|Hosting||Randal L. Schwartz & formerly Leo Laporte, Jono Bacon, and Chris DiBona|
|Length||60 minutes +/-|
|Debut||April 7, 2006|
FLOSS Weekly is a free software / open source (FLOSS) themed podcast from the TWiT Network. The show premiered on April 7, 2006, and features prominent guests from the free software/open source community. It was originally hosted by Leo Laporte; his cohost for the first seventeen episodes was Chris DiBona and subsequently Randal Schwartz. In May 2010, Randal Schwartz took over the lead host position, freeing up Leo Laporte for other opportunities.
Many influential people from the free and open source community have appeared on the show, including Kent Beck, Ward Cunningham, Miguel de Icaza, Rasmus Lerdorf, Tim O'Reilly, Guido van Rossum, Linus Torvalds, and Jimmy Wales. Show topics are wide in variety, and have for example included ZFS, Mifos, Asterisk, and the OSU Open Source Lab.
FLOSS Weekly was started by Leo Laporte, who runs the TWiT podcast network, and Chris DiBona, now the open source program manager at Google. FLOSS is an acronym for Free/Libre Open Source Software. The show was intended to be a weekly interview with the biggest names and influences in open source software. Episode one of FLOSS Weekly appeared on April 7, 2006.
Towards the end of 2006, episodes began to appear less frequently, dropping to a monthly basis. DiBona's newborn baby and commitments at Google were cited as reasons for the show's stagnation, and on the seventeenth episode, Laporte appealed for other co-hosts to share the burden. This was DiBona's final appearance on the show as the host. He returned as a guest for the show's 100th episode.
The show went on an unannounced three-month hiatus, re-appearing on July 21, 2007, with a new co-host, Randal Schwartz, who had previously appeared on the show as a guest. Schwartz has since taken over organizing guests for the show, and has restored the show to a predominantly weekly schedule (with occasional gaps from scheduling conflicts or last minute cancellations). Starting with episode 69, Jono Bacon has been a somewhat regular co-host, even filling in for Randal when Randal wasn't available.
In May 2010, the show began publishing a video feed (along with many of the rest of the TWiT network shows), and moved to an earlier recording time. As a result of the new recording time, Leo Laporte stepped down as the lead host, and Jono Bacon could no longer regularly co-host. Randal Schwartz is now the lead host, and is currently using a rotating panel of co-hosts, selected on the basis of availability and appropriateness for the guest.
Most episodes feature the primary developer or developers of a particular open source software project. The show is an open discussion, with the host and co-host asking questions about the nature of the project. Typically, the interviewers will ask the guests about the history of the project, and its development model (such as which language it is written in, which version control system is used, and what development environment the author uses). Some shows, such as the interviews with Jon "maddog" Hall and Simon Phipps, are not specific to an open source project, and feature more general topics, such as the philosophy of free and open source software. Shows begin and end with a brief discussion between the hosts, before and after calling the guest. Often the guests are interviewed via Skype, with Laporte's staff at TWiT being responsible for the audio recording and production. FLOSS Weekly has been supported by advertising and donations. In October 2006, FLOSS Weekly had 31,661 downloads of episode 14.
The following lists all the shows that have been produced. There is a public list of potential future guests, although the show is only scheduled two months out.
|2006 FLOSS Weekly episode list|
|URL||Date||Guest||Project / Company|
|Episode 1||April 7, 2006||Chris DiBona|
|Episode 2||April 14, 2006||Ben Goodger||Mozilla Firefox|
|Episode 3||April 22, 2006||Rob Malda (CmdrTaco)||Slashdot|
|Episode 4||May 3, 2006||Brad Fitzpatrick, chromatic||LiveJournal, Perl|
|Episode 5||May 12, 2006||Miguel de Icaza||GNOME, Mono|
|Episode 6||May 19, 2006||Larry Augustin||VA Software|
|Episode 7||May 26, 2006||Jimmy Wales||Wikimedia Foundation|
|Episode 8||June 16, 2006||Ryan Gordon||Simple DirectMedia Layer|
|Episode 9||July 15, 2006||Randal Schwartz||Perl|
|Episode 10||July 22, 2006||Jeff Bates||Slashdot|
|Episode 11||August 4, 2006||Guido van Rossum||Python|
|Episode 12||August 11, 2006||Rasmus Lerdorf||PHP|
|Episode 13||September 27, 2006||Eben Moglen||Free Software Foundation|
|Episode 14||October 13, 2006||Jeremy Allison||Samba|
|Episode 15||November 10, 2006||Tarus Balog||OpenNMS|
|2007 FLOSS Weekly episode list|
|URL||Date||Guest||Project / Company|
|Episode 16||February 21, 2007||Jeff Waugh||linux.conf.au|
|Episode 17||March 24, 2007||Jon "maddog" Hall||Linux International|
|Episode 18||July 21, 2007||Josh Berkus||PostgreSQL|
|Episode 19||September 1, 2007||Junio Hamano||git|
|Episode 20||October 17, 2007||Jay Shirley||Catalyst|
|Episode 21||November 23, 2007||Avi Bryant||Seaside Smalltalk Web Application Framework|
|Episode 22||December 22, 2007||Fernanda Weiden|
|2012 FLOSS Weekly episode list|
|URL||Date||Host||Guest||Project / Company|
|Episode 196||January 4, 2012||Randal Schwartz, Aaron Newcomb||Steve Song, Terry Gillett||Village Telco|
|Episode 197||January 11, 2012||Randal Schwartz, Dan Lynch||Sam Aaron||Overtone|
|Episode 198||January 18, 2012||Dan Lynch, Simon Phipps||James T. Nixon III||FreeNAS|
|Episode 199||January 25, 2012||Randal Schwartz, Aaron Newcomb||David Skoll||Remind|
|Episode 200||February 1, 2012||Randal Schwartz, Dan Lynch||Meneghal Rodrigues, Cleber Rosa||Auto Test|
|Episode 201||February 8, 2012||Dan Lynch, Simon Phipps||Sastry Malladi||Turmeric|
|Episode 202||February 22, 2012||Dan Lynch, Simon Phipps||Crystal Hammer||Stunt Rally|
|Episode 203||March 7, 2012||Randal Schwartz, Dan Lynch||Karsten Wade, Itamar Heim||oVirt|
|Episode 204||March 14, 2012||Randal Schwartz, Simon Phipps||David Lutterkort||Deltacloud|
|Episode 205||March 28, 2012||Randal Schwartz, Aaron Newcomb||Francesco Vollero, Tomas Sedovic||Aeolus|
|Episode 206||April 4, 2012||Randal Schwartz, Dan Lynch||Yannick Warnier||Chamilo|
|Episode 207||April 11, 2012||Randal Schwartz, Aaron Newcomb||Denis Defreyne||Nanoc|
|Episode 208||April 25, 2012||Randal Schwartz, Randi Harper||Liz Quilty|
|Episode 209||May 2, 2012||Randal Schwartz, Simon Phipps||Art Cancro||Citadel|
|Episode 210||May 9, 2012||Randal Schwartz, Aaron Newcomb||Sean Schofield||Spree Commerce|
|Episode 211||May 16, 2012||Randal Schwartz||Mark Atwood||OpenShift|
|Episode 212||May 23, 2012||Randal Schwartz, Aaron Newcomb||Jeff Horelick||Gentoo|
|Episode 213||June 6, 2012||Randal Schwartz, Simon Phipps||Guido Gunther, Eric Blake||libvirt|
|Episode 214||June 13, 2012||Dan Lynch, Simon Phipps||Charles-H. Schulz, Michael Meeks||LibreOffice|
|Episode 215||June 20, 2012||Randal Schwartz, Dan Lynch||Johannes Book||Excito|
|Episode 216||June 28, 2012||Randal Schwartz, Simon Phipps||Geoffrey De Smet||Drools Planner|
|Episode 217||July 11, 2012||Randal Schwartz, Aaron Newcomb||Sebastian Stadil, Julien Rialan||Scalr|
|Episode 218||July 18, 2012||Randal Schwartz||Stephen Coller, Simon Phipps||Live at OSCON|
|Episode 219||July 25, 2012||Dan Lynch, Aaron Newcomb||Adam Jacob||Chef|
|Episode 220||August 1, 2012||Aaron Newcomb, Dan Lynch||Karl Anderson, Darren Schreiber||Kazoo|
|Episode 221||August 8, 2012||Randal Schwartz, Simon Phipps||Giancarlo Niccolai, Paul Davey||The Falcon Programming Language|
|Episode 222||August 15, 2012||Randal Schwartz, Simon Phipps||John Mertic||SugarCRM|
|Episode 223||August 22, 2012||Randal Schwartz, Aaron Newcomb||Paolo Juvara||Openbravo|
|Episode 224||August 29, 2012||Randal Schwartz, Dan Lynch||Ed Boyajian||PostgreSQL and EnterpriseDB|
|Episode 225||September 5, 2012||Randal Schwartz, Dan Lynch||Jessica McKellar||Twisted|
|Episode 226||September 13, 2012||Randal Schwartz, Aaron Newcomb||Eric Stackpole, Bran Soren||OpenROV|
|Episode 227||September 19, 2012||Randal Schwartz, Simon Phipps||Matt Geise||Jaspersoft|
|Episode 228||October 3, 2012||Randal Schwartz, Dan Lynch||Dr. Flavio Villanustre||HPCC Systems|
|Episode 229||October 17, 2012||Randal Schwartz, Dan Lynch||Dor Laor, Avi Kivityr||KVM|
|Episode 230||October 24, 2012||Aaron Newcomb, Simon Phipps||Rob Taylor, Lars Wirzenius||Baserock|
|Episode 231||October 31, 2012||Aaron Newcomb, Dan Lynch||Steve Loranz, Ian McLeod||imagefactory|
|Episode 232||November 7, 2012||Randal Schwartz, Aaron Newcomb||Guillaume Binet||Err Chatbot|
|Episode 233||November 21, 2012||Randal Schwartz, Simon Phipps||David Mason||Zanata|
|Episode 234||November 28, 2012||Randal Schwartz, Aaron Newcomb||Ohad Levy||The Foreman|
|Episode 235||December 5, 2012||Randal Schwartz, Dan Lynch||Jeff Fischer||Broadleaf Commerce|
|Episode 236||December 19, 2012||Randal Schwartz, Simon Phipps||Michael Snoyman||Yesod|
|2013 FLOSS Weekly episode list|
|URL||Date||Host||Guest||Project / Company|
|Episode 237||January 9, 2013||Randal Schwartz, Aaron Newcomb||Matt Ranney||Node.js|
|Episode 238||January 16, 2013||Randal Schwartz, Dan Lynch||Denis Bilenko||Gevent|
|Episode 239||January 23, 2013||Randal Schwartz, Simon Phipps||Franz Maruna||Concrete CMS|
|Episode 240||January 30, 2013||Randal Schwartz, Dan Lynch||Georg Holzmann||Auphonic|
|Episode 241||February 6, 2013||Randal Schwartz, Aaron Newcomb||Steffen Schwigon, Maik Hentsche||Tapper|
|Episode 242||February 13, 2013||Dan Lynch, Randi Harper||Christopher Webber||MediaGoblin|
|Episode 243||February 20, 2013||Aaron Newcomb, Dan Lynch||Arjan Scherpenisse, Marc Worrell||Zotonic|
|Episode 244||March 6, 2013||Aaron Newcomb, Randi Harper||Mark Story||CakePHP|
|Episode 245||March 20, 2013||Randal Schwartz, Aaron Newcomb||Seth Ladd||Dart|
|Episode 246||March 27, 2013||Randal Schwartz, Aaron Newcomb||Jeff Thalhammer||Pinto|
|Episode 247||April 10, 2013||Randal Schwartz, Randi Harper||Chip Childers, David Nalley||Apache CloudStack|
|Episode 248||April 17, 2013||Randal Schwartz, Dan Lynch||Dwayne Bailey||Pootle|
|Episode 249||April 24, 2013||Randal Schwartz, Aaron Newcomb||Michal Cihar||Weblate|
|Episode 250||May 1, 2013||Randal Schwartz, Aaron Newcomb||Sage Weil||Ceph|
|Episode 251||May 8, 2013||Dan Lynch, Randi Harper||Steven Hazel||Sauce Labs|
|Episode 252||May 22, 2013||Randal Schwartz, Simon Phipps||Jono Bacon||Ubuntu Phone|
|Episode 253||May 29, 2013||Randal Schwartz, Dan Lynch||Roberto Rosario||Mayan EDMS|
|Episode 254||June 5, 2013||Randal Schwartz, Dan Lynch||Gerald Spreer, Ian Barrow||The Maker|
|Episode 255||June 12, 2013||Randal Schwartz, Aaron Newcomb||Keith Casey||web2project|
|Episode 256||June 26, 2013||Randal Schwartz, Aaron Newcomb||David Carver||Serenity for Android|
|Episode 257||July 17, 2013||Randal Schwartz, Gareth Greenaway||Michael DeHaan||Ansibleworks|
|Episode 258||July 24, 2013||Randal Schwartz, Simon Phipps||John Dickinson||OpenStack Swift|
|Episode 259||July 31, 2013||Randal Schwartz, Simon Phipps||Jeff Hawkins, Mark Shuttleworth, et al.||OSCON 2013|
|Episode 260||August 7, 2013||Randal Schwartz, Gareth Greenaway||Ton Voon||Opsview|
|Episode 261||August 14, 2013||Randal Schwartz, Dan Lynch||Zohar Babin, Michael Dale||Kaltura|
|Episode 262||August 21, 2013||Randal Schwartz, Gareth Greenaway||Thomas Hatch||SaltStack Redux|
|Episode 263||September 4, 2013||Aaron Newcomb, Dan Lynch||Martin Leadbeater, Mike O'Connor||ClockWork|
|Episode 264||September 11, 2013||Dan Lynch||Jon Spriggs||CampFireManager|
|Episode 265||September 18, 2013||Randal Schwartz, Aaron Newcomb||Gregers Petersen||OpenWrt|
|Episode 266||September 25, 2013||Randal Schwartz, Gareth Greenaway||Kyle Johnson||ZoneMinder|
|Episode 267||October 2, 2013||Randal Schwartz, Aaron Newcomb||Michael Christen||YaCy|
|Episode 268||October 9, 2013||Dan Lynch, Gareth Greenaway||Gerald Combs||Wireshark|
|Episode 269||October 16, 2013||Randal Schwartz, Aaron Newcomb||Jason Kridner||Beagleboard|
|Episode 270||October 23, 2013||Randal Schwartz, Gareth Greenaway||Tim Sutton||QGIS|
|Episode 271||October 30, 2013||Randal Schwartz, Gareth Greenaway||Robert Schweikert, Jos Poortvliet||OpenSUSE Summit|
|Episode 272||November 6, 2013||Dan Lynch, Aaron Newcomb||Thomas Perl||gPodder|
|Episode 273||November 13, 2013||Aaron Newcomb, Gareth Greenaway||Dave Neary, Rich Bowen||RDO|
|Episode 274||November 27, 2013||Simon Phipps, Dan Lynch||Frank Karlitschek||ownCloud|
|Episode 275||December 4, 2013||Aaron Newcomb, Dan Lynch||Carlos Puchol||Amahi redo|
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