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 87 – This will be short

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Our freedom loving trio of Dave (aka thelovebug), Kevie and Andrew (aka mcnalu) begin 2021’s run of TuxJam with what they thought would be a shorter than usual episode. As usual, they proved themselves wrong.

First up is a roundup of new releases reported on distrowatch.com which prompted discussions which will be followed up in future episodes or perhaps on Hacker Public Radio.

We do not review a distro in this episode but take a look at the cute pixel art game Android game Xeonjia which Kevie discovered when trying to entertain himself on a long ferry crossing. We then take a look at radio streaming android app Transistor.

We finish with a few words on the latest podcrawl jitsi or jitcrawl podsi or jitpod crawlsi that took place in December. We air the idea of having it quarterly close to the solstices and equinoxes with a mooted next date of 20th March 2021. Do let us know what you think about that in comments, by email or via social media.

All this along with the usual mix of CCmusic:

Jon Worthy – Happy to See You
Flashinmusic – My Happy Walk
Whacko Sacco – How Can I Win
DeepDaikon & Yubatake – Town from Xeonjia

TuxJam 86 – Pop goes the penguin

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After a long and strange year people are looking forward to Christmas 2020 and none more so than your TuxJam hosts, Kevie, Dave and Andrew.

In this episode we begin with our usual round up of distrowatch and then we review a distro and an app with a vaguely festive theme. The GNU/linux distro is Pop!_OS which is based on Ubuntu. The app is for android and is Tux Rider which will be familiar to anyone who has played Tux Racer on the linux desktop. We then review a good amount of feedback and announce the results of Andrew’s “guess my shopping list” from last week’s show. (And no, Chalkahlom, 50% of his list is not alcoholic drinks!)

Creative Commons tracks:

Jingle Bells – Anup

Linda Heins – O Little Town of Bethlehem

Vitne – Winter Love Song

Wood Hitch – Auld Lang Syne (Don’t Waste My Time)

TuxJam 85 – Gifts for Geeks 2020

The Earth completes another orbit and Christmas is approaching once again. There are many shopping days remaining, each filled with 86,400 seconds in which you can click on the perfect gift for your geek. Guided by TuxJam’s special seasonal show you literally have no excuse!

A small Christmas on a desk with some beer.

Items marked with * involve extra costs outside the US.

Stocking Filler (under £10):

Low (£10-25):

Mid (£25-100):

High (100+)

Wow! You really love them!!!

(or wish to blast them into space)

Along with a mix of Creative Commons Christmas tracks:

TuxJam 83.5 – Podcrawl Preview

Podcrawl Glasgow 2020 was due to take place on Saturday 1st August. However, the recent pandemic due to COVID-19, limitation on travel and the requirement for social distancing meant that it was not practical. However all is not lost as the TuxJam crew got together and decided to try out a virtual podcrawl using the Jitsi platform. In this short episode we preview, as best we can, the podcrawl including giving people details on how to join in.

For more information, check out the Podcrawl Jitsi webpage.

The tracks included in this episode are:

TuxJam 83 – Standard, Simple Show

With normal service resumed the usual crew of Andrew, Dave and Kevie take a look at Gentoo-based distro Redcore Linux. We also take a look at two useful applications: SimpleTask (F-Droid) and Standard Notes (F-Droid) on Android.

Redcore Linux

The CCmusic included in this episode is:

TuxJam 82 – Surviving Lockdown Special

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With the majority of the world affected by the Coronavirus/COVID19 and many of us in lock-down, the TuxJam crew decided to talk about the geeky things that they are doing to pass the time. So in a break from the traditional format, the usual suspects were joined by Wayne, Yannick and (briefly) Caroline from the OSPN’s other shows, and the reviews were left on the shelf for a month to make room for a more discursive episode.

But TuxJam wouldn’t be the same without the music (we need some form of consistency), the tracks included on this show:

Please note that this show was recorded after COVID19 guidelines were issued. It is a virtual round table, none of the hosts were even within a two mile radius of each other and therefore more than the recommended distance of two meters apart. The beer consumed was from different mug, tankards, glasses, cans or bottles. No communal cups were used in the making of this podcast.

TuxJam 81 – Hip to be squared

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Dave (aka TheLoveBug) rejoins Kevie and Andrew (aka mcnalu) for our ninth square-numbered episode of TuxJam, and our third that is a square of a square. We begin with our usual round-up of recent releases of lesser known linuxes on distrowatch.

We then take a look at a distro that’s back from a four year hiatus, Simplicity Linux, which is unusual in several ways such as in not using systemd.

Next up is Librera which is a versatile e-reader app for Android available from both Google Play and F-Droid, and in PRO and non-PRO flavours.

If gaming on Linux is of interest then you might like to hear our thoughts on Lutris, which aims to make it easy to play all FOSS games on linux, and windows ones too if you are so inclined.

We finish up with feedback and if you have any to give us do get in touch or leave us a comment on this post.

Creative Commons licensed tracks play in this episode:

TuxJam 80 – Uncivil but free

In this episode Kevie and Andrew are delighted to be joined by Ken Fallon. Dave was MIA but will return. After the usual round-up of lesser-known releases on distrowatch, Ken and Andrew discuss their experience at FOSDEM 2020 and the stand they ran for the nascent Free Culture Podcasts project along with other Hacker Public Radio stalwarts Beni and JWP. Andrew’s sort-of-live-off-the-cuff thoughts on his first FOSDEM can be heard in HPR show 3010. Andrew and Kevie press gang Ken into looking at the FOSS Civ-V-like game Unciv and rather unique application Track & Graph.

Tunes played in this episode, all licensed under a Creative Commons license:

NOTE: It seems that some ISPs flag archive.org as having adult content and this can cause problems accessing our audio. As a temporary workaround for our listeners who are affected by this, you can download the audio from this alternative location.

TuxJam 79 – Lost & broke

For the last time this decade, your troublesome trio aim to inform, entertain and annoy you, and each other, with a cavalcade of Creative Commons tunes and Free and Open Source Software. Dave (aka thelovebug), Andrew (aka mcnalu) and Kevie begin with their usual roundup of lesser known distro releases from distrowatch and then continue to blather on in festive mood ending.

Christmas comes to the TuxJam towers recording studio.

It’s no fun being broke or lost at any time of the year but it’s especially irksome at Christmas. So we take a look at two apps for android that will keep you right. Budget Watch will help you keep your spending within its budget, and OpenMultiMaps will guide you if you lose your way. Thanks are due to Thomas for recommending OpenMultiMaps to us.

We are delighted to have quite a bit of feedback to respond to including some tweets from the dev of FerenOS which we reviewed in TuxJam 77.

Creative commons tunes played are: