Late Wednesday evening (middle European time zone) on January 7th 2009 I was up doing a live recording of the podcast show FLOSS Weekly with Leo Laporte and Randal Schwartz. This recording is now available for download as episode #51.
We chatted a bit about curl and libcurl and I think I did a decent job of keeping to the subject and not making a total fool of myself. Enjoy!
(The talk was done using skype and yes my laptop was running Windows at the time…!)
As I’ve mentioned in the past I do enjoy listening to podcasts while doing the dishes or shopping, and now I have one less show to monitor as Linux Action Show is giving up their “long” format and is going video and only doing short audio ones.
For me who likes listening while doing other things, video podcasts are totally wrong. And then doing audio streams based on a video podcast sounds like the wrong way forward, at least if you want to provide good a audio podcast. I think this is the end of my interest of their show.
Thankfully Randal and Leo have kept up the speed of FLOSS Weekly lately!
I listen to perhaps 4-5 podcast episodes per week. I figure they last a total of three hours or perhaps a little less. I don’t consider that to be much in any sense, but still I find that a lot of my friends ask me how I get time to listen to them while at the same time run a “normal” real life with two kids and hack on a zillion open source projects.
I honestly find the question a bit funny, since I know a lot of people listen to radio or music a lot more than so per week.
I just happen to always put the latest episodes of my favorite podcasts on my mp3 player and I carry the player with me. Whenever I’m about to do something on my own that doesn’t need my full brain present, like shopping groceries, doing the dishes, cleaning up in the house, mowing the lawn or in fact even when watching cartoons or children’s television I can just put an earplug into one of my ears and get quality shows and thus enrich the situation I’m in! I can tell you doing the dishes is a lot better with a great podcast!
I don’t commute or drive very long to and back from work currently which otherwise are the perfect podcast moments.
Randal Schwartz and Leo Laporte interviewed our own Paul “Llorean” Louden about the Rockbox project on FLOSS Weekly and we were a bunch of Rockboxers hanging out on the IRC channel #rockbox while it was streamed live. This will be in the FLOSS Weekly episode #43 that’s supposedly going to become available on friday the 3rd of October.
I think Paul did a great job explaining a lot of things, big and small, around the project and how it works and runs.
Ok so the guys on the Linux Action Show podcast don’t really get a lot of bonus points from me lately. The episode after they had their “we need to sell proprietary software” outburst, they slammed the Rockbox 3.0 release (roughly 23:40 into the episode for you who want to fast-forward to it).
They started off the news about Rockbox 3.0 claiming it is based on Linux (which it isn’t and never was), only to mention that they failed to install on their ipod 3rd gen at their first attempt (but succeeded at a second attempt), whined somewhat on the installer and then again complained about the inability to install themes even though this is 3.0 yada yada yada.
All in all, pretty much a complete non-understanding for the hard work and endless time that hundreds of people have put into Rockbox. Nothing particular to hear or care about, just a bit annoying.
I listened to a recent episode of the Linux Action Show podcast the other day (s9e4), and in that episode the hosts Bryan and Chris really lost touch with reality.
First they started ranting about how “the Linux Desktop” needs an eco system for proprietary closed-source applications. They claimed that we cannot make good quality software entirely open source, that open source products and tools won’t be as good as proprietary ones. They apparently decided that the reason there’s a lack of some tools (notable example that these guys like to bring up: video editors) is that the creators of these tools don’t make them proprietary so that they can sell them.
Of course they had nothing to back up their claims but a few random guesses from their behalf.
Then, after that whole weird segment that seemed to be taken out of the blue, Bryan strikes with announcing how he intends to improve the linux desktop environment by start selling two proprietary tools to the world to show that it can be done and yada yada.
I mean, this guy has never done any particular open source or free software contribution of significance. It’s not like he even tried to contribute and make a living off of something related. They decided that others have tried and failed, so he shall not.
The two tools he now sell are two minor tools that will prove nothing about how proprietary programs can or cannot survive on the Linux market. If he fails to sell enough to make a living it just says nobody wanted his niche products well enough (or that he asks too much money for them), and in case he does get money from the products to make a decent living it is not a proof that he couldn’t have made a business case for an open source version.
These are two guys who tend to praise linux and open source and everything in episode after episode. In my view, the open source world has proven over and over again that it is capable of producing and making just about anything to a quality that matches and surpasses those of the proprietary closed-source world. These guys just happen to come to a conclusion that this concept doesn’t work exactly at the same time when one of them decides it’s time to sell proprietary linux software?
I say hypocrites.
Ryan and Peter from Engadget and Gizmodo fame are now making a new site and podcast series. The latter seem to have climbed the “charts” very rapidly and it is a top podcast in the tech sector on itunes apparently.
Anyway, in the second episode (about 20 minutes into it) they did a very brief and non-explanatory reference to Rockbox about wanting to install it on a SanDisk Sansa e280. Anyway, they didn’t say much about it at all but I simply enjoyed having it reached that level of no-need-to-explain-what-it-is-when-mentioned.
Anthony Bryan and I had a talk the other day regarding FTP vs HTTP etc, and the outcome is available as this podcast.
I spoke to Anthony Bryan from the metalink project over Skype the other day, and the 16 minute recorded interview was recently posted so I thought I’d just announce my local copy of the 14MB file.
The topics should be of no surprise to readers of my blog: me, curl, Rockbox and metalink basically.
Jono Bacon just announced The end of Lugradio on his blog.
It find it sad since I’ve considered this show to be one of the best Linux and open source related ones and I’ve been a fan for quite some time by now.
I hope this encourages others to step up and fill out the hole these guys are leaving.