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:
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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.
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.
Is there a geek in your family? The answer must be yes, at the very least there’s you! Why else would you be reading this? If your family or friends need ideas, then point them here or plunder our list if they too are geeks.
Your hosts Kevie, Dave (aka thelovebug) and Andrew (aka mcnalu) offer up a spectrum of gifts from the cheap and safe, to the weird and downright bizarre along with a few that cost mega-bucks.
Being based in the UK we looked at prices in GBP (£) but it is only a rough guide so you can view the ranges below in Euros or USD ($).
The clocks have changed and the leaves are falling from the trees and the cold, waning days mean that your TuxJam hosts are like three squirrels searching for some Free and Open Source Software to see them through winter. Well, perhaps that’s not quite what squirrels do, and we need more than FOSS to survive, but your hosts Kevie, Dave and Andrew are a bit nuts.
We begin with a quick look of distrowatch and then move on to looking at the Feren OS GNU/linux distro and then the Fedilab Android app. We finish up with feedback including some which came from Andrew and Dave’s attendance at OggCamp 2019.
Music we played in this show; each licensed under one of the Creative Commons licenses: