FLOSS Weekly - a podcast for Free/Libre Open Source Software


It all started when Chris DiBona (of Google’s Open Source group) and Leo Laporte (former techtv and radio personality, now creating his own edutainment “TWiT.TV” network) got together and said “a podcast about Open Source? It’ll never catch on”. They were wrong, thankfully.

Sure, the show stumbled a bit when Chris took time off after becoming a new parent, but Randal Schwartz picked it up, and ran with it. We now have dozens of shows that are both timely and timeless, talking about all areas of Free Software and Open Source, including legends such as Dan Ingalls, Kent Beck, Larry Wall, Tim O’Reilly, and local boys Ward Cunningham and Linus Torvalds himself. Jono Bacon (Ubuntu community manager, formerly LugRadio podcast) drops by frequently as a co-host as well, adding his own insights and humor to the conversation.

A recurring thread in our interviews is “how do you pay yourself for this? is it your hobby or your day job, and if the latter, how did you make it that?” We also find out from these community leaders about the problems and solutions of interacting with and managing open source communities: how do they meet, agree, track problems, integrate solutions, when many of them have never been in the same room, and might not even speak the same language. We’ve talked to educators, hardware geeks, open source philosophers, and people with an idea that started small but eventually changed some important part of the world.

The show streams live every Wednesday, publishing a few days later in audio format (soon to be both audio and video). You can chat with the hosts (and sometimes even the guests) directly in the IRC backchannel.

Mr Randal Schwartz

Affiliation FLOSS Weekly host
Website http://twit.tv/floss

Randal L. Schwartz is a renowned expert on the Perl and Smalltalk programming
languages, having contributed to a dozen top-selling books on the subject, and
over 250 magazine articles. Schwartz runs a Perl and Smalltalk training and
consulting company (Stonehenge Consulting Services, Inc of Portland, Oregon),
and is a highly sought-after speaker for his masterful stage combination of
technical skill, comedic timing, and crowd rapport. Schwartz is also infamous
amongst the System Administration community for his arguable 1995 criminal
conviction while performing activities for the Intel Corporation, and publicly
advocates for appropriate computer crime laws. His presentation about the
landmark case (titled “Just Another Convicted Perl Hacker”) has inspired
action for computer professionals and lobbyists at computer conferences all
over the world. And he’s a pretty good Karaoke singer, winning contests

Books authored/coauthored:

Programming Perl (multiple editions)
Learning Perl (multiple editions)
Learning Perl on Win32 Systems
Learning Perl Objects References and Modules (multiple editions)
Effective Perl Programming: Writing Better Programs with Perl
Object Oriented Perl
Randal Schwartz’s Perls of Wisdom

Magazine articles and columns:

UnixReview Magazine
PerformanceComputing Magazine
SysAdmin Magazine and Website
WebTechniques Magazine and Website
Linux Magazine and Website
The Perl Journal E-Magazine
Apple Developer Works Website

Regular contributor to online forums:

perlmonks.org (The Perl Monastery)
newsgroups comp.lang.perl.misc et. seq.
newsgroup comp.lang.perl.announce (moderator since inception)
perl.org mailing lists
Perl mailing lists on Yahoo! Groups
podcast.geekcruises.com podcast
twit.tv/floss podcast