Kevie is from the Outer Hebrides, in the north west of Scotland,UK. He started podcasting with TuxJam back in 2011 and followed this by co-hosting tech-themed, discussion show Crivins along with Gordon Sinclair. A full time Linux user, currently using Debian as his distro of choice, and a keen promoter of unknown artists/bands, especially those who release their music under a Creative Commons license, this led Kevie to starting the CCJam community podcast. Always keen to spread the word on Creative Commons music and open source projects, Kevie has appeared as a guest on the Bugcast, Hacker Public Radio, Music Manumit Podcast, Rathole Radio and TINT.
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.
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:
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).
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.
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.
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!)
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!
Items marked with * involve extra costs outside the US.
Stocking Filler (under £10):
Micro SD card filled with podcasts (find out what your geek is into)
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.
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.
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: