Fullcircle Podcast Episode 29 – The Great Train Poddery

Fullcircle Podcast Episode 29 – The Great Train Poddery


Full Circle Podcast LogoFull Circle Podcast Episode 29 The Great Train Poddery

Your new hosts take over the helm, and hope to provide the same level of quality that you expect.


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Welcome to the new format podcast hosted by members of Blackpool LUG

Your Hosts:

Les Pounder (blog at http://about.me/lespounder/ twitter @biglesp)
Tony Hughes (Google + http://plus.google.com/101988366830118285114/)
Olly Clark (Google + http://plus.google.com/103073417601965434371/ twitter @ollyclarkdotorg)
Jon Chamberlain (Google + http://plus.google.com/102119503691228033435/ twitter @jonachamberlain)

Show Notes
00:30 | WELCOME and INTRO:

01:40 | Since Last Time
Well since this is the first podcast by the new presenters we’ll just recap the last couple of weeks prior to the recording:
Tony- has installed the latest release of Linux Mint, version 13 (codenamed Maya) and been experimenting with it since it’s release. He also attended the Raspberry Jam event held at MadLab in Manchester on 9th June along with other members of Blackpool LUG.
Olly- has been studying the Red Hat Certified Engineer using self study material using a mixture of VirtualBox and a home server running CentOS to do this. He has also decided to move away from the Unity Desktop to Gnome 3 and discusses moving his laptop to LXDE desktop.
Jon- has been trying to setup network printing on a home server running CentOS and sharing it to various Windows PCs, however he struggled to achieve this in the end switching to Fedora which rectified the problem.
Les- has been playing with his latest acquisition a Raspberry Pi among other things successfully playing media via a large format TV!! He has also been learning Python and PHP for various projects at work and migrating a web database site at work, with a few technical glitches!!

08:08 | Raspberry Jam Manchester Review
Raspberry Jams are user group meetings, this one being the first of it’s kind being held in the country, all of the hosts attended the event which was held at the Manchester Digital Laboratories (MadLab) http://madlab.org.uk/.

09:08 | CHUG – An Impromptu Recording
A round table discussion of Raspberry Jams, their purpose and what will be going on at the event and general Linux/Open Source topics including LPI’s new Linux Essentials training scheme, held on the train between Jon, Les and Tony on their way to the event. Apologies for the quality of the audio on this segment.

18:48 | INTERVIEW – Tony’s Interviews From the Event
Tony interviews various attendee’s from the event including: Dan Hett a Games Developer who’s heavily involved with Manchester Games Jam  who wants to promote and get involved with games development on the Pi. Also Dan is hoping to promote the Global Game Jam which is an annual event which takes place at the end of January every year, which hopefully will be held in Salford more information available here. Dan also hopes to be able to put on a presentation/demonstration at the upcoming Manchester Mini Maker Faire details later.
Tony also interviews Amy a 13 year old who has recently received a Raspberry Pi and she is a keen Scratch Programmer.
Tony interviews Ben Nuttall the organiser of Manchester Raspberry Jam and discusses his interest in the Pi and motivation for setting up and running the event. A more in-depth round table interview with Ben and all the Hosts appears later in the show.
Finally Tony interviews Martin Ranyard who presented a talk on 3D Printing at the event, mainly focussed around producing a case for the Pi and his experiences purchasing, building and setting up his first 3D printer.

27:48 | ROUNDTABLE INTERVIEW – The Hosts and Ben Nuttall
The Hosts and Ben sit down during the closing stages of the day to reflect on what has been a very successful event. Reviewing the talks/presentations and also the activities that took place during the day.
The discussion moves to the future of events similar to this and to the future of the Raspberry Pi itself.
There will be another Manchester Raspberry Jam, as yet the date is still to be confirmed, we will keep you posted in future episodes.
Following on from the pre-recorded interview there follows a short studio discussion on the facilities at MadLab and the Omniversity programme that they run, more information can be found here.

46:18 | NEWS
Linux Mint 13 “Maya” Distribution release is now out sporting MATE 1.2 and Cinnamon 1.4.
Fedora 17 Codenamed “The Beefy Miracle” has now hit final release featuring Gnome 3.4 and GIMP 2.8.
Linus Torvalds creator of the Linux Kernel was jointly awarded the Millennium Technology Prize by Technology Academy Finland he shares the prize with Stem Cell Researcher Shinya Yamanaka.  Later after the presentation of the award Linus attended a Q&A session at Aalto University shows his frustration towards NVidia over their lack of cooperation and not contributing enough towards linux development (the whole session can be viewed here, very good session if you ignore the obvious!!).
A rival to the Show’s favourite micro computer, the MK802 micro-PC is now on the market (page 4 of Issue 61 of Full Circle Magazine).
Mark Shuttleworth announces the codename for Ubuntu 12.10 as Quantal Quetzal (page 4 of Issue 61 of Full Circle Magazine).
Matt Garrett announced on his blog that Fedora are the first Linux distribution to aquire a digital signature to be used in the boot loader which will be implemented in Fedora 18. This goes against the original stance by the open source community to oppose Microsoft’s new UEFI secure boot policy for Windows 8, the hosts discuss the impact on the community.
The announcement of the long awaited Google Tablet broke. The hosts discuss how it stacks up against the completion and also the announcement by Microsoft of their Surface tablets.

Les – Discusses the “How to Use” “Top” command article on Page 10, giving examples of how useful he finds it in his SysAdmin job!!
Tony – Has been following the series of GIMP how to articles and once again he enjoyed the second half of the Beanstalk tutorial on page 21, following on from no linear image manipulation to vector graphics Tony also enjoyed the first part of the Inkscape How-To on Page 24.
Jon – As a Python Guru to Blackpool LUG it’s no surprise that he’s been looking at the latest Python tutorial on Page 7 which is now on Part 33, an excellent long running series.
Olly – As he touched on briefly at the start of the show uses VirtualBox for quite a few tasks so took a keen interest in Robin’s VirtualBox Networking 101 on Page 15. He has also been following the Closing Windows series which looks at accomplishing common tasks in different desktop environments and compares them to the Windows functions, this month it’s Add/Remove Software on Page 32.
Les also mentions an Ncurses App which makes changing to different desktop environments a lot easier “Tasksel” https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Tasksel it can be installed using “sudo apt-get install tasksel” in a terminal.

1.22:00 | FEEDBACK
Well as this is the first Blackpool LUG produced show it means we haven’t had any feedback so lets move swiftly on!!

If you would like to leave us some feedback however you can: Comments: on this page, using the comment form, OR;
Send us a comment to podcast@fullcirclemagazine.org

In this section we discuss our plans for the show in the future including:
An interview with the Infamous FreakyClown.
Editorial content of our own on subjects such as MythTV, Gaming on Linux (Both native Linux Games and running Windows games under Linux). Also a investigation into applications in the repository.
Please send us your suggestions as to what you would like us to cover in the show, maybe send us some suggestions of apps you couldn’t do without. Games that you’ve had problems getting working under Linux or send us a review of your favourite Linux games.

OggCamp Art & Design Acadmey, Liverpool John Moore’s University, 18-19th August 2012.
Mystery Guest Speaker, Open Hardware Event including Raspberry Pi, Fignition, Arduino and 3D Printing, Minecraft Servers

Free Software Movement “A Free Digital Society” Seminar Hosted by Dr. Richard Stallman
Tuesday 26th June 2012, Theatre A, Roscoe Building, The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL.

Raspberry Jam Preston Monday 2nd July 2012 19:00 – 21:00, Room CM101, C&T Building, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, PR1 2HE currently fully subscribed, but you can join the waiting list.
Raspberry Jams Nationwide Wide there are Jams happening in Manchester, Sheffield, Durham, Cambridge and London which is now fully subscribed.
Barcamp Berkshire is happening at O2’s HQ in Slough on the 7th and 8th July 2012, this is normally Barcamp London but due to the Olympics finding a venue in London is a tad difficult at the moment, more information including scheduled speakers can be found here.
Mini Maker Faire Manchester this is based around the O’Reilly publication Make magazine and covers a wide range of tech and craft activities, our local event is being held at the Museum of Science and Industry (MoSi) on 28th and 29th July 2012 more information about the event can be found here.

There is also a Maker Faire in Brighton which is happening on Saturday 8th September 2012 at the Corn Exchange more information can be found here. To find a Maker Faire more local to you have a look at http://makerfaireuk.com/

1.34:56 | OUTRO AND WRAP

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  1. Am I being a Luddite or being sensible?

    I have used versions of Linux on and off for short periods for the past couple of years. I have enjoyed the experiences, but on the whole found them all difficult to get on with compared to MS Windows XP Pro.

    My most recent Linux foray was with the current version of Ubuntu. This proved to be my most pleasant Linux experience so far. Compared to the earlier version this seemed more like what I am accustomed to, and I managed to load printer drivers for a not very old Dell laser, could not do that earlier, and an old Canon copier worked better that it did at any time with Windows. I felt I had almost replicated all the essential features of word processing, photo editing, and email. Only, website design using my favorite software Serif WebPlus (does not work with WINE), and contacts, would not work, also appointments was a bit fragile. Everything worked better than Windows, in part due to being able to use a 64 bit operating system and all of my 4GB of Ram.

    All the good points almost got me to being a permanent Ubuntu user, but it still had drawbacks. little things would stop working without any messages with the only recourse of correction was to reboot. Not being able to import my contact list was a handicap, and not being able to use any Serif product meant using one computer for that software and this was my main reason for using any computer. I found it impossible to network on the same usergroup the Ubuntu computer with the other 3 Windows computers. What really peeved me was the Linux syntax, and some instructions to load programs left me completely bewildered.

    MS will be supporting Windows XP Pro for the next few years, During that time I have faith in Linux improving beyond current expectations, and by then I may no longer need to use Serif. Would you agree that in staying with XP Pro with my current requirements, is the better option, rather that trying to get almost everything working on one Ubuntu computer with a possible 2nd Windows computer just for Serif?

  2. Hi Greg

    If you have a PC with a decent Dual or Quad core CPU and 4+gig of Ram, have you thought of using Ubuntu and installing a Virtual PC to run XP to run the Serif software you still need to run. The advantage is that as long as the Virtual XP PC does not require Internet access you will be able to continue to use it well after MS stop supporting security updates in 2014.

    This is what I do for the one windows application I continue to use (no Linux alternative) and its also useful for keeping me familiar with Windows for when I’m asked to support family members with PC problems. There are several Virtual PC applications in Linux I run ‘Virtual Box’ and it works for me. I also use it for testing any new Linux distros prior to installing on my main PC. If you are going to Run windows in a virtual machine you will still need a valid Licence for the version of windows you wish to install.

    This solution at least saves the need (and expense) of having to run 2 PC’s just so you can access a windows PC. Also unlike a dual boot system you can access the windows PC from within you Linux install so still run any Linux applications you may need at the same time. For me this is the Win Win (pun intended) solution.

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