Review: FLOSS Weekly – podcast about free libre open source software

Last Updated on September 6, 2020

FLOSS WeeklyBlurb

We’re not talking dentistry here; FLOSS all about Free Libre Open Source Software. Join host Randal Schwartz and his rotating panel of co-hosts every Wednesday as they talk with the most interesting and important people in the Open Source and Free Software community. Records live every Wednesday at 12:30pm Eastern / 9:30am Pacific / 16:30 UTC.

It brings the viewer/listener “… the movers, the shakers, the big projects, the little projects, the projects you might be using every day and be unaware of, the projects you might want to start playing with right after the show…”

About the Show

FLOSS Weekly is a weekly netcast about free, libre and open source software.

While FLOSS Weekly is more open source-centric and less Linux-centric, it offers fascinating insights into software that runs on Linux, by way of interviews with developers. A whole episode is devoted to a specific open source application and offers an in-depth examination. Recent netcasts have looked at freeCodeCamp, Friendica, The Pillar Project, Keycloak, rbspy, ReactPHP, and HubbleStack.

This netcast is available as an audio stream, and in video in both Standard Definition and High Definition formats.

FLOSS Weekly is supported by advertising.

About the Hosts

Randal Schwartz is more of an open license proponent, rather than a GPL guy; on the basis that selecting the GPL automatically excludes some users. He is co-author of some popular books about Perl including Programming Perl, Learning Perl and Intermediate Perl, and he is a respected writer on the Perl Journal, Web Techniques, and UNIX Review. His credibility in the Perl scene adds real credibility to the podcast.

Aaron Newcomb works for NetApp. He brings a deep background in the IT industry and spends most of his spare time advocating open Source software and hacking on fun projects.

and a rotating panel of co-hosts.
LengthTypically about an hour
First Show7 April 2006
LicenseCreative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No-Derivatives 4.0 International license

What do we think of this podcast?
Content10 out of 10 rating
Conversational10 out of 10 rating
Engaging10 out of 10 rating
Verdict:The way the interviews are conducted with open source developers is particularly interesting and comes across in an engaging way, keeping chit-chat to an absolute minimum

Viewers and listeners really gain a powerful insight into the software being discussed with the probing questions asked by the hosts.

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Randal L. Schwartz
5 years ago

We actually are 100% supported by ads, being part of the TWiT network, unless you count the donation of my time to make the show possible.