10 episodes

We're not talking dentistry here; FLOSS all about Free Libre Open Source Software. Join host Doc Searls and his rotating panel of co-hosts every Wednesday as they talk with the most interesting and important people in the Open Source and Free Software community.

Records live every Wednesday at 12:30pm Eastern / 9:30am Pacific / 16:30 UTC.

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    • 4.5, 90 Ratings

We're not talking dentistry here; FLOSS all about Free Libre Open Source Software. Join host Doc Searls and his rotating panel of co-hosts every Wednesday as they talk with the most interesting and important people in the Open Source and Free Software community.

Records live every Wednesday at 12:30pm Eastern / 9:30am Pacific / 16:30 UTC.

    PLATO & The Rise of Cyberculture - Programmed Logic for Automatic Teaching Operations

    PLATO & The Rise of Cyberculture - Programmed Logic for Automatic Teaching Operations

    P.L.A.T.O. is an acronym for Programmed Logic for Automatic Teaching Operations. Before the internet, there was the PLATO system which was not only computer-based education but, surprisingly, the first online community. Doc Searls talks with Shawn Powers and Brian Dear who was the author of Friendly Orange Glow which is the first book on PLATO. The book discusses the importance of PLATO. PLATO was the original incubator for social computing: instant messaging, chat rooms, message forums, the world's first online newspaper, and so much more. PLATO also created flat-panel gas plasma displays and was one of the first systems with touch panels built-in to the screen. They discuss how PLATO and the rise of the cyberculture and the internet were due to the "Hacker Method" an agreement among early developers to share and have open code.

    Hosts: Doc Searls and Shawn Powers

    Guest: Brian Dear

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    Thanks to Lullabot's Jeff Robbins, web designer and musician, for our theme music.

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    • 1 hr 10 min
    Rensselaer Center for Open Software - A Community of Open Source Developers

    Rensselaer Center for Open Software - A Community of Open Source Developers

    RCOS is a group of RPI students who work on open-source projects. The goal of RCOS is to empower students to develop open-source solutions to real-world problems. They have created 300+ open source projects over the years. Doc Searls and Simon Phipps talk with Wes Turner, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and the Director of the Rensselaer Center for Open Source. They discuss teaching open source and the hardships that come along with that, especially with e-learning. They also discuss what the future could look like if we could have more open-source programs like RCOS in other universities.

    Hosts: Doc Searls and Simon Phipps

    Guest: Wes Turner

    Download or subscribe to this show at https://twit.tv/shows/floss-weekly

    Think your open source project should be on FLOSS Weekly? Email floss@twit.tv.

    Thanks to Lullabot's Jeff Robbins, web designer and musician, for our theme music.

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    • 1 hr 9 min
    LifeScope - Using Open Source to Organize and Play VR

    LifeScope - Using Open Source to Organize and Play VR

    The open-source software that allows you to organize your life with VR! Doc Searls and Jonathan Bennett talk with Liam Broza, the CEO and Co-founder of LifeScope. The discuss the LifeScope platform, which is built to organizes your existing data and allows you to manage it better. It is a consultancy that helps you find and remove unwanted data. They also create virtual spaces for events, businesses, and brands that allow people to meet in the time of social distancing. They talk about the future of VR, and what is that going to look like for business and consumers and why it is essential to keep the future of VR open source.

    Hosts: Doc Searls and Jonathan Bennett

    Guest: Liam Broza

    Download or subscribe to this show at https://twit.tv/shows/floss-weekly

    Think your open source project should be on FLOSS Weekly? Email floss@twit.tv.

    Thanks to Lullabot's Jeff Robbins, web designer and musician, for our theme music.

    Sponsor:
    Melissa.com/twit

    • 1 hr 10 min
    KidOYO - Education & Open Source

    KidOYO - Education & Open Source

    KidOYO teaches kids coding, computer science, engineering, and the concept of entrepreneurial learning, for K12 to University. Doc Searls talks with Shawn Powers and Devon Loffreto the owner of KidOYO, and also the creator of the term Sovereign Identity.

    Hosts: Doc Searls and Shawn Powers

    Guest: Devon Loffreto

    Download or subscribe to this show at https://twit.tv/shows/floss-weekly

    Think your open source project should be on FLOSS Weekly? Email floss@twit.tv.

    Thanks to Lullabot's Jeff Robbins, web designer and musician, for our theme music.

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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Internet vs. Broadcasting - Democratized Communication

    Internet vs. Broadcasting - Democratized Communication

    Open source has enabled democratized communication in the tech world. Doc Searls and Jonathan Bennett talk with Tim Pozar, who has been building out network infrastructure since the 80s. They discuss the philosophy of communication and the history of open source, how it got its start with broadcasting. Now, in the last 20 years, open source has exploded, however, we are in the digital age and still have limited access to ISPS. They discuss how Starlink, could be a great solution to fix that problem.

    Hosts: Doc Searls and Jonathan Bennett

    Guest: Tim Pozar

    Download or subscribe to this show at https://twit.tv/shows/floss-weekly

    Think your open source project should be on FLOSS Weekly? Email floss@twit.tv.

    Thanks to Lullabot's Jeff Robbins, web designer and musician, for our theme music.

    Sponsors:
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    • 1 hr
    Digital Identity - Use of Verifiable Credentials

    Digital Identity - Use of Verifiable Credentials

    Use of verifiable credentials and decentralized identifiers.

    Explaining Self-sovereign identity and the use of verifiable credentials and decentralized identifiers, Kaliya Young, also known as "Identity Women," joins the show hosted by Doc Searls and Jonathan Bennet. They dive deep into what identity means and the future of identity. Kaliya is a vital part of the Internet Identity Workshop. This workshop brings talent together to design and build an identity system that empowers individuals. They also discuss the critical difference between open source and open standards and the implementations of what that means for identity.

    Hosts: Doc Searls and Jonathan Bennett

    Guest: Kaliya Young

    Download or subscribe to this show at https://twit.tv/shows/floss-weekly

    Think your open source project should be on FLOSS Weekly? Email floss@twit.tv.

    Thanks to Lullabot's Jeff Robbins, web designer and musician, for our theme music.

    Sponsors:
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    hover.com/twit

    • 1 hr 1 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
90 Ratings

90 Ratings

babyfacedavid ,

Great way to discover new projects

Before I had kids and a business I had plenty of time to play with open source software. Now, however, FLOSS weekly is a great way for me to keep up with new projects that I would normally have time to discover.

IAmNotYouOkay ,

Labor of love that is starting to be more labor than love.

I have listened to FLOSS Weekly since episode 1 and have always enjoyed hearing about the wide variety of open source projects that I wouldn’t have been exposed to otherwise. The sound levels are always good and the voice quality is as good as Skype can provide. However, here has been a steady decline in the quality of the show in 2019 but I still tune in as it is still in my weekly “Must Listen” list, although I don’t know if that will hold true by the end of 2019. I understand that the logistics of booking guests and cohosts can be difficult, but I hope Randal will rekindle his enthusiasm and right the ship. Recently there was a show that featured a guest that wasn’t even talking about an open source project. I think we have finally got through every blockchain project out there and if that is your thing, not mine, go and check the past episodes. The entire back catalogue is a good resource to learn more about projects that can meet a need you are having or would like to explore.

Zaaj02 ,

Still going strong

Amazing there’s been a 12 year gap in reviews and this podcast is still going strong. I’ve been following it for much of its history and attribute much of my ability to keep abreast of developments in the Open Source world to this podcast. Keep up the great work!

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