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A weekly podcast about random topics spoken about by two random Linux Nerds on the interwebs. #Linux #FOSS #OpenSource
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On this episode, Matt and Martin talk about the plethora of Linux distros out there and how that affects the Linux ecosystem. Should there really be a bazillion Ubuntu Derivatives? Contact Info Twitter: @thelinuxcast @mtwb @martintwit2you Subscribe at http://thelinuxcast.org Contact us thelinuxcast@gmail.com Support us on Patreon: http://patreon.com/thelinuxcast http://facebook.com/thelinuxcast Subscribe on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/thelinuxcast [shownotes] **What have we been up to Linux related this Week?** Martin – Have been trying out Garuda Linux Matt – Learned a bit about bumblebee-status, which turns out to be a neat little status bar. And I've been pondering switching to MX Linux as my daily driver because I liked it so damn much in my little first look. Also, I got a DAC because my audio setup wasn't complicated enough. Links (One each) Matt - https://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2021/02/martin-wimpress-ubuntu-desktop-lead-leaving-canonical Martin - Linux 5.11 could arrive next week, as Linus Torvalds slams the Superbowl Linux 5.11 could arrive next week, as Linus Torvalds slams the Superbowl Main Topic -  Does Linux Mint (and other Ubuntu Based Distros) have a purpose? Alternatively —> Do derivatives of the big distros really need to exist? Apps of the Week Matt - Pulsemixer Martin - Haruna g-fb/haruna
On this episode of The Linux Cast, Matt and Martin talk about the things everyone should know about firewalls and security on Linux.  Contact Info Twitter: @thelinuxcast @mtwb @martintwit2you Subscribe at http://thelinuxcast.org Contact us thelinuxcast@gmail.com Support us on Patreon: http://patreon.com/thelinuxcast http://facebook.com/thelinuxcast Subscribe on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/thelinuxcast [show notes] **What have we been up to Linux related this Week?** Martin – I have brought a mini PC Matt – I've been trying for four years to get Hearthstone working on Linux. I succeeded this week. I also worked on getting VirtualBox working again on my new setup. Links (One each) Matt - https://9to5linux.com/mx-linux-now-has-a-raspberry-pi-edition-you-can-try-right-now Martin - https://www.helpnetsecurity.com/2021/01/27/cve-2021-3156/ Main Topic - Firewalls and Security Apps of the Week Matt - Nemo. and Blueman manager Martin - GUFW https://costales.github.io/projects/gufw/
On this episode, Matt and Martin talk about their preferences when it comes to GTK vs QT apps and then get into a discussion about the best browsers that aren't Firefox or Chrome. Contact Info Twitter: @thelinuxcast @mtwb @martintwit2you Subscribe at http://thelinuxcast.org Contact us thelinuxcast@gmail.com Support us on Patreon: http://patreon.com/thelinuxcast http://facebook.com/thelinuxcast Subscribe on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCylGUf9BvQooEFjgdNudoQg [show notes] **What have we been up to Linux related this Week?** Martin – Delving into further customisation on my KDE desktop Matt – I hopped distros this week. I tried to go to ArchLabs, but that didn't work. I then tried to go back to arco, but that didn't work. I used Ubuntu for about 4 hours until I started to have AUR withdrawls, so then I installed Manjaro. That's where I'm at now. Also, audio hell was back. Links (One each) Matt - https://9to5linux.com/tails-anonymous-linux-os-wants-to-migrate-to-wayland-to-improve-app-security Martin - https://vpn.mozilla.org/ Main Topic - GTK vs QT https://petermoulding.com/gtk_or_qt https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/difference-gtk-qt/ https://www.reddit.com/r/linuxmasterrace/comments/6ee9sy/gtk_vs_qt_what_do_you_prefer_and_why_2017_edition/ Apps of the Week Matt - Qutebrowser Martin - QuiteRSS https://quiterss.org/en/quiterss-for-other-os Season 5 Episode 3
Matt and Martin again to talk a bit about Linux File Systems. What is out there that isn't EXT4? That and some news and picks of the week. Contact Info Twitter: @thelinuxcast @mtwb @martintwit2you Subscribe at http://thelinuxcast.org Contact us thelinuxcast@gmail.com Support us on Patreon: http://patreon.com/thelinuxcast http://facebook.com/thelinuxcast Subscribe on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCylGUf9BvQooEFjgdNudoQg **What have we been up to Linux related this Week?** Martin – Have been trying out LineageOS on The Pi4 Matt – I'm looking at trying to find an alternative to kdenlive. And struggling with picom. Links (One each) Matt - https://9to5linux.com/linux-mint-20-1-ulyssa-is-now-available-for-download-this-is-whats-new Martin - https://news.itsfoss.com/huawei-kernel-contribution/ Main Topic - Linux File Systems Apps of the Week Matt - clipmenud https://github.com/cdown/clipmenu Martin - https://github.com/linuxmint/hypnotix/releases/tag/1.1
On this episode, the boys kick of the new year talking a bit about Martin's new Linux Kernel, Matt's experience with Deepin and Gnome's aversion to GTK themes. Contact Info Twitter: @thelinuxcast @mtwb @martintwit2you Subscribe at http://thelinuxcast.org Contact us thelinuxcast@gmail.com Support us on Patreon: http://patreon.com/thelinuxcast http://facebook.com/thelinuxcast Subscribe on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCylGUf9BvQooEFjgdNudoQg [show notes] **What have we been up to Linux related this Week?** Martin – Built the Linux kernel to 5.10 LTS - well that was the plan 😢 Matt – I've been recreating my neovim config. Links (One each) Martin - KDE Will Make Plasma Wayland Ready for the Masses in 2021 https://9to5linux.com/kde-will-make-plasma-wayland-session-ready-for-the-masses-in-2021-improved-fingerprint-support Matt - https://9to5linux.com/deepin-20-1-released-with-improved-performance-enhanced-desktop-environment  (Thoughts on Deepin) Main Topic -  Theming on Linux is it Good or Bad? https://blog.system76.com/post/187541504063/the-future-of-theming-on-gnome-and-more-from https://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2019/05/open-letter-stop-gtk-theming-distros https://linuxhint.com/how_gnome_themes_work/ Apps of the Week Matt - Scratchpads and tdrop https://github.com/noctuid/tdrop Martin - Shotwell https://wiki.gnome.org/Apps/Shotwell
The year is almost (finally) over. So Matt and Martin talk about a few things they did in Linux this year. Contact Info Twitter: @thelinuxcast @mtwb @martintwit2you Subscribe at http://thelinuxcast.org Contact us thelinuxcast@gmail.com Support us on Patreon: http://patreon.com/thelinuxcast http://facebook.com/thelinuxcast Subscribe on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCylGUf9BvQooEFjgdNudoQg Main Topic – End of year Recap Show 5 Things You Did in Linux This Year Matt - 1- I’ve transitioned completely to using Window Managers Only. Mostly I used i3 This year, but DWM has been my choice for the last month or so. 2- Created my own Firefox userChrome.css this year that I’ve been using for a while now. It’s awesome. 3- Discovered zim, which has transformed the way I take notes, write outlines, and plan for videos and NaNoWriMo 4- Learned more about Linux Audio than I ever thought I’d need to. 5- Still on the lookout for a better Office/Word Processor. LibreOffice is kinda bad. Martin - 1 - Switched to Linux about 98% of the time 2 - Community 3 - Amount of free choice available 4 - Virtual Box 5 - Security Apps of the Week Matt – Mutt-wizard - https://github.com/LukeSmithxyz/mutt-wizard Martin – WALC https://cstayyab.com/projects/walc
On this episode of The Linux Cast, Matt and Martin talk about system76 and whether or not the hardware is worth the hefty price. Mostly, they just bemoan the fact that neither of them can afford a new system76 rig. Contact Info Twitter: @thelinuxcast @mtwb @martintwit2you Subscribe at http://thelinuxcast.org Contact us thelinuxcast@gmail.com http://facebook.com/thelinuxcast Subscribe on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCylGUf9BvQooEFjgdNudoQg [show notes] What have we been up to Linux related this Week? Martin – I have been playing Cyberpunk 2077 on Linux using Google Chrome Matt – I’ve been in audio hell, working trying to get my new mic setup working. So far, mixed results. I’ve also been playing around, mostly unsuccessfully, with xmonad. Links (One each) Matt - https://www.zdnet.com/article/red-hat-resets-centos-linux-and-users-are-angry/ Martin – https://news.itsfoss.com/rocky-linux-announcement/ Main Topic – System 76 and Linux Hardware Vendors https://system76.com/desktops/thelio-mega https://www.tuxedocomputers.com/en/Linux-Hardware/Linux-Notebooks/10-14-inch/TUXEDO-Book-XP14-Gen12.tuxedo Apps of the Week Martin - https://flathub.org/apps/details/io.gitlab.o20.word Matt – Buku https://github.com/jarun/buku
On this episode, Matt and Martin talk about how Arch Linux has become a meme, and if its users are justified in their superiority.  Contact Info Twitter: @thelinuxcast @mtwb @martintwit2you Subscribe at http://thelinuxcast.org Contact us thelinuxcast@gmail.com http://facebook.com/thelinuxcast Subscribe on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCylGUf9BvQooEFjgdNudoQg [show notes] What have we been up to Linux related this Week? Martin – Brought some old Linux mags, currently trying out Ferren OS Matt – Continuing to mess around with DWM. I’ve also started to look into a universal bookmarking solution. Links (One each) Matt - https://9to5linux.com/ubuntu-web-remix-wants-to-be-a-chrome-os-alternative-beta-available-now Martin - https://www.patreon.com/marcan Main Topic – The Meme-ification of Arch Linux https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VO9R_WFs9Zc https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-eUd-CC8zQ Apps of the Week Matt – Lotion (notion client for linux) https://github.com/puneetsl/lotionLinux Martin - https://www.balena.io/etcher/
Should You Dual Boot?

Should You Dual Boot?

2020-11-1637:36

On this episode of The Linux Cast, Martin and Matt talk about the process and dangers of Dual Booting Linux with Windows, and whether or not it's worth it to do so.  Contact Info Contact Info Twitter: @thelinuxcast @mtwb @martintwit2you Subscribe at http://thelinuxcast.org Contact us thelinuxcast@gmail.com http://facebook.com/thelinuxcast Subscribe on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCylGUf9BvQooEFjgdNudoQg What have we been up to Linux related this Week? Martin – I have installed Manjaro Arm KDE on my Pinebook Pro Matt – I’ve been theming BSPWM and refining my i3 config files. Also, learning OBS Links (One each) Martin – https://kde.org/announcements/pinephone-plasma-mobile-edition/ Matt – https://9to5linux.com/system76-launches-new-galago-pro-linux-laptop-with-11th-gen-intel-core-cpus Main Topic – Dual Booting Apps of the Week Martin – Rambox https://rambox.pro/#home Matt – tg
On this episode of The Linux Cast, the boys are back to talk about how Linux Permissions aren't awesome, how the Raspberry Pi 400 is awesome, and how you can learn to type better right from the terminal.  Contact Info Twitter: @thelinuxcast @mtwb @martintwit2you Subscribe at http://thelinuxcast.org Contact us thelinuxcast@gmail.com http://facebook.com/thelinuxcast Subscribe on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCylGUf9BvQooEFjgdNudoQg [Show Notes] What have we been up to Linux related this Week? Martin– Upgraded my spare rig Matt– Dealing with Bluetooth and Microphone problems. Links (One each) Matt - https://9to5linux.com/pro1-x-smartphone-to-ship-with-android-lineage-os-or-ubuntu-touch Martin - https://www.raspberrypi.org/products/raspberry-pi-400/?resellerType=home Main Topic - Linux Permissions. https://www.reddit.com/r/linux/comments/9ptql6/the_problem_with_linux_permissions/ https://www.linuxquestions.org/linux/answers/Security/Quick_and_Dirty_Guide_to_Linux_File_Permissions Apps of the Week Matt – wpm https://github.com/cslarsen/wpm Martin - https://www.raspberrypi.org/products/raspberry-pi-400/?resellerType=home
On this episode of The Linux Cast, Martin and Matt discuss the effects so-called Linux Elitism has on new Linux Users.  Introduction What have we been up to Linux related this Week? Martin– moving from Last pass to Bit warden Matt– Getting mpd and ncmpcpp working. Next up neomutt. Contact Info Twitter: @thelinuxcast @mtwb @martintwit2you Subscribe at http://thelinuxcast.org Contact us thelinuxcast@gmail.com http://facebook.com/thelinuxcast Subscribe on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCylGUf9BvQooEFjgdNudoQg Links (One each) Matt -  https://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2020/10/microsoft-edge-linux-first-look Martin – Septor I have noticed that Septor (KDE & Tor anonymity) has risen to the top of the DistroWatch list for the last 30 days(not that counts for much), going to download it give it a quick check nothing full depth or tedious just a heads up for the listeners that may be interested” Main Topic - Elitism - Is there a danger of the Penguin Master Race Apps of the Week Matt - https://github.com/KorySchneider/wikit Martin – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbzqCAjm--g  https://github.com/GitSquared/edex-ui/releases
On this episode of The Linux Cast, Matt and Martin are back, talking about the NVIDIA deal to buy ARM and how that deal could impact Linux and the computing world as a whole.  Contact Info at the Linuxcast on Twitter @mtwb on Twitter @martintwit2you on Twitter thelinuxcast@gmail.com http://facebook.com/thelinuxcast Subscribe at http://thelinuxcast.org Subscribe on Youtube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCylGUf9BvQooEFjgdNudoQg Links Matt -> https://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2020/10/ubuntu-20-10-video-review Main Topic - Nivida Buys Arm Links for Main Topic https://nvidianews.nvidia.com/news/nvidia-to-acquire-arm-for-40-billion-creating-worlds-premier-computing-company-for-the-age-of-ai https://www.anandtech.com/show/16080/nvidia-to-acquire-arm-for-40-billion https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=NVIDIA-Arm-40bn-Imminent App of the week Martin - Mellow Player Audio & Video player with cloud music integration for your desktop, enabling you to play songs from YouTube, Deezer, Google Play Music, and other streaming services To use it with Spotify, Netflix & other DRM download widevine Matt - Nvim Config https://github.com/ChristianChiarulli/nvim
On this episode of The Linux Cast, we say hello to our new co-host, Martin and we discuss our must-have Linux applications! Contact Info Twitter: @thelinuxcast @mtwb @martintwit2you Subscribe at http://thelinuxcast.org Contact us thelinuxcast@gmail.com http://facebook.com/thelinuxcast Subscribe on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCylGUf9BvQooEFjgdNudoQg Martin Favorite Apps Stacer -https://oguzhaninan.github.io/Stacer-Web/  Web Apps - which was previously available if you had used Peppermint OS or downloaded the program which was known as the Ice app, which let’s users turn their favorite websites into stand-alone applications in a containerized browser which is ideal for your Banking Website or a login to You tube without the tracking which can be pinned to the taskbar or create desktop link Download link Beta!!! https://www.linuxmint.com/tmp/blog/3960/webapp-manager_1.0.3_all.deb Steam for Linux -- steam.com PCloud --pcloud.com Next Cloud -- nextcloud.com Audacity Red Shift  Yakuake  Matt Favorite Apps Zim – VimWiki Alternative --zim-wiki.org LibreOffice – Mostly writer  i3WM   -- i3wm.org Rofi  - https://github.com/davatorium/rofi ncspot - https://github.com/davatorium/rofi vim todoist bitwarden - https://bitwarden.com/
On this episode of The Linux Cast, Matt talks about his thoughts about the future of Linux on Mobile, and why he thinks that it will never be truly successful.  Contact Info @thelinuxcast on twitter @mtwb on twitter thelinuxcast@gmail.com  http://facebook.com/thelinuxcast Subscribe at http://thelinuxcast.org Subscribe on Youtube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCylGUf9BvQooEFjgdNudoQg
On this episode of The Linux Cast, Matt talks about the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL), his experiences with it and how he thinks it will affect Linux adoption.  I am still looking for a co-host. If you're interested in talking about Linux each week, let me know via an email or DM on Twitter.  Contact Info @thelinuxcast on twitter @mtwb on twitter thelinuxcast@gmail.com  http://facebook.com/thelinuxcast Subscribe at http://thelinuxcast.org Subscribe on Youtube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCylGUf9BvQooEFjgdNudoQg WSL 2 {Shownotes} https://docs.google.com/document/d/1WUL3CciKe7ENUduk6Yl3mwG88bVqHhKSjL58fRGzaGE/edit?usp=sharing
AUR for the Win!

AUR for the Win!

2020-09-1135:03

On this episode of The Linux Cast, Matt talks about why he's such a fanboy for the Arch User Repository (AUR) and why everyone should at least give it a try.  Contact Info @thelinuxcast on twitter @mtwb on twitter thelinuxcast@gmail.com  http://facebook.com/thelinuxcast Subscribe at http://thelinuxcast.org Subscribe on Youtube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCylGUf9BvQooEFjgdNudoQg AUR for The Win (SHOW NOTES) When people ask arch users why thy use arch, one of the reasons they get is the AUR. The Arch User Repository. ------------------------- #### What is the Arch User Repository or the AUR? [ ] The AUR is a community sponsored collection of programs. Keyword here is community, as this collection is put together by the community, and not by Arch Linux itself. We'll talk more about that later when we talk about the downsides of the AUR.  #### Why is it different than other repositories and why is it better? a. All the software you need, all in one place.  b. Because it's put together by the community, it's supported by the entire community. Meaning that there is no fragmentation of control like there is with other package management systems.  c. All software that comes from the AUR is updated through the AUR.  d. Community developed AUR Helpers.  #### What are the downsides? a. Security concerns b. Out of Date software c. Difficult for Noobs to actually understand what the AUR does d. AUR Helpers aren't the easiest to use if you don't know what you're doing. #### Who would benefit the most from using the AUR? a. everyone. No seriously. The AUR would replace SNAPs, Flatpaks, PPAs, everything. Imagine if the entire Linux community contributed to the AUR how good it would be.  b. Developers — One place to put your code. Because of the way it works, the AUR builds the binaries, meaning the developers don't have to do anything with odd package formats.  #### Why won't Matt shut up about the AUR? a. Bad experiences with PPAs.  b. Going back to finding software on Ubuntu feels like going back to the 1990s.  #### Conclusions
On this episode of The Linux Cast, Matt talks about the state of Linux package management and how Snaps are changing the way packages are distributed. Also, he talks about why Snaps may not be the best idea.  Follow us on Twitter @thelinuxcast or on Facebook at  Facebook.com/thelinuxcast. Matt is @mtwb on Twitter. We are looking for another co-host so Matt doesn't have to do these solo episodes. If you're interested, DM us on Twitter.
On this episode of The Linux Cast, Matt flies solo once again, and asks the question: How can Linux go Mainstream? and do we even want it to?  Follow us on Twitter @thelinuxcast or on Facebook at  Facebook.com/thelinuxcast. Matt is @mtwb on Twitter. We are looking for another co-host so Matt doesn't have to do these solo episodes. If you're interested, DM us on Twitter.
On this episode of The Linux Cast, Matt talks to himself about the merits and disadvantages of using a tiling window manager. If you use a WM, which one do you use and why? We'd love to hear from you on Twitter! Follow us on Twitter @thelinuxcast or on Facebook at  Facebook.com/thelinuxcast. Matt is @mtwb on Twitter. We are looking for another co-host so Matt doesn't have to do these solo episodes. If you're interested, DM us on Twitter.
Ubuntu gets a lot of praise and it gets a lot of flak, Is it good? Is it really the best distro to represent Linux as a whole? Is Canonical the next evil overlord? Follow us on Twitter @thelinuxcast or on Facebook at Facebook.com/thelinuxcast. Matt is @mtwb on Twitter. We are looking for another co-host so Matt doesn't have to do these solo episodes. If you're interested, DM us on Twitter. 
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