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Linux podcasts: Five of the best

By   |  February 24, 2009

I was recently given an MP3 player as a present which I use to play podcasts when I go walking. In recent years I have also developed a great interest in Linux and open source software, and so have been on the lookout for good listening material. After many hours of listening, I have compiled a list of my five favourite Linux- and OSS-related podcasts, in my order of preference:

FLOSS Weekly

Floss Weekly is a very professional sounding podcast produced in the USA. The hosts, Leo Laporte and Randal Schwartz, introduce listeners to the people behind open source and free software from all around the world. They take an in depth look at the features and thinking behind the software. Some of the recent productions have been on Audacity, XBMC, JQuery and Maemo. The presentations are a good education with a touch of humour.


Sourcetrunk comes from Europe. Host, Dimitri Larmuseau, starts off by testing a new beer and then moves on to the topic of the day. He covers distributions and software in an easy, friendly manner. Recently he tested Audacity and gave live demos of what could be done with it.

Ubuntu UK Podcast

The Ubuntu UK POdcast takes a look behind the scenes at the people and software behind Ubuntu. Recent people interviewed include chief technical officer Matt Zimmerman, Canonical usability guru Matthew Paul Thomas, Bazaar developer Robert Collins, Launchpad developer Graham Binns and Stuart Langridge, online services developer for Canonical.

Going Linux

Going Linux is an interesting podcast in which Larry and Tom offer tips to users to resolve problems. They cover reader feedback, answer questions and give some good picks of software for users to try. Going Linux is great for newbies as well as more experienced users.

The Linux Action Show

The Action Show covers a wide range of topics and is available as both a video or audio podcast. There are lots of interesting links to related websites and the show is hosted by Chris and Bryan.

These are just five of my favourite podcasts but there are many others to suit most tastes. For more links to Linux and open source podcasts, take a look at The Linux Link and CrunchBang

Happy listening.

Alastair Shand runs Active Light which manufactures electronics for the advertising industry.

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5 Responses to “Linux podcasts: Five of the best”

  1. Ožbolt
    February 25th, 2009 @ 12:46 am

    Well, just few comments:
    – Ubuntu UK has now ended the second season and even when te season is “hot” they aren’t very good about making it weekly
    – Floss is very geeky, on the other hand Going Linux is newbie.
    LAS is actually coming back. Check their site.

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  3. jarwatha
    February 26th, 2009 @ 7:43 am

    i think you have forgotten a few!

    the linux link tech show

    Lotta Linux Links

    The Bad Apples

    Hacker Public Radio

    Distro Watch Podcast!

    Fedora Community Podcast

    Linux Basement

    ..and many more!

  4. Alastair Otter
    February 26th, 2009 @ 9:18 am


    Thanks for the extra links. It’s not that we forgot all the other podcasts, we just selected five that we enjoy.

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