Podcast Season 1 Episode 1


Title: Jesus Jelly

In this episode: Torvalds switches to Gnome, should we encourage people to run free software on a non-free OS, and is Mono a force for good or one big anti-Microsoft troll?

What's in the show

  • News: KDE 4.2 is released, Torvalds switches to Gnome, Fedora defaults to ext4 and Qt goes LGPL
  • Hot Topic: with KDE 4.2 running so well on Windows, is it OK to run free software on a non-free OS?
  • Discovery of the week:
  • OpenBallot: is Mono a good thing or the root of all evil?
  • Special offer: subscribe to Linux Format magazine and save up to to 55% - that's just $7.62 an issue!

Presenters: Andrew Gregory, Paul Hudson, Graham Morrison, Mike Saunders

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Good Show

I just finished listening to it. Very well done.

Downloading it now :) It

Downloading it now :) It really says something about FOSS if the high quality download is only ~2mb bigger than the low quality one. :P


Thanks for the podcast. Is there going to be an rss feed for the mp3 and ogg files so I can subscribe to them?


There is an overall RSS feed if you look at the "About Tuxradar" section at the bottom. Presumably the podcast will feature.


Thanks "Rhakios the anonymous". I saw that feed, but I want one that I can use to auto-download the sound files. The one you refer to does not let me do that.

Hmm - I seem to see it as

Hmm - I seem to see it as the high quality download is actually just over 2Mb smaller than the poor quality download.


Any chance of the podcast being made available through iTunes for us freedom-haters? :D



I wonder if that's possible with bittorrent downloads? All the RSS feeds I've seen for podcasts (i.e. those on the BBC) have employed direct download.


The podcast download rss would be more than welcome!

Remember to use Ogg Vorbis.

Loved it!

I must admit, I just stumbled upon your podcast just before work this morning, and was late because I decided to go ahead and download. Nevermind the fact that I also got nothing done while I worked! Regardless, I loved the podcast and look forward to many more in the future. Keep up the good work!


It is not a podcast till you have a RSS feed with audio enclosures. That is what podcast means. Otherwise it is just a recording on internets. Sort of old school, I must say.


After thinking about this for a little while and reflecting on the overall sound quality compared to other things I've downloaded from the internet, I was impressed by the clarity and the good balance between the several voices, so that each was equally audible.
I was left wondering if the Saffire LE Graham reviewed in #112 played a part in this and indeed if the entire podcast was produced in Linux. If so, it "the making of..." might make an interesting article either here or in the magazine.


Another vote for the podcast RSS feed please.


Very professional, very dry

All in all I liked it. I guess it can't be any more light hearted as it's tied into the magazine.

"Gnome" is something else entirely..

Great work guys, but there's no such thing as "Gnome", it's GNOME (GNU Network Object Model Environment). Just like KDE (K Desktop Environment) is not "Kde" :-)

Need RRS Feed

Just to add....another vote for a RSS Feed so I can automatically download with Icepodder along with all my other podcasts. If we have to go to the site lots of us will forget.

Yay for OSS on WIndows.

Something I think you miss about OSS running on Windows is that there are many people who have to use Windows at least some of the time for work. If such a person were to be forced to choose between Windows and Linux they would choose Windows. After all a person has to eat.

So say a person wants to run a organizer. Of course all he really need is two different programs which are able to import/export data in a common format, but then he has to learn to use two different programs. So the best thing would be one program that runs on both Windows and Linux and can export data.

I really don't care whether KDE runs on Windows, but I do want QT and components responsible for other parts of the KDE API to run on both, to make it easier for open source developers to run on both.


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