Mark Shuttleworth Interview | LAS 341

Mark Shuttleworth Interview | LAS 341

Mark Shuttleworth sits down with the big show to reflect on 10 years of Ubuntu, the state of the Debian community, their efforts with Mir & the switch to systemd. Plus he’ll give us some insights to his competitive advantage when dealing with a contentious market.

Plus Mint 17.1 is out and we’ll dig into what’s great, the Debian fork is looking for funds, FreeBSD’s plans to compete with systemd…


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Mark Shuttleworth


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Linux-based AUV maps Antarctic sea ice thickness

Desktop App Pick


Thank you to crossroads1112, RottN

An advanced menu editor that provides modern features in a clean, easy-to-use interface. All without GNOME dependencies, so even lightweight systems can benefit from the sanity that MenuLibre offers. MenuLibre is your one-stop shop for menus in Linux, whether you use Gnome, LXDE, XFCE, or Unity.

Jupiter Broadcasting Holiday Store

Weekly Spotlight

urlwatch – a tool for monitoring webpages for updates

This script is intended to help you watch URLs and get notified (via
email or in your terminal) of any changes. The change notification will
include the URL that has changed and a unified diff of what has changed.


A server for the popular card game Mau Mau.
There is also a proof of concept Qt client available:

— NEWS —

Linux Mint 17.1 “Rebecca” Cinnamon released!

Linux Mint 17.1 is a long term support release which will be supported until 2019. It comes with updated software and brings refinements and many new features to make your desktop even more comfortable to use.

They’re going to fork Debian.

Dear Init-Freedom lovers, the Veteran Unix Admin collective salutes you!

Our project is called “Devuan”.

Devuan is spelled in Italian and it is pronounced just like “DevOne” in English.

HandBrake 0.10.0 Released With Support For New Encoders

  • added VP8 encoder (using libvpx)
  • updated libraries: x264 r2479-dd79a61, Libav v10.1 and libbluray 0.5.0
  • Linux only: improvements to Auto-Naming feature
  • Linux only: requires GTK3.

Syncthing is still syncthing

This is to announce and explain that we’re slightly modifying the relationship between syncthing and You may recall that I announced that syncthing was going to be renamed Pulse and live under the stewardship of, almost exactly a month ago. This isn’t happening, at least not right now and not exactly in this manner. Syncthing is going to remain syncthing.

FreeBSD Plans For The Next Ten Years

Jordan Hubbard, the co-founder of FreeBSD and CTO of iXsystems, gave a talk at this month’s MeetBSD California 2014 conference about the next ten years of FreeBSD.

Besides recapping the twenty-one year history of FreeBSD with some remarks, Hubbard focused on the future of FreeBSD and goals he hopes to see realized for this popular BSD distribution. Among the project ideas Jordan hopes will be tackled for FreeBSD in the next decade include a single/unified configuration data interface for FreeBSD and all services/applications, a centralized event notification system, and service start-up and wrangling improvements.


Electronics are popular gifts for the holidays, but people often overlook the restrictions that manufacturers slip under the wrapping paper. From remote deletion of files to harsh rules about copying and sharing, some gifts take more
than they give. The good news is that there are ethical companies making better devices that your loved ones can enjoy with freedom and privacy. This is the Free Software Foundation (FSF) guide to smarter gifts, compared with their restrictive


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