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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  • 558: Top 5 Essential Apps

    April 14th, 2024  |  53 mins 21 secs
    alessandro astone, aqua voice, bcachefs, beelink, berlin, bitwarden, brave, budgie, codium, dictation, doom emacs, duf, element, fd, fedora 42, fedora plasma workstation, firefox, fish, flakes, flathub, freetube, gnome, joshua strobl, jupiter broadcasting, keepassxc, linux 6.9, linux podcast, linux unplugged, logseq, marc deop i argemí, meetup, mentat, mentat nextcloud, mumble, nix-command, nix.settings.experimental-features, nixos, onlyoffice, password manager, pcloud, proton pass, qownnotes, remmina, ripgrep, signal, solus linux, spotify, steam, steve cossette, syncthing, tailscale, telegram, ticktick, topgrade, troy dawson

    We asked, and you answered: Your top 5 Linux app essentials and post-install rituals. Plus, some news to better cope with "extreme file-system damage."

  • 557: Crouching kexec, Hidden Linux

    April 7th, 2024  |  59 mins 17 secs
    btrfs, core rope memory, dns, encryption, floppy disk, hiddenvm, home assistant, homekit, jupiter broadcasting, kexec, lightning network, lightspark, linux podcast, linux unplugged, nixos, nostr, nvdimm, persistent memory, plausible deniability, pmem, ram disk, security, shufflecake, subvolumes, tails, truecrypt, veracrypt, virtualbox, xz

    We're building a completely hidden Linux OS inside an existing system—with no trace left behind.

  • 556: The xz Backdoor Exposed 🚨

    March 31st, 2024  |  1 hr 10 mins
    alpine, arch linux, backdoor, burnout, compression libraries, debian, fedora, gentoo, humint, jia tan, jupiter broadcasting, kali linux, linux podcast, linux unplugged, nixos, open source, openssh, opensuse, remote code execution, systemd, transparency, trust model, ubuntu, xz

    We're breaking down the attack: how it works, how it was hidden, and why time was running out for the attacker.

  • 555: Glide like a Goose, Honk like a Moose

    March 24th, 2024  |  1 hr 15 mins
    amd, animations, compositor, desktop flake, enhanced file operations, files search everywhere, fountain, gaming laptop, gnome 46, hyprland, jupiter broadcasting, kathmandu, linux gaming notebook, linux podcast, linux unplugged, nix community, nix flakes, nixcon na, nixos, nixos-mailserver, nostr protocol, podverse, rdp, remote desktop protocol, scale, sirius 16, sirius 16 gen1, stickers, stirling pdf, taskwarrior, texas linux fest, texas linux festival, tuxedo computers, ubuntu mate, vr on linux, wayland, windows in docker, windows vm

    We test the Linux-first, all-AMD Sirius 16 laptop, discuss the new Hyprland release, and share a few stories from our recent trip.

  • 554: SCaLEing Nix

    March 17th, 2024  |  1 hr 29 mins
    ai, alaska, california, castamatic, community, daphne muller, dconf, determinate systems, docker, eelco dolstra, flox, fossnorth, fountain, germany, gnome, gsettings, hydra, jim klark, jos poortvliet, lanzaboote, martin wimpress, ml, nextcloud, nix, nix-starter-configs, nixcon, nixcon na, nixos, nixos desktop, nixpkgs, nostr, podcast addict, podcast guru, podverse, ross turk, ryan lahfa, scale, scale 21x, secure boot, self-hosted ai, southern california linux expo, tom bereknyei, ubucon, wimpy, yuba city, zach mitchell

    We're on the ground live at NixCon and SCaLE. We catch up with old friends, and discover how Nix is devouring the Linux world one function at a time.

  • 553: Portably Predictable Productivity

    March 10th, 2024  |  1 hr 21 mins
    android auto, anytype, arkos, audio infrastructure, borg backups, document scanner apps,, game emulator, genius scan, glove80 ergonomic keyboard, grapheneos, helipad, jupiter broadcasting, linux podcast, linux unplugged, local ai models, local-first note app, nix package manager nvidia shield portable, nix-bitcoin, nixbsd, nixcon, owntracks, paperless-ngx, podcasting 2.0, retro handheld game console, super-productivity, todo app, upscayl image upscaler

    We each bring surprise topics, a mix of hardware and software, as we prepare to hit the road for NixCon and SCaLE.

  • 552: Plasma's Perfect Play

    March 3rd, 2024  |  1 hr 18 mins
    amd open-source drivers, antennapod, backups, bitcoin podcast, breeze theme, cissp certification, cpu controller, cpu-controller app, fingerprint unlock, floating panel, fountain, fountain radio, fuse passthrough, hdmi 2.1, hdr support, jupiter broadcasting, kde, keyboard ergonomics, kinesis freestyle pro keyboard, linux 6.9, linux podcast, linux unplugged, localgpt, lutris display configuration, nixcon, nixos unstable, nvk, overview effect, plasma 6, plasma search, qt 6, rsnapshot, ryzenadj, scale, single-click file open, sirius 16, split keyboard, starcoder2 local ai, touchpad gestures, trayscale, tuxedo computers, vertical mouse, vulkan 1.3, wayland

    Plasma 6 is out, and we've been giving it a go. What's new, our thoughts, and the lessons other desktops should learn.

  • 551: AI Under Your Control

    February 25th, 2024  |  1 hr 4 mins
    ai & tools, ai doomsayers, ai safety and regulation, ai stacks, deploying ai tools, effective altruism, flakehub, gemma, google pauses gemini image generation, invokeai, jupiter broadcasting, lfnw2024, linux podcast, linux unplugged, linuxfest norhtwest, lunch at scale, nix flakes, nixcon north america, nixified ai, ollama, open source ai tools, open-source ai tools, scale, stable diffusion 3, texas linuxfest

    Corporate AI is a hot mess, but open-source alternatives can be open-ended chaos. We’ll test some of the best ways to get local AI tools under your control.

  • 550: Ready Player Linux

    February 18th, 2024  |  1 hr 14 mins
    ansible, ansiview, arion, boosts, compose2nix, desktop, docker compose, emby, fountain, immersed, ipfs, jellyfin, jupiter broadcasting, linux, linux podcast, linux unplugged, monado, mutter, nextcloud, nix, nixcloud, nixos, nixpkgs-xr, oci-containers, open-source, opencomposite, openxr, owntracks, pcvr, pebkac, podcasting, productivity, quest 3, scale, screens, simulavr, steamvr, systemd, tailscale, triangle vr headset, vr

    Chris spends the week in a VR desktop, revealing the glitches, gains, and VR's open-source future.

  • 549: Will it Nixcloud?

    February 11th, 2024  |  1 hr 34 mins
    all-in-one, ansible, app store, arion, autotier, backups, bcachefs, btrfs, carplay, collabora, configuration management, container management, containers, cow, cs go, declarative configuration, docker, docker compose, gaming on linux, gigabyte, grafana, haskell, hercules ci, jupiter broadcasting, linux podcast, linux truths, linux unplugged, lxc, lxd, mac trashcan, minecraft, monitoring, nagios, netdata, nextcloud, nextcloud apps, nextcloudpi, nginx, nixos, nvme, php, podman, podverse, postgresql, ram-only distro challenge, redis, reproducibility, s3, self-hosting, snap, snap package, snowflake os, systemd, the nix way, tiered storage, traefik, trunas scale, unraid, vr on linux, will it nix?, windows, yaml, zfs

    Deploying Nextcloud the Nix way promises a paradise of reproducibility and simplicity. But is it just a painful trek through configuration hell? We built the dream Nextcloud using Nix and faced reality.

  • 548: Uncomfortable Linux Truths

    February 4th, 2024  |  1 hr 22 mins
    anti-cheat, apple ecosystem, apple podcasts, apple vision pro, audio workflows, balancing priorities, burnout, csgo, developer sustainability, fomo, hardware compatibility, industry developments, jupiter broadcasting, limited resources, linux gaming, linux podcast, linux unplugged, missing out, mitch downey, nextcloud, open-source maintainers, open-source podcasting app, pdf tasks, podcasting 2.0, podverse, proton, running linux, self-hosting, transcription, transcripts, uncomfortable linux truths, vendor lock-in, video drivers, wayland, will it nix?, x11

    Some uncomfortable truths about using Linux, and then we introduce a new segment: Will it Nix?

  • 547: Behind the Shelves

    January 28th, 2024  |  53 mins 26 secs
    arch, audible, audio books, audiobookshelf, customization, debian, distributions, encrypted messaging, ingenutiy mars helicopter, jupiter broadcasting, linux, linux podcast, linux unplugged, markdown, nixcon, nixos, opensuse, opensuse leap, privacy tools, readarr, scale 2024, self-hosted, travel, virtual machine, zellij libation

    Data-hoard with purpose and manage your audiobooks and podcasts with one application, plus the lone Linux box that remains on Mars.

  • 546: What You’re Missing about NixOS

    January 21st, 2024  |  1 hr 11 mins
    common questions, flakes, fosdem, getting started resources, gnome, gui config editor, icicle installer, jupiter broadcasting, linux podcast, linux unplugged, nix, nixcon north america, nixos escape hatch, nixos foundation, nixos quest, scale, snowfall ecosystem, snowfallorg, snowflake os, software repo

    Trying NixOS can be fraught with complexity, half-completed guides, and boring videos. Even if you never plan to switch to NixOS, we invite you to come along for a hype-free ride that digs into one of the most rapidly developing areas of Linux.

  • 545: 3,062 Days Later

    January 14th, 2024  |  57 mins 15 secs
    32-bit challenge, bbs, bcache, bcachefs, boosts, btrfs, caching, car camping, checksumming, ci, community, compression, copy on write, cow, database, encryption, erasure coding, filesystems, jupiter broadcasting, kent overstreet, linus, linux, linux podcast, linux unplugged, low latency, modern filesystem, nixos, performance, raid, raspberry pi, reliability, replication, rust, scalability, scale, snapshots, tail latency, technology, upstreaming, write hole, xfs, zfs

    Kent Overstreet, the creator of bcachefs, helps us understand where his new filesystem fits, what it's like to upstream a new filesystem, and how they've solved the RAID write hole.

  • 544: Half the Bits, Double the Pain

    January 7th, 2024  |  1 hr 27 mins
    #!++, 32-bit, 32-bit challenge, antennapod, atom n2600, bbs, castamatic, chromium, crunchbang, crunchbangplusplus, debian, debian 12, dell, desktop, distro, electron, fountain, freebsd, gentoo, ghostbsd, hp mini 110, inspiron 6400, intel t2300, jupiter broadcasting, kolide, lfnw, linux, linux podcast, linux unplugged, linuxfest northwest, lmde, mageia, mageia 9, midnightbsd, mumble, nix, nixcon, nixcon na, nixos, nohang, peppermint, podcast index, podverse, psi, scale, texas linux festival, xfce, zram, zswap

    This challenge gets ugly as we slowly realize we've just become zombie slayers.

  • 543: Profoundly Prophetic Prognostications

    December 31st, 2023  |  47 mins 12 secs
    2024 predictions, 32bit x86 support, ai distro, bcachefs, cosmic desktop, data corruption bug, debian, endeavoros, fedora, ingenuity, jpl, jupiter broadcasting, kernel mailing list, linux podcast, linux unplugged, linuxcopter, makululinux, manjaro, nixos based distro, nvk, open-source nvidia driver replacement, opensuse, red hat, redhat, rocky linux, ubuntu, ubuntu core desktop

    We make our big Linux predictions for 2024, but first, we score how we did for 2023.