Slaying the Arch Zombie | Linux Action Show 441

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What happens if you fail to update your home Arch server for two years? Chris finds out the hard way & is forced to replace it with OpenMediaVault. We take you on the scene, and share the hard lessons learned!

Plus some big Firefox news, an update on Pirate Kodi boxes & the Lenovo egg.

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  1. As someone who has solely been listening to the audio podcasts for months now… seeing what you guys look like does not match with how i viewed you guys. Not in a bad way. Similar to how you read a book and the real life movie doesn't fully match up….

  2. just some handy suggestions, always have a default/sysop user that has a plain jane shell, use autofs, don't use etc/fstab, don't use arch-linux, avoid system-d, run a boot entry for recovery, preferably a gpg+luks encrypted system if all else fails, and yeah, use a 'usable' usb3 drive to boot the computer (recovery system too), keep a few copies in a secure place. & yeah, btrfs makes a pretty good single disk rootfs, don't bother with gdisk.

  3. I fear that with wire only the clients are open source. The servers are actually closed source. They seems to be located in Europe, but also seems to use proxys in the US. Please tell me that I got it wrong! If so, I would gladly adopt wire in a minute!

  4. 1. I dont really get what now is special about ubuntus livepatch thing. First arent there late on that? the kernel livepatch was introduced from suse and is implemented very long. So that would be something bad then.
    2. on the faq or a bigger blog post from dustin kurkland, I see the question, isnt that a rootkit, the answer are some nonsense marketing sentences but if you translate it it says YES. Well thats true for the other solutions too.
    3.the client is proprietary (wow a proprietary closed source rootkit)
    4. the normal service costs still money, shure the entrance level shit (that is shurly very unusable for people that need that), but 150 dollar / year / pc(node) is still much for non enterprise or especialy private persons. So 99.9% of the audience will therefor alone not care at all for such solutions.
    5. yes there is a free version of that, where you can have 3 pc into that, but randomly some of them get into some sort of unstable/alpha/testing programm where you play there guinia pig.

    Thats horrible for most users the additional security over 0day hacks form good hackers is very minimal. If you have a semi-current linux with 1 week updates with a firewall on your router or stuff like that, you are a much much harder target to get access to, than the avarage windows 7 pc. So botnetzcreators or people like that will not use day-0 things for that. But the change that in your pc have serious problems with that alpha-test-programm is much higher.

    Its basicly free for them to have beta testers, and for you to only TEST it. I doubt that huge groups of users will use that service for production.

    Hell I could not sleep one second if I would install such proprietary rootkit on one of my machines. Even if you would trust Canonical (which I dont) the goverment or Nsa could force them to use that rootkit against you, and force them to not tell you about it.

    Of course most of thats also is at least partialy true for the competitior programs.

    I just dont get how you can make such niesche thing with many problems look like a huge advantage of canonical, I start to think of the show as Ubuntu Action Show.

  5. Lenovo managed to make THE WORST linux supported laptop I have ever had (including the 90's)!!! It's name: Lenovo G50. Wifi drops all the time, bluetooth never works no matter what I do, microphone doesn't work with skype etc. Avoid at all costs if you are a linux user…

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