Review: TuxJam – open source music and Linux intertwined

TuxJam Blurb

TuxJam is a show by Andrew, Dave and Kevie which takes a look at some of the application and distros that have been released in the open source community and mixes in a variety of music to make the show both informative and entertaining. The main aim is not to promote established and popular distributions such as Ubuntu and Fedora or applications that a lot of us use everyday on our PCs such as VLC or Firefox, but instead to give some coverage to projects that are out there, still maintained but not known by a lot of Linux users.

About the Show

The blurb is very attractive. We’re big fans of podcasts that give coverage to stuff we’ve not used before, or we’ve not kept up-to-date with developments for whatever reason. There’s catchups of the latest distribution releases, with informative and insightful reviews, as well as critique of lots of open source software. Shows also extend coverage to Android software. Shows also feature listener feedback.

The shows are fairly infrequent compared to other Linux podcasts. Shows are produced every 4 to 5 weeks.

The poor audio quality for Andrew and Kevie mars the broadcast to a degree. It sounds like they’re sometimes talking through a mobile phone with terrible reception.

TuxJam plays an array of Creative Commons music. There are typically four or five music tracks featured in each show. Some of the music is quite compelling, but many tunes featured are an acquired taste. There’s no version of the show without the music.

There are show notes available on TuxJam’s website, but they could go into more detail.

About the Hosts

Kevie Macphail hails from from the Outer Hebrides, in the north west of Scotland. He’s a Christian, proud dad, Linux & open source user, podcaster, Rangers FC fan, biker, likes cask ale & malt whisky, NFL, NCAAF, member of LOL 49 & RBP 674. He’s a big fan of Debian.

Andrew Conway, aka mcnalu, also hails from Scotland. He’s interested in computers, science, writing, and humans. He likes stable releases of distributions.

Dave Lee, aka thelovebug, is from South Yorkshire, England. He describes himself as a husband, father of three, database administrator, web developer, podcaster, musician, Archers Addict, Christian, coffee snob, control freak, and a Liberal Democrat — they’re still around? 🙂 Dave also (co-)hosts two other podcast shows, The Bugcast and Duffercast.

Websitetuxjam.otherside.network
LengthOver an hour
FormatOgg
First Show3 June 2011
LicenseCreative Commons License: Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported

What do we think of this podcast?
Content7 out of 10 rating
Conversational6 out of 10 rating
Engaging7 out of 10 rating
Verdict:Want to hear open source music mixed with Linux reviews? This podcast might be the one for you. The hosts' opinions are well-informed, balanced, and often tally with our own experiences. It's clear the hosts are very knowledgeable, but it's a shame the audio quality of two of the hosts is subpar. And no, we're not talking about their Scottish twang.

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