The Distro That Converted Robbie to Linux

  • Episode 303
  • July 9, 2013
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Robbie and Hillary take a look at an old laptop Robbie found while sorting through the old computer wasteland... complete with one of the earliest versions of Linux Robbie ever used.

This episode is sponsored in part by: Adzerk, Eco Alkalines.

Topics Covered:

  • Robbie Ferguson and Hillary Rumball present from the Category5 studios in Barrie, Ontario.
  • Happy birthday to Christa Wells tomorrow.
  • The theft of Hillary's iPod, and a gift from the community.
  • Viewer Question: Did you get hit with the flooding Toronto had yesterday?
  • {play 8:16}Giveaway: a Newer Technology 4 Amp Powered 7-port USB Hub.
  • {play 14:08}Special thanks to {viewer keckeckec}, who sent us a couple microphones to help us out when we record things like the TPN Weekly Podcast.
  • {play 15:13}Feature: Robbie found an old laptop (circa 1999) while tidying up the storage room in preparation for our studio renovations. It has Linspire on it, and still boots! Check out the distro that helped Robbie transition to Linux in the early 2000's.
    • Lindows / Linspire was a great alternative to Windows 98 at the time.
    • Michael Robertson (the maker of the original mp3.com) was the head honcho of Lindows / Linspire, and like mp3.com, he built it up and then sold out and abandoned his community—at least that's the impression Robbie got as an artist on mp3.com and then a user of Lindows / Linspire.
    • Click N Run (CNR) was perhaps bleeding edge at the time: much like Ubuntu Software Centre, but we're talking more than 10 years ago, at a time when installing applications on Linux generally meant building from source. CNR also introduced the ability to buy applications ala Ubuntu Software Centre or Steam, which at the time got a lot of hate from the Linux community, who expected everything on their beloved OS to be free as in beer.
    • Lindows / Linspire included OpenOffice, which helped transition business users to the Linux desktop.
    • Ubuntu Warty Warthog came out in 2004 and Linspire decided to base its next releases on Ubuntu rather than Debian. This was the demise of Linspire.
    • Lindows / Linspire introduced would-be Linux users to a GUI desktop which was just as sleek (or more so) than the Windows desktop of the time, and included things like easy-to-use GUI configuration tools via a very well optimized and customized deployment of KDE.
    • What to remember when "switching" people to Linux.
  • {play 29:07}Top Stories from the Category5.TV Newsroom
    • Are you a Ubisoft user? Change your password. They’ve been hacked.
    • Samsung is buying set-top box maker, Boxee.
    • In-game purchases are coming to World of Warcraft.
    • A new form of advertising is vibrating the ad into your head.
    • That cool robot from Honda, "Asimo", is having trouble understanding human gestures.
  • {play 37:47}Viewer Question: Jim Forrester calls in to tell us about KDu Linux, which is by default in Português, but can be run in English once you've installed it.
    • Jim's Question: I'd like to make a video for YouTube, along with some nice intro graphics. What can I use to create that?
    • Robbie recommends: OpenShot Video Editor for Linux as per Episode 194.
  • {play 44:44}Viewer Question: I managed to get Point Linux working perfectly thanks to your tutorials, but when I watch videos on an external screen, it goes dim after some time, even though I have all the settings configured to not dim when idle. How do I fix this?
  • {play 51:06}Viewer Comment: Thanks for your advice with regards to syncing KeepassX on multiple Linux machines. Ubuntu One was exactly what I was looking for.
  • Viewer Comment: Kludgey means "a system and especially a computer system made up of poorly matched components".
  • {play 54:04}Viewer Comment: Did you know about Star Wreck? It's a parody of Star Trek from Finish movie producers. Now, they also run wreckamovie.com, "a Web platform that is designed to harness the power of passionate Internet communities for creating short films, documentaries, music videos, Internet flicks, full length features, mobile films and more".
  • {play 57:26}Viewer Comment: Happy birthday to my sister, Natalie.

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  • Host: Robbie Ferguson
  • Co-Host: Hillary Rumball

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