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TuxJam 102 – In Tuba Void

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WARNING: This episode, its show notes, and title contain puns which may be injurious to health.

In this episode Kevie, Dave (aka thelovebug) and Andrew (aka mcnalu), surf distrowatch then plunge into the void to test out Void Linux, an independent distro not built on any other.

Being fellows of the fediverse, they take a look at the desktop client, and Tootle fork, Tuba. Listeners equipped with a keen eye or two might notice that Tuba offers a package specifically for Void Linux which made its review unavoidable in this show.

And, as always, the techie talk is interspersed with the usual mix of CCMusic:

TuxJam 101 – Taste of Vanilla

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TuxJam 101? Are we going back to basics? Yes! The basics being the usual creative commons tunes, free and open source software and good beer. In this show, Kevie, Dave (aka thelovebug) and Andrew (aka mcnalu) start with their usual roundup from

We take a look at Vanilla OS and, although we liked what we saw, we didn’t get to see as much as we’d like due to various technical issues which we will feed back to the developers.

Spider Graph with custom values

Next up, we look at the beverage taste tracking app Flavordex and – purely as a service to you, dear listener – force ourselves to consume beer and whisky (with no e!) so we can enter something into the app.

We end with a roundup of feedback and note that Andrew will be attending (or have attended) FOSDEM on 4-5 Feb 2023 and co-manning the Free Culture Podcasts stand there. The next podcrawl is set for 25 March, just after the vernal equinox, in which we will raise a glass to the arrival of spring.

Creative commons licensed tunes played in this episode:

TuxJam 100 – Alpine Assault

TuxJam logo depicting Tux on a mixer desk with a crowd in the background.

In the centenary episode of TuxJam, Andrew, Dave and Kevie take a look at some (poorly linked) festive themed items, including a review of build-it-yourself distro Alpine Linux and Simple Contacts (because we all need to dig out these addresses to send the Christmas cards to). We thank all of our listeners for putting up with us for 100 shows, as we go into the new year we raise a glass to the next 100.

We also talk about the new dedicated TuxJam Mastodon account, the upcoming Podcrawl and also a show that Kevie was on recently talking about beer (Wee Heavies in particular) with Rob Talks About Beer. You can check this out here. This along with the usual mix of ccmusic round off this festive and milestone episode:

TuxJam 99 – Gifts For Geeks 2022

Stocking Filler (under £10)

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Low (£10-25)



Wow, you really love them (silly money)!!!


TuxJam 98 – Simply Stylish SMS

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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: