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hpr2565 :: HPR 2017 New Years Eve show part 7

Released on 2018-06-01 under a CC-BY-SA license.

HPR NYE 2017 - 7

hpr1652 :: GeekSpeak 2013-06-01

Released on 2014-12-02 under a CC-BY-NC-ND license.

As part of Hacker Public Radio's continuing effort to showcase Creative Commons Works, we are proud to present GeekSpeak. GeekSpeak is produced as a radio show for community based station KUSP in Monterey CA, and rebroadcast as podcast, available from It is a generally a lighthearted and humorous general technology news show, with topics including electronics, computing, robotics, and green tech. Often guest speakers and authors from the technology world will come on for interviews. The shows are just about an hour long.

The regular hosts are Bonnie Jean Primbsch, Lyle Troxell, Miles Elam, and Ben Jaffe (see the full roster). You can often hear them thanking the "Puppetmaster" for letting them continue to use the name GeekSpeak. After broadcasting for several years, it was discovered the term "GeekSpeak" had been registered as a service mark by David Lawrence for a podcast of his own. You might remember Lawrence as the actor who played the character on "Heroes" with the telekinetic ability to physically manipulate other characters against their will.

GeekSpeak has a long standing tradition of using Devo's "Through Bein' Cool" as intro music, so only those episodes that employ user contributed music instead are actually released Creative Commons. What you are about to hear, from the 1st of June of 2013, is just such an episode.


hpr1237 :: Cory Doctorow tribute to Aaron Swartz

Released on 2013-04-30 under a CC-BY-SA license.

Today is a special show to commemorate the passing of Aaron Swartz. Thanks to Thomas Gideon for publishing and allowing us to retransmit this audio.


hpr1158 :: Hacker Public Radio New Year Show Part 8

Released on 2013-01-09 under a CC-BY-SA license.
The eight and final part of the epic Hacker Public Radio Show. Feel free to listen and send me some show notes
The song at the end is "Love" by "Epic Soul Factory" a The Daily Exposure Show for 2012-04-04. This track is licensed: cc-by-nc-sa

hpr1157 :: Hacker Public Radio New Year Show Part 7

Released on 2013-01-08 under a CC-BY-SA license.
The seventh part of the epic Hacker Public Radio Show. Feel free to listen and send me some show notes

hpr1156 :: Hacker Public Radio New Year Show Part 6

Released on 2013-01-07 under a CC-BY-SA license.
The sixth part of the epic Hacker Public Radio Show. Feel free to listen and send me some show notes

hpr1155 :: Hacker Public Radio New Year Show Part 5

Released on 2013-01-04 under a CC-BY-SA license.
The fifth part of the epic Hacker Public Radio Show. Feel free to listen and send me some show notes

hpr1154 :: Hacker Public Radio New Year Show Part 4

Released on 2013-01-03 under a CC-BY-SA license.
The fourth part of the epic Hacker Public Radio Show. Feel free to listen and send me some show notes

hpr1153 :: Hacker Public Radio New Year Show Part 3

Released on 2013-01-02 under a CC-BY-SA license.

The Third part of the epic Hacker Public Radio Show. Feel free to listen and send me some show notes



Links,d.ZG4 - nifty use of BASH in The Bourne Ultimatum

hpr1152 :: Hacker Public Radio New Year Show Part 2

Released on 2013-01-01 under a CC-BY-SA license.
The Second part of the epic Hacker Public Radio Show. Feel free to listen and send me some show notes




hpr1151 :: Hacker Public Radio New Year Show Part 1

Released on 2012-12-31 under a CC-BY-SA license.

The First part of the epic Hacker Public Radio Show.
Feel free to listen and send me some show notes




hpr1124 :: PodBrewers: Episode 35

Released on 2012-11-22 under a CC-BY-SA license.

Show 35

By Spork released on July 4th, 2012 at 2:03 am

Homebrew Off Flavors

Beer of the Week

Buyer: Lagunitas Maximus

Spork: Gordon Biersch Märzen

Food and Brew

Buyer: Guinness-Glazed Halibut

Spork: Märzen BBQ Ribs

Beer Vocabulary: mash out

Beer News

Fiftyonefifty: Northern Brewer Contest!!

hpr1114 :: DudmanoviPodcast Episode 7 - A geeks Journey to nature

Released on 2012-11-08 under a CC-BY-SA license.


10 years compressed into perhaps an hour, how an English computer programmer ended up owning cows/horses/pigs/chickens and speaking Czech ? And after all this time, is still into tech, but is perhaps a little more discerning. What started it all Free-And-Opensource, YES


  • Got locked out of wordpress blog,
  • Still waiting for the new cow, hasn’t been delivered yet.
  • Work continues to fix the house, been making some brick arches in an old chimney, first one fell down, but I rushed removing the support and then poked it to much at the edge, 2nd one looks good :)
  • Wife had a bit of a panic this week, for 10 seconds
  • The Guinea pig is hard to catch, Mr’s BB, we’ll catch him.
  • Understanding derived distros Debian and Ubuntu and its derivatives, wishing to make an informed choice.

Links mentioned

The place I stayed at for 4/6 months and had a great experience, learnt alot

Healthy food, as ever at Forums posts on my thoughts,trying to understand distros

hpr1109 :: Astricon 2012 - Virtues of the Open Source Telephony Platform

Released on 2012-11-01 under a CC-BY-SA license.

Host - sunzofman1 -> Guests - Randy Resnick, Allison Smith, Eric Ostenberg, Kevin Bushong

Randy discusses the history of the VUC (VoIP Users Conference)-> Early Talkshoe days (RIP Talkshoe), pre-dates mumble servers. Allison (voice of Asterisk) explains how she got involved with the telephony and asterisk in general. She graciously authenticates herself with a genuine echo test ;-) Eric and Kevin wax poetic about their early experiences with telcos and telephony. Everyone talks about some of the useful features and applications within Asterisk.

  • DISA
  • chan_dahdi
  • SIP
  • g722 codec

    We later get into what we believe asterisk will become in the future.

  • Supplement GSM networks
  • Automobile telematics (sunzofman1 has a special place in his heart for telematics)

    Host encourages everyone to contribute a HPR show!

hpr1104 :: TuxJam: Episode 15

Released on 2012-10-25 under a CC-BY-SA license.

Today we are going to take a jaunt over to see how it's done in the Highlands.

The TuxJam audiocast is a family friendly Creative Commons music show with open source goodness.

After a sunny warm summer on Lewis, TuxJam makes a return that coincides with the rain and gales. To entertain the listeners on the cold autumn nights Kevie looks at Tiny Core Linux 4.6, WattOS R6, ZorinOS 6.1 "Lite", SalineOS 2.0, Manjaro Linux 0.8 and PCLinuxOS 2012.08. Along with an in-depth look at Lubuntu, WriteType, Radio Tray and Android browser Orweb v2. Listen to Kevie on a recent episode of the Music Manumit podcast. Please email suggestions for music/software for Kevie to try out, tag the message #tuxjam (, Diaspora or Libertree) or make a note of it on TuxJam’s PiratePad page. Along with the following great creative commons tracks:

1. Soundstatues - Give It Up
2. Lar Clobsay - Promise
3. Crimson Sun - Don’t Care
4. Tommy Toussaint - I Don’t Wanna Cry
5. Reduced Romantics - Brainscience
6. Plastic3 - Commercial High Tech Music


hpr1097 :: The Cyberunions Podcast

Released on 2012-10-16 under a CC-BY-SA license.

Today it's the turn of The Cyberunions Podcast, Cyberunions is a project exploring the intersection between trade union organising and new technology. Rather than seeing technology as a set of tools, we see cyberspace as a space, where people work, organise politically, are entertained and educated, and engage in many fields of human endeavour.

Todays show is The Cyberunions Podcast - Episode 46: gIMMI net freedomz

We speak to Smári McCarthy of the International Modern Media Institute

1:30 May Day updates

  • Good day in Mexico City
  • Good article about the new and old left coming together in the US
  • Interesting times across Europe
  • Elections in the UK (local), France and Greece

6:00 Tech update

  • Apple finally credits Open Street Maps
  • Duckduckgo searches Open Street Maps if you search !osm

8:00 Interview with Smári McCarthy

  • International Modern Media Institute builds media freedom best practice
  • Makes Iceland the best country in the world to host information
  • Time to go on the offensive to assert net freedom
  • In the US, free speech is easy to suppress at local level
  • Free speech laws are 200 years out of date and not fit for the information age
  • Never waste a good crisis - it’s an opportunity for change
  • Birgitta Jonsdottir helped promote media freedom in the Alþingi
  • The financial crisis means Iceland can no longer rely on is finance sector
  • Data services become a new economic sector, which is diversified and encourages entrepeneurship
  • ACTA is a threat to a large portion of human endeavour and must be stopped
  • Lobbyists have succeeded in entrenching intellectual monopoly protections into the Kenyan constitution - allows them to leverage East Africa
  • How do unions fit into this? Where is the digital labour movement?
  • The labour movement is paralysed by hierarchy - the internet challenges this and can unlock union power
  • The industrial revolution was a tragic mistake
  • How do you protect whistleblowers?
  • You can get hosting in Iceland through Ecodis


hpr1089 :: Max Mether of SkySQL talks about MariaDB

Released on 2012-10-04 under a CC-BY-SA license.

Recorded at the Northeast GNU/Linux Fest 2012-03-17


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

MariaDB is a community-developed branch of the MySQL database, the impetus being the community maintenance of its free status under the GNU GPL, as opposed to any uncertainty of MySQL license status under its current ownership by Oracle. The contributors are required to share their copyright with Monty Program AB.

The intent also being to maintain high fidelity with MySQL, ensuring a "drop-in" replacement capability with library binary equivalency and exacting matching with MySQL APIs and commands. It includes the XtraDB storage engine as a replacement for InnoDB,[4] as well as a new storage engine, Aria, that intends to be both a transactional and non-transactional engine perhaps even included in future versions of MySQL.

Its lead developer is Michael "Monty" Widenius, the founder of MySQL and Monty Program AB. He had previously sold his company, MySQL AB, to Sun Microsystems for 1 billion USD.

hpr1069 :: Eric S. Raymond speaks at the Central Phila. LUG

Released on 2012-09-06 under a CC-BY-SA license.

In today's show Russ Wenner, of The Techie Geek Podcast fame, submitted a talk recorded at the Central Philadelphia Linux Users Group. The speaker is no other than:
Eric S. Raymond (born December 4, 1957) (often referred to by his initials, ESR) is the author of "The Cathedral and the Bazaar" and the present maintainer of the "Jargon File" (also known as "The New Hacker's Dictionary").
A picture of Eric


hpr1039 :: Matt Lee Gnu FM and Libre FM

Released on 2012-07-26 under a CC-BY-SA license.

Todays show was recorded at the Northeast GNU/Linux Fest 2012-03-17
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia is a music community website that aims to provide a Free Software replacement for The website was founded in 2009 by Matt Lee. It is under active development. can optionally store a user's listening habits using information sent to the website's server from the user's audio player via scrobbling. In order to enable support for on existing audio players, the website implements the Audioscrobbler API. In addition to collecting user uploaded listening data, the site offers streaming music using the Ogg container, from the sites Jamendo or The Internet Archive, via an HTML5 audio player, run directly in the user's browser.

By utilising the records of users' listening habits, the website aims to be able to recommend music to users by analysing their musical taste. However, this feature isn't fully developed yet. The site currently only offers basic suggestions if content a user has "Loved" (favorited), contains shared tags with content a user has not favorited yet. Registered users who have favorited tracks, will have that content appear in streaming web playlists, called "Radio Stations". It is not currently possible to build custom playlists.

A goal of the project is to encourage artists to release tracks under a free license, and allow users to download or purchase these tracks. Only artists releasing music under free content licenses are promoted by the site. The website will also allow users to communicate among themselves, create groups of common interests and share information on musical events.

The main reasoning behind the foundation of was to provide a service similar to that respects the privacy of its users and their information. As such, does not log users' IP addresses, allows users to decide if their listening habits are to be made public or not, and does not claim ownership on users' data. is powered by the free software package GNU FM, created for the project.

hpr1030 :: Ruben Rodriquez talks about Trisquel Linux

Released on 2012-07-13 under a CC-BY-SA license.

As DeepGeek is on sabbatical for this month, we're taking the time to use up some of the shows from the Syndicated Thursday queue.

Syndicated Thursdays is a chance to showcase other Creative Commons works. We try to expose podcasts, speeches, presentations, music, etc that you may not have heard. If you have suggestions for items then send your recommendation to admin at hpr and we'll add it to the queue.

Today it's a talk with Ruben Rodriquez Recorded at the Northeast GNU/Linux Fest 2012-03-17.

What is Trisquel?
Trisquel GNU/Linux is a 100% free operating system. It comes with a complete selection of programs that can be easily extended using a graphical installer. There are several editions available, including the "mini" edition for netbooks and old computers and the network based installer for custom and server installations.

hpr1019 :: The 8 Billion Dollar iPod

Released on 2012-06-28 under a CC-BY-SA license.

Syndicated Thursdays is a chance to showcase other Creative Commons works. We try to expose podcasts, speeches, presentations, music, etc that you may not have heard. If you have suggestions for items then send your recommendation to admin at hpr and we'll add it to the queue.

Today we're going to play the audio from a Ted presentation

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
TED (Technology, Education and Design) is a global set of conferences owned by the private non-profit Sapling Foundation, formed to disseminate "ideas worth spreading."

The title of the talk is "The 8 Billion Dollar iPod" and the speaker is Rob Reid who is a humor author and the founder of the company that created the music subscription service Rhapsody.

Todays HPR presentation is an enhanced podcast, where we describe any slides that are not explained in the narrative.

This would be a good time to remind you that Jonathan Nadeau is looking for donations for The Accessible Computing Foundation.
The Accessible Computing Foundation exists to design Free software to help bridge the gap between accessibility and technology. As a nonprofit we will hire developers to create Free accessible software and bring awareness to people's accessible needs around the world.



hpr1014 :: Radio FreeK America 15 (2002/06/05) - Special Rax-only Episode

Released on 2012-06-20 under a CC-BY-SA license.

Syndicated Thursday provides an opportunity to showcase other Creative Commons works. We try to expose podcasts, speeches, presentations, music, etc that you may not have heard. If you have suggestions for items then send your recommendation to admin at hpr and we'll add it to the queue.

On every page on Hacker Public Radio we acknowledge our roots and so we now play a show that was first aired 10 years and 16 days ago. Although not a typical episode of Radio FreeK America 15 (2002/06/05) - Special Rax-only Episode, it embodies the spirit of RFA.

All the old shows can be found at and they are well worth a listen

The wikipedia article on RFA ( has been deleted with the note:
00:16, 12 December 2007 Maxim (talk | contribs) deleted page Radio FreeK America (Deleted because expired WP:PROD; Utterly NN Internet radio stream, defunct since 2004, without one discernible reliable source, no references on the page, and no assertion of notability. using TW)
Fortunately a copy was kept at


Radio FreeK America was a Hacking and Phreaking related Internet Radio show primarily based out of Arizona and initially hosted by dual_parallel. The title is often abbreviated to RFA in text. The first episode appeared on February 20 2002. It lasted forty five minutes and twelve seconds. The last episode aired on February 20 2004 and lasted two hours, forty two minutes, and twenty nine seconds. During these two years, Radio FreeK America had a total of ninety nine shows (including a lost episode #76, of which no file exists).
Radio FreeK America logo
Radio FreeK America logo


dual_parallel presented the idea for the show to two individuals at the [Phoenix 2600] meeting, Rax and Kondor in December of 2001 or January of 2002. "dual" (as he later came to be known as) recorded the first "segment" of Radio FreeK America (RFA) on 2/2/2002. The first show was "broadcast" via RantRadio on 2/20/2002. The first several episodes were co-hosted by Rax and Kondor.

Throughout the series, other guests such as StankDawg (who would later go on to develop [Binary Revolution],) Meme, Zapperlink, bland_inquisitor, Bi0s, and W1nt3rmut3, as well as a few other notable guests from the Telecommunications Industry, who remained nameless, became common guests and co-hosts.

The show originally was recorded and encoded to mp3 format and released on the website every Wednesday. Around episode nine, streaming began offered by Rant Radio and went out every Tuesday at 19:00 EST.

Radio FreeK America's website, [Old Skool Phreak], features a "Phreak Photo Gallery", "Hacker Art Gallery", text files, video files, and the download section for Radio FreeK America.

The radio show, through its success, inspired many other Internet Radio shows, such as Binary Revolution and Default Radio. Dual attributes the inspiration of the show to other hacker-oriented Internet Radio programs like In the Now, Hacker Mind, Off the Hook, and Rant Radio.

Radio FreeK America had been the home to Project Walmart Freedom, a community effort to explore (in great detail) the inner phone system of Walmart stores, as well as codes, signals, procedures, and terminology usually only known to Walmart employees exclusively. Some information was known only to upper management as well.

Soon after the last episode aired, the website went offline for a brief period of time. had been replaced by a website featuring information on phreaking with PDA's. That site had been moved to (As of September 7 2005 was no longer online.) is still maintained by Natas, despite the lack of dual and lack of continuation of RFA.

On the last episode, dual gave his reasons for ending the radio show to start a new one called Hacker Public Radio. This never came to be though, and dual has made very few appearances since.


The theme of Radio FreeK America kept true to the hacking spirit: to learn and explore, as well as keeping knowledge free. The name Radio FreeK America was coined by Rax and has several layers of meaning. The term "FreeK" is spelled with a capital "K" to stand for knowledge, and the term was to be understood as "keep knowledge free", hence "FreeK" or "Free Knowledge". It was a common saying of Rax at the end of the show to say "keep knowledge free." Radio FreeK America is also a play on Radio Free Europe, a broadcasting organization funded by the United States to promote democratic values in other nations. Radio FreeK America sought to inspire and present the values, concepts, and idea of the hacking/phreaking community.

Along with "keep knowledge free" was the tagline "be the media," which was coined by Jello Biafra. Here, dual stresses the necessity of alternative media, and that having only a few sources of media is biased and not effective on covering information from all perspectives. Also, alternative media can be more tailored to suit its audience. With this, dual encouraged more people to start internet radio shows.

The show revolved around the hacking and phreaking scence extensively. Covering issues from wardriving and its off shoots, urban exploration, Linux, computer security, phreaking, freedom of speech, legal issues, some political issues, amateur radio, and anything that could be deemed relevant to the hacking culture abroad.
Dual, from the start, intended to make it a show about the listeners and about the community. The show carried a variety of topics that the hacker community would be interested in. The first episode started with dual playing a recording of a trashing session at a local telco Switch. The show also had a segment at irregular intervals called "Phreak News" where dual would play a 25¢ tone from a red box and speak about issues relevant to the phreaking community. "Dual's Adventures" was a segment just as irregular as Phreak News where dual would talk about opportunities dealing with technology that arose while he was in an urban setting, usually a store.

Urban exploration was also a common part of Radio FreeK America, which often had dual playing his audio-recording adventures into various tunnels and basements. It was also common for dual to make several phone calls per episode to "interesting" numbers to see what could be learned. Calling card information was occasionally given out and posted on the site for the purpose of listeners to use for whatever they felt like. Listeners' email were read at the beginning of nearly episode as well, often with a thanks from dual, and a brief talk about the importance of community action, another driving force behind Radio FreeK America.

Radio FreeK America initiated a fundraiser to send money to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, stressing the need to keep knowledge free and keep your right to freedom of speech.

External links

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All text is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License See Wikipedia Copyrights for details.

hpr1010 :: John Doe on copyright infringement lawsuits

Released on 2012-06-14 under a CC-BY-SA license. -- lists copyright cases, including mine

various blogs:

copy of motion to quash identity & sever defendants -- they are everywhere now

contact PAJohnDoe178@yahoo

hpr1009 :: John Sullivan Why should I care about Free software?

Released on 2012-06-13 under a CC-BY-SA license.
John Sullivan is the Executive Director of the Free Software Foundation Recorded at the Northeast GNU/Linux Fest 2012-03-17

hpr1004 :: Sunday Morning Linux Review Episode 34 - SUSE and Venus

Released on 2012-06-06 under a CC-BY-SA license.
In today's syndicated Thursday we again return to SMLR Towers and join Mat Enders, Tony Bemus, and Mary Tomich for Sunday Morning Linux Review Episode 34 - SUSE and Venus. The complete shownotes can be found at

hpr0994 :: NELF: John Maddog Hall Talking About Talking About Free Software

Released on 2012-05-23 under a CC-BY-SA license.
In todays syndicated Thursday, we bring you another of the talks recorded at the Northeast GNU/Linux Fest 2012-03-17. The speaker is John Maddog Hall and the talk is "Talking About Talking About Free Software"
You might remember that Klaatu recorded a fantastic interview back in episode 767 :: Maddog and "super dumb terminals" on 2011-07-11

hpr0989 :: Juiced Penguin 079 – Early Spring

Released on 2012-05-17 under a CC-BY-SA license.

Today it's the turn of Juiced Penguin, which are A musical Oggcast for the Ogg community. Est. Jan 26, 2009

A musical Oggcast for and by the Ogg community. PodSafe music from all genres. Rock, Blues, Metal, Country, Classical, etc… Any Flavor of music is welcome to be showcased. Listener supported, meaning you have the opportunity to DJ up your own stuff. If you want to do a regular show GREAT, if you just want to do one show, that’s great too. Tune in and listen, or submit a show so everyone can listen. May contain explicit material (dirty words) ;)
Contact: feedback (at) juicedpenguin (dot) com

Todays show was put together by terryf

Todays Host: terryf

Todays Oggcast art is from
You can also find us on the Internet Archive
Follow Juiced Penguin on Google+

Band: Song
1.) The Dada Weatherman: Yellow Gold
2.) 100 Damned Guns: Wish I could die
3.) Sean T Wright: The Calling
4.) Bourland: Honkytonk Delilah
5.) Sungod Abscondo: Monster
6.) Routine Homecoming: God & the Saddest Song
7.) Flat People: Everybody’s Got A Syndrome Here
8.) Kyle Cox: Company
9.) Austen Brauker: Backward
10.) Michael Bergmann: Shithouse Explodes
11.) PSYCHOHORSES WHJK: Maison rouge chambre verte ainsi

If you would like to submit an episode, please email
us at: feedback (at) juicedpenguin (dot) com
Suggestions and Comments are always welcomed.


hpr0979 :: Sunday Morning Linux Review Episode 029

Released on 2012-05-02 under a CC-BY-SA license.
Total Running Time: 54:30


Mat Enders, Tony Bemus, and Mary Tomich
Intro Sound bite by Mike Tanner

Kernel News: Mat

Time: 4:56
Release Candidate:
No Release Candidate This Week


Stable Updates:
On Sun, 22 Apr 2012 16:47:47 PDT Greg Kroah-Hartman released kernel 3.0.29
There were 55 files changed, 500 inserted, 207 deleted

On Sun, 22 Apr 2012 16:49:38 PDT Greg Kroah-Hartman released kernel 3.2.16
There were 69 files changed, 488 inserted, 247 deleted

On Sun, 22 Apr 2012 16:50:18 PDT Greg Kroah-Hartman released kernel 3.3.3
There were 78 files changed, 538 inserted, 319 deleted

On Fri, 27 Apr 2012 10:14:55 PDT Greg Kroah-Hartman released kernel 3.0.30
There were 66 files changed, 314 inserted, 266 deleted

On Fri, 27 Apr 2012 10:46:54 PDT Greg Kroah-Hartman released kernel 3.3.4
There were 96 files changed, 544 inserted, 382 deleted

Distro Talk: Tony

Time: 7:13

  • 4-24 – Tails 0.11 – Debian-based live DVD designed for anonymous Internet surfing
  • 4-24 – Scientific Linux 5.8 – distribution rebuilt from source packages for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.8 and enhanced with extra software and tools useful in academic environments
  • 4-24 – Linux Mint 201204 “Debian” – Linux Mint 201204 “Debian” edition
  • 4-24 – Untangle Gateway – Debian-based distribution designed for firewalls and gateways
  • 4-25 – Tiny Core Linux 4.5 – ast and minimalist Linux distribution for desktop use
  • 4-25 – Dragora GNU/Linux 2.2 – “libre” distribution built from scratch and featuring Xfce as the default desktop
  • 4-25 – ClearOS 6.2 “Community” – based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.2 and designed for small business servers and gateways
  • 4-25 – Swift Linux 0.2.0 – lightweight desktop distribution with IceWM – now based on Linux Mint’s “Debian” edition
  • 4-26 – BackBox Linux 2.05 – Ubuntu-based distribution designed to perform penetration tests and security assessments
  • 4-26 – * Ubuntu 12.04 – Canonical’s flagship operating system featuring the Unity user interface and Head-Up Display menu system
  • 4-27 – Proxmox 2.1 “Virtual Environment” – an open-source virtualization platform for running virtual appliances and virtual machines, based on Debian GNU/Linux
  • 4-28 – ROSA 2012 RC – Mandriva Linux and enhanced with a variety of innovative desktop utilities and applications

ROSA Icons – Making KDE look even better

Creepy – A python program that aggregates twitter and flickr geolocation information.

Distro of the Week: Tony

  1. Magia – 1453
  2. Swift – 1457
  3. Fedora – 1727
  4. Ubuntu – 4732
  5. Mint – 5153

Tech News:

Time: 21:09
Google Drive Released, Not So Much For Linux

The long rumored on line storage from Google has been announced as a reality. Unless of course you are running a Linux desktop. I don’t know but if it where me and my entire business was built on top of Linux that it might be the first client I produced. They have an Android client how difficult can it be.

Every subscriber will get 5GB for free with the opportunity to upgrade to any of the following plans.

Storage       Monthly Rate
25 GB           $2.49
100 GB         $4.99
200 GB         $9.99
400 GB         $19.99
1 TB              $49.99
2 TB              $99.99
4 TB              $199.99
8 TB              $399.99
16 TB            $799.99

You can access the service at Although it is currently not ready for me (insert picture). It will support over 30 file types that you will be able to open right in your browser. It will integrate with Google+, Gmail, and Google Docs. You can share files or folders with anyone, and control whether they will be able to view, edit or comment on your stuff. Extensive search capabilities including OCR for pictures and scanned documents. And my favorite feature document rollback for up to thirty days. Google Drive tracks all changes so that when you save a document, a new revision is saved. You can look back as far as 30 days.

Slackware Alive And Well Despite Rumors

When the main website for Slackware went down the rumor mill went into hyper-drive. These Discussions where hot and heavy on and DistroWatch. The discussions very quickly shifted from website problems to the long term viability of Slackware. This was compounded by Eric Hameleers, a top Slackware contributor, when he posted this early in the LinuxQuestions discussion “Old hardware, lack of funds…”. I am sure that it was not his intended effect but this was like throwing gasoline onto an already raging fire. The conversation quickly veered into the what can be done to save Slackware land.

The fires where then fanned even higher when Caitlyn Martin, developer of Yarok Linux, made this statement on Distrowatch disparaging the long term viability of Slackware:

“You remember that comment about my involvement in the development of a Slackware derivative? Forget it. We’re already discussing about delaying the release and rebasing off of something with a more secure future,”

This successfully torqued off a large number of people in the discussions on both websites. She responded to these comments by maintaining her stance that she was only concerned about upstream stability. The positive to come out of Martin’s comments was that it prodded Hameleers into clarifying his comments:

“The server is down. This is a technical malfunction. It costs money to do something about that. Something will be done about that server, but if it takes a while, it is most likely caused by prioritizing and finances. Slackware was without its own web server for a long time in the past. And still active are and, so what’s the big deal?

This turning of the rumour mill is pretty much unfounded, and I see some of the same old people pouring oil on the fire as usual.

There is no reason to doubt the availability, stability and long term viability of Slackware, the distribution. It has not been a one-man show for some time, the development effort is substantial and plainly visible in the ChangeLog, and there are no plans to switch to another development model or even ditch the distribution.”

Hameleers went into greater detail about Slackwares finacial situation on LinuxQuestions:

“It’s not that difficult: if everybody suddenly stops buying stuff from the Slackware store, then Slackware will not last another year in its present form–the Store sales are Pat’s income (and it feeds several other people too), but remember, the core team surrounding Pat do not get a penny of these revenues at all. Therefore, the rest of the team is not impacted in any way by Slackware sales figures and we will keep working with Pat on the distribution just like we have been doing for the past years. Look at the ChangeLog–sometimes there is a period of relative silence but that does not mean that no work is being done. Like last week, the updates can come in big gulps. Slackware will not die, its philosophy will not change, the team is dedicated and full of ideas.

“If people start chickening out and cancel their subscriptions, then that is a pity. Thankfully, I see lots of other Slackware users who decided that this is a good point to make a donation or buy something at the Store (if their financial situation allows it). Thanks to all of you for ‘supporting the cause.’ And remember–if you can not financially support Slackware, then helping your fellow Slackware users in forums like this one is an invaluable form of support as well! Slackware will not die because of financial issues, it will die if all of its users leave.”

As Hameleers points out a project like Slackware can never really go away as long as there is a strong community around it. Even if the project folds financially and Patrick did not transfer the copyrights on Slackware to the community it would continue under a different name. However for now there is absolutely no indication that any of that is either in the near or distant future.

Hungarian Government Solidifies Commitment To ODF

Last year the Hungarian government announced that from April 2012 forward all government documents needed to be produced in an internationally recognized open document standard. To further this commitment they are going to invest 370 million HUF (Hungarian Forint) which is approximately 1.7 million USD in applications that utilize the open document format (ODF). The two main beneficiaries of this investment will be the Department of Software Engineering at the University of Szeged and Multiráció, an open source development company.

Multiráció developed an open office suite, originally based on, called EuroOffice. they are now going to produce a version for tablets and improve the collaborative functions within EuroOffice. Kázmér Koleszár, a developer at Multiráció, said that the development responsibilities would break out like this:

“The University of Szeged will do the quality assurance and usability related research and tool development. Multiráció will develop the office application and work on several extensions.”

All I have to say is good on you Hungary I wish that countries like mine would do more to push open formats. I have even considered suing entities like may state government for their continued use of proprietary formats on their websites.

Microsoft Office 15 to support ODF 1.2
Microsoft has told attendees at the ODF Plugfest in Brussels that the next versions of Microsoft’s Office products, Office 15 and Office 365, will support Open Document Format (ODF) 1.2.

Less Than 25% Of OSS Used In Corporations Managed Correctly

Sonatype released the results of a recent survey showing that 500 out of 2500 respondents said they were locked down to only use corporate approved components. Only 49% said that their companies had a policy in place. Then 63% indicated that their corporate standards where not enforced or that they did not have a policy.

Sonatype also noted that the use of open source components is on the rise. Almost 80% of respondents said they used open source tools regularly. Around 50% have migrated to an open source development stack. Also over 65% claimed to contribute to open source projects.

In their press release Sonatype said this about the use of open source:

“Key to modern development practices is the use of open source components to build mission critical applications,”

Red Hat, SUSE, And IBM Form Partnership While Canonical Stays On The Sidelines

IBM’s new POWER server line will be available with either Red Hat or SUSE Linux but not Ubuntu. After more than a year in development IBM rolled out their new POWER server systems and solutions. These machines are Linux specific utilizing the POWER7 processor-based hardware. These machines are targeted at midrange to large range enterprises. they are designed for big data analisis and delivering open source infrastructure services. Canonical chose not not to offer their server product on these units. Coould that be due to a fear of having to actually support an enterprise class customer.

This is how IBM envisions the use of this new server line:

“The new PowerLinux Solutions and supporting systems are designed to provide customers with lower deployment time and costs, and greater performance, dependability and workload density than competitive x86 platforms at similar price points.”

So where was Canonical in all of this? they had been working with IBM to deliver Ubuntu on IBM’s System p mini computer. That partnership however floundered into nothing.

Here is how Mark Shuttleworth, Canonical’s founder, spun the announcement:

“We don’t support POWER because, by mutual agreement with IBM, there’s little to no overlap between the POWER user base and Ubuntu. People are choosing Ubuntu for farms of commodity servers, and POWER has been adopted for highly-specialized mission-critical roles. If IBM ever wanted to reach either the cloud or bulk computing market with POWER, then I expect the stats above would be relevant for their choice of OS, because they reflect the real choices of those markets.”

Hunh? I had a hard time following that statment but what I think it boils down to is this. IBM and Ubuntu agree that Ubuntu would be hard pressed to actually support a large enterprise customer. IBM, Red Hat, and SUSE still believe that their is a market out there for the big machine built on quality hardware. As opposed to large farms of x86 systems trying to do the job of a bigger machine.

Convention Scene

Time: 36:17

AnDevCon III
Android Developers conference
May 14 – 17
AnDevCon III is the technical conference for software developers building Android apps.

Libre Graphics Meeting 2012
May 2 – 5 2012
The 7th Libre Graphics Meeting will take place in Vienna at the UAS Technikum.

The conference is the number one event for users and developers of free software for graphic design, photography, 3D modeling and animation.

Flossie 2012
May 25 – May 26, 2012 , London
Flossie 2012 is a free, two-day event for women who work with or are otherwise interested in Free and Open Source Software (FLOSS) and in Open Data, Knowledge and Education.

Linaro Connection
May 28/ through 6/1
Gold Coast Hotel Hong Kong.

Convention to discuss and develop features, infrastructure and optimizations for the Linux kernel, Android, Ubuntu and beyond on ARM.

May 23 – 26, 2012
Linux Tag the most important place for Linux and open source software in Europe. The 18th LinuxTag will take place o at the Berlin Fairgrounds.
May 12 – 13 2012
FOSSCOMM (Free and Open Source Software Communities) is a Greek conference aiming at Open Source enthusiasts, developers, and communities. The fifth FOSSCOMM will take place at the Technological Educational Institute of Serres, Greece.
Open Source Business Conference (OSBC) 2012
May 21-22 2012
San Francisco, CA, USA – Hyatt Regency San Francisco
Open sources influence on cCloud, data, mobile software

The Samba eXPerience 2012
in Göttingen, Germany is the 11th international Samba conference for users and developers. Meet the Samba Team and discuss requirements, new features and get an update on current developments! The conference is organized by SerNet.
May 8th – 11th, 2012 – Hotel Freizeit In Göttingen – Germany

The Utah Open Source Foundation
Utah Open Source Conference
“Storming the cloud 5/3-5
This year’s conference will be graciously hosted by Utah Valley University in their Computer Science and Engineering Building,

Military Open Source Software
The Rise of Open Source in a Declining Budget

Charleston, SC 5/22-24


Time: 39:36
Mat – grsecurity, sound redirection (ls -la > /dev/dsp)
Mary – HP Lovecraft
Tony – BYOBU

Chrome Remote Desktop – Provide remote connection between two computers. Chrome Remote Desktop is available in the Chrome Web Store

Listner Feedback

Time: 46:19
J. Mathis – Trisquel Gnu/Linux

Outtro Music

Time: 48:32

Can’t stop it by Shearer

hpr0974 :: NELF: FreeNAS

Released on 2012-04-25 under a CC-BY-SA license.

Today we listen in on a presentation given at the North East Linux Fest ( The speaker was Dru Lavigne - Director of the FreeBSD Foundation and her talk was about FreeNAS.

The slides can be found at

hpr0969 :: The Crivins Audiocast

Released on 2012-04-19 under a CC-BY-SA license.

Today it's the The Crivins Audiocast at and from their website it is A Linux / FOSS show with a strong Scottish flavour hosted by ThistleWeb & Kevie. This show carries a strong language warning.

Wur back wi a mair regular style o' episode fur episode 10, an wi start aff wi a lil gem o' a thing; a Javascript version o Tron in a ridiculously wee number o' lines o' code. Nixt up, wi say strewth tae the Aussie boabies wha are noo roamin' the streets fur open wifi networks tae scare folks intae closin' em.

Ye cannae say wur no dain' oor public doody, wi pit oot a call fur the poor truck driver wha loast his joab due tae them theivin' scunners, the interwebs pirates. Then wi note that it's the same ol' same 'ol at Microsoft, wi the EU staff bein' urged tae refuse bribes in the form o' free Windaes an' Office licences. Finally, wi note that despite Mozilla flyin' the flag fur user privacy, why would any companies respect the "dinnae track" option?

In oor discussion this week, wi focussed oan the plight o' Game; the video game specialist chain in the UK wha went intae administration this week, whar they went wrang, an if it's inevitable and just a sign o' the times.

English Translation

We're back with a more regular type of episode for episode 10, and we start off with a gem of a thing; a Javascript version of Tron in a ridiculously small number of lines of code. Next up, we say strewth to the Aussie bobbies who are now roaming the streets for open wifi networks to scare folks into closing them.

You can't say we're not doing our public doody, we put the call out for the poor truck driver who lost his job due to them thieving bastards, the interwebs pirates. Then we note that it's the same old same old at Microsoft, with the EU staff being urged to refuse bribes in the form of Windows and Office licenses. Finally we note that despite Mozilla flying the flag for user privacy, why would any companies respect the "do not track" option?

In our discussion this week, we focussed on the plight of Game; the video game specialist chain in the UK who went into administration this week, where they went wrong, and if it's inevitable and just a sign of the times.





hpr0704 :: Disaster Protocol: Annoyed!

Released on 2011-04-14 under a CC-BY-NC-SA license.

Syndicated Thursday presents

Disaster Protocol: Annoyed!

Origionally aired on Sun, 27 Mar 2011 23:58:54 +0000

No alcohol, what more can we say? Enjoy the bile and vitriol.

About Disaster Protocol The Disaster Protocol Podcast is an IT Security Podcast which aims to educate the listener about current news and stories regarding the IT security sector. Originally name S.H.I.T.cast (Student Hacker Information Technology podcast), it was aimed at a lower level of audience and was more about having fun then getting anything technical across. There are two hosts to the podcast, Matthew Hughes and Thomas Mackenzie. Matthew Hughes is an Ethical Hacking student at a British University and is the leader developer of He is known on the podcast for his random facts and amazing shoot downs towards Tom. Thomas Mackenzie is a student studying the same course at the same University as Matt. He is the co-developer of and works part-time from

hpr0689 :: Eurotrash Security Podcast Episode 19: Haroon Meer

Released on 2011-03-24 under a CC-BY-NC-SA license.
Originally Aired on Thu, 24 Feb 2011 21:55:00 GMT
The Eurotrash Security Podcast
Most podcasts in the Information Security realm are US-focused. While we love and continue to listen to these, we thought something was missing: a EU-focused Information Security Podcast. And this is our attempt to provide you with one. Easy? Not at all. Podcasting is hard, no doubt about that, and we will probably suck for some dozen episodes to come. But we believe that we will get there, just bear with us ...
Episode 19: Haroon Meer is one kick-ass dude from South Africa and found some spare time to talk to us on infosec, his new venture Thinkst, Zacon and other stuff! And Wicked Clown is back!

hpr0446 :: Building Live CDs with Fedora

Released on 2009-09-16 under a CC-BY-NC-SA license.

Clint Savage at SouthEast Linux Fest 2009 on how to build Live CDs and Live USB sticks ("remixes" and "respins") using Fedora tools like kickstart, live usb creator, revisor, and more.

Note that this is Klaatu's edit and is shorter than the source audio on because the delay due to technical difficulty has been chopped out.

Ogg is available here: hpr0446.ogg

hpr0442 :: Chris DiBona Speaks at SELF 2009

Released on 2009-09-11 under a CC-BY-NC-SA license.

Chris DiBona at the South East Linux Fest 2009.

This file available as ogg here:

Ogg Version

hpr0440 :: Developing Through Virtualbox

Released on 2009-09-08 under a CC-BY-NC-SA license.
Brian Leonard at the SouthEast Linux Fest 2009. See episode title for a clue about what the talk is about!

hpr0427 :: Intro to Networking

Released on 2009-08-21 under a CC-BY-NC-SA license.
Alan Hicks gives an intro to networking talk at SELF 09

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