Debian

Is an Open Source Linux From China Secure?

China

Episode 1717

Doug from San Francisco, CA

Doug wants to know how safe an open-source distro of Linux is from China. Leo says the key is that it's open-source and that likely means it's secure. HOWEVER, Leo stopped using Ubuntu because they added the capability to phone home back to Ubuntu. So he stays away from proprietary distros now in favor of community developed flavors like Debian or Manjaro Arch.

What's the best Linux distro to try?

PopOS

Episode 1712

Dave from Los Angeles, CA

Dave doesn't want to be beholding to Microsoft or Apple for his operating system. He'd like to use Linux. Leo says that currently, a Chromebook is ideal for those who aren't their own support. But if you like Linux, then Leo likes PopOS by System76. What about Ubuntu? Leo isn't really a fan of Ubuntu any longer because of changes made by the developers. But it's base Debian flavor is pretty good.

Do I need a new computer to run a Minecraft server?

Minecraft

Episode 1680

John from Round Rock, Texas

John wants to become a Minecraft developer. He has a MacMini, and it's laggy. So he needs to look at getting a windows based machine for a server. Leo uses a Linux Box running Debian. Leo says you may not have to use another computer. Leo says to look in the settings and see if you can optimize it. You may have to run it from the command line, but it should be plenty powerful and fast to run Minecraft. Check out your memory switches in the start command. Under the command line, you start it with -x ms. There are two different memory settings running SPIGOT. 

Which Version of Linux Should I Start WIth?

Linux

Episode 1650

Timmy from California

Timmy wants to dive into Linux. What's his best option with a dual boot with Windows? Leo says that Linux is a great open-source option. Leo's current favorite version is Debian. It's a wide range of software to support it. But he may not find drivers to support it for the hardware unless he goes to the manufacturer's website. There's also a similar version called POPOS, which comes with just about any driver one can find out there. So that's a better option to get started. 

Can I run Linux on an old Mac Pro?

Episode 1566

Myron from Minnepolis, MN

Myron's Windows machine will automatically input his last pass password when he goes to log into something in Chrome. Leo says that's not good. Last Pass had to change how extensions work, recently, because browsers had changed the plugin architecture to make them more secure. But it may be that LastPass is getting confused. Leo recommends logging out of your Chrome browser, delete the last pass extension. Then reboot the app and download a new copy of the Last Pass extension. LastPass has a new version and that should solve it.

Can I still get Windows XP Updates?

Windows XP

Episode 1459

John from Bucks County, PA

John has an old PC that runs XP and he's going to install Debian Linux on it. He wants to keep XP on it to run dual boot, though. Can he still get Service Pack 3 to get it up to date? Leo says that Microsoft has killed XP development, so he can't really get ahold of it except through a third party archival service. He'll have to decide if that's legit. If he installs Linux first, it may prevent installing Windows XP in the process.

Can I create a screen reader with Raspberry Pi?

Raspberry Pi

Episode 1417

Todd from Indianapolis, IN

Todd wants to try and create an affordable screen reader using a Raspberry Pi. Leo says that NVDA is a free one, and Orca will run on Debian. If he can get Debian to run on the Raspberry Pi, then he's in good shape. The chatroom says it can work, but he'll probably need more RAM. If he can, that would be a great open source project for the blind.

Is Ubuntu the best brand of Linux?

Ubuntu

Episode 1391

Harold from North Carolina

Harold installed Ubuntu onto his computer and he likes it. Leo prefers Debian because it's community supported, while Ubuntu is now a commercial product. The Arch Linux distro is the best. It has great Wiki and community support, but it's more for hardcore Linux users. Harold should use the Antergos installer, it does it all. But Ubuntu has great hardware support as well.