DLN Xtend 18: Home Studio, LeoCAD, LibreOffice Feedback, Folding@Home, Clonezilla Live

DLN Xtend Episode 18

In this episode, Eric finds a new home studio/office space and Nate tells us about using LeoCAD with his kids. LeoCAD lets you design virtual models with LEGO® bricks.

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On This Week in Linux, Michael mentioned Folding@Home as a way to help with COVID-19 research. They have a blog post describing what they are doing and how you can help.

Also on This Week in Linux, there is a new release of Clonezilla live, a partition and disk imaging/cloning program. We discuss the benefits of using this type of software to create full snapshots of disks and partitions.

That’s all for this week. Be sure to stop by DLN’s Discourse, Telegram, Mumble and Discord servers to continue the discussion. More information about this show and other Destination Linux Network shows and creators (like Eric and Nate for example) is available at destinationlinux.network.

Until next time, see yas!


00:42 Eric’s Week - New Studio / Office
08:30 Nate’s Week - LeoCAD
13:05 Listener Feedback - LibreOffice
17:02 This Week in Linux - Folding@Home
20:49 This Week in Linux - Clonezilla Live
27:44 Outro


Hey guys, I just finished the show and would like to say that I also was a StarOffice user on Windows from back in the day and it has been on my systems in one form or another (OpenOffice, NeoOffice, LibreOffice) to this day. There are a surprisingly large number of Windows users but I’ve noticed an unfortunate large number of Windows users who missed the memo on the OpenOffice to LibreOffice switch over and are still running the ancient code. The fragmentation with Apache OpenOffice and IBM Symphony probably didn’t help Windows users either imho, but they should’ve come over to Linux where we made the transition easily :grin:. LeoCAD is awesome and I’m amazed it flew under my radar. In 2016 I moved my setup into the ultimate closet office — for like six days before the lack of airflow made me put it back. I hope you have a better time. Keep up the good work!


Thanks Patrick! I forgot about StarOffice. I agree that there still seems to be confusion about OpenOffice vs. LibreOffice. I don’t think that most people know what libre means in a software context and I wonder if that adds to the confusion.

NeoOffice! That brings back memories. I wrote my first book in that app. Haha. It was an excellent free office suite for my Mac at the time.

@CubicleNate If you manage to get F@H working on Tumbleweed, please let me know—I’ve been trying all week!

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I have not, unfortunately. I am a failure there.

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You guys mentioned Bacula which I used for years. For tape backups (which have made a big comeback in enterprise environments since cryptolocker malware became a thing), I now use a fork of Bacula called Bareos (easy to search for). It is on a much faster development path and has already added a ton of features that Bacula does not have. You might call it the LibreOffice to Bacula’s OpenOffice. :wink: Just thought I’d mention it in case someone looks at Bacula based on your discussion. I have no connection with either project other than being a happy user of Bareos.

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Thanks for the tip. It’s not likely that I need it anymore but good to know. Tape backups might be slow but they are very reliable (if you make sure to verify on a regular basis of course). I remember Bacula being a bit of a chore to set up with all the config files but once it was, it worked beautifully. This was in comparison to an enterprise solution that we were using at work which was much less configurable and reliable.

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We talk about this in the next episode. :+1: