TuxJam episode 33

TuxJam 33 starts off with its usual round-up of less well known Linux distro releases on distrowatch. You can hear Andrew eating humble pie because he’s completely forgotten to do a previously agreed review of the distribution SolydXK. Kevie on the other hand has bravely moved outside is comfort zone to try out the KDE version, SolydK, and Andrew slightly redeems himself by offering a commentary on KDE. Andrew reviews a lightweight alternative to the audio application Audacity called mhWaveEdit– which he discovered thanks to Beeza in HPR1514, Kevie recounts his experience with FireFox OS on the Geeksphone Revolution and we move on to discuss prior experiences on the ZTE Open and can’t help but discuss other unsettlingĀ  news from Mozilla, in particular its recent, reluctant stance on DRM support. The feedback section is larger than normal due to the favourable comments arising from our HPR special TuxJam 31, and the raging controversy over the spelling of whisky arises again.

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  2. Great episode, as always. (I have listened to TJ since episode one, but I am real slacker when it comes to feedback).

    re: KDE. I am a user of KDE (on Debian), and I agree that in a new installation most fancy stuff, active corners etc should be turned off. I use KDE because I like the look (most fancy stuff turned off), Dolphin and a few other apps. I probably use more GTK apps than KDE apps. One thing I really like with KWin is the simple tiling window function. If it’s turned off, one can drag windows to edges so they can be half or quarter of the screen. Dragging one window does not affect other windows. If it is turned on (System Settings>Window Behaviour >Advanced) one can set it so the tiling fills the screen automatically. I usually have it off, as I only use tiling for max 3 windows, and only on occasion. But I think it is a really nice feature.

    If anyone is curious about KDE, I think Kubuntu is a good choice. The 14.04 LTS has KDE 4.13 which is the latest version. I tried Kubuntu a few times and it is really nice imho.

    re: feed and podcatchers. I wrote about it in the Bugcast channel discussion, so perhaps it was me. I usually use Clementine. Its built in podcatcher is based on gpodder. The funny thing is while gpodder can handle any feed I have come across, clementine fails on a few (such as Unseenstudio casts, the Bugcast, Duffercast). I never understood why. But now I realize a common factor is that they are stored on archive.org (apart from all of them being awesome casts ofc). It partly seem to be a Clementine bug, maybe it is picky about the feed in some way. I have not tested with other music playing applications.



  3. Yep sorry but your review of SolydXK was uniformed and inaccurate. Mostly talking KDE and not SolydXK. Not knowing how SolydXK works. As in the SolydXK Debian Testing disros come out once every 3months. So If you downloaded the Jan. or Feb, 2014 iso or early then yes you missed the Update packs that comes out every quarter or 3 months. If you had installed the latest ISO May then you wouldn’t have those large updates. Month to month little in the way of updates except once every 3 months there are large updates to Desktop environment,Kernel and Applications.

    Also if not wanting or needing the latest desktop,kernel or apps. Then have option of SolydXK Business Edition which is based on Debian stable. And older less frequent update requirements. Which you also didn’t mention.

    Fading of windows is under System Settings>Desktop Effects
    Everything is configurable in System Settings you just need to spend more than a day or two using before reviewing would help immensely in giving an accurate and informed review.

    What you stated are bugs are actually just lack of user experience. Example yes VLC wants to handle mp3’s so you need to tell the system to use amarok as default. Same goes for ogg as VLC is the default. All that is configurable in System Settings.

    Not being familiar and informed how a Window Manager or Desktop Environment works leads to inaccuracies and unfair labeling things as bugs which in actually it’s the user lack of understanding how a particular system works. If you would have spent more time learning how KDE works you would have known how to turn off (Fading windows) or adjust desktop effects tuned to how you like the desktop to behave.

    Sorry but I have viewed,read many reviews of different distro’s over the years. And yours was haphazard,uninformed and a disservice to linux users out there. And rather not have to hear a review like this at all. As is more hurtful then helpful.

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