Saturday, April 25, 2009

Podcast Review: Linux Journal

The Linux Journal offers a video podcast which I would almost describe as "micro". They are labeled as "Linux tech tip of the day". With a three to five minute video podcast which most often is a screencast. With well recored audio and time lapse video clips where waiting is needed is well done. At the site linked above there is also a live weekly show advertized.

I've not been terribly surprised by the content as I am an experienced linux user, but I have been pleasantly surprised by a few of the episodes. When Sean Powers started there was an occasional hardware review which were well done also. But this podcast comes in 3 to 4 times a week and is very short. I can't think of any podcast diet that doesn't have room for this one more podcast, it is the waffer mint of the podcast dining experience.

Sean makes a point to demo software on different distributions from Ubuntu to Fedora. He goes through from not installed to using the application. Sean is clealry spoken and clear in his instructions getting to the point of installing and using the application without beating around the bush.

I highly recommend, even if you aren't floored by the content to watch this video podcast for the purposes of comparison. I find it is good to mate a very short video podcast like this beside a long winded audio podcast. Just to balance it out and see the differences in the format of the show.


1 comment:

Shawn Powers said...

Awe shucks. :)

Thanks for the feedback, we really are trying to make bite size chunks of info, and video seems to be a good format to do "short" since it requires actually watching. (I love audio podcasts, but find it's easier to multitask while listening, so the longer format works better there.)

That said, I'm still trying to figure out a longer form audio podcast that:

1) Hasn't been done to death already
2) Is interesting
3) Has subject matter that I can sustain
4) Is interesting ;)

Thanks again,