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There are a lot of podcasts about Linux out there. But which ones are worth listening to?

If you’re a die-hard Linux user, or a command-line newbie, you’re going to find something worth listening to in this list of seven download-worthy Linux podcasts.

The Linux Action Show

How can I not mention the Linux Action Show? Quite frankly, they’re one of the most widely listened to, and most relevant Linux podcasts out there.

Episodes come out on a weekly basis, and it’s produced by the formidable Jupiter Broadcasting Network, who already produce a number of well-known and loved tech podcasts, like Coder Radio and Tech Talk Today.

Although they can be on the long side (episodes routinely last longer than two hours), they’re jam-packed with Linux news, tips, and banter. You can download episodes here, and even stream them on YouTube.

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FLOSS Weekly

The TWIT (This Week in Tech) network is probably the largest podcast (sorry, netcast) network in the world. You’re probably familiar with some of the bigger names who host shows there, like Leo Laporte, Steve Gibson, and Professor Jeff Jarvis.

One of the jewels in the TWIT Crown is FLOSS Weekly, hosted by Randal Schwartz (he literally wrote the book on the PERL programming language) and Aaron Newcomb.

What I like about this show is how it doesn’t shy away from the nitty-gritty of Linux and software development, but Newcomb and Schwartz have a natural chemistry that makes these (often) dry topics both deeply engaging and interesting. Plus, since it’s a TWIT podcast, the production values are astronomical. I’m a fan.

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The Linux Reality Podcast

The last episode of Chess Griffin’s Linux Reality podcast aired in 2008. That’s almost eight years ago. But despite that, it still feels utterly relevant.

In thirty minutes, Griffin took something intrinsically related to Linux (like Shell Scripting, or how the VIM text editor works The Top 7 Reasons To Give The Vim Text Editor A Chance The Top 7 Reasons To Give The Vim Text Editor A Chance For years, I've tried one text editor after another. You name it, I tried it. I used each and every one of these editors for over two months as my primary day-to-day editor. Somehow, I... Read More ), and broke it down to the very basics. He would clearly and plainly explain how something works and why you should care, much like we do at MakeUseOf.

It was so simple, even a High School student could understand it. I know because I actually serendipitously came across it when I was in my final years of High School. This podcast actually introduced me to Linux.

Although no new episodes have been made for a really long time, you can still download an ISO file of every show on Archive.org – the Internet Archive 5 Types of Free Content Riches You Can Dig Up at the Internet Archive 5 Types of Free Content Riches You Can Dig Up at the Internet Archive The Internet Archive keeps a variety of old content alive on the Web for the future. What kind of content can you dig up, and why should you care? Let's find out. Read More . Griffin himself has seemingly left the tech space. He’s now a practicing attorney in Raleigh, South Carolina at the law firm of Kirschbaum, Nanney, Keenan,  Griffin, P.A.

Linux Voice

If you wanted a Linux podcast with a pronounced British flair, you’re going to love Linux Voice. It’s the official podcast of the Linux Voice magazine, with most of the hosts coming from that publication’s editorial staff.

The Linux Voice Podcast is a weekly overview of news and events in the Linux world, although they frequently cross over into talking about the Internet of Things, Security, and Privacy issues. Shows generally last for an hour, making them ideal for listening while communing.

Episodes can be downloaded from the Linux Voice website, and viewed on the Linux Voice YouTube channel.

Going Linux

With episodes stretching back to 2007, Going Linux is one of the oldest Linux podcasts around who still produce episodes. It’s also perhaps one of the most useful for beginners.

Shows tend to be short and sweet (about 12 to 15 minutes), and tend to be angled at helping users switch to Linux from other operating systems, through practical advice that’s presented in a gentle and approachable fashion. Again, this is really similar to what we do here at MakeUseOf.

But what I really like about Going Linux (despite its unique angle) is the fact that the presenters don’t take themselves too seriously. They laugh, and they joke, and they have a good time. The end result is that their shows feel less like you’re being lectured by an authority, and as a result are more entertaining.

MintCast

Linux Mint is one of the most widely used Linux distributions in the world. For many people, it’s even usurped Ubuntu as their distro of choice. There’s a lot to love about Mint Linux Mint: Your Best Choice for a Desktop Linux OS Linux Mint: Your Best Choice for a Desktop Linux OS Read More ; from its tried-and-tested Linux security, to its intuitive and deeply familiar look-and-feel. At first glances, it almost looks like Windows XP. Almost.

So, it makes sense that there’s a podcast themed around Linux Mint. It’s called MintCast, and it’s excellent.

For the most part, it’s a standard Linux news podcast, with a strong emphasis on Linux Mint, although the three hosts often meander into other topics. Episodes are produced on a semi-regular basis, with episodes frequently going past the two-hours mark.

But what I like most about MintCast is the near-encyclopedic understanding of Linux that the hosts possess. Between the three of them, there’s decades of experience, and that shows in the way they’re able to talk authoritatively and confidently on Linux-related topics.

The Linux Outlaws Podcast

Much like the Linux Reality Podcast, the Linux Outlaws Show was discontinued a couple of years ago. That said, the back-catalogue remains online, and is still worth listening to.

Hosted by German tech-writer Fabian Scherschel and Liverpool-based writer and broadcaster Dan Lynch, the Linux Outlaws Show enjoyed a solid seven year run. What set it apart was it how effortlessly it toed the line between being informative and entertaining. Reviews and analysis was accompanied with banter and even reviews of beer.

Although the show has been “off the air” for some time now, the catalogue of episodes remain online on YouTube, and to download.

Any Recommendations?

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And if you’re so inclined, it’s really easy to start your own podcast How To Start Your Own Successful Podcast How To Start Your Own Successful Podcast Podcasts can be heard by millions of people worldwide. Now it's easier than ever to collaborate, record, edit, publish, and promote your own show. We show you how. Read More , and our own Joel Lee explained how to record a podcast using Linux software How to Easily Record an Audio or Video Podcast on Linux How to Easily Record an Audio or Video Podcast on Linux Podcasting is a media-based activity, so Linux users might think that podcasting is best done on Windows or OS X. While true historically, it's a myth we're happy to dispel! Read More .

Have you got any recommendations? Listen to any awesome Linux podcasts? Tell me about them in the comments below!

  1. troy McLure
    December 16, 2015 at 7:59 am

    Id rather eat sushi than listen to Action show morons. And sushi tastes like crap. Cant think of a more despicable character/a-hole. Enough to make you want to listen to a Mac podcast.

    The Linux Link Tech Show is the grandaddy of them all. a bit dry but these guys were it for a long time and great catalogue of 600 shows. last weeks show was ep. 636

    Linux Outlaws was the best for almost a decade. Dan had some health issues but seems is back to health and him and Fab sent a message out (i still had my LO subscription and RSS) that they will be back doing a FLOSS show not just Linux as well as other tech topics (you know Fab is a secret Windows lover). So even without hearing it and not knowing whether Fab will drink during this show as well, Im sure eet vill be zee best show again soon.

    Randall does Linux on FLOSS weekly? I thought he hated linux, thought it was crap and said he would never talk on it on his floss show (not the only reason I stopped listening after the first few shows...went out of his way to crap in Linux which really fit in well with the TWIT mentality I guess). I guess you can teach an old ass new tricks.

    Linux Luddites are cool.

    • Matthew Hughes
      December 31, 2015 at 1:32 pm

      Some awesome recommendations there!

      And sushi is delicious, what are you talking about? ;)

  2. Jacob
    December 15, 2015 at 6:22 am

    Linux Luddites and Ubuntu podcast are my favorites. No commercials and straight to the point.

    • Matthew Hughes
      December 31, 2015 at 1:30 pm

      Thanks for the recommendations!

  3. Shawn
    December 15, 2015 at 1:19 am

    Linux for the Rest of Us is a good one that's been around awhile. The presenters frequently show up at Linux Fests and occasionally give talks there as well. Shows run about an hour and have some good info for everyone.

    http://podnutz.com/category/linux-for-the-rest-of-us/

    • Matthew Hughes
      December 31, 2015 at 1:30 pm

      Sounds awesome! I'll check it out!

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