Hanging with the outlaws

March 20, 2013

Sitting at my desk at the newspaper a week ago, I got a tweet from CrunchBang’s lead developer Philip Newborough: They’re talking about you on #LO.

Hmmm. It’s not the first time I’ve been talked about, and thanks to the heads-up from Philip, I got to sit in on a taping of Linux Outlaws No. 302, which is now out in the wider world here. The quote that gave me worldwide renown, at least on Linux Outlaws, was from a recent blog about Ubuntu: “The gravity with which Canonical pulls Ubuntu further from its original FOSS orbit is nothing short of tragic.”

Linux Outlaws, according to their page, talks about anything that runs on Linux, about open source software on other platforms and many other things. Dan Lynch and Fabian Scherschel are the hosts of Linux Outlaws, and the pair go into great detail on the news and other happenings in the Linux/FOSS world. As described on the site, listening to the show is very much like listening to two friends sitting in a pub, having fun and talking about things they find interesting — and thanks to the modern miracle of podcasts, it’s like you’re there with them, pint in hand.

There is gratuitous swearing and neither Dan nor Fabian pull any punches when describing shortcomings or stupidity, intentional or not, and calling people out for it. Ranting seems to be par for the course — again, in a good way, and Dan tends to be low-key and methodical in his analysis while Fabian positions himself on opposite side of that spectrum, sometimes redlining the needle on the rant tachometer. It’s all thought-provoking and informative, punctuated with humor and hilarity.

Of course, while Linux Outlaws is not for the faint of heart, it’s still clearly worth a listen.

I haven’t had a chance to listen to the edited podcast yet, and as I write this, they’re doing the live taping of Episode 303 — and I find myself having to explain to my colleagues what I’m laughing at (long story). However, the live broadcast for 302 was incredibly entertaining, and they have earned a regular fan here.

Keep up the great work, guys!

This blog, and all other blogs by Larry the Free Software Guy, Larry the CrunchBang Guy and Larry Cafiero, are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs CC BY-NC-ND license. In short, this license allows others to download this work and share it with others as long as they credit me as the author, but others can’t change it in any way or use it commercially.

(Larry Cafiero is one of the founders of the Lindependence Project and develops business software in his individual consultancy that provides FOSS solutions in the small business and home office environment.)

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  1. March 20, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    Wow, it’s great to hear you enjoyed listening to the show. Thanks! Phil is a long time friend of the show and we owe him a few pints for spreading the word it seems. Hope you continue to enjoy the show 🙂

  2. March 22, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    I did hear you mentioned on the show, Larry, but I figured you’re famous enough that it’s par for the course. (Or is it “horses for courses” in Britain?)

    I’m replying on your non-#! blog, but it’s worthy of mentioning that CrunchBang moved from a Ubuntu base to Debian at one point, and Philip has always given Debian plenty of credit for what it provides those building off it downstream.

    • March 22, 2013 at 12:43 pm

      You are right, Steven. I don’t have the exact date, but I know Philip Newborough moved CrunchBang from an Ubuntu base to a Debian base either late in 2010 or early in 2011, and I know he is (and we are) happier to be part of the Debian ecosphere.

  3. March 23, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    That’s terrific! I found Crunchbang though Linux Outlaws (and am writing this on a #! machine) and found your blog, in turn, through the Crunchbang forums and now, they seem to have come full circle.

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