Show Notes #089


  • The 10th Annual Ohio LinuxFest will be held September 28-30, 2012, at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in downtown Columbus, Ohio.
  • Another riveting episode even though Richard has been attempting unassisted human flight. (We're all worried about the consequences should he succeed.)
  • Our special guest tonight is Rob Hawkins from the mintCast.


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  • Check out the KF8GR Linux Ham Home Page. Even though it hasn't been updated in several years, much of the information is still relevant.
  • Richards suggests a Linux/Amateur Radio "best on the web" award. Your web site should have at least one page devoted to Linux or Linux and Ham Radio. Send your nominations to If accepted, the LHS hosts will provide an award graphic for your website, and a link to your site from LHS.
  • Richard also found this TechNewsWorld article "Why Ham Radio Is Still Handy".


  • Interview with Rob Hawkins of the mintCast podcast.
  • Rob describes his move from Ontario, Canada to Houston, TX, and drops this bombshell: "Texas is nothing like Ontario!" Rob is an engineer by training. His first computer encounter was an IBM 370 mainframe and Fortran at the University of Waterloo, Ontario. His first personal computer was a Radio Shack Color Computer and his first Linux exposure was with Slackware and several dozen floppy disks. He's been using Linux Mint since version 8.
  • Rob goes on to describe how he came to the mintCast.
  • Our hosts and Rob then move on to various technology topics:
    • The current state of Linux Mint.
    • UEFI - Unified Extensible Firmware Interface.
    • Software patents.
    • Windows 8 and possible opportunities for Linux.

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  • "The Napalm Theory" by Ophyra, from the album Post Mortem, courtesy of Jamendo.
  • "Velvet Embracer" by Diablo Swing Orchestra, from the album The Butcher's Ballroom, courtesy of Jamendo.