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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  • 365: There's a Hole in my Boot!

    August 4th, 2020  |  53 mins 49 secs
    a cloud guru, airpods, amd, amdgpu, arm, bluetooth, boothole, corsair void rgb elite, debian, dolphin, earbuds, emulator, gamecube, gaming on linux, grub2, jabra elite active 65t, jupiter broadcasting, linux audio, linux kernel 5.8, linux podcast, logitech mx570, microphones, mobile, mx linux, nokia n900, nvidia, physical keyboard, pine64, pinephone, proton, pulseaudio, rsi, secure boot, security, shure, sm58, standing desk, steam, tony wasserka, trackball, uefi, unplugged, valve, vertical mouse, wii, wine, wireless headphone, wireless headset, zoom

    We explain why BootHole is getting so much attention and break down the key issues. Then we review our favorite Linux-compatible headsets.

  • 364: Linux Arm Wrestling

    July 28th, 2020  |  52 mins 42 secs
    10nm, 14nm, 7nm, a cloud guru, acorn, acpi, amd, apple, apple newton, arch, arm, bbc micro, chromeos terminal 2.0, crostini, debian, ebbr, fedora, google, graviton, intel, jonathon fernyhough, jupiter broadcasting, linux podcast, manjaro, microsoft, pci, philip mueller, pine64, pinebook pro, pinephone, powerpc, raspberry pi, risc-v, s-tui, sbbr, serverready, softbank, system76, terminal phase, tuptime, ubports, ubuntu touch, uefi, unplugged, uptime, windows

    The past, present and future of Linux on Arm. The major challenges still facing full Linux support, and why ServerReady might be a solution to unify Arm systems.

  • 363: Return of the Terminal Server

    July 21st, 2020  |  52 mins 47 secs
    a cloud guru, astroninja, backups, bashtop, btrfs, chat federation, chromecast, cloud desktop, containers, earlyoom, element, emby, fedora 33, feedback, filesystems, gnome merchandise, gnome shop, gotop, guadec, i3, jellyfin, jupiter broadcasting, linux podcast, luplug, matrix, microsoft, microsoft cloud pc, nasa, nextcloud, oom, open source, opensuse, plex, polybar, procmon for linux, proxmox backup server, python, qt, riot, rust, s3, spacex, syncplay, sysinternals, systemd-oomd, ubidesktop, unplugged, vector, virtualization, ytop

    Fedora makes a bold move and Microsoft seems to be working on their ideal "Cloud PC”, we ponder what Linux has to offer.

  • 362: The Hidden Cost of Nextcloud

    July 14th, 2020  |  1 hr 3 mins
    a cloud guru, arch server, aur helpers, debian, digital ocean, dirk hohndel, dropbox, egpu, email, file storage, file syncing, firmware, fwupd, git, i3, ibm, jupiter broadcasting, kernel name, lenovo, linus torvalds, linux kernel development, linux laptops, linux podcast, luplug, nextcloud, object storage, open source summit, pop!_os shell, postgresql, s3, saying no, secret codename, software maintenance, spaces, subsurface, syncthing, thermal throttling, thinkpad, thunderbolt, tiling window managers, unix surplus, unplugged, vmware, yay, zfs

    Our team has been using Nextcloud to replace Dropbox for over a year, we report back on what has worked great, and what's not so great.

  • 361: Buttery Smooth Fedora

    July 8th, 2020  |  53 mins 6 secs
    a cloud guru, balena, btrfs, doom-emacs, emacs, fedora 22, filesystems, gcc, geiger counter, getting things done, getting things gnome, gtg, jeff fortin tam, jupiter broadcasting, latex, leap 15.2, linux podcast, llvm, markdown, opensuse, org-roam, pandoc, pebble, productivity tools, raspberry pi, rebbel yell, rebbleos, roam research, smartwatch, snapper, snapshots, spacemacs, suse, sway, text editors, transactional server, unplugged, yast, zettlr, zram, zypper

    Fedora's getting to work and reconsidering some long held-assumptions.

  • 360: The Hard Work of Hardware

    June 30th, 2020  |  54 mins 45 secs
    4k, a cloud guru, alfred neumayer, cadmus, canonical, chrome, chromium, culling, cutiepi, file transfer, fractional scaling, gnome, hybrid graphics, jeremy soller, jupiter broadcasting, linux graphics, linux laptop, linux mint 20, linux mobile, linux noise suppression, linux podcast, nvidia, open firmware, oryx pro, performance, pine64 pinephone, project treble, pulseaudio, raspberry pi, rnnoise, snap packages, snapcraft, system76, tablet, ubports, ubuntu, ubuntu touch, unplugged, warpinator

    We're joined by two guests who share their insights into building modern Linux hardware products.

  • 359: Death of the Mac

    June 23rd, 2020  |  47 mins 7 secs
    a cloud guru, adobe, ai, airdrop, ampere, apple, arm, arm servers, artificial intelligence, bhyve, blender, bsd, chrome, cloud, containers, cooking, debian, docker, ffmpeg, final cut pro, freebsd, fujitsu, google, hackintosh, homebrew, ibm, japan, jupiter broadcasting, linux podcast, machine learning, macos 11, microsoft, nearby share, nearby sharing, parallels, python, recipes, supercomputers, tensorflow, top500, unplugged, unsilence, xhyve

    Why we think Apple just handed market share to Desktop Linux, and why you can kiss running Linux on the Mac goodbye forever.

  • 358: Our Fragmented Favorite

    June 16th, 2020  |  1 hr 13 mins
    a cloud guru, accesibility, apple, btrfs, checksums, containers, copy on write, cow, crew dragon, data integrity, disk layout, disk partitioning, disk space, docker, ext4, facebook, falcon 9, fedora, fedora workstation, filesystem, flatpak, gimp, github, jupiter broadcasting, librem 5, linux podcast, lvm, macos, master, matt ahrens, media production, mobile, nvme, phone, phosh, pine64, pinephone, pinetab, pipewire, postmarketos, preempt, proprietary software, purism, python, redis, rich bowen, ruby, snapshots, spacex, ssd, starlink, unplugged, welcoming nomenclature, windows, xfs, zfs

    It's time to challenge some long-held assumptions.

    Today's Btrfs is not yesterday's hot mess, but a modern battle-tested filesystem, and we'll prove it.

    Plus our thoughts on GitHub dropping the term "master", and the changes Linux should make NOW to compete with commercial desktops.

  • 357: The Little Distro That Could

    June 9th, 2020  |  56 mins 24 secs
    a cloud guru, antix, arc, assembly, bake off, breathe, breeze, bsd, bunsenlabs, community, cpu, dark mode, debian, exhale, foss, free software, freebsd, gaming on linux, gtk, hdd, helium, jupiter broadcasting, kolibrios, lightweight, lightweight distro, linux, linux desktop, linux distributions, linux podcast, multicore, multithreading, netflix, open source, package managers, pkg, pop!_os, ports, ppa, qt, ram, sparky linux, supertux, supertuxkart, theming, unix, unplugged, video games, virtual lug, vscode, yaru, youtube

    The lightweight distro that stole our hearts, the four of us each try out a different contender and come away with what we think will be the leanest and meanest distribution for your PC.

  • 356: Linux Hardware Love

    June 2nd, 2020  |  1 hr 3 mins
    10nm, 4k, a cloud guru, arm, barton george, battery life, btrfs, dell, developer edition, face id, fingerprint reader, gaming, gnome, gnome foundation, howdy, ice lake, infrared, intel, jupiter broadcasting, killer wifi, linux kernel 5.7, linux podcast, lvm, neil mcgovern, new xps, open source, pine64, pinebook pro, privacy, project sputnik, python, rockpro64, rothschild patent imaging, rpi, seccomp, snakeware, software patents, syscalls, thermal pressure, ubuntu, unplugged, wifi, windows, wine, x11, xfs, xps, xps 13, zfs

    From the low-end to the high-end we try out both ends of the Linux hardware spectrum. Wes reviews the latest XPS 13, and Chris shares his thoughts on the Pinebook Pro.

  • 355: Chris' Data Crisis

    May 26th, 2020  |  57 mins 35 secs
    a cloud guru, arp, backups, booting, btrfs, data integrity, dnsmasq, ext4, filesystems, fing, firehol, fireqos, firmware, hardware, jupiter broadcasting, linssid, linux podcast, mac address, netdiscover, networking, nmap, opnsense, pfsense, raspberry pi 4, smokeping, speedtest, tcpdump, unplugged, usb boot, vim, vimkiller, vpn, wavemon, wfh, wifi, wireless, wireless networking, wireshark, working from home, zfs

    Chris' tale of woe after a recent data loss, and Wes' adventure after he finds a rogue device on his network.

  • 354: Microsoft FINALLY Gets It

    May 19th, 2020  |  1 hr 34 secs
    a cloud guru, ad blocking, amd, brad smith, build, craig loewen, directx, dns-ftl, dnsmasq, gpu, graphics, jupiter broadcasting, linux mint, linux podcast, manjaro, manjarobook, microsoft, multi-boot usb, open source, openbsd, pi-hole 5, pine64, pinephone, pinetab, raspberry pi, ryzen, ubports, ubuntu, ubuntu touch, unplugged, ventoy, windows package manager, windows subsystem for linux, windows terminal, winget, wireguard, wsl, xps

    Windows is getting more competitive by adopting core Linux features, so we cover the latest Linux-inspired additions to Windows. Then review the new release of Pi-hole, sort through recent PINE64 updates, and read your feedback.

  • 353: Feeling Elive

    May 12th, 2020  |  57 mins 15 secs
    a cloud guru, awk, christian schaller, command line, cryptocurrency, dotfiles, efl, elive, encrypted storage, encryption, enlightenment, fedora, git-crypt, gnome, jupiter broadcasting, linux podcast, luks, paperwm, pop shell, pop!_os 20.04, samuel baggen, sed, shell, system76, telegram, thanatermesis, tiling window manager, ton, ubuntu server, unplugged, window manager, xps 13

    We're blown away by the Enlightenment desktop, and its little known features, and we share a quick way for you to try it out yourself.

  • 352: Three Course Battery

    May 5th, 2020  |  1 hr 6 mins
    a cloud guru, arch, audio recorder, battery life, coreboot, ffmpeg, high quality camera, inkscape 1.0, intel comet lake, jeremy soller, jupiter broadcasting, labtop, lemur pro, linux laptop, linux podcast, manjaro, open firmware, philip muller, pulseaudio, raspberry pi camera, sound recorder, star labs, system76, tailscale, unplugged, usb-c, wireguard, zfs

    Manjaro has a new hardware partner so Phillip joins to share the details, and we have the Lemur Pro in house for a battery endurance test like no other.

  • 351: Lenovo Loves Linux

    April 28th, 2020  |  1 hr 2 mins
    a cloud guru, arm, bashtop, dnf, earlyoom, fedora 32, fedora core os, fingerprint reader, firewall, firewalld, gamemode, gcc 10, gnome 3.36, iptables, jupiter broadcasting, lenovo, linux laptops, linux podcast, martin wimpress, matthew miller, nftables, pipewire, python 2, python 3.8, rockpro64, systemd 245, sysusers.d, ubuntu 20.04, unplugged, wireguard

    Fedora Project Leader Matthew Miller joins us to discuss Lenovo shipping ThinkPads loaded with Fedora, and our review of the new 32 release.

  • 350: Focal Focus

    April 21st, 2020  |  1 hr 12 mins
    3mux, a cloud guru, arch, bleachbit, budgie, erofs, exfat, fedora 32, feral interactive, focal fossa, gamemode, gnome 3.36, grub, i3, jupiter broadcasting, kde, kernel lockdown, kubuntu, kwin, kwinft, lemur pro, linux laptop, linux podcast, lts, luplug, mate, pacat, plasma, pop shell, pop!_os, pulseaudio, roman gilg, snapshots, system 76, teletype, tiling, tmux, tuxedo control center, ubuntu 20.04, ubuntu studio, unplugged, virtio-fs, wsl, xfs, xubuntu, yaru, zfs, zsys

    The latest Ubuntu LTS is here, but does it live up to the hype? And how practical are the new ZFS features? We dig into the performance, security, and stability of Focal Fossa.