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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  • 481: Just a Prompt Away

    October 23rd, 2022  |  1 hr 25 mins
    ai, artificial intelligence, aur, automatic1111, bcache, bcachefs, btrfs, cacheing, canonical, compvis lmu, container-toolkit, copy-on-write, cow, cuda, deep generative neural network, docker, docker compose, dreamstudio, emad mostaque, gnome, gtk4, intel arc, interim release, iwd, jupiter broadcasting, kinetic kudu, latent diffusion, linux 5.19, linux podcast, linux unplugged, lmu munich, lure, lvm, machine learning, ml, nautilus, nvidia, open source, pipewire, runway,, stable diffusion, storage, thelio, ubuntu 22.10, wifi, wpa_supplicant, zfs

    The Internet is going crazy with AI-generated media. What's the open-source story, and is Linux being left out?

  • 480: Taming the Beast

    October 16th, 2022  |  1 hr 26 mins
    alma linux, amd ryzen 9, btrfs, clear linux, codecs, dev one, discrete gpu, external gpu, fedora, geocache, gpl, graphics toolkits, gtk, h.264, h.265, iced, intel arc, jupiter broadcasting, linux 6.0, linux podcast, linux unplugged, linuxworld, lvm, mesa, nixos, north cascades, nvidia, ohio linux fest, open-source graphics, phoronix test suite, rtx 3060 ti, rust, software patents, system76, thelio, unigene superposition, zfs

    Linus Tech Tips blows it again, and we clean up. Plus, we push System76's updated Thelio Workstation to the breaking point.

  • 479: Good Software, Bad Blood

    October 9th, 2022  |  1 hr 21 mins
    acastus photon, accessibility, amd, auto move windows, c, codecs, collaboration, cosmic, elm, elm architecture, fedora, geocache, gnome, gnome extensions, google, gtk, h.264, h.265, iced, igpu, intel, jupiter broadcasting, linux podcast, linux unplugged, lokinet, mpeg-la, nextcloud, nextcloud hub 3, nvidia, open-source graphics, osint, pelias, pop!_os, red hat, rust, sharepoint, silverblue, software licenses, software patents, solaris, stadia, system76, tasks, todo, uav

    What the heck is going on? Fedora is dropping features, GNOME is getting Iced, and the mistake we'll never make again. We've got a lot to sort out.

  • 478: The Best of Both Worlds

    October 2nd, 2022  |  1 hr 6 mins
    android, awesomewm, calyxos, degoogle, dwm, europa clipper, f-droid, flight controller, game streaming, gaming on linux, geocache, google, grapheneos, ham radio, ingenuity, jpl, jupiter broadcasting, linux in the ham shack, linux podcast, linux unplugged, magic wormhole, maple syrup, mars 2020, nasa, nixos, open-source-rover, photo sync, proton, science, solaris, space, stadia, steam, storj, tim canham, valve, voyager, vulkan

    We go hands-on at NASA's JPL and learn why Linux is the best OS for Earth and Mars.

  • 477: The Feeling of Fast

    September 25th, 2022  |  1 hr 25 mins
    amd, android, auto-tiling, curses, docker, f(x)tec pro1 x, fsarchiver, geekbench, gentoo, ghostbsd, gnome, grapheneos, hardware upgrade, hp dev one, hugo, ios, iphone, jpl, jupiter broadcasting, kde plasma, linux podcast, linux unplugged, lte, modern hardware, nixos, openbenchmarking, performance, phoronix test suite, pop!_os, proc, productivity, rust, superposition, sysctl, system76, systeroid, thinkpad, tiling, tui, ubuntu touch, window management, workspaces, workstation, x240, x250

    We finally give Brent his new laptop and get his reaction. Plus our best pick for replacing stock Android with something private.

  • 476: Canary in the Photo Mine

    September 18th, 2022  |  1 hr 27 mins
    ai, android, autotag, casaos, cloud backup, cloud storage, crowdsec, data storage, decentralized storage, face-recognition, fail2ban, garmin, glacier, google photo, headway, jupiter broadcasting, kde, librephotos, linux mint, linux podcast, linux unplugged, lomorage, ml, mobius sync, navigation, openstreetmap, osmand, photo backup, photo sharing, photo sync, photoprism, photosync, photoview, pigallery2, plasma, rclone, s3, s3fs, self-hosted, stingle, storj, syncthing, uhuruphotos, warrant canary, wazuh, webdav

    We've gone deep to find our perfect Google Photos replacement. This week we'll share our setup that we think works great, is easy to use, and is fully backed up.

  • 475: Brent's Bug Battle

    September 11th, 2022  |  1 hr 9 mins
    ai, anti-virus, apple silicon, av, baller boost, bug reports, c#, cash app, desktop linux, documentation, dotnet, edr, endpoint protection, fedora, charts, git-lfs, gnome, hamburger menu, hpsc, idrive, jupiter broadcasting, kde, kubuntu, large file storage, lightning, linux podcast, linux unplugged, lup mascot, ml, nasa, neon, nextcloud, nix, odin, photoprism, photosync, plasma, podcasting 2.0, podverse, pop!_os, powerpc, qt, rad750, readme, risc-v, robosats, sifive, space exploration, syncthing, synology photos, thor, todo, unity, unraid, wayland, woden, x11, x280, yggdrasil

    Brent has been on a bug-finding marathon. We review what he's discovered and share some hard-learned lessons.

  • 474: Linux's Malware Inevitability

    September 4th, 2022  |  1 hr 13 mins
    anti-malware, antivirus, apple, canonical, element, endlessos, federation, flutter, fragmentation, google photos, ham radio, harmonoid, immutable os, ios, jupiter broadcasting, libmpv, linux podcast, linux unplugged, local media, macos, malware, matrix, media player, mpv, nemo, nix, peertube, photo backup, pluma, power users, privacy, rhel, security, ubuntu, ubuntu unity, unity tweak, unity7, virus, x11

    Can Linux do better? Apple is scrambling to build always-on malware protection into the next macOS as its market share grows. A precautionary tale for Linux users.

  • 473: End of the Road

    August 28th, 2022  |  1 hr 23 mins
    barrier, cassidy james blaede, colo, dark mode, dell xps, email, endless, endless os, espanso, eula, evolution, flathub, flatpak, framasoft, gnome, gnome-info-collect, gnu guix, googerteller, ham radio, immutability, jpl, jupiter broadcasting, keybase, linux podcast, linux unplugged, meetups, mesh network, metrics, mobilizon, mumble, nebula, offline os, ostree, security, server, tailscale, telemetry, textexpander, thunderbird, torrent, visidata, vpn, wireguard

    We've reached the end of the road in our immutable Linux series, and an old friend stops by to give us the inside scoop on Endless OS.

  • 472: 5 Problems With NixOS

    August 21st, 2022  |  1 hr 10 mins
    abi, anti-cheat, backward compatibility, colo, containers, eac, elf, endless os, fhs, flathub, flatpak, gaming on linux, glibc, heroic games launcher, ilo, jupiter broadcasting, kde, libc, linux podcast, linux unplugged, matrix, nano, nix, nixos, plasma, proton, server, stability, steam, steam deck, steam-run, valve, vscode, win32, wine, wireguard

    The five most common problems when trying out an immutable Linux distro like NixOS. Plus, why one Linux dev says just target WINE.

  • 471: The Cottonwood Disaster

    August 14th, 2022  |  1 hr 13 mins
    3d emoji, android, anki, asus, audio, beelink mini, boosts, california, columbus, e-ink, element, embedded os, endless, endlessos, fedora, flashcards, fluffychat, fountain, gnome, hp probook, hugo,, jpl, jupiter broadcasting, linux mint, linux podcast, linux unplugged, lrn, matrix, meetups, microsoft, new-user distro, nixos, ohio linuxfest, oregon, package manager, pi juice, raspberry pi, rust, slovenia, smartpi touch 2, spaced repetition, usb interface, value4value, vivobook, website, x1 carbon

    Our garage Linux server has died, and this time we’re looking at data loss. We attempt to revive our zombie box and reflect on what went wrong.

  • 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.