LINUX Unplugged

Weekly Linux talk show with no script, no limits, surprise guests and tons of opinion.

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An open show powered by community LINUX Unplugged takes the best attributes of open collaboration and turns it into a weekly show about Linux.

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  • 470: Let's Call It an Upgrade

    August 7th, 2022  |  1 hr 23 mins
    acer, amd, atom, bluetooth, btrfs, budget build, budget-friendly pc, celeron, cinnamon, classic linux, cloud professor, dell, desktop linux, element, ftp, git, github, hardware acceleration, ingenuity, intel, jupiter broadcasting, lenovo, linux mint 21, linux podcast, linux unplugged, linuxcopter, london, low-end boxes, lts, manageiq, mars 2020, matrix, meetups, muffin, mutter, nasa, nextcloud, nixos, nixos-generators, octodroid, package formats, process monitor, quick sync, raleigh, raspberry pi 4, rclone, terraform, thin client, thinkpad, thumbnail generator, timeshift, vanessa, x-apps, xps

    We present a buffet of budget Linux boxes. From $40 to $400 you'll be surprised by what we found. Then we attempt to find the perfect distro for them.

  • 469: Tough Linux Love

    July 31st, 2022  |  59 mins 55 secs
    ansible, axel f, bluetooth problems, commodore 64, cryptomator, cups, dell, distrobox, dragonball z, flatpak, glinux, gnome, gokus, jupiter broadcasting, kde, linux desktop, linux podcast, linux unplugged, mac, macos, macos vs linux, nix, plasma, printer support, rclone, silverblue, snap, tdarb, thinkpad, toolbox, vegeta, x220, xfce, xps 13

    Is the Linux desktop hard to love? A long-time user experience developer argues it is, and we respond to his criticisms.

  • 468: The Read Only Scenario

    July 24th, 2022  |  1 hr 30 mins
    apt, bottles, bulletproof, darktable, dnf, endless os, fedora, fish, flathub, flatpak, holoiso, hp, hpe, image-based, immutable os, impervious, jupiter broadcasting, kexec, kinoite, linux podcast, linux unplugged, nix, nixos, ostree, overlay, package management, raspberry pi, rollback, rpm-ostree, sata hat, self-hosted, silverblue, steam deck, steam deck guide, tailscale, transactional, uefi firmware, ventoy, xfce

    A fundamental change is coming to desktop Linux, and Silverblue might be our hint at where things are going.

  • 467: All Hands on Deck

    July 17th, 2022  |  1 hr 21 mins
    80hd, arch, battery life, bios, boostcli, desktop linux, droidcam, filesystem, flatpak, furtherance, graphics card, grub, jupiter broadcasting, kde, larix broadcaster, linux gaming, linux podcast, linux unplugged, manjaro, microsoft, nebula, neon, non-free drivers, nvidia, pacman, partitioning, proton, python, read-only filesystem, repl, rust, steam deck, tech pants, touchscreen, ubuntu, uefi, v4l2loopback, valve, virtual keyboard, x11

    We try and bust a common Linux distro myth. Then what surprised Chris about his new Steam Deck.

  • 466: The Night of a Thousand Errors

    July 10th, 2022  |  1 hr 6 mins
    bpython, brunch with brent, cassini, curiosity rover, database, deep space network, disk space, docker, dua-cli, extras, f prime, ingenuity, ipython, jpl, jupiter broadcasting, jupyter notebooks, lennart poettering, linux podcast, linux unplugged, mars, mars helicopter, matrix, microsoft, nasa, ncdu, nix, open source, outage, perseverance rover, postgresql, ptpython, python, raspberry pi, robotics, rust, solaris, spacecraft, sql, steam deck, sun microsystems, synapse, systemd

    We were fixing servers all night, but at least we have a great story. A special guest joins us to help make a big show announcement.

  • 465: Too Nixy for My Shirt

    July 3rd, 2022  |  1 hr 4 mins
    aarch64, app platform, arm, arm64, bitcoin, btrfs, commit, containers, cross-compiling, cryptography, declarative infrastructure, docker, dotfiles, git, gitkraken, guix, hash, hash functions, home manager, ipfs, jupiter broadcasting, lightning, linux podcast, linux unplugged, merkle tree, mesh network, nebula, nix, nixos, openmptcprouter, podcasting 2.0, podverse, privacy, qemu, raspberry pi, sbc, self-hosting, snapshot, sysadmin, systemd-nspawn, umbrel, virtualization, vpn, zfs

    The one shared secret behind some of the world's most powerful open-source projects.

  • 464: Git Happens

    June 26th, 2022  |  1 hr 13 mins
    5g, awesome-git, bios, bitkeeper, boost, brunch with brent, cvs, dish, distributed, dvcs, emacs,, git, gitea, github, gitkraken, gitlab, google, helipad, hp devone, hugo, ingenuity, jupiter broadcasting, kvm, laser link, linus torvalds, linux podcast, linux unplugged, linuxcopter, mars 2020, matrix, meetup, oh my git!, pop!_os, raspberry pi, satellite internet, scm, spacex, starlink, starship, subversion, svn, system76, tim canham, tinypilotkvm, umbrel, ungit, value4value, version control, windows server, wsl 2

    We're going back in time to witness the early days of a critical tool to build Linux, then jump forward 15 years and join our buddy Brent on his journey to learn that very tooling.

  • 463: Humble Beginnings

    June 19th, 2022  |  53 mins 7 secs
    alps, augmented reality, bitcoin, brunch with brent, cambridge university, chamonix, computer science, dns, dns toys, dr quentin, early days of computing, england, ffmpeg, france, hardware acceleration, ingenuity, intel, itanium, jellyfin, jupiter broadcasting, lady jupes, lightning, linux on mars, linux podcast, linux unplugged, linuxcopter, london, mars 2020, media management, nix, nix-bitcoin, nixos, open source, patents, perseverance, plex, quentin stafford-fraser, raspberry pi, rv, sdsi, self-driving, self-hosting, sherry with brent, t9, umbrel, vnc, webcam

    One of the pioneers of the web, VNC, Webcams, and more joins us; plus we'll update you on a few projects we love.

  • 462: One Cosmic Collaboration

    June 12th, 2022  |  1 hr 5 mins
    1080p, amd, auto-tiling, battery life, firmware, flatpak, foss, fwupd, gpl, hardware, hp 935 creator wireless mouse, hp dev one, jupiter broadcasting, launch keyboard, linux desktop, linux gaming, linux laptop, linux podcast, linux unplugged, lvfs, nix, nixos, opensuse, podverse, pop!_os, pop!_shop, repairability, right to repair, ryzen 7, system76, tiling window manager, tumbleweed

    From skeptic to buyer, why the HP Dev One is the best Linux laptop yet. This is the one review you don't want to miss.

  • 461: Deep in the Tumbleweeds

    June 5th, 2022  |  54 mins 39 secs
    asahi linux, cheese, decentralization, decentralized, framasoft, ipad, jupiter broadcasting, jupiter tube, linux podcast, linux unplugged, nixos, opensuse, peertube, phoronix, pipewire, podcasting 2.0, podping, rolling release, rust, self-hosted, self-hosting, snapshots, steganography, stegosaurust, troubleshooting, tumbleweed, zypper

    Three tails of tech tribulations, and how Brent saved his openSUSE Tumbleweed box from the brink.

  • 460: CPU as a Service

    May 29th, 2022  |  44 mins 11 secs
    bcachefs, firmware, hp dev one, image-based, intel, jupiter broadcasting, lennart poettering, linux 5.18, linux kernel, linux podcast, linux unplugged, mainline, nvidia, peloton, pop!_os, sdsi, send and receive, software freedom, software-defined silicon, systemd v251, systemd-sysupdate, zfs

    A new Linux update allows Intel to control features in your CPU using hardware-level DRM.

  • 459: Better than Butter

    May 22nd, 2022  |  58 mins 31 secs
    arm, bcachefs, briar, btrfs, compression, cow, encryption, erasure coding, filesystem, flat network, hp, hp dev one, jupiter broadcasting, kent overstreet, lineageos, linux podcast, linux unplugged, mesh network, nixos, nvidia, nvme, opensats, pine64, pop!_os, radeon, raid, ramos gin fizz, rust, snapshots, system76, tailscale, tow-boot, wireguard, zerotier, zfs

    We take a sneak peek at some future tech coming to Linux, and share details on HP's new laptop that runs POP!

  • 458: NVIDIA's New View

    May 15th, 2022  |  1 hr 7 mins
    ansible, ansible vaults, avery pennarun, bitwarden, christian schaller, firmware blog, jupiter broadcasting, lan, linux action news, linux podcast, linux unplugged, lxd, mesh network, mesh vpn, nixos, nouveau driver, nvidia, open source, red hat, sshuttle, star trek, starlink, tailscale, vm, vpn, webrtc, weron, wireguard

    NVIDIA is open-sourcing their GPU drivers, but there are a few things you need to know. Plus, we get some exclusive insights into Tailscale from one of its co-founders.

  • 457: Automated Chaos

    May 8th, 2022  |  47 mins 56 secs
    ansible, ansible galaxy, astronomy, bgp, black hole, canonical, dishy, docker, infrastructure as code, ipv6, jupiter broadcasting, linux podcast, linux unplugged, lxc, lxd, nasa, networking, nix, nixos, orchestration, overlay network, perseus galaxy cluster, podman, portability, remote work, satellite internet, sonification, spacex, starlink, ubuntu, vanlife, virtual machines, virtualization, vm, work life rv, zfs

    Each of us brings a secret topic to the show, and we discover a common theme about using the wrong tool for the right job.

  • 456: Our Linux Regrets

    May 1st, 2022  |  1 hr 4 mins
    admin, android, apparmor, arch, arm, bottles, canonical, containers, emacs, firefox, gaming on linux, gentoo, iac, jupiter broadcasting, lady jupes, las, linux app summit, linux desktop, linux gaming, linux podcast, linux time machine, linux unplugged, lutris, mozilla, nix, nixos, office hours, packaging, pop!_os, preempt_rt, proton, realtime, sandbox, snap packages, snapcraft, snapd, snaps, steam, steamos 3.0, sysadmin, ubuntu, valve, wine

    If we could change just one mistake in our Linux journey, what would it be?

  • 455: I run NixOS BTW

    April 24th, 2022  |  1 hr 16 mins
    adam curry, ansible, arion, automation, canonical, community, containers, dark style preference, dave jones, deb-get, declarative, docker, flatpak, github, gnu, guix, jammy jellyfish, jupiter broadcasting, linux podcast, linux unplugged, martin wimpress, mate 22.04, mqtt, nftables, nix, nixos, nvidia, pimox7, podcasting 2.0, podfather, podman, poetry, poetry2nix, pop!_os, preempt-rt, proxmox, raspberry pi 4, real time kernel, snapcraft, tailscale, tmux, ubuntu 22.04, unsnap, virtualisation, wayland, wimpy,

    We've hit a bump in the road with the NixOS challenge, and share what it might not be great at. Plus, what we didn't cover in our Ubuntu 22.04 review.