This week we got a portable touch screen monitor. We discuss our favourite Linux apps, bring you a command line lurve and go over all your wonderful feedback.

It’s Season 14 Episode 14 of the Ubuntu Podcast! Alan Pope, Mark Johnson and Martin Wimpress are connected and speaking to your brain.

In this week’s show:

rpg ~/Scripts

    hero[1][xxx-] -11hp
  spider[2][xxxx]  dodged!
    hero[1][x---] -13hp
  spider[2][xxxx]  dodged!
    hero[1][----] -12hp

    hero[1][----][----]@~/Scripts 💀

That’s all for this week! If there’s a topic you’d like us to discuss, or you have any feedback on previous shows, please send your comments and suggestions to [email protected] or Tweet us or Toot us or Comment on our Facebook page or comment on our sub-Reddit.

4 Comments » for S14E14 – Letter Copy Magic
  1. JT says:

    Nice episode, it was interesting to hear about everyone’s must-have applications and how you use them. A few of mine are;

    Rapid Photo Downloader (, which does exactly what it sounds like. It can pull files from my camera’s SD card or from my phone, while organising them into folders with the date, and renaming them automatically with the date and timestamp, as well as the image number assigned by the camera. I find this incredibly useful, as I tend to take a lot of pictures.
    digiKam (, to organize the photos I’ve decided to keep. I have a directory structure with different “photo albums” based on what’s in the picture or where I took it, and digiKam displays in a very nice way (in my opinion).
    Firefox: I’ve been using this for so long that switching away now would be like amputating a limb. In contrast to Alan, I really like the multi account container tabs, because I don’t want to open multiple windows… I use the “Tree Style Tab” extension to manage the ludicrous amount of stuff I can have open sometimes, especially on my main computer. Also, with plasma browser integration on KDE, it’s possible to search through open tabs using Krunner, although that probably works for Chrome too.

    All the best,

  2. Torin Doyle says:

    I also love Sound Converter. Have used it for years and on a fairly regular basis. Excellent program.

  3. Spence says:

    My favorite Linux app that I have used for years is the Midnight Commander file manager. I’m always kind of surprised when I see someone on a Linux box and they are doing lots of cd and ls commands to get a look at their files. mc is so much nicer and easier. I couldn’t do my job without it. I’ve run it on every kind of Linux, HP-UX, Sun OS, Mac, Cygwin on Windows (years ago before WSL). I first started using it in the mid 90’s when I posted an email to a unix list lamenting being stuck at a command prompt and not having a nice interface to all my files. A guy from the Univ of Michigan recommended it and I am grateful to this day. People should try it out and give it some time to sink in. I guarantee they won’t want to go back to a plain command prompt after a couple months. Take care, Thanks for your show.

  4. Sysyphus Jones says:

    I expect you’re aware of it, but vscodium is VS Code but with Microsoft’s telemetry & tracking removed, and it also uses the MIT licence.

    So why not use vscodium? . . . and feel a bit less like a FOSS traitor . . . it works for me !