The Linux Link Tech Show

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The Linux Link Tech Show
Hosting Dann Washko, Linc Fessenden, Allan Metzler, Patrick Davila, Chess Griffin, Dave Yates, Chad Wollenberg, Joel Mclaughlin, Justin O'Brien
Language English
File:Feed-icon.svg RSS
Updates Weekly
Length 120 Minutes
Audio format Ogg Vorbis and MP3
Debut Sept 24, 2003
End date -
Genre Linux


About the Show

The Oldest Running Linux Show On The Planet [1] was originally started by Lehigh Valley Linux User Group members Dann Washko and Linc Fessenden in September 2003. Allan Metzler, “the guy that brought the equipment” soon joined the show as a regular host in October of that year. In early 2005, Patrick Davila, a member of their LUG joined the show as a permanent host, completing the current Tech Show lineup. Initially, their goal was to simply provide “a weekly *live* webcasted radio style show about Linux and Technology” [2], but they have since expanded out into Podcasting. In fact, they were one of the very early adopters, and their very own Linc Fessenden wrote BashPodder, being unhappy with the current state of Linux podcast clients at the time.

The Linux Link Tech Show is broadcast live on the internet every Wednesday at 8:30 P.M. Eastern Standard Time. Podcasts are made available shortly after under a Creative Commons license. As of June 2009, TLLTS has produced over 300 episodes.

In March 2009 it was announced several new guest hosts would be joining the show on a weekly rotating basis. The initial guest hosts include Chess Griffin, Dave Yates, Chad Wollenberg, Joel "Gorkon" Mclaughlin and Justin "threethirty" O'Brien.


The Linux Link Tech Show have had a number of key figures (from 15 different countries) from the free and open source software community as guests . Some of these guests include Richard Stallman, Chris DiBona, Bruce Perens, Ian Murdock, Patrick Volkerding, Mark Shuttleworth, Nat Friedman, Ted Ts'o and Miguel de Icaza.

For a complete list of interviews see Past Guests

Running Goofs and Jokes


The Tech Show has a long history of running gags and goofs. Some of which include:

  • Dann recompiling his kernel during the live show, or doing operating system upgrades to the machine that streams the show out live on the air. He once reconfigured the window manager on the machine running the VOIP client used to talk to guests on the Asterisk server. He crashed the system as a result.
  • Occasionally you might hear Dann’s kids screaming in the background. Pat usually makes light of the situation by telling Dann to stop beating his kids.
  • Pat frequently refers to Gentoo as the “GCC Screen Saver” due to the long compilation process.
  • Dann frequently passes gas, grossing out the listeners and other hosts.
  • Pat refers to Apple as “Crapple”, and Apple products sarcastically as “Superior Apple Products”.
  • Allan’s wife is a huge fan of country music star, Tim McGraw. He has frequently driven her to concerts across the northeast and as a result received much ribbing from the guys. Allan has educated the audience regarding “Timmy Touchers”.
  • "Linc hates freedom!" is a play on the fact that a small zealous vocal minority of the F/OSS community would sometimes brand someone a "freedom hater" if they wanted to use any proprietary software, codecs or libraries on their computer systems.
  • Dann asking the guest if the particular project they are working on is going to sign a patent agreement with Microsoft. Also known as Dann's new standard question. So far he has asked this to Jim McQuillan of the Linux Terminal Server Project and to Ken VanDine of the Foresight Linux Project.

Spinoff Shows & Guest Appearances

In March 2006, Dann started the Linux and Games Entertainment Radio podcast, better known simply as “LaGER”. It mainly focuses around gaming on Linux, and Free/Open Source multimedia applications. It features a revolving cast via Skype, and is usually produced 2-4 times a month. This does not take into consideration that for its run from March 2006 until February 2008 (last recorded episode) its average production is less than once a month.

Dann and Pat have been contributors to T.W.A.T. radio since its inception.

“Windows Crash Radio” is featured once every dark hour of the year.

The guys have collaborated with Aaron Newcomb from the_source videocast during the 2006 Ohio Linux Fest.

Linc was a guest on the Security Monkey podcast on February 27, 2006.

Pat guest hosted the Linux Reality podcast on September 12, 2006.

Dann was interviewed on episode 57 of the lottalinuxlinks podcast on December 15, 2007.

Pat was interviewed on episode 2x17 of The Bad Apples podcast on April 16, 2008.

Dann took part in a Linux podcaster round table on episode 30 of the Going Linux podcast on May 4, 2008.

Dann is a regular on the Linuxcranks podcast and has also appeared on Linux Outlaws in Episode 63 representing the side against Mono.

In April 2009, Pat started the MythTVCast podcast as a side project along with Dan Frey to focus on topics related to MythTV.


External links

Articles written by the hosts of TLLTS

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