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
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Randal L. Schwartz is a renowned expert on the Perl and Smalltalk programming
Programming Perl (multiple editions)
Magazine articles and columns:
Regular contributor to online forums:
perlmonks.org (The Perl Monastery)