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TuxJam 98 – Simply Stylish SMS

tuxjam logo with Tux wearing a pair of headphones on a turntable mixing desk.

As we approach our centenary episode Andrew, Dave and Kevie take a look at Arch based distro CachyOS and continue looking at the Simple Tools Suite with a review of Simple SMS Messenger.

Along with the usual mix of CC Music:

TuxJam 97 – A Simple Risc

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Creeping ever closer to our centenary, in this 97th episode Dave (aka thelovebug), Kevie and Andrew (aka mcnalu) look at RISC OS Open on the Raspberry Pi. This OS and the Pi share a common history. RISC OS grew out of Acorn’s need to replace the 8-bit 6502 processor in their BBC microcomputer and led them to create a new RISC processor called ARM. ARM processors now power most of our mobile phones, tablets and also some computers, such as the Raspberry Pi.

We continue our look at the Simple Tool Suite with Simple File Manager Pro and also consider the merits of the recently announced Simple Phone.

Along with the usual mix of ccmusic:

TuxJam 96 – Xeger Beaver

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Andrew (aka mcnalu), Dave (aka thelovebug) and Kevie return after summers that were cold, hot and just right, respectively. They start off with the usual roundup of new releases on distrowatch and then look at the linux distro Xebian, and even try to pronounce it properly. Those who like complex data wrangling may be interested in our look at the GUI database management software DBeaver (community edition), but if you prefer to browse through your snaps then perhaps Simple Gallery might be of more interest.

DBeaver in action

Along with the usual mix of Creative Commons music:

TuxJam 95 – Simply Minty

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The guys return from a long break in the Mediterranean, all sun bronzed and ready for a new episode (not really). In this episode we take a look at the recently released PeppermintOS 11, this being an emotional release as it is the first since the death of the project’s leader Mark Greaves. We also start taking a look at the first of our apps from the Simple Mobile Tools suite: the Simple Keyboard on Android. We take a look back at the Podcrawl in February and also look ahead to the next one, which is due to take place on the 18th June.

PeppermintOS 11 with the XFCE desktop
PeppermintOS 11

This combined with the usual mix of creative commons music tracks:

TuxJam 94 – Super Quick Retro Emu

In our first show of the new year Dave (aka thelovebug), Kevie and Andrew (aka mcnalu) start with their usual distrowatch roundup, which includes a special recommendation from friend of the show Peter “MintSpider”.

Next we take a look at Quickemu, developed by Martin “Wimpy” Wimpress, and its handy graphical front-end Quickgui, co-developed by another friend of the show, Yannick Mauray along with Mark Johnson. With our serious look at emulation out of the way we play around with Super Retro Mega Wars, an app available via F-Droid and Google Play for Android that helps us relive our misspent arcade game playing youth. Warning: Games were played during the recording.

We finish up with our roundup of feedback, a review of our best-attended podcrawl to date and announcement of the next podcrawl on Saturday 26 February – details will appear here. Please do let us have any feedback and feel to bring it along with a beer or two to the podcrawl. Kevie briefly discusses a Christmas present he received: a retro style bluetooth speaker and FM radio.

Creative Commons tunes played in this episode include:

TuxJam 93 – ICE? ICE? Maybe

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In this festive themed show Dave (aka thelovebug), Kevie and Andrew (aka mcnalu) start with their usual distrowatch roundup and then take a look at the ICE Site Specific Browser (SSB), developed by the PeppermintOS team, which turns many web applications into desktop friendly apps. We go back to our childhood Christmases with a look at some emulation software to play classic games including Dune, Dune II and Duke Nukem on DosBox and Crazee Rider on BeebEm for linux which Andrew managed to compile from the BBC micro source code after some some slashing around.

Presents under the tree
“Presents under the tree” by HarlanH is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

We also chat briefly about the upcoming episode of Podcrawl Jitsi, which will take place on Saturday 18th December at 6pm (UK time). Check out the Podcrawl page for more details.

The Creative Commons, festive tracks on this show include:

TuxJam 92 – Gifts for Geeks 2021

Stocking Filler (under £10):

Low (£10-25):

Mid (£25-100):

High (£100+)

Wow! You really love them!!!

Festive Tracks:

TuxJam 91 – Stellar Serenity

Following our usual summer hiatus we are back at our microphones to bring you some ear chutney lovingly made from recent falls of free and open source software, spiced with creative commons musical goodness.

After we have scanned distrowatch for recently releases we turn our attention to non-linux non-distro called Serenity OS. It is built from the ground up as a love letter to the UNIXy operating systems of the late 90s and early naughties. An era which your hosts remember with varying degrees of fondness. Next up is a review of a simple android app called Planisphere. If you are looking for a no-frills FOSS app to help you find your way around the night sky then this may be for you. We end, as always, with a round-up of comments from you, dear listeners.

Serenity OS screenshot

Creative Commons tunes played in this episode are:

  1. Bumy Goldson – Bluebird
  2. Bessonn&Sa – Your Love Explodes
  3. Red Crickets – Flowers (From Her Gun)
  4. Eventual Groove – Melda One

TuxJam 90 – Rocking it Retro

Andrew, Dave and Kevie are enjoying cake, jelly and ice cream as TuxJam turns 10 years old. With a look back to the first episode we look at the distro that has replaced SimplyMepis: MX Linux. To our amazement, the lightweight music player Pogo is still being maintained and we do another review ten years down the line. We look ahead to the upcoming Podcrawl which will take place on Saturday 26th July at 6pm (UK time), keep an eye on the Podcrawl page for the video conference link (available nearer the time).

MX Linux 19.4.1 (XFCE)

The creative commons tracks are all from bands that were played during the first five episodes and should give the seasoned listener a feeling of Jamendo nostalgia.

TuxJam 89 – Crushing rocks

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Kevie, Dave (aka thelovebug) and Andrew (aka mcnalu) are joined by Marshall (aka timttmy), who, while not crushing rocks, has set up and run a Snikket server for instant messaging.

We discuss how we use Snikket via its app in preparing each episode of TuxJam (yes, unbelievable perhaps, but we do try!) and Marshall’s experience of installing and maintaining the server.

We also take a look at recent releases listed on distrowatch and have a look at the Solus linux distro with the Budgie desktop. As usual, we bring things to a close with a round up of feedback.

Creative Commons tunes played in this episode are: