Unfettered Freedom, Ep. 3 – Facebook, Zoom, AppImage, Kdenlive, New Linux Users

Unfettered Freedom is a video podcast that focuses on news and topics about GNU/Linux, free software and open source software. On this freedom-packed episode:

0:00 – Intro
1:38 – Facebook becomes platinum member of Linux Foundation.
6:02 – Trial by proprietary software.
13:21 – Why one software maker chooses AppImage.
17:21 – Kdenlive 20.08 is a huge release!
22:17 – Are we presenting Linux in a friendly way to new users?
28:15 – Thanks to the Patrons! Check out DT on Patreon.

REFERENCED:
+ https://www.techradar.com/news/facebook-is-stepping-up-its-linux-work-once-again
+ https://www.fsf.org/bulletin/2020/spring/trial-by-proprietary-software
+ https://www.onlyoffice.com/blog/2020/07/need-portable-version-of-onlyoffice-desktop-app-use-appimage/?utm_source=twi&utm_
+ https://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2020/08/open-source-video-editor-kdenlive-scores-a-sizeable-summer-update

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Devin BARTON

Devin BARTON

I am an avid Linux lover and open source enthusiast. I use Ubuntu and believe in sharing knowledge. Apart from Linux, I love classic detective mysteries.

42 thoughts on “Unfettered Freedom, Ep. 3 – Facebook, Zoom, AppImage, Kdenlive, New Linux Users

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    February 23, 2021 at 11:10 am
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    14:38 That's not true. My reborn os requires something called FUSE bullshit to run a .appimage file. And guess what, fuse is already installed there.
    It seems Linux always finds a way to screw its non-programmer users 🙁

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    February 23, 2021 at 11:10 am
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    Great show DT! I think us Linux users need to become better at talking to the new user and use terminology that they can understand.
    So for instance instead of saying "distrubution" or "distro", say "flavor". Instead of saying "OS" or "operating system", say "alternative to Windows or Mac". And instead of saying "software", say "apps". And also, there is no need to mention VMWare, virtual machine or any of that stuff. A new user ain't gonna care whether you install it on hardware or in a VM anyway. And distro reviewers just love checking out what version things are or what kernel etc… Don't do that. Just don't.

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    February 23, 2021 at 11:10 am
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    I love appimage for the convenience. Sandboxing them is a good advice too.

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    February 23, 2021 at 11:10 am
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    Several of those companies you mentioned (Microsoft, Oracle, Google, Facebook) are in bed with the NSA and CIA. See the Corbett Report episode on the Origin of Silicon Valley.

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    February 23, 2021 at 11:10 am
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    A lot of people need zoom for work. Which sucks. No one should be forced into a proprietary business relationship.

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    February 23, 2021 at 11:10 am
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    Linux is getting more poisoned each month. Time to look at alternatives

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    February 23, 2021 at 11:10 am
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    I understand the importance of being comfortable, especially when we're talking about migrating to a new environment. However, when one chooses (or needs) to switch to either a new OS, a new neighborhood, new job whatever, being comfortable shouldn't be the first priority. Learning new stuff and adapting, should be it. There are a lot o justifications for getting out of our comfort zone, even for cases when you don't need to switch to a new environment. So, basically, I don't think you are wrong when you point the way to the terminal to a new user.

    What happens, though, is that nowadays people seem to not have time to invest, to listen, to engage on a conversation – or – they simply don't care.

    Learning is a process. Doesn't happen immediately. Learning is not an event. Thus, we all could, much probably, use a little more improved communication process to help ease the learning from a novice. Me, for example, whenever people come ask me why I to spend so much time wrinting SQL scripts when I could simply use the mouse and drop this, create that etc, I explain that's because a script can be automated, documented, studied, exchanged, and reproduced. Those are things a company simply cannot afford not to have for critical processes, especially in worst case scenarions like a disaster recovery need. When I tell them that, they get the context and a strong justification behind it.

    Tip is: we need to avoid the "terminal is cooler" approach and rather adopt the "terminal lets you plan your actions, putting you in the control."

    Now… I do realise that not everyone seeks being in control of their machines. Those, belong to the Windows world, and all that's left if for us to let them be happy there! hahaha.

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    February 23, 2021 at 11:10 am
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    Luckily during the lockdown my school made us use a crappy website called WeSchool with a call feature powered by Jitsi.

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    February 23, 2021 at 11:10 am
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    DT — We have something good here in the Linux community, and by making Linux appealing to a wider audience–by attempting to grow what we have that is good–we are changing it into something different from what we were drawn to. The fault is not ours or the way we do things. The kinds of people who are scared by mere mention of the terminal are not the sort who will give back to the Linux community as we identify it; they will be giving towards some new mean that is informed by their intellectual comfort zone.

    The individuals you are aiming to accommodate are consumers, not contributors, and by the time Linux has enough institutional momentum to sustain such a body of consumers,–and eventually it surely will–it will no longer be the frontier, and individuals such as yourself will have moved on to the new frontier.

    This is the natural life cycle of all things that are good but difficult to access.

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    February 23, 2021 at 11:10 am
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    Love the Unfettered Freedom videos – keep them coming!
    I'm a relatively new Linux user – been at it for about a year. I came to it to get away from Windows and also for the free (as in beer) aspect of it. Now I am here to stay for the free (as in freedom) aspect.
    Of all the various GNU/Linux video tutorials/channels I've gone too, I've enjoyed this one the most. You present well to the newer used, but you also challenge me to learn and get "up to speed." Thanks for your work.

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    February 23, 2021 at 11:10 am
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    My school district got rid of Zoom for 'security concerns' but then went to Google Meets.

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    February 23, 2021 at 11:10 am
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    I think the best way to suggest a Linux distribution to a new user is by the color he/she likes.
    For example if he likes orange and violet I'll suggest Ubuntu, or if he likes green I'll suggest Linux Mint etc.

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    February 23, 2021 at 11:10 am
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    8:15 let me prove you wrong in that point by hinting you to the underhanded c code contest…

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    February 23, 2021 at 11:10 am
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    among the more famous Facebook open source projects are (at least) two more worth mentioning: Zstandard (compression algorithm famously used by Archlinux packages) and of course React (one of the most famous JS frameworks).

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    February 23, 2021 at 11:10 am
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    All these are bad, horrible news. I'm getting less and less convinced of Linux and its software universe every day. It's getting worse. Five years from now the latest, we will need a total rewrite of everything. Or we will eventually end up with Microsoft Linux OS powered by Facebook or what not.

    I don't want these corporations to have a say on the Linux Foundation (that foundation itself seems to be kind of dubious to me). I don't want appimage, flatpak and snap, and I surely don't want systemd.

    I decided to transition from Arch to Gentoo, and I hope this decision will be good for the next five years or so.

    About court forcing people to use Zoom: Yes, I actually believe you should object against that. It feels like this whole Covid-19 social distance thing is designed to push mass surveillance. What's the point in advocating Free and Open Source Software if we will compromise its use at the very first occasion?

    I'm starting to believe Luke Smith was very right about the nightmare he described recently. I foresee dark days. Very dark days.

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    February 23, 2021 at 11:10 am
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    In a better world, Facebook would have already been shut down and Zuckerberg would have been arrested.

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    February 23, 2021 at 11:10 am
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    0:29 seconds. New record🏅. How long until PROPRIETARY GARBAGE is the new greeting to YT 😂

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    February 23, 2021 at 11:10 am
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    When we talk about business today I feel we live in a time of brands and subjects are taught in management courses to enable people to sell brands. I truly believe software should be free however I also feel it's a game we have to play and accept it. The whole buying and selling of patents are also something to frown on tbh. To top it governments look for easy ways out everywhere. Endorsing such private firms helps them feel a part of employment is taken care of. Cause if governments don't walk that line the companies could very well die and then people will ask govts for jobs which they do not have. I am not saying the problems cannot be solved. I just thing we should accept a part of it as predicament and do our best to publicise and advertise open.and free software.

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    February 23, 2021 at 11:10 am
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    Facebook and Microsoft should be expelled from Linux Foundation!

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    February 23, 2021 at 11:10 am
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    I think when it comes to being new user friendly, there are many different new user levels. Like those who come from windows or mac and they were not a power user there, and then those who were power users, there are ones been in Linux for a while but not power users. It gets tough to serve all of them equally, the best you can do is what you already do, there are those who serve the ultimate new user, the non-power user, I don't think you serve that demographic but then there are those who do, just keep doing what you do, when those ultimate new users mature, then they'll be coming to you. The problem with GUI applications is that they are often distro specific, so you are always going to leave someone out.

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    February 23, 2021 at 11:10 am
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    I have to use zoom for work but refuse to use proprietary software. So, I run it inside firefox. It's not ideal, but at least like that it is run with a sandbox so it's more secure and doesn't have control of my system.

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    February 23, 2021 at 11:10 am
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    Thank you, Derek. I will have to look further into what open source "good works" that BootFace does as I have not been aware of any until you mentioned them.

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    February 23, 2021 at 11:10 am
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    Well i remember DT saying that ARCH is the Disto for NEW USERS, becuz the only new user that pick up Linux is the guy who want to hack on he's PC.

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    February 23, 2021 at 11:10 am
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    11:00 no … it is the way the system works, if you as a politician get money from private companies to pick Ms office/windows or Zoom … why will you pick free&open source software, everyone and any thing is for sell, Govs is too, and the ones with lot of money is the ones who write the Laws and run the Govs … votes don't count as long as it is not made with $$$

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    February 23, 2021 at 11:10 am
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    I agree. Linuxers sometimes have a bit of an elitist attitude. But on the other hand you can expect someone to do some research themselves before asking very basic questions that would be answered by a 5min google search.

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    February 23, 2021 at 11:10 am
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    Don't use Vim to show newbie-level Linux-users how to solve problems to new users but sometimes you have to recommend the terminal. I think that it is fine if you explain it properly but many people don't.

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    February 23, 2021 at 11:10 am
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    If the government insists on trial by software then use Jitsi. It is fine as long as only the involved parties get the link. I agree with the FSF and DistroTube that reverse engineering is fine, as long as you don't use it to copy the software but just to figure out how it works.

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    February 23, 2021 at 11:10 am
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    Regarding the Zoom thing, no government is promoting Zoom for the same reason you're not using it's FOSS alternatives. They're not as good as proprietary programs like Zoom. Zoom is made by people getting payed for their work. FOSS alternatives are made by volunteers in their free time. If Zoom doesn't work the company isn't making money and the programs get fired. If a FOSS alternative doesn't work then it doesn't work, users move to something else and programmers either give up or keep on trying. We don't live in a socialist utopia where you get payed a stipend and do whatever you want. You have to earn money. Zoom's FOSS alternatives don't earn anywhere near as much money as it's needed to support development at the same rate as Zoom. If you work 8 hours a day, you're not going to have another 8 hours a day to volunteer to work on a FOSS project.

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    February 23, 2021 at 11:10 am
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    Regarding Zoom, if you had private Justice systems*, you could choose to associate yourself to a Justice system that uses only Free Software.

    * Is it possible to have Justice if you have a monopoly? I wonder…

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    February 23, 2021 at 11:10 am
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    Thanks DT for the video! I'm going to go and check out the new kdenlive. I started transferring my VHS of the kids and stuff to Digital format and yes burning them to Dvd so I can give the kids copies. My issue is likes everyone else's that use Kdenlive is the crashes, so I put that project on hold 4 months ago out of not wanting to use a Big Hammer on something… Lol

    I remember 4 years ago when I left Windows and came to Linux I was lost just like you said. Yes I tried Linux several times in years past and it was way to and i mean way to hard to get working.
    So when I do things I to try to keep that in mind that others are just as confused as I was when starting Linux. So when I write something or a guide I came up with I write it as new user that has no idea of what to do…

    Perfect example is my sister, I switched her to Linux Mint when Windows 7 Died! What I did months in advance I installed things liker MX, Mint, Peppermint, Pop and so on to a old computer and gave it to her as a test computer and had her play with them and see what she like best and talked her through most of it on the phone… Lol

    She picked Mint go figure… 😀 She liked MX too so when Windows was ready to quit in January, her computer Mobo had died. So I got a used Newer Mobo and Ram, CPU combo and I said this is a good time to go to linux and she agreed.
    So she is happy with Mint and I am happy, no more Windows is screwed up phone Calls… 😀
    LLAP

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    February 23, 2021 at 11:10 am
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    Linux community should assume Windows and MacOS have their own community, then only we can serve Linux community better; just like DistroTube here ^_^

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