Episode 214

New Year New Releases


January 5th, 2021

56 mins 21 secs

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About this Episode

New Year New Releases

We're kicking off 2021 with a bang! The KDE team has announced a new focus on Wayland and fingerprint readers. Cawbird 1.3 a native twitter client for Linux has a new release with improved video uploading and replies, and Matrix will power FOSDEM this year!

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01:45 Minutes In

Email 1 - Comment on SolarWinds from Newnix

04:40 Minutes IN

Caller 1 - Carl
  • Problem: Intermittent camera and mic problems

  • Solution 1: unplug other usb devices (bandwidth issues)

  • Solution 2: Buy a PCIe USB 3 card

  • Solution 3: Buy a Thinkpad with thunderbolt and a thunderbolt dock

  • Solution 4: Make sure the camera is plugged into a matching USB port (3.0/2.0)

Logitech C920 webcam
Logitech C930

Feedback on Backups
Bareos backup

Email 2 - LVM vs Raid from Cory
  • OpenMediaVault

  • Storage - FreeNAS

  • Unraid

  • BTRFS is good for low power devices, less overhead than ZFS
    RAID 1 or RAID 10 are better options in most cases, and using RAID 10 + Btrfs compression will give you similar space availability to RAID 6

  • RAID is not a backup

19:00 Minutes In

Email 3 - Old Smartphones as Cameras from M. X. U.

From the Community

23:55 Minutes In

Pick of the Week

KDE Itinerary is a digital travel assistant with a priority on protecting your privacy.

  • Timeline view of a unified travel itinerary with automatic trip grouping.

  • Supports train, bus and flight bookings as well as hotel, restaurant, event and rental car reservations.

  • Automatic booking data extraction from various input formats, performed locally on your device.

  • Real-time delay and platform change information for trains.

  • Selection of alternative train connections on unbound tickets or on missed connections.

  • Local ground transportation navigation between elements of your itinerary.

26:27 Minutes In

Gadget of the Week (03:00) [12:00]

Maingear Vector 2 Gaming Laptop


  • Starting at $1349

  • 0.78” thick and 4.16 lbs

  • i7-1075OH

  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060

  • 16GB / 1TB NVME

  • 4 Cell Battery - 4000 mAh

  • 1080p 144hz

  • Being a gaming laptop


  • No Thunderbolt only USB C

  • Can't be powered over USB C

  • Degraded power when unplugged

30:00 Minutes In

KDE Roadmap

KDE has plans for 2021 - and they're pretty cool

  • Fingerprint support throughout the KDE Plasma experience

    • Login
    • Lock Screen
    • KAuth and Polkit.
  • Focus on Wayland - aiming for serious, concentrated Wayland work continuing through 2021

  • Devs plan to improve the look and feel of Plasma’s default Breeze theme — expect something “super modern and awesome”

  • KDE devs will replace the celebrated Kickoff app launcher with a newer, fresher replacement.

32:44 Minutes In

Cawbird 1.3 Released

Cawbird is free, open source software compatible with most modern Linux distros


  • Improved DM Support

  • Video Uploading

  • You can now see media shared in direct messages

  • Links and hashtags sent in messages are ‘clickable’

  • It’s possible to delete DMs, load older DMs, and send images as DMs in Cawbird

  • Cawbird 1.3 supports video uploads to tweets (one video per tweet)

  • Improved upload handling of animated and non-animated GIFs

  • More accessible approach to loading ‘replied to’ tweets

33:37 Minutes In

FOSDEM Online Via Matrix

EMS - Offical Matrix Hosting


  • Started with Matrix over SELF / Wanted the ability to connect with people in a free and open source decentralized client, found Matrix, got sucked in.

  • 2021 - Altispeed officially switched to EMS Matrix instance

  • Public Roadmap / Can buy feature deveopment / entire sales staff to handle feature requests

  • Jitsi - Feature we didn't think we'd use and end up using it daily now

  • Matrix team are in active contact with the Jitsi team making BOTH Jitsi AND Matrix better.

  • FOSDEM will have its own dedicated Matrix server at fosdem.org (hosted by EMS along with a ton of Jitsi’s) acting as the social backbone for the event

  • Official bridges will be provided to IRC and XMPP (and most other chat systems), giving as much openness and choice as possible - if folks want to participate via Freenode and XMPP they can!

  • FOSDEM has spent a lot of time improving widgets recently: these give the ability to embed arbitrary webapps into chatrooms - letting you add livestreams, video conferences, schedules, Q&A dashboards etc, augmenting a plain old chatroom into a much richer virtual experience that can hopefully capture the semantics and requirements of an event like FOSDE

  • Attendees can lurk as read-only guests in devrooms without needing to set up accounts (or they can of course use their existing Matrix/IRC/XMPP accounts)

  • Every devroom and track will have its own chatroom, where the audience can hang out and view the livestream of that particular devroom (using the normal FOSDEM video livestream system).

  • There will also be a ‘backstage’ room per track for coordination between the devroom organisers and the speakers.

  • The talks themselves will be prerecorded to minimise risk of disaster, but each talk will have a question & answer session at the end which will be a live Jitsi broadcast from the speaker and a host who will relay questions from the devroom.

  • Each talk will have a dedicated room too, where after the official talk slot the audience can pop in and chat to the speaker more informally if they’re available (by text and/or by moderated jitsi). During the talk, this room will act as the ‘stage’ for the speaker & host to watch the livestream and conduct the question & answer session.

  • Every stand will also have its own chatroom and optional jitsi+livestream, as will BOFs or other adhoc events, so folks can get involved both by chat and video

  • There’ll also be a set of official support, social etc rooms - and of course folks can always create their own!

  • FOSDEM Matrix bot, responsible for orchestrating the hundreds of required rooms, setting up the right widgets and permissions, setting up bridges to IRC & XMPP, and keeping everything in sync with the official live FOSDEM schedule.

Call for help

  • Folks on XMPP often complain that the Bifröst Matrix<->XMPP bridge doesn’t support MAMs - meaning that if XMPP users lose connection, they lose scrollback. We’re not going to have time to fix this ourselves in time, so this would be a great time for XMPP folks who grok xmpp.js to come get involved and help to ensure the best possible XMPP experience!

  • It’d be really nice to be able to render nice schedule widgets for each devroom, and embed the overall schedule in the support rooms etc. The current HTML schedules https://fosdem.org/2021/schedule/day/saturday/ and https://fosdem.org/2021/schedule/room/vcollab/ don’t exactly fit - if someone could write a thing which renders them at (say) 2:5 aspect ratio so they can fit nicely down the side of a chatroom then that could be awesome!

  • While we’ll bridge all the official rooms over to Freenode, it’d be even nicer if people could just hop straight into any room on the FOSDEM server (or beyond) via IRC - effectively exposing the whole thing as an IRC network for those who prefer IRC. We have a project to do this: matrix-ircd, but it almost certainly needs more love and polish before it could be used for something as big as this. If you like Rust and know Matrix, please jump in and get involved!

  • If you just want to follow along or help out, then we’ve created a general room for discussion over at #fosdem-matrix:fosdem.org. It’d be awesome to have as many useful bots & widgets as possible to help things along.

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44:50 Minutes In

LG Smart TVs Are Sending Your Data Home

LG Smart Ad, analyses users favourite programs, online behaviour, search keywords and other information to offer relevant ads to target audiences.


  • There is an option in the system settings called "Collection of watching info:" which is set ON by default

  • This setting requires the user to scroll down to see it and, unlike most other settings, contains no "balloon help" to describe what it does

  • It turns out that viewing information (such as file names) appears to be being sent regardless of whether this option is set to On or Off

  • This information appears to be sent back unencrypted and in the clear to LG every time you change channel

Domains to Block


51:00 Minutes In

FinCEN Proposes New Cryptocurrency Law

  • The regulation, proposed by the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), would require financial institutions (like Square) to collect personal information about the parties involved in cryptocurrency transactions. You can read a deep-dive on them here, but the more important requirement is for financial institutions to collect the name and physical address of both parties of any large transaction they’re involved in.

  • Jack Dorsey is not happy about new crypto currency law

  • Dorsey argues the regulation could end up driving customers “to use non-custodial wallets or services outside the U.S. to transfer their assets more easily,” leading to FinCEN having “less visibility into the universe of cryptocurrency transactions than it has today.” Put simply, if people have to provide private information to a bank in order to make a transaction, they’ll avoid using the bank — something the CEO describes as a perverse incentive.

  • Deep Dive Link

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