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Linux Podcasts That Slipped Through The Net

Linux Podcasts That Slipped Through The Net

by Dan Petersen

Over the years I have become increasingly fond and dependent on the podcast medium. As my days seem to consist of more and more out and about, travelling around the country, podcasts act as magazines for my ears, allowing me to keep up-to-date on the latest Linux developments wherever I am. The improvements in Android phones, with ever increasing storage space, combined with high quality open source software podcast aggregators (such as gPodder), makes the management of podcasts to be seamless, even out in the sticks.

I previously highlighted my favorite picks of Linux podcasts in my article titled 'Illuminating Linux Podcasts'. I wanted to keep the selection down to 20 podcasts. But this inevitably meant that some admirable Linux podcasts were omitted. Sorry to these podcasters! So here are a further 10 podcasts that will be of interest to Linux users.


Linux News Log

Linux News Log

Linux News Log is a weekly video and audio podcast that casts itself as "Separating The Linux and Open Source Signal From The Noise". It brings the listener the latest news from around the web for the Linux user.

Linux News Log is hosted by Adrian Bacon, a programmer and website developer, who is based in Petaluma, California. There is no fluff, no waffle in this podcast; the shows are succinct, get straight to the point, and the host researches material from a wide variety of web sources. All the episode links are detailed on the Quicksurf website.

The podcasts are released under the Media Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 United States license. Linux News Log is a production of Quicksurf Internet Studios.

  • Website: quicksurf.com/?cat=141
  • Length: About 10 minutes
  • Audio format: Ogg Vorbis, MP3
  • Video format: SD Video (640x360 h.264)
8/10


TuxJam

TuxJam

TuxJam is a family friendly show that combines Linux news with Creative Commons music. Generally, a new podcast release is broadcast each month.

This podcast is hosted by Kevie and Andrew. Kevie is based in the Isle of Lewis, Scotland, and prefers to run the Debian distribution (Debian unstable). Andrew Conway is a commited Slackware user. Both hosts are knowledgeable about Linux and the multmedia scene, strong proponents of open source software, and approach the podcasts in a laid-back but professional manner. Each podcast has some excellent in-depth information on open source multimedia software; the recent roundup of podcatchers was particular interesting. The shows start with new distro releases which help Linux users keep up to speed on releases that catch the hosts' eyes, and they don't sit on the fence when voicing their articulate opinions.

The poor audio quality for Andrew does mar the broadcast to a degree, and the pause/click when switching from Kevie to Andrew is distracting.

TuxJam plays lots of Creative Commons music; some of which is quite compelling, but many tunes featured are an acquired taste.

The podcasts are released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 license.

7/10

Linux in the Ham Shack

Linux in the Ham Shack

Linux in the Ham Shack is billed as "a podcast, a state of mind and a phenomenon". Over the years, the scope of the show has widened. It consists of a bi-weekly audio podcast, and live streaming show, which aims to enlighten ham radio guys and gals to open source software, and also vice versa.

Adam Curry, the podfather, thinks Linux in the Ham Shack "sucks balls". However, I would have to disagree with that opinion. Linux in the Ham Shack is not a technical podcast, there's lots of chat, discussion, and opinions bandied about. Some shows concentrate more on ham radio, others focus more on Linux. Overall, there is a good, varied selection of topics under discussion, with lots of content unrelated to ham radio, so the podcast should have fairly wide appeal for the Linux community.

The segments of the show are divided by music tracks.

The hosts of the podcast are Richard (KB5JVB), an amateur radio operator since 1988, and Russ (K5TUX), a systems administrator and licensed radio operator since 1993. Bill (KA9WKA) takes the notes, and occasionally helps to host the show. Good stuff chaps!

  • Website: lhspodcast.info
  • Length: About 90 minutes
  • Audio format: Ogg Vorbis, MP3
  • First Edition: 8 October 2008

7/10


The Techie Geek Podcast

The Techie Geek Podcast

The Techie Geek is a live, bi-weekly, general technology podcast that has the aim of being "The Linux podcast for Windows users".

The shows are hosted by Russ Wenner and Tracy Hold. Each episode there is discussion about computing hardware, Linux, Mac, and Windows, and almost any topic that appeals to an "Inner Geek".

The Techie Geek is an extremely interesting show, with real diversity in the topics covered, and there will something to appeal here whatever operating system that you run. A podcast definately worth subscribing to.

  • Website: thetechiegeek.com
  • Length: About 45 minutes
  • Audio format: Ogg Vorbis, MP3
  • Video format: On YouTube
  • First Edition: 29 March 2008
7/10

TGTMNews

TGTMNews

Talk Geek to Me News (TGTMNews) is billed as "a voice of the resistance", an alternative news podcast that explores what "the man" would not wish you to know, and topics that are not taken by mainstream news organisations.

TGTM is hosted by DeepGeek. Whilst TGTMNews is not a Linux podcast, it will be of interest to Linux users.

TGTMNews uses a mix of Creative Commons licensed material as well as some other sources with their permission. The readings of the stories are licensed "Creative Commons By Attribution Share Alike unported 3.0," as well as any original material attributed to "deepgeek."

  • Website: www.talkgeektome.us
  • Length: About 45 minutes
  • Audio format: Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, MP3, Speex
  • First Edition: -
6/10

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