Going Linux

Going Linux

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Going Linux is a podcast for computer users who just want to use Linux to get things done. Whether you are new to Linux, moving from Windows to Linux, or thinking about upgrading to Linux, this podcast will provide you with practical, day-to-day advice on how to use Linux and Linux applications.

Episodes

Going Linux #312 · Listener Feedback  

In this episode, Bill and Larry discuss feedback about backups, partitioning, cron jobs, Scrivener, the Windows MBR, and more.

Episode 312 Time Stamps
00:00 Going Linux #312 · Listener Feedback
00:15 Introduction
02:14 Lyle: Test your backups!
05:39 Andrew: Partitioning and email
07:45 Jim: Launch Audacity in recording mode
10:09 Allan: Scrivener
13:58 Nathan: Converting others to Linux
18:31 Ambrose: MBR Filter
26:30 Application pick: Firefox
30:09 Application pick: Yelp
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33:52 End

Going Linux #311 · Controlling a Remote Desktop  

Remote desktop technology for Linux has progressed since we first discussed it in 2010. Our recommendations have changed as a result. Now we recommend X2Go, which is more secure and more flexible. In this episode Larry describes how to install and use X2Go.

Episode 311 Time Stamps
00:00 Going Linux #311 · Controlling a Remote Desktop
00:15 Introduction
01:13 Connecting to, and controlling a remote computer using X2Go
02:32 Installing X2Go
03:03 Installing the X2Go Server
04:59 Installing the X2Go Client
06:35 Setting up an X2Go session
10:10 Using X2Go
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13:18 End

Going Linux #310 · Listener Feedback  

Bill and Larry solve the world's Linux issues... well the ones provided via our listener feedback anyway! From printers to ThinkPads and from marketing Linux to backups and processors, we discuss it all, and more.

Episode 310 Time Stamps
00:00 Going Linux #310 · Listener Feedback
00:15 Introduction
00:52 Larry needs more coffee
02:25 Snake: Partitioning a new hard drive
05:33 Tony: Email issues
09:24 JackDeth: Printers and Linux
14:46 Steve: ThinkPads on Linux
21:34 Marcio: New listener
22:18 JackDeth: 12-button mouse
23:58 Paul: Marketing Linux computers
30:42 Troy: Backups for small businesses
35:22 Ken: AMD processors and Linux
40:14 Eduardo: Securing backups
45:03 Madison: Gone Linux
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55:33 End

Going Linux #309 · Today's Security Technology  

In today's world of Internet insecurity, it's more important than ever to maximize your safety and privacy, both on line and off. That's why we think that you should use a computer that runs Linux -- because it's safe. Well it's safer, at least, than the two other most popular operating systems, Microsoft's Windows and Apple's MacOS. In this episode we provide an overview as well as some specific recommendations.

Episode 309 Time Stamps
00:00 Going Linux #309 · Today's Security Technology
00:15 Introduction
01:38 Bill has AI overload
03:44 The area of security changes so fast
04:07 Why Linux is safer
04:53 By default, Linux users do not run as administrators
06:36 Get software from trusted sources
07:04 Super User vs. Root
09:16 Linux requires your password to install sofware
10:14 Updates on Linux are never installed without your permission and always require your password
11:23 Good passwords are important
11:59 If you share your computer, setup a guest account
12:43 How is Linux setup to be more secure?
16:49 Passwords: A help or a hinderance for security?
17:42 Browser security
18:09 Tracking and cookies
22:08 Data collection by your operating system
23:15 How much information IS Windows 10 collecting about you?
26:22 ... and what are they doing with it?
28:27 Paranoia or just appropriately cautious?
29:24 Should you know what's in an update and have the choice of whether to install it or not?
31:49 Security patch release timing
34:19 Data collection and virtual assistants
39:30 Encrypting your data
43:21 Our basic Linux security recommendations
45:12 Use antivirus if you touch Windows files
46:05 Enable your software firewall
46:42 Stay updated
47:11 Use strong passwords
47:47 Make backups regularly
47:50 Install only from trusted sources
48:23 Use security-related browser plug-ins
48:56 Use common sense - be aware
52:53 Windows security recommendations
54:20 Run this list of software preventatively
56:05 Run this list of programs weekly
56:39 Run these programs monthly
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62:03 End

Going Linux #308 · Listener Feedback  

Commercial software licenses are a total FRAUD! That's how our feedback starts this month. We get into the difficulties of installing Ubuntu on a dual-boot system with Win10, audio technical details, full-disk encryption, and much, much more. We even have a Gone Linux story.

Episode 308 Time Stamps
00:00 Going Linux #308 · Listener Feedback
00:15 Introduction
00:52 Bill is off
01:13 Charlie: Commercial software licenses are a total FRAUD!
07:09 Scott: Network manager shows only strongest access points
11:25 Bob: Is full disk encryption really encrypting the whole disk in a dual-boot system?
19:50 Richard: Dual booting with Windows 10 is not always easy
22:40 Paul: Building a new computer and looking for a Linux MOBO
25:16 Göran: Writing bash scripts
26:38 Nancy: Audio is perfect now
27:27 John: Thank you! VNC to Ubuntu MATE with VPN
28:38 Bruce: More in-depth on audio
32:41 Dylan: Gone Linux
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37:59 End

Going Linux #307 · Today's Backup Technology  

We've talked about backups and backup software in at least three previous episodes, but it’s been a while. The last time we produced a full-fledged episode was in 2008! We take a fresh look at backups and some of the current applications and methods available today.

Episode 307 Time Stamps
00:00 Going Linux #307 · Today's Backup Technology
00:15 Introduction
02:03 Backup Technologies 02:56 How do I know what and where to backup
11:07 Backing up your computer is cheap disaster recovery
16:56 How often should I backup?
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23:08 End

Going Linux #306 · Listener Feedback  

This month's topics include Virutal Box on Ubuntu, remote into Ubuntu, installing netbeans, the dangers of rm, Mint vs. Ubuntu, wireless printing, network shares and feedback on past episodes.

Episode 306 Time Stamps
00:00 Going Linux #306 · Listener Feedback
00:15 Introduction
03:01 Galen: Feedback on 303
15:52 John: Asks about VirtualBox and Ubuntu
19:52 John: Audio issues
23:09 Joe: It's my co-worker's fault! I've gone Linux
25:18 Greg: Replies to a question in Episode 304
27:53 John: VNC to Ubuntu with VPN
34:55 Marlo: Netbeans on Ubuntu 16.04
36:48 Brock: The dangers of the rm command
41:31 Augustin: App suggestion CastBack
45:24 Richard: Mint vs. Ubuntu
48:31 Alec: Audio issues with the podcast
50:50: Nancy: More on audio problems
52:13 Paul: Wireless printing on Linux
55:12 Paul: Verifying the Mint 18 ISO
57:58 Dries: Network shares
60:40 Jeff: Feedback from Episode 305
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63:25 End

Going Linux #305 · Gaming on Linux revisited  

We take a fresh look at gaming on Linux, including the state of Steam and some of the native Linux game titles.

Episode 305 Time Stamps
00:00 Going Linux #305 · Gaming on Linux revisited
00:15 Introduction
00:46 Billl's audio
04:11 Gaming on Linux
09:26 Gaming with Wine
12:12 Installing games with Steam
12:36 DOS gaming
13:57 No physical media
18:12 How difficult is it to install Steam on Linux?
19:06 Graphics on Linux?
20:56 Sound on Linux
25:41 Bill's favorite games?
25:53 Team Fortress 2
26:16 Flight Gear
27:51 vs. X-plane
31:27 Free software
38:01 Pokemon Go!
39:41 Some games you may not have heard about
43:56 Getting started with gaming on Linux
46:17 What else you should know about Linux gaming
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54:32 End

Going Linux #304 · Listener Feedback  

Bill completes his move and finds another cloud service. We receive a suggestion from Gus, and a correction from Angelo. We answer questions on TMP partitions and desktop selections. Steve lets us know about Wordpress.

Episode 304 Time Stamps
00:00 Going Linux #304 · Listener Feedback
00:15 Introduction
00:53 Welcome to California
02:28 Gus: Provides a suggestion
04:01 Angelo: It's not political correctness
05:15 Paul: TMP file size too small
11:05 Darren: Which desktop?
13:41 Steve: Regarding Wordpress
19:15 Bill finds another cloud service
24:39 Gone Linux: Greg
29:07 Application Pick: Virtual Machine Manager
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35:16 End

Going Linux #303 · Hacked!  

Did you know that Charles Tendell has his own radio show? Yep. He's on 1690 AM, KDMT Denver's Money Talk. And I was a guest on his show in June. Yep. I'm back on live radio! You can subscribe to his podcast at http://thecharlestendellshow.com/. Yep. He has one of those, too!

Episode 303 Time Stamps
00:00 Going Linux #303 · Hacked!
00:15 Introduction
02:39 Welcome to the Charles Tendell Show
04:16 Who is Larry Bushey?
05:44 What is Linux?
07:02 Where do you find Linux?
07:43 Linux is more secure.
09:53 It's not as terrifying as you think
11:27 Which Linux is right for you?
14:24 Why would I do more work to install Linux
16:45 Does it work with my software
19:17 How easy is it to switch?
19:45 Installing Linux
26:08 How did Linux get its name?
28:03 Will it make my computer better?
31:55 The reasons for switching to Linux
33:10 The government is the problem
35:55 Why is the government still running on floppy-based and green screen computers?
37:29 Linux is widely adopted, but it has no money for advertising
38:52 Dispelling old myths
40:03 Linux 'just works' buy from System76
41:58 Or install it on an older computer
43:42 Email Charles to get a free USB disk to try Linux
45:45 Chromebooks run Linux
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49:13 End

Going Linux #302 · Listener Feedback  

What are the best Linux certifications to get? Software replacement for a multi-button mouse -- gestures. Linux compatible printers. Follow-ups from previous show topics. A new Linux distro. And much, much more...

Episode 302 Time Stamps
00:00 Going Linux #302 · Listener Feedback
00:15 Introduction
00:51 No voice mail lately
01:12 Cliff: Certifications
05:07 Martyn: Backups on Linux
08:01 Frank: Software pick - Easystroke
09:09 Scott: Can't send a fax
12:24 Gus: Has suggestion for window previews
12:48 Tony: Topic suggestion?
14:59 Richard returns!
16:22 Richard: Thanks
22:38 Sam: Please review Gecko Linux
29:11 Scott: ThinkPads and converts
33:05 Michael: Compatibility
34:27 Gone Linux: Nathan older computers
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38:37 End

Going Linux #301 · Open Source for Online Media  

Going Linux #301 · Open Source for Online Media

Today we discuss Open Source software and services to meet your online media needs. It may be totally free software or it might be a application running on some service you paid for. But it all has one thing in common. Everything we discuss is using, in some part, an Open Source application or service.

Episode 301 Time Stamps
00:00 Going Linux #301 · Open Source for Online Media
01:33 Alternatives to Facebook
03:06 Wordpress
15:23 The Maker
20:16 Blue Griffon
21:26 TeamSpeak
22:29 Mumble
26:03 Don't overlook your web host
29:08 FileZilla
29:46 Encrypting stored files
30:37 With open source you have choices
32:59 Application pick: Atom
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36:41 End

Going Linux 300 · Listener Feedback  

Going Linux 300 · Listener Feedback

Aidan wants previews, Tony crashes, Will doubts Linux, Michael likes it light, Sean likes Puppy, Frank is unhappy and Angelo corrects some misinformation.

Episode 300 Time Stamps
00:00 Going Linux 300 · Listener Feedback
01:06 Aidan: Window previews with Mutter
03:51 Tony: Flash crash
06:07 Will: Why now, go Linux?
13:17 Michael: What about Linux Lite
15:15 Sean: What no Puppy?
17:38 Frank: Unhappy with Mint and Ubuntu
25:34 Angelo: Misinformation about Assistive Technology
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32:31 End

Going Linux 299 · Assistive Technology  

Going Linux 299 · Assistive Technology

Ever wonder what it's like to work on a Linux distribution? We discuss that, and much, much more in our interview with Kendell Clark, one of the three developers of Sonar/GNU Linux. Sonar is a Linux distribution focused on assistive technology trying to give the best experience for everyone that depends on accessible software.

Episode 299 Time Stamps
00:00 Going Linux 299 · Assistive Technology
00:15 Introduction
00:48 Welcome Kendell Clark
01:12 What's going on with Sonar?
03:24 Sonar overview
04:43 Sonar's assistive technology
06:58 Sonar developers
07:35 Latest release
10:25 New Sonar MATE version
11:47 A Cinnamon version on the horizon
13:38 The challenges of developing a distro
15:42 Accessibility software on Windows
18:59 The ongoing expense of using accessibility software on Windows
20:59 Chosen few get financial assistance - but for Windows only
23:29 The challenge of accessibility awareness
25:43 Government assistance comes with significant limits and restrictions
26:58 Why Linux for the disabled?
27:43 The challenges of sotware updates
30:05 The challenges with audio communication software
36:03 About fanboy rants
37:58 What's in the future for Sonar?
41:29 The Sonar project needs more people!
43:18 How to help the project
44:39 What you can do to help upstream
49:16 Cooperation with the Windows accessibility community? Nope.
50:23 Accessibility on OSX?
53:32 Accessibility improvements in Windows 10?
54:08 Challenges helping others switch to Linux
57:47 On coming back to Linux later
59:22 Chrome is not accessible
62:23 Other browsers?
63:27 Other applications?
64:20 Accessibility doesn't 'just work' on Windows
65:22 With Sonar, it just works
66:31 Substituting better applications
68:26 Mycroft on Sonar?
70:18 Sonar is not just for the disabled
72:08 Anyone can help with the project
74:21 Gnome accessibility
75:02 Managing expectations
79:13 ARM devices for sale pre-installed with Sonar
82:18 Linux is an equal opportunity operating system
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90:18 End

Going Linux 298 · Listener Feedback  

Going Linux 298 · Listener Feedback

We have plenty of feedback on our ThinkPad episode. We are corrected on Puppy Linux and we discuss backups. Lots more, too.

Episode 298 Time Stamps
00:00 Going Linux 298 · Listener Feedback
00:15 Introduction
00:52 Website outage and recovery
03:06 OpenFOSSTraining
04:02 Larry switches to Ubuntu MATE
04:42 Advanced Power Management with TLP
08:29 Pierre: Puppy Linux
11:51 Pedro: Chromebook or used laptop?
19:34 Ken: Bought a Lenovo T420
23:11 Amar: Linux on a 9 year old Dell for business
25:23 George: Is a ThinkPad really the equivalent of a MBP?
33:49 Martin: Disappointed by ThinkPad episode
37:14 Tony: Backups on Mint
42:03 Randy: Brother Printer solution
44:10 Steve: Windows 10 bash shell
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52:17 End

Going Linux 297 · Choosing a distribution for an older computer  

Going Linux 297 · Choosing a distribution for an older computer

When you buy a new computer with Windows or OSX pre-installed, you have to deal with planned obsolescence, a 'feature' that is so prevalent with proprietary software. When you replace that limiting OS with Linux, you will have a powerful, modern computer that can be used and updated and upgraded for years without trouble and without cost.

Episode 297 Time Stamps
00:00 Going Linux 297 · Choosing a distribution for an older computer
00:15 Introduction
01:12 Linux Mint got hacked?
06:53 SKO is finally dead
09:55 Linux: Why on older hardware?
10:56 Planned obsolescence
11:43 Running Linux on your existing computer - old or new
12:20 Is Ubuntu Unity really a resource hog?
15:03 Why should you have to tweak your computer before it works?
20:56 Chrome OS? Really?
22:09 CloudReady
26:29 Xubuntu
32:16 Linux Mint 17.3 Cinnamon or MATE
37:28 Ubuntu MATE
41:26 Ubuntu Unity
44:16 Cub Linux
46:06 Conclusions
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51:04 End

Going Linux 296 · Listener Feedback  

Going Linux 296 · Listener Feedback

This time we have comments about our interview with Charles Tendell, overheating fan issues, a fix to softwear rendering mode error, and an expression of amazement with Ubuntu MATE

Episode 296 Time Stamps
00:00 Going Linux 296 · Listener Feedback
00:15 Introduction
00:54 Victor: Overheating could be the fan
02:52 Ken: Bought a T420 thanks to Charles
04:45 Dominic: Increase swap size to solve suspend/resume issues
07:42 Richard: Switch to MATE to fix 'software rendering mode' issue
09:35 Daniel: Where can I get the T420?
10:42 John: Ubuntu MATE -- WOW!
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12:32 End

Going Linux 295 · Linux on ThinkPads  

Going Linux 295 · Linux on ThinkPads

In this episode, Larry speaks with Charles Tendell about Linux on ThinkPad computers. Charles is an ethical hacker and has successfully adopted the 5 year old ThinkPad T420 as an economical substitute for a new Macbook Pro for his business -- without sacrificing performance or capabilities!

Episode 295 Time Stamps
00:00 Going Linux 295 · Linux on ThinkPads
00:15 Introduction
00:40 Charles Tendell: Certified Ethical Hacker
01:59 Why the ThinkPad instead of a Macbook Pro?
07:07 Comparing specifications: T420 vs. MBP
12:31 Battery life: WOW!
16:21 The skeptic decides
17:25 How the operating system was selected
19:05 Dispelling the myth that Linux is still only for geeks
19:44 Why Elementary and Kali Linux?
22:28 What applications does a hacker use for daily use?
24:35 How does a hacker use Kali?
27:17 The T420 har What applications does a hacker use for daily use?dware quality
28:50 Is the T420 too much computer for the average computer user?
30:38 T420 for media production
32:10 T420 Macbook Pro Killer
32:56 Upgrade recommendations
33:40 Azorian Cyber Security
34:13 Charles Tendell on TV
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35:59 End

Going Linux 294 · Listener Feedback  

Going Linux 294 · Listener Feedback

From power issues to vanishing icons to video drivers, we provide suggestions on what to do. We also hear from listeners about their experiences with ligheweight desktops, LibreOffice, PAE Kernels and computers running Chrome or Chrome-like operating systems.

Episode 294 Time Stamps
00:00 Going Linux 294 · Listener Feedback
00:15 Introduction
00:54 Bill is not available for this episode
01:06 Ken: Issues with older Dell computer
06:43 Gus: Lightweight desktops on modern hardware
08:02 John: LibreOffice saves the day
09:37 Martyn: An update... one year later
10:41 Ken: Vanishing icons
14:00 Ken: Cub Linux
16:06 Rich: More on PAE
17:13 Tony: Software rendering mode
19:23 Gone Linux: Lora's daughter gets a Chromebook
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22:06 End

Going Linux 293 · Distro Review  

Going Linux 293 · Distro Review

This time we break from the traditional format where we review Linux distributions individually. We discuss considerations for choosing a desktop and tackle topics like, 'Does the lightweight Linux desktop still have a place?' and 'Is it a mistake to promote Linux for use on older machines?'

Episode 293 Time Stamps
00:00 Going Linux 293 · Distro Review
00:15 Introduction
01:19 Distro Review
05:35 Does the lightweight Linux desktop still have a place?
10:34 Is it a mistake to promote Linux for use on older machines?
11:59 The argument for lightweight Linux on new computers
18:14 Is the forced upgrade to Windows 10 the compelling event to move to Linux?
20:03 Bill's favorites
20:52 Larry's favorites
25:13 This is the 'go to' Linux distribution
25:47 This is the Linux distribution for more adventuresome users
29:07 This is the best Linux for new users
29:48 One more Linux choice for the advanced user
30:34 Bill's personal picks
31:35 Choice - Linux lets you choose how you want your computer to work
34:56 Some considerations when choosing your Linux
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38:24 End

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