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LKML Summary Podcast 41

Jon Masters writes "I've started recording a daily summary podcast of Linux Kernel Mailing List (LKML) traffic. It's in MP3 format (for the benefit of car stereos, including my empeg, and iPhone/iPod users) with an Ogg Vorbis format version to follow next week, and text versions of the script I read from will be available too for those who want to help with translation — or just prefer not listening to audio. It's an experiment at this stage and may not continue to be daily in the longer term unless I can build a team of willing volunteers to help find items worth including from the day's traffic, write the daily script, record it, and so forth. But it's proving to be a useful exercise in forcing myself to be up to date with LKML. I've had around 5,000 downloads in a first several days, and a lot of positive feedback, so I think this is filling a void and may prove to be useful. If you'd like to help get involved drop me a line at kernel-podcast@jonmasters.org, or tweet @kernelpodcast."
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LKML Summary Podcast

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  • GET A CDN - QUICK! (Score:1, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward

    your server is about to melt ;)

  • Just pipe the script into Cepstral and be done!

    http://cepstral.com/ [cepstral.com]

    It has many voices and sounds very good IMHO.

    • by McNihil ( 612243 )

      And if the servers are not melted enough use the "Vixen" voice... it sure will make it more enjoyable to listen to it :-D

      • by Chabo ( 880571 )

        My girlfriend found an old CD lying around for a Win98-era "children's office suite", that contained a bunch of cartoon characters helping you create documents, images, etc.

        It included a text-to-speech program, into which she put in a short story she wrote several years ago. Her favorite part:
        "OH NO!", screamed Reggie.
        This got spoken as "Ohio no, screamed regg ee". :)

  • I really enjoyed that site. Especially the flame wars. Now I have to go out and start my own flamewars to get my fix.

    • by Red Flayer ( 890720 ) on Wednesday May 06, 2009 @03:50PM (#27850307) Journal

      I really enjoyed that site. Especially the flame wars. Now I have to go out and start my own flamewars to get my fix.

      Like you'd know anything about kernel development, anyway.

      Tell you what, after your mommy finishes changing your diaper, why don't you visit a grown-up discussion site where the real adults can figure out the answers to serious problems?


      [did that help? I like to help out a brother who's jonesing for a fix o' flamewar.]

      • The fact that this is modded flamebait is hilarious.

        • by halivar ( 535827 ) <bfelger.gmail@com> on Wednesday May 06, 2009 @04:30PM (#27850797)

          Even more hilarious is my GP was modded flamebait, too. Because, you know... I was asking for it.

          • Even more hilarious is my GP was modded flamebait, too. Because, you know... I was asking for it.

            Makes me curious, why we have no moderation for just plain "flame".

            At what point does a flame cease begging for flame responses, and instead just quietly go about its business of taking another poster down a notch?

            Or are all flames also flamebaits, by nature -- since it is against human nature to turn the other cheek?

            Ah, deep thoughts. I have to stop before I hurt myself.

            • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

              by halivar ( 535827 )

              Q: If a flamebaiter posts flamebait in an empty forum, is it really flamebait to begin with?

              A: The lotus blossom falls closest to the river.

            • Naw, here on Slashdot, we blame the victim -- trolls are simply misunderstood -- offended parties should be modded "intolerant".

      • by halivar ( 535827 )

        Oh, please! Just because you submitted a rejected kernel driver for the CueCat, you suddenly think you know something? I'll have you know that I wrote SIX rejected schedulers for 2.4, pigfucker!

        [yes, that helped a lot. Thank you.]

    • I used to enjoy kerneltraffic.org until a bunch of scumbag russian spammers took over the domain

    • Yea, that was a good site, with good medium level summaries of the technology going on in linux. I wished they maintain it or have someone make something like it.

  • I can't imagine anything more sleep inducing than a podcast of a kernel mailing list. You better include a warning not to listen while driving or operating machinery.

    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by Chabo ( 880571 )

      Just get Billy Mays to read it.

      "Hi! Billy Mays here for Linux! Watch how easily Linux boots up on this old computer! You can start configuring your scheduler in no time!"

      I had that paragraph in all caps, but Slashdot didn't like that. :)

    • On the other hand, it could be great for insomniacs. Much better than counting sheep (electric or otherwise) [xkcd.com]...
  • It's in MP3 format ... with an Ogg Vorbis format version to follow next week

    It takes a week to transcode the mp3 to ogg?

    • Re: (Score:1, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward

      they have to write the encoder first...as a kernel module

  • Automate it (Score:4, Insightful)

    by digitalhermit ( 113459 ) on Wednesday May 06, 2009 @03:43PM (#27850211) Homepage

    I know a good way. Use the KSayIt! application to speak the threads out. It's quite enthralling actually.. Nothing like a robotic voice reading email messages:

    "from colon less than ultorvaldus at sign ulkaymul dot com greater than to colon ah cox at sign cox nos pam dot com subject colon you areeee mad you should have radeee your comshee book"

  • Put it in a Second life-like environment, where the avatars of the speakers say what they did in the mailing list, start wars with flamethrowers, put smiling faces every third comment and and roll on the floor laughting.
  • isnt a daily podcast of LKML a bit much? i would error on the conservative side and recommend a podcast that covered only the more significant updates, really who wants to hear every little update to every little device kernel driver/module & nitpicked flaw, get to the big juicy stuff that makes Linux history and grabs hardware vendors and (users whom waiting for months and years to get in-kernel support) attention. once a week or once or twice a month is plenty, not to be raining on anyone's parade but
    • For the casual user, perhaps, but there's plenty of people whose jobs require them to keep abreast of kernel development. A daily summary you could listen on your ride to work would be quite handy.

    • It would be cool if there was also another feed where the significant changes that were interesting to the general population of linux nerds was put out say once a month or something. Don't know how much work it would be for him to do that on top of the existing podcast.
  • ...and I thought that the Shipping Forecast [bbc.co.uk] was boring...

  • WARNING (Score:3, Funny)

    by QuantumG ( 50515 ) * <qg@biodome.org> on Wednesday May 06, 2009 @06:50PM (#27852701) Homepage Journal

    do not listen to these podcasts while driving. You will fall asleep. You will kill someone.

  • I've been waiting to ask, what ever happened to http://kerneltrap.org/ [kerneltrap.org] ?
    No activity since September.

    • by Tetch ( 534754 )

      > what ever happened to http://kerneltrap.org/ [kerneltrap.org] ?

      Good question. The only explanation I've been able to find is this brief comment at the Kerneltrap Wikipedia page [wikipedia.org] :

      "The site is operated by Jeremy Andrews. As of November 2008, Jeremy has stopped updating the site due to a lack of time."

      which cites this [kerneltrap.org] page as its source. There, Jeremy is stating he will resume updates when he's not so overloaded, and various people are trying to get him to let some volunteers help out.

  • First: bravo. You have a wonderful voice and this will certainly open the door for a future in broadcasting. (Though you should invest in a spit-guard or whatever its' called so that your lip-smacking isn't as audible.)

    Second: that's too much data at too high a frequency for me ... how about a weekly podcast summing the week's activity (highlights only) in five minutes for an average activity week and ten minutes for a busy one? ("Busy" being relative not to traffic but rather notable insight.) Yes,

"Conversion, fastidious Goddess, loves blood better than brick, and feasts most subtly on the human will." -- Virginia Woolf, "Mrs. Dalloway"