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TechBytes Episode 63: Enter KDE

Posted in TechBytes at 6:30 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz


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Summary: Rusty joins Tim and Roy for a show about issues of the day/week

Rusty is back for another splendid show which suffered a few sound issues in the first segment. We start the show with wonderful news about Tim’s newly-born daughter and then talk about Steve Jobs’ death as well as Richard Stallman’s reaction to it. We then speak about Apple’s anti-Android strategy and take stock of Android’s success, noting that Microsoft’s patent trolls at Intellectual Ventures launched recently a lawsuit against Motorola — an issue that antitrust regulators turn a blind eye to. “100 mph (in 2nd Gear)” by Gemma Ray gets played followed by a discussion about Ubuntu 11.10, Unity experiences, and PCLinuxOS 2011.6, which introduced Tim to KDE in a much better way. “Everyone’s Got ‘Em” by White Ghost Shivers is then played and we begin a segment about KDE and tablets, later to mention India’s low-cost tablet, Microsoft in tablets, and the general shift in form factors. “Government Name (Spontaneous Lover)” by Rockwell Knuckles is then played, ending with a discussion about social networks such as Diaspora and Google+. The whole show closes with the song “El Rogadero” by Banda de Turistas.

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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
Episode 44: Rusty, Gordon, Tim, Roy, and Brandon Lozza TechBytes Episode 44: The Four Horsemen Reunited; Fedora Ambassador Interview 7/5/2011
Episode 45: Tim and Roy TechBytes Episode 45: Skype, Facebook, and Weekly Musings 14/5/2011
Episode 46: Rusty, Gordon, Tim, and Roy TechBytes Episode 46: GNU/Linux in Germany, Android’s Openness, and More 15/5/2011
Episode 47: Tim and Roy TechBytes Episode 47: Unity With the Wife 21/5/2011
Episode 48: Tim and Roy TechBytes Episode 48: Will The Real Steve Ballmer Please Step Down? 27/5/2011

June 2011

Show overview Show title Date recorded
Episode 49: Tim and Roy TechBytes Episode 49: Linux – To Boldly Go… 3/6/2011
Episode 50: Rusty, Tim, and Roy TechBytes Episode 50: With Rusty Again, Challenging FUD 6/6/2011
Episode 51: Tim and Roy TechBytes Episode 51: Nokia and Apple, GPL’s Importance, Silverlight’s Death, and Copyrights Unrest 15/6/2011
Episode 52: Rusty, Tim, and Roy TechBytes Episode 52: Desktop Environments and the Demise of Ubuntu 26/6/2011

July 2011

Show overview Show title Date recorded
Episode 53: Tim and Roy TechBytes Episode 53: WebOS, Universal Laws, and Tablets 5/7/2011
Episode 54: Tim and Roy TechBytes Episode 54: Patent Extortion, Economy Shifting, Tablets Lacking 4/7/2011
Episode 55: Tim and Roy TechBytes Episode 55: Google’s Growth, Sabayon Linux 6, and Sony-Microsoft 15/7/2011
Episode 56: Michael Glasser, Tim, and Roy TechBytes Episode 56: GNU/Linux Versus Mac OS X 24/7/2011

August 2011

Show overview Show title Date recorded
Episode 57: Tim and Roy TechBytes Episode 57: Desktop Choice is Grand 5/8/2011
Episode 58: Tim and Roy TechBytes Episode 58: HP’s 180, Google’s New Patents, and the New GIMP 24/8/2011

September 2011

Show overview Show title Date recorded
Episode 59: Tim, Roy, and Rusty TechBytes Episode 59: Privacy, Tablets, and Dream Studio 5/9/2011
Episode 60: Tim, Roy, and Rusty TechBytes Episode 60: Microsoft Versus Dual Booters, Google Competition Matters, and Google+ 22/9/2011
Episode 61: Roy and Sebastian TechBytes Episode 61: Sebastian on Mageia and the GNU/Linux Desktop 24/9/2011

October 2011

Show overview Show title Date recorded
Episode 62: Tim and Roy TechBytes Episode 62: I Told You So 3/10/2011
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  1. Needs Sunlight said,

    October 10, 2011 at 7:17 am


    Sound quality and sound levels are still an issue.

    Dr. Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    Yes, volume issues of great magnitude had to be corrected by heavy use of filters such as leveller. Before future shows (especially with 3+ people connected) we need to spend more time testing. I take responsibility for this cockup as it was me recording and I sometimes feel rushed to skip the testing phase, especially with guests on. After the first segment I realised there was an issue, so this was mitigated somewhat (on Tim’s side). We all use different setups and equipment. In the next season we might all record ourselves locally and later merge, which should improve quality and reduce dependency on network transmissions. We also think about live streaming.

    Needs Sunlight Reply:

    About the content, there was long discussion of Ubuntu but no mention of the Mono problem in the default distro.

    Dr. Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    This problem was covered in the show several times before.

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