TuxJam 60 – Thrusty Spaceships

Your hosts – Kevie, Dave (thelovebug) and Andrew (mcnalu) – bring you a stellar array of software in this episode. Quite literally with Stellarium, both on the Desktop and via Google Play, which allows you to explore the stars without waiting for a dark, clear sky or enduring the cold that goes with it. We also give an honourable mention to Sky Map which debuted on the first production Android phone and is still available on Google Play and F-Droid. Also from F-Droid is the simple yet addictive, time-gobbler Critical Velocity which might be better named Thrusty Spaceships (think Flappy Birds). If retro-tradey-fighty-spaceships is more your thing then you might be interested in our wee review of Alite which is an affectionate reworking of the classic Elite for Android phones. And we then turn our attention to a First Person Shooter, giving a thumbs up (and aching index finger) to the highly moddable Cube 2: Sauerbraten. We finish up with tales from this summer’s Podcrawl Glasgow including some things that Dave didn’t want brought up.

Creative commons licensed tunes played in this episode are:

TuxJam 59 – Revenge of the Jami

The audio-friendly tones of newish recruit Lovebug join Kevie and mcnalu‘s Scottish harmonics to bring you a symphony* of free and open source and creative commons goodness. First they do their usual tour of distrowatch, then relate their experiences of Open Box based OBRevenge. They then move on to tour task management and diary apps including Diary (Android)OSMO, Deck for NextCloud, and Andrew delves into his ancestry with a look at Persian Calendar (Android). In feedback, we are pleased to report that themightyglider author of Roguebox Adventures found our review in TuxJam 58 useful and has produced a How to Survive Your First Day video. Top marks to that developer! Finally we invite listeners to our annual podcrawl in Glasgow. For more information check out the official blog post.

OBRevenge Screenshot
OBRevenge Welcome Screen

*May be a cacophony YMMV.

Music:

TuxJam 58 – Stuck in Qube Corner

Following Kevie and mcnalu‘s failed attempts at testing out qubes-os (as recommended by Chalkahlom) they have a bit more success with the software offerings. Being in the mood for a bit of gaming, they test out Roguebox Adventures (as recommended by themightyglider, who is also the developer). But not wanting to appear like they just playing about, they give off a false vibe of hard work, they take a look at the extremely functional file manager Ghost Commander (as recommended by r7) on the Android platform.

RogueBox Adventures

All this with the usual mix of creative commons music, the tracks included in this episode are:

 

 

 

 

TuxJam 57 – North and South

As McNalu is MIA, Kevie is joined by Dave Lee from the Bugcast music podcast for the 57th episode of TuxJam.  But the change doesn’t alter the show content with a review of the Ubuntu based disrto LXLE.

Along with some software KISS Launcher (Android) and Synapse Launcher (Linux, shown below). We have some feedback to discuss and we announce Podcrawl Glasgow 2017 on Saturday 29th July. Along with the usual mix of Creative Commons music tracks:

 

TuxJam 56 – Let Me Get My Notepad Out

Cover2The duo of Kevie and Andrew return to TuxJam for the first time in 2017 and they aim to please with a show crammed with a mix reviews, music and Scottish whit.

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Gecko screenshot with logo in the top right corner

noteappsKevie and Andrew take a look at Gecko Linux (with the Budgie desktop) followed by an in depth look at the Android browser JumpGo. The focus then shifts to Notepads applications for Android with a comprehensive list including: uNote, TAG Notepad, NoNonsense Notes, CrocodileNotes,Notepad.

All this with the usual mix of creative commons music, the tracks included in this episode are:

 

TuxJam 55 – Sailing Solo

Cover2In the first TuxJam of 2017, Kevie takes charge of the ship for a solo voyage. But not wishing to disappoint the loyal listeners, he tries to maintain the regular duties.  For the new year there seems to have been a tidal wave of new releases including Bodhi, Scientific Linux, Parsix, Tails, BitKey, Vinux, AntiX, Quirky and AryaLinux.

Kevie then goes onto giving a Linux distro Debex a test to see how it fares on the wild sees.
Debex LXQtEntertainment is important to a lonely sailor, so the Zgemma H.2S satellite receiver is put to the test to see if it is fit to pass away the hours on board while a sailor can only dream of his fair maiden on some far distant shores.
Zgemma H2SMessages in a bottle are sent from Chalkahlom and Jim (aka Whistlewright), which turns out to be a hidden gem of buried treasure known as Droid Break.

R2 D2 cafetiere on ThinkGeek. is one that we failed to map and sailed by her on the previous gifts for geeks episode in December.
R2D2 coffee pressAlong with the (creative commons) sea fairing shanties:

TuxJam 50 – Half Century

Cover2Kevie and mcnalu arrive at their half century — show 50! We begin with our usual roundup of recent and lesser known linuxes on distrowatch. We then review the small but fleet-footed Tiny Core Linux distro. Kevie then discusses his experience with Amazon’s Fire phone. Next, Andrew discusses how the nifty entr command can be used to get various GUI applications to work together. We’re delighted to have substantial feedback to review from the Jolla phone review in TuxJam 49 and news of this year’s Glasgow podcrawl.

IMPORTANT NOTE: TuxJam will shortly be moving to a new home, so be prepared to update you feeds in the next month or two.

Creative commons tracks played on this show:

TuxJam 39 – Returning To My Roots

Cover2In a return to the original TuxJam format, Kevie takes a look at Ikey Doherty’s work on EvolveOS and the Budgie desktop. The Radio Tray applet goes down well with the radio loving host. Being involved with Linux and podcasting means that you become a frequent visitor to IRC, Kevie looks at two Android IRC: AiCiA and YAAIC. Along with the usual mix of Creative Commons music. The tracks included in this episode are:

Kevie’s HPR episodes:

TuxJam 38 – Tangling with Tanglu

Cover2Kevie and Andrew (aka McNalu) begin by reviewing a bumper crop of interesting distro releases listed on distrowatch.com. Kevie then gives us a revised opinion of some software he reviewed in previous episodes based on longer-term use, and blames Andrew for making him try the vector graphics application Karbon. The rest of the show is taken over with a review of the Debian-based Tanglu GNU/Linux distro, which has been around now for about a year. Kevie tries out both its Gnome and KDE variants, and Andrew, being a day-to-day KDE user, moves out of his comfort-zone to try Tanglu with Gnome 3. Andrew mentions a game he’s been playing – the splendidly titled Sir, You Are Being Hunted – and then explains why he has decided to take out a life membership of the magnatune.com music service, which he often uses as a source of creative commons-licensed music for TuxJam. We end with an appeal for more feedback as unusually we didn’t receive any for TuxJam 37 🙁 Your comments and suggestions for reviews and of music to play are very welcome!

Creative commons tracks played:

TuxJam 37 – Gifts for Geeks 2014

Andrew (aka mcnalu) and Kevie continue the TuxJam tradition of a special festive episode that brings you suggestions of gifts for geeks, or indeed gifts that might help bring out the inner-geek in a friend or family-member. Before we get to those, Kevie talks on his positive experience of self-proclaimed “lovely” linux distribution LXLE.

Gifts for Geeks

Stocking fillers (£0 to £20)

Mid-range (£20 to £150)

Top-end (£150 or more)

Festive Creative Commons tracks played

*If you liked this track, you can download it along with the Magnatune Christmas album for free.

Wishing you a Merry Christrmas and a Happy New Year from Kevie and Andrew!