Illuminating Linux Podcasts - Page 3
by Dan Petersen
Kernel Panic Oggcast
The Kernel Panic Oggcast is a friendly show recorded "live"
on a fortnightly basis. The shows are unedited recordings so you
need to be a little forgiving. There is occasional very mild profanity
used in the show.
The show covers a wide spectrum of topics, many episodes have
heaps of Linux relevant material, but there is still plenty of
material not related to Linux, with a mix of some zany and wacky
The podcast does not have a rigid structure, and explores any
topic relevant to the Linux world. Kernel Panic Oggcast is a good
listen. We particularly like the special guest appearances from
prominent players such as Bruce Patterson (DistroWatch), Jonathan
Nadeau (Executive Director of the Accessible Computing Foundation),
and Jeff Hoogland (lead developer of Bodhi Linux, a
lightweight Linux distribution that uses the Enlightenment window
- Website: kernelpanicoggcast.net
- Length: Often exceeds 2 hours
- Audio format: Ogg Vorbis
- First Edition: 7 March 2010
mintCast is billed as "the podcast by the Linux Mint
community for all users of Linux". In other words, the shows are not
exclusively about the Linux Mint distro. The recording sessions are
streamed most Mondays.
Rob Hawkins, Scott Newlon, and James Coyner, the shows'
regular hosts, have an unruffled, cool-headed style. mintCast
attempts to help all users of Linux with news, how-tos, helpful
software, interviews, and user experience. The hosts also
give intelligent commentary about gadgets and new technology. Another
- Website: mintcast.org
- Length: About 90 minutes
- Audio format: Ogg Vorbis, MP3
- Video: On YouTube
- First Edition: 24 November 2008
The Linux Link Tech Show
The Linux Link Tech Show (TLLTS) is a weekly podcast show
which covers the Linux operating system together with any other geeky
topics that interest the hosts. Although TLLTS is not an adult show,
the language and humour is not always appropriate for a family
audience, but it is a lot more toned down than Linux Outlaws.
TLLTS includes lots of interviews with key players in Linux,
open source and free software. TLLTS records and streams live every
Wednesday night starting around 20:30 Eastern Time.
TLLTS has produced more than 500 shows, spanning nearly a
decade. The grand-daddy of Linux podcasts, it is still rocking!
The show adopts a laid-back style and mostly consists of
general chit-chat. The shows are not really targeted at being
information-heavy, but given the length of each show, there is still
lots of good information here.
- Website: tllts.org
- Length: At least 2 hours
- Audio format: Ogg Vorbis, MP3 (32kbps), Speex, Opus
- First Edition: 24 September 2003
This Week in Linux
This Week in Linux is a monthly show in video only, covering
both Linux and Android specific topics. The videos are short in length,
but this sorts the wheat from the chaff. If you are short of spare
time, this is a good series to follow to keep up-to-date with the
LinuxBasix's tagline is "As we learn so will you". It is a
podcast that is not targeted specifically at newbies to Linux, nor the
programming language. The podcast takes things back to the beginning,
with the presenters wanting the community to drive the
direction of the show.
The podcast start with presenters discuss what they have been
recently up to, interesting new Linux or tech projects, before moving
on to the meat of the podcast. There is material here which will appeal
to newcomers to Linux, as well as intermediate and advanced users, but
the currently style is a little staid and bland. I prefer presenters
who imbibe more enthusiasm to their listeners.
- Website: linuxbasix.com
- Length: Around 40-50 minutes
- Audio format: MP3
- First Edition: April 2010; relaunched 2 April 2013
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