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The Ask Noah Show is a weekly radio call in show where we take your tech questions or business in tech questions live on the air.
The show airs Tuesdays at 6pm CST on asknoahshow.com and at KEQQ 88.3 FM in Grand Forks ND.
It's a free call 1-855-450-NOAH so join us and start on your way to owning your operating system, your software, and technology.

    Episode 216: Red Hat's New Deal

    Episode 216: Red Hat's New Deal

    RedHat is expanding the developer program making it easier than ever to access RHEL! Now individuals can run 16 RHEL servers under this new program. Brian Exelbierd joins us this hour to discuss this new program and how it addresses many of the concerns raised in the transition from CentOS to CentOS Stream.

    -- During The Show --

    Email 1 - Signal vs Telegram - Eddie

    Telegram vs Signal for messaging?

    Telegram client is open source and supports Linux

    Telegram server is closed source

    Signal is more secure but requires a phone number

    Phone numbers can reveal your real identity

    Moxie Marlinspike (Matthew Rosenfeld) - really particular about 3rd party clients, makes it not very inviting


    Not so great when your playing with alternative operating systems (SailfishOS PostmarketOS), Signal has to make a client, rather than just supporting an API

    Use Element/Matrix

    Setup your own server

    Sign up for paid hosting EMS

    Sign up for free on a community server like Linux Delta

    Minutes In 07:50

    Run Matrix on CoreOS


    With Fedora CoreOS, you get all the benefits of Fedora (podman, cgroups v2, SELinux) packaged in a minimal automatically updating system thanks to rpm-ostree.

    Running a Matrix service requires the following software:

    Synapse: a Matrix server
    PostgreSQL: a database
    Nginx: a web server
    Let’s Encrypt: a certificate provider
    Element: a Matrix web client

    Minutes In 09:30

    Email 2 - How to Stream a Live Event without YT - M.X.U.


    Open Broadcaster Software OBS

    Setting up your own CDN is impractical

    Setup an RTMP server with Nginx

    Community based CDN Scale Engine Instant Trial

    Minutes In 15:50

    Email 3 - User Responds to James' Question - Landon

    Deja Dupe

    Only backs up working files not the entire OS

    Incremental Backups and Multiple file versions

    Similar to Mac TimeMachine

    Minutes In 18:40

    Email 4 - Please Expand on Self Hosting without Net Neutrality - Will

    Owning your own server doesn't fix getting online

    Decentralized infrastructure make taking people offline hard

    Minutes In 22:10

    Email 5 - Which Episode for Parental Control? - Lucas


    Life360 is partnered with Arity (analytic company) link

    CA Do not sell

    No longer used or recommended

    Check out OwnTracks

    Uses MQTT, lightweight, and you can self host

    Minutes In 25:15

    Pick of the Week


    It's a Single Player MMO / Building an MMO

    Independent Game shop https://www.vectorstorm.com.au/

    Early Access, expect bugs

    Developer is very active in the community and wants feedback

    Massively addicting

    Minutes In 28:10

    Gadget of the Week OSMC Vero 4K

    FLIRC IR receiver

    OSMC project is a rock solid Kodi platform

    OSMC Vero 4K

    Minutes In 31:35

    RedHat Interview

    Guest: Brian Excelbeard

    Moving to CentOS Stream brings more transparency and opportunity for involvement

    IBM was not even in the room for the discussion

    New programs are in the work for cloud workloads beyond today's announcement

    RedHat is reducing friction for getting official RHEL by integrating other account systems

    Expanding the personal free options, more than just RHEL

    Making it easier for enterprise customers to get their employees enrolled in developer accounts

    Have a unique use case problem? email Brian directly centos-questions@redhat.com

    Official Announcement

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    • 58 min
    Episode 215: Self-Hosting Your Platform

    Episode 215: Self-Hosting Your Platform

    Self-hosting has always been a good idea but when your platform doesn't want to serve you, we have some self-hosted options that will. A Reddit user has Linux booting on an iPhone 7, a man was quoted $50K to run fiber to his house, so he built his own fiber ISP!

    -- During The Show --

    00:30 Minutes In

    Email 1 - Feedback from EP 212 Bluetooth and Drawing Tablet - David

    HSP/HFP designed for phones not computers

    Bluetooth support on Linux is difficult due to the way blue-tooth works (uses modem commands on mobile)

    Possible Solutions that bypass Linux blue-tooth stack

    Links to the 1Mii USB Bluetooth Adapter for PC

    This is Creative's version if you are looking for a more popular brand name.

    XP-PEN came up and they have a driver for Linux. It is a little bit hokey in the sense that their configuration application needs to be running in order for it to work.

    It does not always survive suspend/resume, but it is easy to launch again.

    Their non-display models also have good support for left-hand versus right-hand drawing

    When used as a display, there is no left-hand mode because it relies on dm to configure the display

    We purchased an xp-pen innovator 16 It is a 1080p 15.6 inch matte screen with hardware buttons connected via HDMI and 2 USB ports

    XP-PEN seems like a good company

    Link to first photo made with the tablet

    06:00 Minutes In

    Email 2 - VPN Recommendation? - Ira

    What is the best VPN company?

    private internet access

    They have a track history of NOT turning over user data, they get called into court they say we'd love to comply but we don't have the documents.

    affiliate link

    08:30 Minutes In

    Email 3 - Matrix Support Spreading - Charliebrownau

    Mind.com is supporting Matrix Protocol


    [Mind.com](mind.com) is an alternative to Facebook and other big social networks

    09:20 Minutes In

    Email 4 - Censorship - Rob

    What are your thoughts on Mozzila's blog post

    11:15 Minutes in

    Pick of the Week


    Fully featured open source video and media CMS

    Built mostly using the modern stack Django + React and includes a REST API

    No federation

    14:00 Minutes In

    Gadget of the Week

    Dell's new thunderbolt dock

    Dell WD19TB

    Built in thunderbolt cable
    Additional rear facing thunderbolt pass-through port
    2x Display Ports
    1x HDMI
    2x Rear USB
    1x Front Facing USB

    Dell's USB C dock

    Dell WD15

    17:00 Minutes In


    Guy by the name of Daniel Rodriguez managed to boot Linux with Gnome on an iPhone 7

    YouTube Video

    Reddit write up

    Phone that was given to him by his grandparents as a junk device, He saved it from the landfill!


    writable directory available over nfs, including dhcp server on local network

    Checkra1n 0.10.2-beta

    Kernel fork for h9x/A10

    Project sandcastle utilities

    EITHER arm64 cross compiler or an arm64 native device. I used a rpi4 on 20.04 -- way helpful to be able to chroot and setup, otherwise you'd have to use qemu-user

    Bridge setup script/udev rules

    21:00 Minutes In

    Jared Mauch Built his Own ISP

    Jared Mauch didn’t have good broadband—so he built his own fiber ISP

    Arstechnica link

    AT&T's advertised plans for his neighborhood topped out at a measly 1.5Mbps

    Eventually switched to a WISP that delivered about 50Mbps

    Comcast told him it would charge $50,000 to extend its cable network to his house

    Mauch built his own ISP (buried the fiber for 10,000)

    As of early January, Mauch has 30 homes and 10 homes to hookup

    Large corporate Business are not afraid of government and government regulations

    ISPs are going to learn, do it or get replaced

    Starlink is becoming a thing, Amazon satellite internet is coming

    27:30 Minutes In

    Main Segment De-platforming / Self hosting

    Violence is wrong, Full stop

    Gate keeping in the broadcast industry changed when the internet became a thing

    Groups and People were banned from twitt

    • 56 min
    Episode 214: New Year New Releases

    Episode 214: New Year New Releases

    New Year New Releases

    We're kicking off 2021 with a bang! The KDE team has announced a new focus on Wayland and fingerprint readers. Cawbird 1.3 a native twitter client for Linux has a new release with improved video uploading and replies, and Matrix will power FOSDEM this year!

    -- During The Show --

    01:45 Minutes In

    Email 1 - Comment on SolarWinds from Newnix

    04:40 Minutes IN

    Caller 1 - Carl

    Problem: Intermittent camera and mic problems

    Solution 1: unplug other usb devices (bandwidth issues)

    Solution 2: Buy a PCIe USB 3 card

    Solution 3: Buy a Thinkpad with thunderbolt and a thunderbolt dock

    Solution 4: Make sure the camera is plugged into a matching USB port (3.0/2.0)

    Logitech C920 webcam
    Logitech C930

    Feedback on Backups
    Bareos backup

    Email 2 - LVM vs Raid from Cory


    Storage - FreeNAS


    BTRFS is good for low power devices, less overhead than ZFS
    RAID 1 or RAID 10 are better options in most cases, and using RAID 10 + Btrfs compression will give you similar space availability to RAID 6

    RAID is not a backup

    19:00 Minutes In

    Email 3 - Old Smartphones as Cameras from M. X. U.

    Geovision Cameras

    Axis Cameras

    Synology LiveCam

    From the Community


    23:55 Minutes In

    Pick of the Week

    KDE Itinerary is a digital travel assistant with a priority on protecting your privacy.

    Timeline view of a unified travel itinerary with automatic trip grouping.

    Supports train, bus and flight bookings as well as hotel, restaurant, event and rental car reservations.

    Automatic booking data extraction from various input formats, performed locally on your device.

    Real-time delay and platform change information for trains.

    Selection of alternative train connections on unbound tickets or on missed connections.

    Local ground transportation navigation between elements of your itinerary.

    26:27 Minutes In

    Gadget of the Week (03:00) [12:00]

    Maingear Vector 2 Gaming Laptop


    Starting at $1349

    0.78” thick and 4.16 lbs


    NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060

    16GB / 1TB NVME

    4 Cell Battery - 4000 mAh

    1080p 144hz

    Being a gaming laptop


    No Thunderbolt only USB C

    Can't be powered over USB C

    Degraded power when unplugged

    30:00 Minutes In

    KDE Roadmap

    KDE has plans for 2021 - and they're pretty cool

    Fingerprint support throughout the KDE Plasma experience

    Lock Screen
    KAuth and Polkit.

    Focus on Wayland - aiming for serious, concentrated Wayland work continuing through 2021

    Devs plan to improve the look and feel of Plasma’s default Breeze theme — expect something “super modern and awesome”

    KDE devs will replace the celebrated Kickoff app launcher with a newer, fresher replacement.

    32:44 Minutes In

    Cawbird 1.3 Released

    Cawbird is free, open source software compatible with most modern Linux distros


    Improved DM Support

    Video Uploading

    You can now see media shared in direct messages

    Links and hashtags sent in messages are ‘clickable’

    It’s possible to delete DMs, load older DMs, and send images as DMs in Cawbird

    Cawbird 1.3 supports video uploads to tweets (one video per tweet)

    Improved upload handling of animated and non-animated GIFs

    More accessible approach to loading ‘replied to’ tweets

    33:37 Minutes In

    FOSDEM Online Via Matrix

    EMS - Offical Matrix Hosting


    Started with Matrix over SELF / Wanted the ability to connect with people in a free and open source decentralized client, found Matrix, got sucked in.

    2021 - Altispeed officially switched to EMS Matrix instance

    Public Roadmap / Can buy feature deveopment / entire sales staff to handle feature requests

    Jitsi - Feature we didn't think we'd use and end up using it daily now

    Matrix team are in active contact

    • 56 min
    Episode 213: Rocky Linux with Greg Kurtzer

    Episode 213: Rocky Linux with Greg Kurtzer

    Greg Kurtzer executive director of Rocky Linux a bug for bug RedHat distribution joins us this hour to tell the story of CentOS and what his vision for Rocky Linux is!

    -- During The Show --

    Greg Kurtzer - Executive Director of Rocky Linux, a bug for bug red hat compatible distro

    Greg's history
    Centos history
    Rocky Linux now and future
    Currently collaborating on Slack, It will be moving to Mattermost
    There is a google doc for developers who want to help, please be patient lots of responses to go through
    Release will be available Q2 2020
    Current state of the project

    36:00 minutes in

    Walt Caller One

    What Protections are in place to protect Rocky Linux from corporate interests

    44:00 minutes in

    Email 1 Unifi Access Points and NVRs

    1) Unifi Access Points

    Nano HD i

    UAP-AC Pro


    47:00 minutes in
    2) What security NVR solution do you recommend?

    Use the Synology selector tool

    Synology FS6400

    Axis Cameras

    Geovision cameras

    Also take a look at motioneye and motioneyeos

    More of a DIY approach but free and flexible

    51:00 minutes in

    Pick of the Week

    Snapdrop: local file sharing in your browser. Inspired by Apple's Airdrop.

    Underneath the hood

    Vanilla HTML5 / ES6 / CSS3 frontend
    WebRTC / WebSockets
    NodeJS backend
    Progressive Web App

    51:45 minutes in

    Gadget of the Week Playstation 5 Controller

    DualSense™ Wireless PS5 Controller

    The DualSense wireless controller for PS5 offers immersive haptic feedback2, dynamic adaptive triggers2 and a built-in microphone, all integrated into an iconic design.

    Feel physically responsive feedback to your in-game actions with dual actuators which replace traditional rumble motors. In your hands, these dynamic vibrations can simulate the feeling of everything from environments to the recoil of different weapons

    Experience varying levels of force and tension as you interact with your in-game gear and environments. From pulling back an increasingly tight bowstring to hitting the brakes on a speeding car, feel physically connected to your on-screen actions.

    Available from Sony for $69.99

    Linux driver support

    [From Roderick Colenbrander](roderick.colenbrander@sony.com)

    Supported in linux
    *DualSense in both Bluetooth and USB modes
    *Motion Sensors

    Not supported yet
    *Adaptive Triggers
    *VCM based Haptics

    These features require a large amount of data and complex data structures. It is not clear how to
    expose these. The current Evdev and FF frameworks are too limiting. We hope
    to have a dialog on how to expose these over time in a generic way.

    Companies are starting to get it - make a good controller, make the code open so everyone can use it, people will buy your controller.

    54:00 minutes in

    XFCE 4.16 has been Released!


    The Settings Manager itself received a visual refresh of its filter box
    *which can now be hidden permanently
    *Search capabilities of the filter box were improved by searching the descriptive 'Comments' part of each dialog's launcher

    Default Applications is a new dialog represents a merger between the previously available 'Mime Settings' and the 'Preferred Applications' dialogs.

    Added fractional scaling based on the RandR extension of X11

    Added more default keyboard shortcuts out of the box (Examples: for window tiling or to open Thunar)


    The panel received quite a few noteworthy updates
    *Animation for autohide and intellihide
    *New 'Status Tray' plugin that combines both legacy Systray item support with modern StatusNotifier item support
    *Dark mode support
    *Launchers showing additional actions on right-click
    *Window buttons offering to Launch a new instance

    XFCE Power Managment was cleaned up

    The settings dialog of the power manager was cleaned up and shows either 'on battery' or 'plugged in' settings as opposed to both in a huge table.


    • 56 min
    Episode 212: Software for the Holidays

    Episode 212: Software for the Holidays

    Gnome 40 has a major redesign, a new version of Kdenlive is out adding some much desired pro features, Matrix has some exciting announcments and we discuss the Solar Winds backdoor and give you some alternatives. If this is the time of the year you want to tinker with new projects we have a few in store!

    -- During The Show --


    Request for feedback


    Email 1 - How to back up BTRFS to the cloud

    BTRFS send/recive


    Email 2 - Smart devices

    lutron radiora


    Are Vlans Good enough? (continued from email 2)


    Email 3 - Bitcoin

    Don't invest, considered unstable
    Mining is fun not pratical


    ALternative crypto currencys


    Email 4 - Bluetooth headphones on Linux Mic Not Working

    A2DP audio out only (high quality)
    HSP audio out and in (low quality)

    Check what protocols are supported by your dongle

    Easiest way to work around this...

    sudo apt-get install blueman

    starting from Pulseaudio v. 11.0, it's possible to automatically switch the profile whenever microphone access is requested by the application, but it's disabled by default.

    Find load-module module-bluetooth-policy line in /etc/pulse/default.pa
    Change it to load-module module-bluetooth-policy auto_switch=2

    You need to reload pulseaudio module after this for the changes to take effect:

    pulseaudio -k
    pulseaudio -D

    Now pulseaudio will switch the device profile to HSP whenever microphone access is requested and change it back to A2DP after stream is closed.


    Pick of the Week

    Just Perfection!


    This extension allows you to disable:

    Workspace Switcher
    Top Panel
    App gesture


    Gadget of the Week

    Gaomon S620 $35




    Gnome 40 Major Design Revamp


    GNOME 40 is due for release in March, 2021.




    Kdenlive 20.12 serves as a new stable release and a new feature release

    New features

    same track transitions

    subtitling tool


    Another usability improvement is the ability to rename and add/edit the description of custom effects (by new contributor Vivek Yadav.)

    New Pillar Echo effect for your vertical videos.

    Crop by padding effect can now be keyframed.

    New VR 360 and 3D effects for working with 360º and 3D stereoscopic footage.

    New Video Equalizer for adjusting image brightness, contrast, saturation and gamma.


    Ability to enable/disable normalization of audio thumbnails from track header

    Ability to delete multiple tracks at once (by Pushkar Kukde)

    When archiving a project an option was added to archive only clips in the timeline as well as the option choose the compression method between TAR and ZIP.

    On the backend front the Online Resources tool was ported to qtwebengine (by Andreas Sturmlechner) and downloading wipes, render profiles, titles and wipes defaults to using https.


    Solar Winds


    Managed Service Provider (MSP) management software

    march 2020 hack
    dec 2020 discoverd


    Souk Flatpak App Store for Linux


    Souk is co-developed

    • 56 min
    Episode 211: GeekLab Gift Guide

    Episode 211: GeekLab Gift Guide

    GeekLab Gift Guide

    RedHat may have replaced CentOS Linux with CentOS stream but Gregory Kurtzer has launched his own replacement based as CentOS was on the RHEL source code. We help you pick out tech gifts for that geek in your life!

    -- During The Show --

    Troubleshooting Trackpads
    sudo apt-get install xserver-xorg-input-all xserver-xorg-input-evdev xserver-xorg-input-synaptics

    Copying Video from Firewire

    Gift #5 - Stainless Steel Small Openable Pill

    Gift #4 - Aventree TC417

    Gift #3 - Yubikey

    Gift #2 - HiFi Audio Stereo Amplifier

    Gift #1 - Briggs and Riley BackPack

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Great show, call in tech support eh

Love the show, topics, and Noah’s enthusiasm but my biggest gripe is the call in tech support calls. I mean it’s nice to have a tech support help line but I feel it really detracts from the show. It tends to interrupt the topics at hand and cuts the show short since it’s restricted to one hour because it’s a live radio show.

I’d love a Ask Noah Show Offline Edition where we can delve into the topics at hand.

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I'm a Fedex Express driver in Grand Forks and stumbled across this show on the radio one night recently driving home.. Just a month ago I purchased a System 76 laptop after getting fed up with windows so this show immediately sparked my interest when I heard it on the radio. I went home that night and looked to see if Ask Noah had a podcast and Bam! Here it is! I went back and downloaded the first 3 episodes and I'm playing catch up but my first thoughts is "Wow! This is good!".

I love Noah's enthusiasm and his passion for Linux and he appears to have a vast amount of knowledge he is taking the time to share with whoever wants to hear, that in itself is pretty awesome!!

I'm going to keep downloading the old podcasts and until I'm current but so far what I'm hearing..I'm loving it!

Keep up the great work Noah along with everyone behind the scenes pitching in to make this happen.

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Passion is Addictive

Noah loves what he does. You only have to listen to 2 minutes of his show to see that. It makes me that much more eager to pursue my IT career.

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