I’ve sampled a variety of podcasts about Linux, including FLOSS Weekly and TuxRadar, but the Outlaws are by far and away my favourite. At first blush an excitable German University student and baritone Liverpudlian might seem like an odd choice to host such a thing, but you’ll quickly realize that both share an equal passion for all things open. They also put on a great show.
Here’s a quick tour of the Outlaw universe to get you up to speed:
One of my favourite recent episodes of the podcast featured an extended interview with Bradley Kuhn & Aaron Williamson from the Software Freedom Law Center. Did you know that a whole whack of television and set-top box manufacturers are using GPL code without giving back to the community? The lesson to be learned here is that open-source has deeper pockets than you might think.
You can listen to that episode and read the show notes right here.
Co-host Dan Lynch also does excellent reviews of distributions on his personal blog. See his recent review of the latest Linux Mint — the go-to desktop distro for any new Linux user — for a sample of his fine work. And note the screen shots of actual OS installs… How does he do that?!
Finally, the forums can often be as interesting as the podcast itself. There are lots of great observations and anecdotes there, along with helpful folks ready to help you with your Linux install — though I still haven’t found an open-source typing tutor for my cat.
If you haven’t had the pleasure you should definitely give The Outlaws a listen. Be sure to let me know what you think!