FLOSS Weekly

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FLOSS Weekly
Hosted byJonathan Bennett and formerly Doc Searls, Randal L. Schwartz, Leo Laporte and Chris DiBona
GenreFree Software, Interview
Length60 minutes +/-
Video formatMP4
Audio formatMP3
Original releaseApril 7, 2006
Ratings4.9 Edit this on Wikidata
LicenseCC-BY-NC-SA[1] (before 2015-04-09)
Websitehttps://www.twit.tv/shows/floss-weekly Edit this on Wikidata

FLOSS Weekly is a free and open-source software (FLOSS) themed netcast from the TWiT Network.[3] The show premiered on April 7, 2006, and features interviews with prominent guests from the free software/open source community.[4] It was originally hosted by Leo Laporte; his co-host for the first seventeen episodes was Chris DiBona and subsequently Randal Schwartz.[5] In May 2010, Schwartz took over from Laporte as lead host. May 2020 saw Doc Searls take over the host role in episode 578, and Jonathan Bennett leads the show since episode 762 in December 2023.


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,[6] Guido van Rossum, Linus Torvalds, and Jimmy Wales. Show topics are wide in variety, and have for example included ZFS,[7] Mifos,[8] Asterisk,[9] and the OSU Open Source Lab.[10]

Though it has several episodes centered around Linux, it is generally about more diverse software in the Free Software/Open Source communities.[11]

Conversely, many in the community view being on FLOSS Weekly as an accomplishment, validating the work they have done. These appearances are often publicized by the guests through their own communication channels.[12][13][14]


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.[15] This was DiBona's final appearance on the show as the host. He returned as a guest for the show's 100th episode.[16]

The show went on an unannounced three-month hiatus, re-appearing on July 20, 2007, with a new co-host, Randal Schwartz,[17] who had previously appeared on the show as a guest. Schwartz went on to take over organizing guests for the show, and restored the show to a predominantly weekly schedule (with occasional gaps from scheduling conflicts or last minute cancellations). Starting with episode 69, Jono Bacon was a somewhat regular co-host, even filling in for Randal when Randal was not available.

The show was nominated for the 2009 Podcast Awards in the Technology/Science category.[18]

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.

In May 2020 Doc Searls took over for Randal Schwartz.

On December 13, 2023, TWiT dropped the podcast, citing cost concerns.[19] In response, the show was picked up by Hackaday, with Jonathan Bennett taking over as lead host. [20] This transition was officially endorsed by the TWiT network with a final brief release to the FLOSS Weekly RSS feed and channel.[21]


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.[22]

Hosts and Co-Hosts[edit]

Primary Hosts

Rotating Co-Hosts

  • Katherine Druckman
  • Aaron Newcomb
  • Dan Lynch
  • Simon Phipps
  • Jonathan Bennett
  • Shawn Powers
  • Guillermo Amaral
  • Gareth Greenaway
  • Joe Brockmeier
  • Randi Harper

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "TWiT". Archived from the original on April 9, 2015. Retrieved 8 April 2015. These netcasts are released under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share-Alike license.
  2. ^ "TWiT". Archived from the original on April 9, 2015. Retrieved 9 April 2015. All TWiT streams and on-demand shows are released under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No-Derivatives 4.0 International license.
  3. ^ "FLOSS Weekly". Retrieved 2021-08-24.
  4. ^ Riley, Sean (July 2, 2018). "Best Podcasts for IT Pros". Business News Daily. Retrieved 2021-03-05.
  5. ^ van Gumster, Jason (14 March 2016). "15 podcasts for FOSS fans". Opensource.com. Retrieved 2021-03-05.
  6. ^ "CNET reporting on Tim O'Reilly Interview" news.cent.com, Last verified 2010-01-22
  7. ^ “ZFS on FLOSS Weekly”. Jim Grisanzio, blogs.sun.com, Last verified 2010-01-18.
  8. ^ “Mifos on FLOSS Weekly Open Source Podcast” Archived 2009-05-18 at the Wayback Machine. mifos.org, Last verified 2010-01-18.
  9. ^ “FLOSS Weekly Interview” Archived 2011-07-16 at the Wayback Machine. Jeff Sheltren, sheltren.com, Last verified 2010-01-18.
  10. ^ "Review: FLOSS Weekly – podcast about free libre open source software".
  11. ^ "Shawn Pearce on FLOSS Weekly".
  12. ^ "Shotcut - Interview on FLOSS Weekly". 16 August 2018.
  13. ^ "Gerrit Code Review on FLOSS Weekly".
  14. ^ Leo Laporte (2007-03-21). "FLOSS Weekly Episode 17". FLOSS Weekly. TWiT.tv. Retrieved 2021-08-24.
  15. ^ Leo Laporte (2009-12-17). "FLOSS Weekly Episode 100". FLOSS Weekly. TWiT.tv. Retrieved 2021-08-24.
  16. ^ Leo Laporte (2007-06-20). "FLOSS Weekly Episode 18". FLOSS Weekly. TWiT.tv. Retrieved 2021-08-24.
  17. ^ Podcast Awards. "2009 Podcast Awards". Archived from the original on 2010-02-08. Retrieved 2009-11-21.
  18. ^ "We Won! - the Victories of Free Software and Open Source". YouTube.
  19. ^ By (2023-12-21). "FLOSS Weekly Episode 762: Spilling The Tea". Hackaday. Retrieved 2023-12-21.
  20. ^ "FLOSS Weekly Continues at Hackaday". January 11, 2024.
  21. ^ Leo Laporte (2006-11-20). "October Numbers". Inside TWiT. TWiT.tv. Archived from the original on 2012-09-13. Retrieved 2021-08-24. FLOSS Weekly 14 31,661

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