Command-Line Web Radio


With just a few lines of shell code, you can build a flexible and easily adaptable stream player.

You don’t need to start resourcehungry multimedia applications to get a bit of Internet radio. Some command-line programs on Linux can play streams off radio stations. And, a simple shell script is quite enough as a wrapper to manage Internet radio stations easily or to download streams and then play them at your leisure.

The core of the script is a module from the FFmpeg suite [1], which also includes FFplay along with FFmpeg, FFprobe, and FFserver.

Going Dark: The problems of Free Software funding.


A few weeks ago, I heard about yet another Free Software project that nearly literally went dark. Theo de Raadt, the OpenBSD project leader, posted a desperate message to the developers mailing list stating the project did not have enough cash in its coffers to pay for the 2013 electricity bill. The amount due was more than US$ 20,000 and was needed immediately just to keep the lights on and the servers running.

Fortunately, de Raadt’s post led to a landslide of donations, and private donors, including a Romanian Bitcoin tycoon, saved OpenBSD from extinction. Today, the project is more than US$ 100,000 in the black and will have enough cash to spare to organize events, seminars, and pay their bills.

Who We All Are: Stay the Course


Jono takes a look at development in the year ahead.

2013 was a phenomenal year for Ubuntu. As I write this article in mid-January, I find it hard to believe that just over a year ago we announced Ubuntu for phones.

In that year, we built and released the first version of Ubuntu for phones complete with core apps, got Ubuntu running in development for tablet, delivered Mir in production on the phone, built a vastly simplified new app delivery platform complete with full security sandboxing, created a powerful smart scopes service to bring the power of native search and online content to devices, delivered a new SDK with support for QML, HTML5, and Scopes, built an entirely new, created extensive CI and testing infrastructure to ensure quality, shipped two desktop releases, extended the charm store, delivered Juju GUI, spun up multiple clouds with Juju, continued to grow our LoCo community, spun up the Ubuntu Advocacy Kit, and much more.

On the DVD: Kubuntu 13.10 + Linux Mint 16


This month, on our double-sided disc, we have the newest version of Kubuntu 13.10 – Saucy Salamander – plus the latest version of the most popular Ubuntu derivative, Linux Mint 16 Petra.

Side A comes with the 64-bit version of Kubuntu 13.10, a full-fledged Ubuntu optimized with the KDE desktop environment.

On side B, you’ll find the 64-bit version of the Linux Mint, code name Petra, complete with the Cinnamon desktop and all the software available in the Ubuntu repositories.

Marcel Gagné: Orbiting Planet *buntu

Marcel Gagné: Orbiting Planet *buntu

Linux is free as in beer. Yeah, and speech too, but I'm concentrating on the beer right now. The same is true for Ubuntu's brand of Linux. You can download a free beer, er, I mean a free ISO image of the latest Ubuntu from the Ubuntu servers, burn that ISO, and install it on as many PCs as you want. You can then hand that CD to a friend and let them do the same. I've done this countless times over the years. I've also paid for Linux many times over the years and frankly, I don't object to doi... more »
Amber Graner: You in Ubuntu

Amber Graner: You in Ubuntu

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Explore the World. The great outdoors offers a world to discover. But you wouldn't go anywhere interesting without a plan and a camera, would you? With the right tools, Ubuntu can also be part of your adventures. Read on to find out how....



Stuart Langridge and Bryan Lunduke, team up (more or less) to answer all your Ubuntu questions.



Q&A with Ubuntu contributor Mike Basinger

Who We All Are: Strong Foundation


The release of Ubuntu 13.10 was a very special release of Ubuntu. While many of you will have eagerly upgraded your desktops and servers to Ubuntu 13.10, we added a new member to the family with the very first release of Ubuntu for phones.

After a furious pace of development, the 1.0 version of Ubuntu for phones delivers an impressive punch. The system is simple to use, includes a first-run wizard to get you started, and includes functionality for the basics (making/ receiving calls, texts), browsing the web, Bluetooth support, configuring your background/ringtones, searching online content with smart scopes, and more.

Editorial: Both Ways


The other day, I got into an Internet ArgumentTM when I tweeted about the French Gendarmerie switching to an Ubuntu-based Linux OS. Some user popped up and said that Ubuntu wasn’t Linux. “How do you figure?” I replied. His answer was “I’m sorry. I meant it’s non-free.” Oh dear.

It didn’t end well for him. When I pointed out the (open) source repositories and matching licenses for every Ubunturelated project he threw at me (Unity, Search Lens, Software Center) and finally advised him to do more research before getting into any future discussions, he called me “an arrogant git” and did the Twitter equivalent of storming off – that is, he stopped tweeting.

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