practically Perfect Predictions

January 7th, 2020


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.

334: Particularly Poor Predictions

December 31st, 2019


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.

Support …

333: Linux Wayback Machine

December 24th, 2019


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 …

332: The WSL Secrets

December 18th, 2019


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 …

331: apt install arch-linux

December 11th, 2019


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 …

330: 'Tis the SSHession

December 4th, 2019


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 …

329: Flat Network Truthers

November 27th, 2019


Build one flat network across cloud providers, personal networks, with even thousands of nodes. We feature two amazing open source solutions, and the …

328: My Mighty Fine Pine

November 20th, 2019


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 …

327: Distro Disco

November 12th, 2019


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 …

326: Dell, elementary, Fedora, oh my!

November 6th, 2019


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 …

325: DNF or Die

October 30th, 2019


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 …

324: RAMburglars

October 23rd, 2019


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 …

323: It's Pronounced 19.10

October 16th, 2019


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 …

322: Just Enough VPN

October 9th, 2019


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 …

321: Fresh Install Feels

October 2nd, 2019


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 …

320: RHELhide

September 25th, 2019


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 …

319: Positive in the Freedom Dimension

September 18th, 2019


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 …

318: Manjaro Levels Up

September 11th, 2019


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 …

317: Performance Picks for Kicks

September 4th, 2019


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 …

316: Self-Hosted Secrets

August 28th, 2019


Safely host your own password database using totally open source software. We cover BitWarden, our top choice to solve this problem.

Plus we …

315: Wayland Buddies

August 21st, 2019


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 …

314: Bigger. Faster. Harder to Maintain.

August 14th, 2019


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 …

313: I Spy With My Little Pi

August 7th, 2019


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 …

312: What Modern Linux Looks Like

July 31st, 2019


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 …

311: 32 Hours of Outrage

July 24th, 2019


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 …

310: All Roads Lead to Linux

July 16th, 2019


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 …

309: The Future is Open

July 10th, 2019


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 …

308: The One About GPU Passthrough

July 2nd, 2019


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 …

307: What's your NextCloud?

June 26th, 2019


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 …

306: Flipping FreeNAS for Fedora

June 19th, 2019


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.

305: Resilience Is Futile

June 12th, 2019


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 …

304: Losing My Religion

June 5th, 2019


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 …

303: Stateless and Dateless

May 29th, 2019


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 …

302: Dark Style Rises

May 22nd, 2019


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 …

301: Peak Red Hat

May 15th, 2019


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 …

300: Ultimate Fedora Test

May 7th, 2019


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 …

299: Shame as a Service

May 1st, 2019


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 …

298: Blame Joe

April 24th, 2019


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 …

297: Release the Dingo

April 17th, 2019


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 …

296: Defining Desktop Linux

April 10th, 2019


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 …

295: Stay and Compile a While

April 3rd, 2019


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 …

294: Tainted Love

March 27th, 2019


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 …

293: Netflix's Gift to Linux

March 20th, 2019


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 …

292: Cheese on the SCaLE

March 13th, 2019


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, …

291: Dirty Home Directories

March 5th, 2019


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, …

290: Proper Pi Pedigree

February 27th, 2019


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.

289: The Meat Factor

February 20th, 2019


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 …

288: We're Gonna Need a Bigger Repo

February 13th, 2019


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 …

287: Clean up After Yourself

February 6th, 2019


Why FOSDEM might be the quintessential community event, and our thoughts after playing with Pi-Hole.

Plus community news for everyone’s favorite …

286: Ell is for Linux

January 30th, 2019


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.

285: Pain the APT

January 23rd, 2019


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 …

284: Free as in Get Out

January 16th, 2019


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 …

283: The Premiere Shell

January 9th, 2019


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 …

282: Wishing Upon a Kernel

January 3rd, 2019


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 …

281: 2019 Predictions

December 27th, 2018


We get serious and bring in a special referee to help us lock in our Linux predictions for 2019.

Special Guest: Alan Pope.

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280: Handmade Desktop Linux

December 18th, 2018


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 …

279: WireGuardians of the Galaxy

December 12th, 2018


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 …

278: Shell in a Handbasket

December 5th, 2018


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 …

Episode 277: Skipping Fedora 31

November 28th, 2018


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 …

Episode 276: Very Long Term Support

November 21st, 2018


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 …

Episode 275: Year of the Relevant Desktop

November 14th, 2018


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 …

Episode 274: Open Source by Default

November 7th, 2018


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 …

Episode 273: International Hat Machines

October 31st, 2018


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 …

Episode 272: Prepare for Pipewire

October 23rd, 2018


The lead developer of PipeWire Wim Taymans joins us to discuss Linux’s multimedia past, and its exciting future. They promise to greatly improve …

Episode 271: Juno Jubilation

October 17th, 2018


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 …

Episode 270: Stratis Pulls it All Together

October 10th, 2018


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.

Episode 269: Alternate Desktop Universe

October 3rd, 2018


What if desktop computing went a very different direction in the late 90s? Deeply multithreaded from the start, fast, intuitive, and extremely …

Episode 268: Elementary, My Dear Plasma

September 26th, 2018


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 …

Episode 267: People Patches

September 19th, 2018


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 …

Episode 266: From Jupiter to Beyond

September 12th, 2018


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, …

Episode 265: Privacy Priorities

September 5th, 2018


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 …

Episode 264: Proton, Electron for Games!

August 29th, 2018


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 …

Episode 263: Updates from the Source

August 22nd, 2018


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 …

Episode 262: Tribes of Init

August 15th, 2018


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 …

Episode 261: GNOME, GNOME on the Range

August 8th, 2018


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.

Episode 260: Thinkpad as a Service

August 1st, 2018


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 …

Episode 259: Proprietary Action News

July 25th, 2018


Another potential desktop Linux app is scared away by an aggressive free software community, and we struggle to find the balance between our moral …

Episode 258: The Future of Retro

July 18th, 2018


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 …

Episode 257: Security Amateur Hour

July 11th, 2018


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, …

Episode 256: Peering Into the Future

July 4th, 2018


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 …

Episode 255: Fedora to the Core

June 27th, 2018


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 …

Episode 254: Don’t Link to This

June 20th, 2018


Free Software projects concerned about Article 13 are claiming it could destroy free software as we know it. We debate this controversial copyright …

Episode 253: Personalities Happen

June 13th, 2018


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, …

Episode 252: Github Hubbub

June 6th, 2018


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 …

Episode 251: The Qt and the Ugly

May 30th, 2018


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 …

Episode 250: Only The Best

May 23rd, 2018


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 …

Episode 249: Home Grown FUD

May 15th, 2018


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 …

Episode 248: Contain All The Things

May 9th, 2018


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, …

Episode 247: Year of the Linux Desktop 😎

May 1st, 2018


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 …

Episode 246: The Bionic Bet

April 25th, 2018


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 …

Episode 245: Microsoft of Things

April 18th, 2018


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 …

Episode 244: Plasma Predicament

April 11th, 2018


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 …

Episode 243: The Stallman Directive

April 4th, 2018


Richard Stallman has some practical steps society could take to roll back the rampant and expanding invasion of our privacy. But his suggestions …

Episode 242: Debian on the Fly

March 28th, 2018


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 …

Episode 241: Snitching on SCaLE

March 21st, 2018


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 …

Episode 240: Why This Theme Won’t Work | LUP 240

March 14th, 2018


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 …

Episode 239: Selling Out for Open Source | LUP 239

March 7th, 2018


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 …

Episode 238: It's All Wimpy's Fault | LUP 238

February 28th, 2018


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 …

Episode 237: One Ping Only | LUP 237

February 21st, 2018


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 …

Episode 236: Microsoft’s Big Secret | LUP 236

February 14th, 2018


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 …

Episode 235: Atomic Neon Kool-Aid | LUP 235

February 7th, 2018


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 …

Episode 234: Behind Canonical’s Curtain | LUP 234

January 31st, 2018


How does a SNAP really get created & why would companies like Microsoft, JetBrains & Plex want to be involved? We’re live from Canonical’s …

Episode 233: Living Inside the Shell | LUP 233

January 24th, 2018


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, …

Episode 232: The Secret to Future Linux Success | LUP 232

January 17th, 2018


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 …

Episode 231: Most Expensive Linux Distro Ever | LUP 231

January 10th, 2018


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 …

Episode 230: Invest In Popcorn | LUP 230

January 3rd, 2018


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 …

Episode 229: Taste of Linux 2017 | LUP 229

December 27th, 2017


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.

Episode 228: rm -rf 2017 | LUP 228

December 20th, 2017


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 …

Episode 227: Peer Pressure | LUP 227

December 14th, 2017


It’s time to replace Patreon, YouTube, Twitter/Facebook & all the other centralized platforms of the web. But can open source answer the call? …

Episode 226: Bitcoin for Linux Users | LUP 226

December 6th, 2017


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 & …

Episode 225: Hacking the Community | LUP 225

November 29th, 2017


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

Plus we …

Episode 224: No Escape from Google | LUP 224

November 22nd, 2017


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 …

Episode 223: Fedora’s New Trick | LUP 223

November 15th, 2017


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 …

Episode 222: A Community Divided | LUP 222

November 8th, 2017


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 …

Episode 221: Ubuntu A-Team | LUP 221

November 1st, 2017


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 …

Episode 220: Remotely Useful | LUP 220

October 25th, 2017


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 …

Episode 219: Ubuntu’s New Era | LUP 219

October 18th, 2017


We review Ubuntu 17.10 & discuss some of the major achievements this release represents. Plus we break down an important Linux kernel news story, …

Episode 218: The Purism Redemption | LUP 218

October 11th, 2017


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 …

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

October 4th, 2017


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 …

Episode 216: Open Source Is Hard | LUP 216

September 27th, 2017


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 …

Episode 215: Pulse of PipeWire | LUP 215

September 20th, 2017


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

Plus …

Episode 214: Hacking Devices with Kali Linux | LUP 214

September 13th, 2017


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 …

Episode 213: Gnome Does it Again | LUP 213

September 6th, 2017


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 …

Episode 212: The Free Phone Nightmare | LUP 212

August 30th, 2017


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 …

Episode 211: Forks Done Right | LUP 211

August 23rd, 2017


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 …

Episode 210: Total Solus Eclipse | LUP 210

August 16th, 2017


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 …

Episode 209: LILO and Slack(ware) | LUP 209

August 9th, 2017


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

Plus why you really need to give Firefox another try, easy sandboxing of …

Episode 208: The Stallman Line | LUP 208

August 2nd, 2017


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 …

Episode 207: Return Of The Distrohopper | LUP 207

July 26th, 2017


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

Plus Chris talks about leaving …

Episode 206: Beardy McBeardface | LUP 206

July 19th, 2017


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, …

Episode 205: A Fitting Fedora | LUP 205

July 12th, 2017


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 …

Episode 204: Awkward Distro Puberty | LUP 204

July 5th, 2017


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 …

Episode 203: MATEs Wayland MIR-acle | LUP 203

June 28th, 2017


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 …

Episode 202: Halls of Endless Linux | LUP 202

June 21st, 2017


Michael Hall from Endless joins us to discuss his new role, Endless’ involvement with Gnome & the unique approach they are taking with EndlessOS.

Episode 201: Turbo Mode Ikey | LUP 201

June 14th, 2017


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, …

Episode 200: Gnome in the Shell | LUP 200

June 7th, 2017


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 …

Episode 199: No Samba No Cry | LUP 199

May 31st, 2017


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 …

Episode 198: Magic Device Cloud | LUP 198

May 24th, 2017


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 …

Episode 197: That New User Smell | LUP 197

May 17th, 2017


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 …

Episode 196: Orange is the new Red (Hat) | LUP 196

May 10th, 2017


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 …

Episode 195: Rub a Dub Grub | LUP 195

May 3rd, 2017


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 …

Episode 194: Internet of Troubles | LUP 194

April 26th, 2017


Linux Foundation thinks they have the solution to the Internet of Terrible & they might actually be right. We’ll share the exclusive interview …

Episode 193: Ubuntu's Bare Gnome | LUP 193

April 19th, 2017


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 …

Episode 192: Home Sweet Gnome | LUP 192

April 12th, 2017


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 …

Episode 191: What’s a Distro? | LUP 191

April 5th, 2017


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 …

Episode 190: Boot Free or Die Tryin’ | LUP 190

March 29th, 2017


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 …

Episode 189: Das Boot Manager | LUP 189

March 22nd, 2017


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

Episode 188: Celebrating Linux on Pi Day | LUP 188

March 15th, 2017


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 …

Episode 187: CIA's Dank Trojans | LUP 187

March 8th, 2017


It’s the year of the CIA linux desktop, with multiplatform malware & boot environments designed to attack Macs, Popey & Wimpy share their …

Episode 186: AWS Loses Its ShIOT | LUP 186

March 1st, 2017


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!

Support LINUX …

Episode 185: Plasma Injection | LUP 185

February 22nd, 2017


Austrian schools are switching, Wes is trying & Chris is reviewing the Plasma desktop this week. Why the heck we keep talking about it & …

Episode 184: Chilling with Kylin | LUP 184

February 15th, 2017


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 …

Episode 183: Niche Distros Need Not Apply | LUP 183

February 8th, 2017


Is software ever really finished? Should we avoid boutique or niche Linux distributions? We have a spirited discussion & attempt to finally …

Episode 182: Death by Download | LUP 182

February 1st, 2017


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 …

Episode 181: A Brisk MATE for Solus | LUP 181

January 25th, 2017


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

Michael Hall from Canonical join us to discuss …

Episode 180: The Theory of Liri | LUP 180

January 18th, 2017


We take a look at a material design influenced distribution, the FSF’s new high priority list & much more this week!

Support LINUX Unplugged

Episode 179: Project Sputnik Interview | LUP 179

January 11th, 2017


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 …

Episode 178: Big Sister is Watching | LUP 178

January 4th, 2017


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 …

Episode 177: The Many Faces of Linux | LUP 177

December 27th, 2016


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.

Episode 176: Shell-Shocked 2016 | LUP 176

December 21st, 2016


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 …

Episode 175: Best of MATEs | LUP 175

December 14th, 2016


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

Plus …

Episode 174: Mesh of Thoughts | LUP 174

December 7th, 2016


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 …

Episode 173: Upgrade vs Nuke 'n Pave | LUP 173

November 30th, 2016


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 …

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

November 23rd, 2016


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 & …

Episode 171: Uncontained Human Error | LUP 171

November 16th, 2016


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 …

Episode 170: Nano Users Unite | LUP 170

November 9th, 2016


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 …

Episode 169: Apple's Out Of Touch Bar | LUP 169

November 2nd, 2016


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 …

Episode 168: Linux Shadow Force | LUP 168

October 26th, 2016


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 …

Episode 167: Livepatch Bait & Switch | LUP 167

October 19th, 2016


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 …

Episode 166: Linux Winter Developments | LUP 166

October 12th, 2016


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

Plus we get updates from some of our favorite projects, discuss …

Episode 165: In OpenDaylight | LUP 165

October 5th, 2016


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 …

Episode 164: Dial Up Linux | LUP 164

September 28th, 2016


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 …

Episode 163: Games of Linux Future | LUP 163

September 21st, 2016


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 …

Episode 162: Linux Flying High | LUP 162

September 14th, 2016


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 …

Episode 161: A Real Pain in the Flash | LUP 161

September 7th, 2016


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 …

Episode 160: Binary Decisions | LUP 160

August 31st, 2016


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 …

Episode 159: All Wimpy's Vault! | LUP 159

August 24th, 2016


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

Episode 158: Happy Birthday Debian | LUP 158

August 17th, 2016


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, …

Episode 157: SSH: Heaven or Shell | LUP 157

August 10th, 2016


Our favorite tricks & hacks for SSH, debunking the Linux botnet rampage myth, the new challenges Solus is taking on & the inside track on how …

Episode 156: Your Media Just Got Served | LUP 156

August 3rd, 2016


Take advantage of the Chromecast without Google, extend Kodi with awesome new backends & cast media around your network with free Linux tools. …

Episode 155: Snappy Collaboration | LUP 155

July 27th, 2016


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 …

Episode 154: Pragmatic Idealism | LUP 154

July 20th, 2016


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 …

Episode 153: One NAT to Rule Them | LUP 153

July 13th, 2016


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 …

Episode 152: To .NET or to .NOT? | LUP 152

July 6th, 2016


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 …

Episode 151: Universal Divide | LUP 151

June 29th, 2016


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 …

Episode 150: War of the Packages | LUP 150

June 22nd, 2016


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 …

Episode 149: Snaps are Go! | LUP 149

June 15th, 2016


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 …

Episode 148: Mind on my Cloud & Cloud on my Mind | LUP 148

June 8th, 2016


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 …

Episode 147: The Talking Gnome | LUP 147

June 1st, 2016


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 …

Episode 146: Snap, Flaps & Package Drops | LUP 146

May 25th, 2016


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 …

Episode 145: BuzzwordFS | LUP 145

May 18th, 2016


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 …

Episode 144: Flavorless Mint | LUP 144

May 11th, 2016


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 …

Episode 143: Can't Contain Linux | LUP 143

May 4th, 2016


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 …

Episode 142: Long Term Disappointment | LUP 142

April 27th, 2016


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 …

Episode 141: 16.04 and Shut Your Face | LUP 141

April 20th, 2016


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 …

Episode 140: Blame Popey for ZFS | LUP 140

April 13th, 2016


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 …

Episode 139: Virtual Bondage | LUP 139

April 6th, 2016


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 …

Episode 138: Better than Linux | LUP 138

March 30th, 2016


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 & …

Episode 137: Kool as Breeze KDE | LUP 137

March 23rd, 2016


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 …

Episode 136: There's a Snap for That | LUP 136

March 16th, 2016


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 …

Episode 135: Microsoft's SeQueL to Linux | LUP 135

March 9th, 2016


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 …

Episode 134: Pi 3: The Next Generation | LUP 134

March 2nd, 2016


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 …

Episode 133: Apollo Has Landed | LUP 133

February 24th, 2016


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, …

Episode 132: Librem 15 is FAN-tastic! | LUP 132

February 17th, 2016


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 …

Episode 131: Terminal Tackle Box | LUP 131

February 10th, 2016


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 …

Episode 130: The Six Rings of Ubuntu | LUP 130

February 3rd, 2016


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 …

Episode 129: Shaky Linux Foundations | LUP 129

January 27th, 2016


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 …

Episode 128: Is that a server in your pocket? | LUP 128

January 20th, 2016


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 …

Episode 127: Sorry, I don't do Windows | LUP 127

January 13th, 2016


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 …

Episode 126: Mycroft Action Show | LUP 126

January 6th, 2016


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 …

Episode 125: Slaving for Red Star OS | LUP 125

December 30th, 2015


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 …

Episode 124: Linux’s Amazing Year | LUP 124

December 22nd, 2015


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 …

Episode 123: Mycroft and Chilli | LUP 123

December 16th, 2015


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 …

Episode 122: Thunderclouds around Thunderbird | LUP 122

December 9th, 2015


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 …

Episode 121: Raspberry Pi Does What? | LUP 121

December 2nd, 2015


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 …

Episode 120: Budgie Jumping | LUP 120

November 25th, 2015


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 …

Episode 119: What’s Up Docker? | LUP 119

November 18th, 2015


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 …

Episode 118: Leaping Over Tumbleweed | LUP 118

November 11th, 2015


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 …

Episode 117: Does Slack MatterMost? | LUP 117

November 4th, 2015


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 …

Episode 116: What's New MATE | LUP 116

October 28th, 2015


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 …

Episode 115: Open Production | LUP 115

October 21st, 2015


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 …

Episode 114: KDE Connect All the Things | LUP 114

October 14th, 2015


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. …

Episode 113: Kernel of Truth | LUP 113

October 7th, 2015


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 …

Episode 112: Open Source Power Outlets | LUP 112

September 30th, 2015


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 …

Episode 111: Completely Unplugged | LUP 111

September 23rd, 2015


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 …

Episode 110: Return of the Localhost | LUP 110

September 17th, 2015


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 …

Episode 109: Who Will Build The Builders | LUP 109

September 9th, 2015


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

Episode 108: Insecurity by Design | LUP 108

September 2nd, 2015


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 …

Episode 107: Freedom Isn't Free | LUP 107

August 26th, 2015


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 …

Episode 106: Connecting the Docks | LUP 106

August 19th, 2015


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 …

Episode 105: Vulkan the Metal Slayer | LUP 105

August 12th, 2015


We chat with the chief technology officer behind Mycroft, an open source artificial intelligence for everyone. Then discuss Android’s adoption of …

Episode 104: Miles of WiFi | LUP 104

August 6th, 2015


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

Episode 103: OSCON Secret Sauce | LUP 103

July 29th, 2015


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 …

Episode 102: Canonical, Dell & AMD Games | LUP 102

July 21st, 2015


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 …

Episode 101: Will Flash Be Trashed? | LUP 101

July 15th, 2015


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 …

Episode 100: Still Minty Fresh | LUP 100

July 8th, 2015


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 …

Episode 99: Finger on the Pulse of Video | LUP 99

July 1st, 2015


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

Also, a great …

Episode 98: Not OK Google | LUP 98

June 24th, 2015


We look at some tools that make installing Linux on multiple computers a snap, discuss our favorite backup and reload approaches & then debate …

Episode 97: Better Open Source Options | LUP 97

June 17th, 2015


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

Episode 96: Fedora's Bright Future | LUP 96

June 10th, 2015


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 …

Episode 95: Disjunctive Normal Fedora | LUP 95

June 2nd, 2015


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 …

Episode 94: 11 Years of Linux Benchmarking | LUP 94

May 27th, 2015


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 …

Episode 93: Rollback Romanticism | LUP 93

May 20th, 2015


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

Episode 92: Linux Wife, Happy Life. | LUP 92

May 13th, 2015


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 …

Episode 91: Open Source Kollaboration | LUP 91

May 6th, 2015


Aaron Seigo joins us to discuss the Kolab project, open source’s genuine answer to Microsoft Exchange and other groupware solutions. We also discuss …

Episode 90: How The Fest Was Fun | LUP 90

April 29th, 2015


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 …

Episode 89: Oh Deere, RMS was Right | LUP 89

April 22nd, 2015


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 …

Episode 87: btrfs Meltdown | LUP 87

April 8th, 2015


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

Plus what …

Episode 86: Evolve Your OS | LUP 86

April 1st, 2015


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

Episode 85: Give the Kids Linux | LUP 85

March 25th, 2015


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, …

Episode 84: On the Verge of Convergence | LUP 84

March 18th, 2015


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 …

Episode 83: Numixing Fedora | LUP 83

March 11th, 2015


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 …

Episode 82: Ubuntu MATE Gets Legit | LUP 82

March 4th, 2015


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 …

Episode 81: Unplugging the Past | LUP 81

February 24th, 2015


Join us as we peer into the past and revisit some big topics!

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Episode 80: ARMed with Arch | LUP 80

February 18th, 2015


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 …

Episode 79: Ubuntu Calling | LUP 79

February 11th, 2015


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 …

Episode 78: Straight Outta FOSDEM | LUP 78

February 4th, 2015


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

Plus we …

Episode 77: Vivaldi, The Fourth Browser | LUP 77

January 28th, 2015


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 …

Episode 76: Building a Better Gnome | LUP 76

January 21st, 2015


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 …

Episode 75: Obviously Linux's Fault | LUP 75

January 14th, 2015


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 …

Episode 74: Proprietary Exodus | LUP 74

January 7th, 2015


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 …

Episode 73: Predicting 2015 | LUP 73

December 31st, 2014


Our bold predictions for Linux & open source over 2015. Thought provoking, sometimes a bit inspired or maybe just plain wrong, this edition of …

Episode 72: Best of LUP 2014 | LUP 72

December 23rd, 2014


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 …

Episode 71: Fedora Takes the Lead | LUP 71

December 17th, 2014


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 …

Episode 70: Next Gen Fedora | LUP 70

December 10th, 2014


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 …

Episode 69: Perfect Linux Laptop | LUP 69

December 3rd, 2014


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 …

Episode 68: Linux Powered Schools | LUP 68

November 26th, 2014


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 …

Episode 67: Debian Community Divided | LUP 67

November 19th, 2014


We recap the recent mini-exodus in the Debian project & discuss how the tone of discussion around systemd has had some terrible consequences. We …

Episode 66: Firefox gets Unplugged | LUP 66

November 12th, 2014


The crew took the Firefox challenge & we follow up, we reflect on 10 years of Firefox, their early Linux support & the growing competition …

Episode 65: OpenSUSE Followup | LINUX Unplugged 65

November 5th, 2014


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 …

Episode 64: SeaGL & OLF Roundup | LINUX Unplugged 64

October 29th, 2014


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 …

Episode 63: For Forks Sake | LUP 63

October 22nd, 2014


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 …

Episode 62: Unifying Linux Software | LUP 62

October 15th, 2014


We discuss how one software center for all distributions would work & which existing solutions are the closest.

Plus looking forward to some new …

Episode 61: Don’t Feed the Soap Opera | LUP 61

October 8th, 2014


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 …

Episode 60: Calm Before the Storm | LINUX Unplugged 60

October 1st, 2014


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 …

Episode 59: Dead Desktop Walking | LUP 59

September 24th, 2014


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 …

Episode 58: Cult of Community | LUP 58

September 17th, 2014


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 …

Episode 57: systemd Haters Busted | LUP 57

September 10th, 2014


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 …

Episode 56: One Packager for All | LUP 56

September 3rd, 2014


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.

Episode 55: LinuxCon 2014 Unplugged | LUP 55

August 27th, 2014


We’ve got exclusive interviews from LinuxCon 2014, learn about Linux in big networking, what the future holds for SUSE & much more.

Plus, are …

Episode 54: Microsoft's Munich Man | LINUX Unplugged 54

August 20th, 2014


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 …

Episode 53: Ubuntu with Rodent | LUP 53

August 13th, 2014


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 …

Episode 52: CRUX Interview | LUP 52

August 6th, 2014


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 …

Episode 51: OSCON Behind The Story | LUP 51

July 30th, 2014


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 …

Episode 50: Linux Look-Back | LUP 50

July 22nd, 2014


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 …

Episode 49: Rapid Fire Journalism | LINUX Unplugged 49

July 16th, 2014


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, …

Episode 48: KaOS Theory | LUP 48

July 9th, 2014


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 …

Episode 47: Desktopaholics Anonymous | LUP 47

July 2nd, 2014


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 …

Episode 46: SouthEast LinuxFest Unplugged | LUP 46

June 25th, 2014


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 …

Episode 45: The Triple-Boot Phone | LUP 45

June 17th, 2014


Chris shares his experience with triple booting Firefox OS, Ubuntu Touch and Android on his Nexus 5 and the surprising results.

Plus some grounded …

Episode 44: Bedrock: A New Paradigm | LUP 44

June 11th, 2014


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, …

Episode 43: Mint 17: Fresh or Stagnant? | LUP 43

June 4th, 2014


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.

Episode 42: Fine Wine or Sour Ports | LUP 42

May 28th, 2014


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 …

Episode 41: Arch’s Uprising | LUP 41

May 21st, 2014


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 …

Episode 40: Developers Get Qt | LUP 40

May 14th, 2014


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 …

Episode 39: Fragmentation Timebomb | LUP 39

May 7th, 2014


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 …

Episode 38: The Rest of the Fest | LUP 38

April 30th, 2014


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 …

Episode 37: Client Side Drama | LUP 37

April 23rd, 2014


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.

Episode 36: Beware of Underdog | LUP 36

April 15th, 2014


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 …

Episode 35: Windows eXPired | LUP 35

April 9th, 2014


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 …

Episode 34: Drive-By Advice | LUP 34

April 2nd, 2014


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 …

Episode 33: Graphical Civil War | LUP 33

March 26th, 2014


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 …

Episode 32: Do Me a SolydXK | LUP 32

March 19th, 2014


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.

Episode 31: Ubuntu Punching Bag | LUP 31

March 12th, 2014


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 …

Episode 30: Talkin' Tox | LUP 30

March 5th, 2014


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 …

Episode 29: The Klementine Squeeze | LUP 29

February 26th, 2014


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 …

Episode 28: Neckbeard Entitlement Factor | LUP 28

February 19th, 2014


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 …

Episode 27: Debian's systemd Decision | LUP 27

February 12th, 2014


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 …

Episode 26: MATE Mythbusting | LUP 26

February 5th, 2014


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 …

Episode 25: Culture of Shiny | LUP 25

January 29th, 2014


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 …

Episode 24: FUD for Thought | LUP 24

January 22nd, 2014


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 …

Episode 23: Google Invades Your Nest | LUP 23

January 15th, 2014


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 …

Episode 22: Hurd Mentality | LUP 22

January 8th, 2014


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 …

Episode 21: Unplugging 2013 | LUP 21

January 1st, 2014


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.

Episode 20: Fidel Chromecastro | LUP 20

December 24th, 2013


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 …

Episode 19: Fixing Linux Support | LUP 19

December 18th, 2013


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 …

Episode 18: Hugs for LUGs | LUP 18

December 11th, 2013


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 …

Episode 17: Swap It Outta Here | LUP 17

December 4th, 2013


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 …

Episode 16: Meet the Dockers | LUP 16

November 27th, 2013


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 …

Episode 15: Don’t Switch to Linux | LUP 15

November 20th, 2013


Our frank advice for switches to Linux. Despite what what the advocates would have you believe, there are some important consideration a potential …

Episode 14: Negative in the Practical Dimension | LUP 14

November 13th, 2013


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 …

Episode 13: Dark Mail: A New Hope | LINUX Unplugged 13

November 6th, 2013


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 …

Episode 12: Debating Debian Decisions | LINUX Unplugged 12

October 30th, 2013


Upstart or systemd which will Debian choose? We’ll discuss the inherent benefits and disadvantages of both, and the larger ramification Debian’s …

Episode 11: Bankrupt Linux News | LINUX Unplugged 11

October 23rd, 2013


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 …

Episode 10: The Ubuntu Hangover | LINUX Unplugged 10

October 15th, 2013


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.

Episode 9: The Ubuntu Situation | LINUX Unplugged 9

October 9th, 2013


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, …

Episode 8: Cloud Guilt | LINUX Unplugged 8

October 2nd, 2013


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 …

Episode 7: Full SteamOS Ahead | LUP 7

September 25th, 2013


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 …

Episode 6: The Android Problem | LINUX Unplugged 6

September 18th, 2013


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 …

Episode 5: Wrath of Linus | LINUX Unplugged 5

September 11th, 2013


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 …

Episode 4: Are Linux Users Cheap? | LINUX Unplugged 4

September 4th, 2013


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, …

Episode 3: Go Dock Yourself | LINUX Unplugged 3

August 27th, 2013


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 …

Episode 2: Edge of Failure | LINUX Unplugged 2

August 20th, 2013


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 …

Episode 1: Too Much Choice | LU1

August 13th, 2013


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 …

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