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A podcast for the new linux user.

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A podcast for the new Linux user
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2010-02-25 14:50
last episode published
2008-03-26 13:14
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7.54 days
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Episode 100 - The Final Episode

In this, the last Linux Reality episode: I bring back some old audio clips, fire up one last listener tip, play a bunch of audio comments, and then take a few minutes to say thanks. I mentioned the reasons for ending the show in Episode 96 but now I wo...
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Episode 099 - Slackware Revisited

In this episode: I take a few minutes to revisit The Slackware Linux Project, and discuss some of the great resources available to Slackware users, such as the Slackware official support forum,,, and Slac...
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Episode 098 - Super Basic Shell Scripting

In this episode: a generalized discussion of shell scripts with some basic examples of how they can be useful. Here are some additional resources: online slide presentation; Shell Scripting Tutorial; Quick Guide to Writing Scripts; UNIX Shell Script...
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Episode 097 - A Few Linux Games

In this episode: an overview of a few games for adults and kids alike that work great in Linux: Quake 2, Quake 3, OpenArena, Unreal Tournament, Return to Castle Wolfenstein, FreeCiv, LinCity, LinCity-NG, Micropolis, OpenTTD, Frozen-Bubble, Enigma, Fi...
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Episode 096 - Two Years Later

In this episode: I take a few minutes to talk about the last two years of Linux Reality, and also announce the upcoming end of the show. There will be a few more episodes of good Linuxy topics and then the podcast will end at episode 100.
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Episode 095 - Listener Feedback

In this episode: three Listener Tips, three audio feedbacks, and tons and tons of email.Extra notes are located here.
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Episode 094 - Linux for Writers

In this guest episode: Charles Olsen discusses various applications and tools for writers that are available in Linux.
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Episode 093 - Interview with Nathan Lowell

In this episode: an interview with author Nathan Lowell, in which we discuss his four science fiction novels, Quarter Share, Half Share, Full Share, and South Coast, technology, artists and authors releasing their works for free, and his use of Linux....
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Episode 092 - Ardour

In this guest episode: Klaatu, from The Bad Apples podcast, returns and provides a great overview and explanation of the digital audio workstation application, Ardour.
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Episode 091 - Happy New Year

In this episode: welcome to 2008; great audiobooks by Nathan Lowell, including Quarter Share, Half Share, Full Share, and South Coast, all available at; Hacker Public Radio; the KDE Release Event at the Google Campus in Mountain View, C...
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Episode 090 - Year End Wrap-Up

In this episode: a recap of the past year and my thanks to you for a great 2007; two audio Listener Tips; audio and email listener feedback; a special treat at the end.
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Episode 089 - Interview with Paul Asadoorian and Larry Pesce

In this episode: an interview with Paul Asadoorian and Larry Pesce of the Pauldotcom Security Weekly Podcast in which we discuss a variety of issues related to Linux and security; some of the topics and sites highlighted include: the podcast wiki; Pau...
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Episode 088 - 2007 Project Donations

In this mini-episode: a short discussion of the 2007 Project Donation Page and a request that, in the spirit of the holidays, Linux Reality listeners consider making a small donation to any free or open source project of their choosing.
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Episode 087 - Interview with Cory Jaeger

In this episode: an interview with Cory Jaeger, Network Manager at D.C. Everest School District about Linux and open source software in education; three audio Listener Tips, one on Gutsy Gibbon tweaks, one on changing hypertext links in
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Episode 086 - Listener Feedback

In this episode: the Cowon D2; 2007 Project Donations; a Listener Tip on finding your public ip address; lots of listener email feedback.
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Episode 085 - Command Line Fun

In this episode: a new Linux podcast called Linux Basement; a discussion of various fun command line topics, including how to use a different interactive shell, such as Zsh (more information here and here), a look at the great mail user agent, Mutt, a...
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Episode 084 - Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon

In this shortened episode: a brief discussion of my upgrades and installs of the newest release of Ubuntu Linux, 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon; Listener Tip on the bash shell's double-exclamation point history operator; email feedback.
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Episode 083 - Inkscape Part 2

In this guest episode: Part 2 of Richard Querin's discussion of Inkscape; a Listener Tip on dmidecode; audio and email listener feedback.
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Episode 082 - Inkscape Part 1

In this guest episode: a new old toy in my household;, a provider of FreeBSD-based Virtual Private Servers; then, Richard Querin, who co-maintains the Screencasters site with video tutorials, presents the first part of a two part series on...
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Episode 081 - Audio in Linux

In this guest episode: Duncan Macneil discusses a variety of issues regarding audio in Linux, including device drivers, recording applications, and cleaning up audio files in Audacity; Listener Tip on a list of free shell accounts; email feedback.
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Episode 080 - The GIMP

In this guest episode: Klaatu from The Bad Apples podcast gives a great introduction to The GNU Image Manipulation Program, also known as The GIMP.You can view and download the source files mentioned in the podcast at
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Episode 079 - Ohio Linux Fest

In this episode: a recap of the Ohio Linux Fest; a Listener Tip; audio and email feedback, including a mention of the fiction of James Viscosi. [Note: For some reason, the audio levels got a bit messed up for this one. Sorry!]
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Episode 078 - RSS Readers

In this episode: Ohio Linux Fest update; a discussion of various RSS readers including Liferea, RSSOwl, Straw, Blam, Akregator, Sage, Evolution-RSS plugin, Google Reader, Bloglines, Netvibes, My Yahoo, Feed on Feeds, and RNews.
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Episode 077 - Fonts and Font Configuration

In this episode: a great sci-fi/horror podiobook, "Crescent"; two great short-story podcasts, "Escape Pod" with independent fiction mostly in the sci-fi and fantasy genres, and "Pseudopod" which focuses on horror; a discussion of fonts and font config...
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Episode 076 - Partitioning and Filesystems

In this episode: contest and guest podcasts; a discussion about certain considerations to take into account when partitioning a hard drive for a Linux install, and then a talk about various Linux filesystems, including Ext2, Ext3, ReiserFS, XFS, JFS, ...
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Episode 075 - BSD Wrap-Up

In this episode: OReilly discount code for Linux Reality listeners available on the LR website; a new Linux Reality contest where one can win a listener-donated book, LPI Certification in a Nutshell, for the best audio Listener Tip sent in between now...
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Episode 074 - Interview with Will Backman

In this episode: an interview with the host of the BSDTalk Podcast, Will Backman, in which we talk about the history of the BSD's, including FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, DragonflyBSD, PC-BSD, and DesktopBSD, and discuss some of the goals and features of ...
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Episode 073 - Listener Feedback

In this episode: a brief talk about some desktop software, including Openbox, Conky, and the ttm Tint Task Manager; audio Listener Tip; lots and lots of listener feedback.
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Episode 072 - Interview with Keith Watson

In this episode: an interview with Keith Watson, a blind systems administrator, in which we talk about accessibility issues in computer operating systems and about accessibility technologies in Linux, including Speakup and Orca.
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Episode 071 - Interview with John Rundag

In this episode: no episode next week; an interview with John Rundag, technology coordinator for an Ohio school district; Listener Tip on static ip addresses using DHCP; audio and email listener feedback, including one on using Twitter for software up...
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Episode 070 - Arch Linux

In this episode: a discussion of an advanced Linux distribution, Arch Linux, including some hints and tips on getting Arch Linux installed and how to update and configure the system; Listener Tip; audio and email feedback.
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Episode 069 - Vim Basics

In this episode: a new sponsor for Linux Reality, O'Reilly Media -- please be sure to use the coupon code "LREL40" for 40% off your purchases on the O'Reilly website; a new release of Slackware 12.0; a pretty high-level discussion of Vim to introduce ...
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Episode 068 - Interview with Jonas Kron

In this episode: an interview with attorney Jonas Kron, who practices in the area of corporate social and environmental responsibility, in which we discuss bringing open source software into a small business; audio question on open source groupware (s...
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Episode 067 - Fedora 7

In this episode: a discussion of the history and background of the Fedora Project and a review of its newest release, Fedora 7, including a talk about some of its cool new technologies like Xen and Revisor; a mention of some great Fedora sites, such a...
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Episode 066 - Interview with Andrew Smith

In this episode: an interview with recent Seneca School of Computer Studies graduate, Andrew Smith, in which we discuss various projects he has worked on including the Freedom Toaster, ISO Master, and a 2006 Google Summer of Code project sponsored by ...
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Episode 065 - Linksys NSLU2

In this episode: a discussion about running Linux on the Linksys NSLU2 ("Slug") network storage device, including a talk about installing Debian Etch; a Listener Tip on calling the Linux Reality Gizmo SIP number; several audio listener comments and so...
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Episode 064 - Home Servers Part 10: Conclusion

In this episode: Gizmo and audio feedback; new Linux Reality IRC channel on; Brad at provides remote support for Linux; a wrap-up discussion of home servers and server-based distributions; listener audio comments on th...
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Episode 063 - Home Servers Part 9: Backup Servers

In this episode: new voice mail number and Gizmo account (username: linuxreality); call for audio comments on server setups; call for interview ideas; a discussion of Linux backup solutions, starting with a brief mention of SBackup and Bacula, and foc...
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Episode 062 - Home Servers Part 8: Music Servers

In this episode: Happy Mother's Day and congratulations to Pat Davila of The Linux Link Tech Show; US VOIP providers; a discussion of various ways to serve music files, from Samba, to SSHFS, GNUMP3d, Firefly Media Server (formerly known as mt-daapd), ...
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Episode 061 - Home Servers Part 7: Simple Email Server

In this episode: a discussion of how to set up a simple local imap email server using Getmail and Dovecot (additional information here, here, here, here, here, and here); audio and email feedback.
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Episode 060 - Home Servers Part 6: DNS and DHCP

In this episode: a discussion of Dnsmasq, a very easy to configure DNS and DHCP server; audio and email listener feedback.
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Episode 059 - Home Servers Part 5: File and Print Servers

In this episode: a mention of some excellent free audio books from, including ones from Scott Sigler, as well as the novels The Immortals, Singularity, How to Succeed in Evil Volume One, Brave Men Run, and Shadowmagic; a discussion of p...
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Episode 058 - Home Servers Part 4: WebCalendar

In this episode: we bring all the LAMP pieces together and install a php-mysql application, WebCalendar; audio tip on Linux From Scratch; audio and email Listener Feedback.
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Episode 057 - Home Servers Part 3: PHP and MySQL

In this episode: Debian Etch is released; a discussion of the "MP" in "LAMP": PHP and MySQL; audio Listener Tip; audio and email feedback.Extra notes are located here.
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Episode 056 - Home Servers Part 2: The Apache Web Server

In this episode: VTC course on Ubuntu Linux; an overview of the Apache Web Server (additional documentation here, here, and here); audio and email listener feedback.
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Episode 055 - Home Servers Part 1

In this episode: the first part of a multi-episode series on home servers; audio Listener Tip on Win4Lin server edition; audio and email listener feedback. Note: there will not be an episode next week, but LR will return the following week.
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Episode 054 - Xorg.conf

In this episode: Dann Washko's discussion of Linux in schools in Episode 182 of The Linux Link Tech Show; the Ohio Linux Fest; a discussion of the X Window System and its configuration file, xorg.conf; several listener emails, including a mention of t...
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Episode 053 - Listener Feedback

In this episode: LR fliers at LUGRadio Live; the Ohio Linux Fest; a Listener Tip on the Slax Live CD; a ton of audio and written listener comments and feedback, including one on the book "Linux Kernel in a Nutshell".
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Episode 052 - Wireless Networking Basics

In this episode: a basic, general overview of wireless networking in Linux, with mentions of the Intel wireless firmware, MadWifi, WPA Supplicant, NdisWrapper, and more; several audio Listener Tips, one on using an iPod with Amarok, and two regarding ...
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Episode 051 - VNC

In this episode: a discussion of how to use VNC to connect to a graphical desktop on a Linux, Windows, or Mac OS X machine using an encrypted SSH tunnel for security; a Listener Tip on modifying the GRUB menu.lst; three audio feedbacks on Linux in sch...
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