Full Circle Podcast Episode 33, With Added Horsepower!!
In this episode we are joined by Freaky Clown, we talk about the Ubuntu Phone release, Linux peripherals and some events.
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- Tony Hughes (Google + http://plus.google.com/101988366830118285114/ twitter @TonyH1212)
- Olly Clark (Google + http://plus.google.com/103073417601965434371/ twitter @ollyclarkdotorg)
- Les Pounder (blog at http://about.me/lespounder/ twitter @biglesp)
- Jon Chamberlain (Google + http://plus.google.com/102119503691228033435/ twitter @jonachamberlain)
- Freaky Clown (twitter @__Freakyclown__)
03:17 | WELCOME and INTRO:
03:50 | Since Last Time
- Jon – Hasn’t done much Geeking recently due to most of his gear floating across various oceans to their destination, Wellington – New Zealand. He’s been mainly packing lately.
- Les – Has been Geeking around with the his new 512Mb Raspberry Pi and some Arduino goodness. He also purchased an Archos 80 Cobalt which he got from Tesco on a cracking deal, although it’s not a Nexus 7 he is still really pleased with it and it’s performance. He’s also been engaged in Hacking his Boss’s Linksys Router and installing ddwrt on it.
- Tony – Hasn’t been up to much in the way of geeky stuff especially as he bought two tablets on the run up to Christmas, he visited the in-laws over Christmas. He did find the time to install Airdroid on his Nexus 7 after a recommendation from Les.
- Freaky Clown – Has just completed an Open Learning introductory course in Computing and Programming course run by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
- Olly – Went away to Newcastle for Christmas and New Year, taking just his Nexus 7 and his DSLR Camera as the ultimate test in can a tablet do all the tasks he would normally do with a laptop while travelling. Apart from a few niggles with Google Drive not being able to create hyper -links within a document, it performed admirably. He was going to talk about his adventures with Steam Beta but since installing the latest bleeding edge Nvidia Proprietary drivers which the Steam client requires, he’s hand no end of trouble with graphics to the point where his main box freezes before booting to the login screen. Olly has also been listening back to all the old episodes of Full Circle Podcast to get some inspiration for new features and upgraded his Samsung Galaxy S2 to Cyanogenmod 10.1 nightly build.
11:37 | NEWS
- Canonical unveiled Ubuntu Phone ahead of the annual tech trade show CES which they attended once again this year. http://www.ubuntu.com/devices/phone
- Following on from the Ubuntu Phone announcement, we spoke about Boot to Gecko during our Google I/O roundup last year, well a developer preview was unveiled at CES, a handset with an early release of the Firefox OS was available to developers. http://news.cnet.com/8300-5_3-0.html?keyword=boot+to+gecko http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2013-01/22/mozilla-handsets
- Steam for Linux has now gone to an open public Beta http://steamcommunity.com/games/221410/announcements/detail/1747660173332716773
- Fedora 18 codenamed Spherical Cow has finally landed after numerous delays, break out the champagne!! http://fedoraproject.org/en/get-fedora
- One for Dave Wilkins, a new version of Cube 2: Sauerbraten has been released. http://sauerbraten.org/
- The Ubuntu One Music Store plugin for Rhythmbox is being removed from the Distro in 13.04. http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2013/01/ubuntu-one-music-store-plugin-dropped-from-ubuntu-13-04
- AMD have released the Catalyst 13.1 which includes support for the latest X Server 1.13. http://www.h-online.com/open/news/item/AMD-s-Linux-drivers-offer-improved-gaming-performance-1788404.html
- Developers of the SolusOS Linux Distribution have created a Gnome 2 alike desktop called Consort Desktop Environment. http://www.h-online.com/open/news/item/Consort-Desktop-Environment-fork-of-GNOME-Classic-announced-1786171.html
24:23 | OPINION: We had an email from Todd Winters of American Falls, Idaho who said he was having problems convincing his fellow “Cowpokes” to move over to Ubuntu and Linux in general due to a lack support for their everyday business peripherals like Dyno Labelwriters and Epson Scanners.
29:42 | REVIEW of FULL CIRCLE MAGAZINE #68
- Les – Has been looking at the “How-To” on installing Ubuntu 12.10 onto an Asus EEE PC on page 15.
- Tony – Has been reading the review of Super Scratch Programming on page 46 as this would make a great addition to a Raspberry Pi that a budding young programmer may have received for Christmas. Les talks about a robot controlled by a Raspberry Pi using Scratch, the video of which can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4d6UC6V1dD0
- Jon – Has been looking at the new “How-To” series which has started in this issue on Blender as it’s something he has always wanted to try but felt over-faced by.
- Freaky – Has also been looking at the Blender how to but from a slightly different perspective as he has already trained on another proprietary 3D modelling package called Maya.
- Olly – Has been reading with some jealousy the article on the Steam Beta on page 60 which promoted him to try and install the Open Beta. He has also been reading the review of the LPIC-1 Study Guide in the Ubuntu Certified article on page 61.
38:28 | EVENTS
- Ohio Linux Fest Survey – The organisers are looking for your help, they have put together a Google Survey to help them ascertain how they can make 2013’s event even bigger and better than last year. So if you attended last years event, contemplating being there this year, then visit the link in the show notes and given them your opinion of what you would like to see this year. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dHRuLURTM280bTBRamxKQW5xSXNJWnc6MQ
- Linux Outlaws Live, Episode 300 – To mark their landmark achievement Fab and Dan will be doing a live recording of their 300th show at LEAF cafe on Bold Street in Liverpool on Sunday 17th February 2013, recording will commence at 17:30. If you can make it and want to come along tickets can be purchased here http://outlawslive.eventbrite.co.uk/ All proceeds will go to the Software Freedom Conservancy
- Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire – Scotland’s first Mini Maker Faire is to be held on Sunday 7 April 2013 at Summerhall, 1 Summerhall, Edinburgh, EH9 1PL as part of the 25th Science Festival, for more details visit: http://makerfaireedinburgh.com/
- Manchester Girl Geeks BraCamp 2013 – Is a Geek Unconference organised by the Manchester Girl Geeks and is open to all and will be taking place on Saturday 16th March 2013 between 10am and 5pm at Madlab 36-40 Edge Street, Manchester. http://manchester.girlgeekdinners.com/barcamp/
- Opentech 2013 – Is a great event, cramming a full programme of talks over a very full day. The event covers a broad range of technology and innovations, from QR codes, to self aware cities. There isn’t alot of information available yet as it’s still early days, but it will be held on 18th May 2013 http://blog.opentech.org.uk/
- If you are aware of any Geek or Tech events happening in your area and you would like to publicise them please email them to use at email@example.com
50:00 | FEEDBACK
- We have had lots of positive feedback regarding Episode 32, Thank You.
- Robin left us a comment on the website “Much better sound quality! And Skype worked! Yay! Just need to polish the mix for the beginning of the show and give it a bit more oomph and it’s there. In the groove inside a handful of shows. It only took us a year with the old team.”
53:10 | OUTRO AND WRAP
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