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Every 2 weeks, Joe, Ell, and Drew talk about what they've discovered in the world of Linux and Open Source.
Apr 9, 2020
Choose Linux enters indefinite hiatus.
Apr 2, 2020
32: Windows as a Linux User + Sway Window Manager
Ell tells us about her first ever experience with Windows 10 and how it compares with Linux. Plus Drew has been using a Wayland-based i3-like tiling window manager called Sway.
Mar 19, 2020
31: Solus + Visual Studio Code
We try out Solus and are all impressed by this independent distro. Then Ell and Drew sing the praises of Visual Studio Code - a text editor that's packed full of features.
Mar 5, 2020
30: Project Catch Up
We revisit some of the projects we have covered in previous episodes to see what we've stuck with and what we haven't. Qubes OS and Tails, a handy Android app, building websites, easy Arch, the cloud, hardware hacking, and more.
Feb 20, 2020
29: Linux Console + Boutique Distros
A confusing experience in Distrohoppers which raises deeper questions about the value and viability of smaller distros.
Feb 6, 2020
28: What We Love About Linux
Valentine's Day is nearly here so it's time to talk about why we love Linux and open source. Nothing is perfect though, so we also touch on a few areas that we feel could be improved.
Jan 23, 2020
27: GhostBSD + Freedom vs Pragmatism
Distrohoppers serves up something very different in the form of desktop BSD, and we reveal how important freedom is to us all.
Jan 9, 2020
26: Explaining Linux and Open Source as Concepts
Trying to explain what Linux and open source are can be tricky. We discuss our various approaches, and how they differ depending on the experience of who we are explaining them to.
Dec 26, 2019
25: Tails + Virtualization
Ultimate privacy in Distrohoppers, and the best ways to run other operating systems within your current Linux distro.
Dec 12, 2019
24: What We Wish We'd Known Earlier
All three of us have different levels of experience with Linux but there are tons of things that we wish we'd learned earlier in our journey. From gatekeeping to community culture, command line tricks to backups, and more.
Nov 28, 2019
23: Void Linux + Contributing to Open Source
A chance to learn some Linux fundamentals in Distrohoppers, and the numerous ways we can all contribute to Linux and open source.
Nov 14, 2019
22: Finding Your Community
We talk about the best ways to get involved in open source communities, finding like-minded people, conference strategies, community hubs, and what happened to all the LUGs.
Oct 31, 2019
21: KaOS + How We Install Software
There are numerous ways to install software on a modern Linux system and we each have a different approach. Plus a lean and focused KDE experience in DistroHoppers.
Oct 17, 2019
20: Single Board Computers
We are joined by special guest Chz who is a long-time user of single board computers to talk about how we use boards like the Raspberry Pi, Orange Pi, and ROCKPro64. Special Guest: chzbacon.
Oct 3, 2019
19: Android-x86 + First Steps into the Cloud
We have three different approaches to using the cloud, so we discuss various ways to expand your Linux knowledge beyond the desktop. Plus Distrohoppers delivers a mobile-like experience that splits opinion.
Sep 19, 2019
18: Introducing New People to Linux
There's lots to consider when setting someone up with Linux for the first time. User needs and expectations, distro choice, hardware, and so much more. We discuss our experiences, and ask some fundamental questions.
Sep 5, 2019
17: Hardware hacking basics, Slackel + OSCAR
Getting into hardware hacking with Arduino, and analysing sleep data from CPAP machines. Plus a glimpse into the past in Distrohoppers.
Aug 22, 2019
16: PCLinuxOS + Hugo
We check out a great tool for learning web development basics, and Distrohoppers brings us mixed experiences. Plus which of the 10 commandments for Linux users we agree with.
Aug 8, 2019
15: OBS Studio + Endless OS
Distrohoppers delivers a distro that divides us, and we check out the video streaming and recording software OBS Studio. Plus a handy audio recorder that's as simple as it gets.
Jul 25, 2019
14: Endeavour OS + Pisi Linux
We take a look at the continuation of Antergos called Endeavour OS and are pretty impressed, and Distrohoppers delivers an interesting distro that's obsessed with cats. Plus the only way to watch YouTube videos on Android.
Jul 11, 2019
13: Qubes OS + Plex vs Kodi
Distrohoppers brings us up a fascinating distro where every application runs in its own VM. Plus Drew and Joe disagree on the best media solution.
Jun 27, 2019
12: Regolith, Rosa, and Antsy Alien Attack
Two new hosts join Joe to talk about a nice i3 implementation and an amazing arcade game written in Bash. Plus a new segment called Distrohoppers, and a useful hidden feature of GNOME.
Jun 13, 2019
11: Zorin OS 15 + LineageOS
Zorin OS is described as “a powerful desktop you already know how to use.” It’s elegant, beginner-friendly and looks beautiful, too. Should we be paying more attention to it? Then in another first, Jason installs his first alternative mobile OS, and Joe gives advice on getting the most out of LineageOS. Unfortunately we end the episode by saying goodbye to Jason as he moves on to pursue several independent projects, but the show will go on with the same spirit of discovery and newness!
May 30, 2019
10: BTW, I Installed Arch
He didn't stop at Xfce. Jason became that Arch Linux guy. Is it as challenging to install as we’ve been told? We discuss the hard way, and then the easier way. Then we take the mighty Oryx Pro laptop from System76 for a first impressions test drive!
May 16, 2019
9: Intel’s Clear Linux + The FOSS Contribution Project
Practically overnight, Intel’s Clear Linux OS has turned into a distribution worth paying attention to. But is it ready for regular desktop Linux users? Plus, Jason goes down yet another awesome rabbit hole with a new project on GitHub aimed at giving back to the Linux and open source community.
May 2, 2019
8: Ubuntu MATE on the Pi + The Linux Community
We take Ubuntu MATE 18.04 for a test drive on the Raspberry Pi 3. How does it compare to Raspbian? After that, a fascinating discussion about the Linux community. What are the high points and low points? What’s that magic ingredient that makes it feel so different from other tech communities?
Apr 18, 2019
7: The Xfce Surprise + Entroware Ares Review
Jason leaves the warm embrace of GNOME and finally tries Xfce for 24 hours. What happened took him by surprise! Then we dive into some hardware talk about the latest All-In-One Linux PC from Entroware, which packs in a lot of quality for the price. But are there any downsides?
Apr 4, 2019
6: Manjaro 18 + Starting Your Journey
The Linux Gaming Report rolls forward as Jason throws Manjaro 18 on the test bench and walks away shocked. Then we offer some best practices and tips for, well, choosing Linux! How to pick the right hardware for your needs, where to discover your perfect distribution, and how to best enjoy your new journey.
Mar 21, 2019
5: Linux Gaming Report and Purism Librem 15
Jason goes deeper down the rabbit hole by exploring the state of Steam gaming on 9 different Linux distributions. Find out how Fedora compares to Pop!_OS. Plus, first impressions of Purism’s brand new Librem 15 v4 laptop.
Mar 7, 2019
4: Fedora Challenge And NextCloudPi
The distro challenges roll on with Fedora Workstation. Jason shares his thoughts on getting it up and running, feeling at home with vanilla Gnome, and why Fedora may be perfect place for his Magic the Gathering addiction. Plus, the Raspberry Pi journey continues with NextCloudPi. Is creating a DropBox substitute really this easy?
Feb 21, 2019
3: Raspberry Pi and Retro Gaming
Jason finally discovers the bottomless well of potential that is the Raspberry Pi, and talks about his first experience with Raspbian. Then Joe and Jason take a nostalgic deep dive into retro gaming on both the Raspberry Pi and the Pinebook. Plus some final thoughts on openSUSE Tumbleweed and Leap.
Feb 7, 2019
2: Anyone Can Benchmark + openSUSE Challenge
Episode 2 is all about opposites, such as the major differences between benchmarking graphics cards like Radeon VII on Linux and Windows. Then we dive into the Phoronix Test Suite, a robust tool that isn't just for tech reviewers. Find out why you should be using it too. Plus, the distro challenges roll on as Jason decides to do a complete 180, jumping from elementary OS to openSUSE Tumbleweed.
Jan 23, 2019
1: elementary OS and OpenMediaVault
We kick off a brand new show with a discussion about Jason's elementary OS community challenge. Then we get into the pros and cons of setting up your own NAS with OpenMediaVault. Plus, find out more about your hosts and what we have in store for future episodes.