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TechBytes Episode 44: The Four Horsemen Reunited; Fedora Ambassador Interview

Posted in TechBytes at 8:10 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz


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Summary: Interview with Brandon Lozza about the release of Fedora 15, preceded by a conversation between Rusty, Gordon, Tim, and Roy

TODAY we are pleased to have Rusty, Gordon, and a Fedora ambassador who was speaking to us about the upcoming release, Fedora 15. It is the same ambassador whom we last had on the show just shortly after Fedora 14 had been finalised (I downloaded it and used at work shortly afterwards). He also hangs out in the Techrights IRC channels, so please consider popping in to say “hi”. Update: Tim’s show notes are out now.

Brandon Lozza“Sei La” by Erika Machado (SXSW 2010 Showcasing Artists) and “This Town is Mine” by Deanmoore are included in today’s show. We hope you will join us for future shows and consider subscribing to the show via the RSS feed. You can also visit our archives for past shows. If you have an Identi.ca account, consider subscribing to TechBytes in order to keep up to date.

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Our past shows:

November 2010

Show overview Show title Date recorded
Episode 1: Brandon from Fedora TechBytes Episode 1: Apple, Microsoft, Bundling, and Fedora 14 (With Special Guest Brandon Lozza) 1/11/2010
Episode 2: No guests TechBytes Episode 2: Ubuntu’s One Way, Silverlight Goes Dark, and GNU Octave Discovered 7/11/2010
Episode 3: No guests TechBytes Episode 3: Games, Wayland, Xfce, Restrictive Application Stores, and Office Suites 8/11/2010
Episode 4: No guests TechBytes Episode 4: Fedora 14 Impressions, MPAA et al. Payday, and Emma Lee’s Magic 9/11/2010
Episode 5: No guests TechBytes Episode 5: Windows Loses to Linux in Phones, GNU/Linux Desktop Market Share Estimations, and Much More 12/11/2010
Episode 6: No guests TechBytes Episode 6: KINect a Cheapo Gadget, Sharing Perceptually Criminalised, Fedora and Fusion 14 in Review 13/11/2010
Episode 7: No guests TechBytes Episode 7: FUD From The Economist, New Releases, and Linux Eureka Moment at Netflix 14/11/2010
Episode 8: Gordon Sinclair on Linux Mint TechBytes Episode 8: Linux Mint Special With Gordon Sinclair (ThistleWeb) 15/11/2010
Episode 9: Gordon Sinclair returns TechBytes Episode 9: The Potentially Permanent Return of ThistleWeb 17/11/2010
Episode 10: Special show format TechBytes Episode 10: Microsoft FUD and Dirty Tactics Against GNU/Linux 19/11/2010
Episode 11: Part 2 of special show TechBytes Episode 11: Microsoft FUD and Dirty Tactics Against GNU/Linux – Part II 21/11/2010
Episode 12: Novell special TechBytes Episode 12: Novell Sold for Microsoft Gains 23/11/2010
Episode 13: No guests TechBytes Episode 13: Copyfight, Wikileaks, and Other Chat 28/11/2010
Episode 14: Patents special TechBytes Episode 14: Software Patents in Phones, Android, and in General 29/11/2010
Episode 15: No guests TechBytes Episode 15: Google Chrome OS, Windows Refund, and Side Topics Like Wikileaks 30/11/2010

December 2010

Show overview Show title Date recorded
Episode 16: No guests TechBytes Episode 16: Bribes for Reviews, GNU/Linux News, and Wikileaks Opinions 3/12/2010
Episode 17: No guests TechBytes Episode 17: Chrome OS Imminent, Wikileaks Spreads to Mirrors, ‘Open’ Microsoft 5/12/2010
Episode 18: No guests TechBytes Episode 18: Chrome OS, Sharing, Freedom, and Wikileaks 11/12/2010
Episode 19: No guests TechBytes Episode 19: GNU/Linux Market Share on Desktop at 4%, Microsoft Declining, and ChromeOS is Coming 16/12/2010
Episode 20: No guests TechBytes Episode 20: GNU/Linux Gamers Pay More for Games, Other Discussions 18/12/2010
Episode 21: No guests TechBytes Episode 21: Copyright Abuses, Agitators and Trolls, Starting a New Site 20/12/2010
Episode 22: No special guests TechBytes Episode 22: Freedom Debate and Picks of the Year 27/12/2010

January 2011

Show overview Show title Date recorded
Episode 23: Tim, Gordon, and Roy TechBytes Episode 23: Failuresfest and 2011 Predictions 2/1/2011
Episode 24: Tim, Gordon, and Roy TechBytes Episode 24: Android, Microsoft’s President Departure, and Privacy 10/1/2011
Episode 25: Tim and Roy TechBytes Episode 25: Mono, Ubuntu, Android, and More 14/1/2011
Episode 26: Tim and Roy TechBytes Episode 26: £98 GNU/Linux Computer, Stuxnet’s Government Roots, and More 18/1/2011
Episode 27: Tim, Gordon, and Roy TechBytes Episode 27: Linux Phones, Pardus, Trusting One’s Government-funded Distribution, and Much More 22/1/2011
Episode 28: Tim, Gordon, and Roy TechBytes Episode 28: The Weekend After Microsoft’s Results and LCA 30/1/2011
Episode 29: Tim, Gordon, and Roy TechBytes Episode 29: KDE, Other Desktop Environments, and Programming 31/1/2011

February 2011

Show overview Show title Date recorded
Episode 30: Tim, Gordon, and Roy TechBytes Episode 30: Microsoft at FOSDEM, Debian Release, and Anonymous 7/2/2011
Episode 31: Tim and Roy TechBytes Episode 31: Nokiasoft and Computer Games 13/2/2011
Episode 32: Tim and Roy TechBytes Episode 32: Desktop Environments, Computer Games, Android and Ubuntu as the ‘New Linux’, Copyright Mentality 22/2/2011

March 2011

Show overview Show title Date recorded
Episode 33: Tim, Gordon, and Roy TechBytes Episode 33: Patent ‘Thieves’ and News That Deceives 6/3/2011
Episode 34: Tim, Gordon, and Roy TechBytes Episode 34: Done on a Dongle 13/3/2011
Episode 35: Tim, Gordon, and Roy TechBytes Episode 35: You Can’t Please Some People 19/3/2011

April 2011

Show overview Show title Date recorded
Episode 36: Tim, Gordon, and Roy TechBytes Episode 36: “Come to Take Me Away” 3/4/2011
Episode 37: Tim, Gordon, and Roy TechBytes Episode 37: Escaping the Soaps 4/4/2011
Episode 38: Tim, Gordon, and Roy TechBytes Episode 38: Thanks for Reaching Out 11/4/2011
Episode 39: Tim and Roy TechBytes Episode 39: Groklaw wins, Microsoft me too’s and trolls fail 13/4/2011
Episode 40: Tim, Gordon, and Roy TechBytes Episode 40: Video Begins at 40 17/4/2011
Episode 41: Tim, Gordon, Rusty, and Roy TechBytes Episode 41: Going Rusty 24/4/2011
Episode 42: Tim and Roy TechBytes Episode 42: Bandwidth, Android and Patents, Games, and Computer Nostalgia 29/4/2011

May 2011

Show overview Show title Date recorded
Episode 43: Tim, Jono Bacon, and Roy TechBytes Episode 43: At Home With Jono Bacon, Ubuntu Community Manager 4/5/2011
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  1. kozmcrae said,

    May 8, 2011 at 2:59 pm


    I don’t know if you guys hear the what we hear on the download. I suspect not. If you haven’t done so yet you should listen to this last episode. The sound is really jarring in places. It will go from whisper quiet to really loud. Some of it sounds like microphone noise (being moved around). I had to stop listening about 15 minutes in. Your audiocast is the only one I listen to. There have been sound issues from the start but nothing as serious as this. Oddly enough the sound on the video cast was the best so far. I hope you get the sound problems worked out sooner rather than later. I will keep listening.


    Dr. Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    Yes, we are aware of these problems. Thanks for reassuring us that these cracks are being noticed. There is something in the software which led to volume imbalances and I had to correct this manually in a hurry, under Audacity. It happens when 3+ people are on the line and this did not happen before a recent software update. Next time we’ll debug. The serious noises came from Rusty’s side. It was distracting also when the conversation took place (I lost my words and had to take the headset off) and he will need to to avoid it in the future. If you want something that’s easier to listen to, move to the interview which is the second part of the show.

    Recently we had 3 episodes in which we screwed up and where the audio got botched for different reasons. We’re back to the drawing board. Video and a 4-way conversation pose new challenges (connectivity- and volume-wise). Tim and I will test some new ideas that improve quality, reduce size, and add concision to content. This show as a while is only 6 months old and not several years old like shows we ‘compete’ with (learn from).

    How TechBytes is different from other shows is an important matter too.

    It is heartwarming to hear back from people who listen to all our shows at home, the car, or wherever. Some of them tell us. This is why people like you motivate us to carry on.

    At TechBytes nobody is accused of “stealing” so-called ‘property’ which exists only in the minds of people. Software patents are a terrible thing and it is already assumed rather than alleged (some would permit lawyer to put on a show about a fake “controversy”).. At TechBytes we realise that Free platforms are wonderful and in many ways better than proprietary counterparts; they just need a lot more exposure and hardware distributors who are willing to preinstall BSD or GNU/Linux for example, even Android (this is already happening, much to our delight). At TechBytes the songs come with no draconian strings and they can be distributed to friends and family without qualm. The news is always quite timely owing to the recording-publication processing pipeline which is fast (we do not script or edit the speech at all). TechBytes offers real opinions from real people and it does not do advertising, let alone invites those who do. If we make an error we can immediately be contacted in IRC/comments and then issue a correction (usually on the following show). We’re about people who listen, not companies that advertise. So every bit of feedback helps us, even when it is negative.

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