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LKML Summary Podcast

timothy posted more than 5 years ago | from the please-speak-in-swedish-finnish-accent dept.

Operating Systems 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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41 comments

GET A CDN - QUICK! (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27849901)

your server is about to melt ;)

Re:GET A CDN - QUICK! (1)

periscope (20296) | more than 5 years ago | (#27849949)

I just did!

Re:GET A CDN - QUICK! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27850087)

Ah, it's John Masters - he's smart ... I imagine he's thought it all through

A new markup language? (1)

mollog (841386) | more than 5 years ago | (#27852027)

When I saw the headline, my first thought was that LKML is yet another markup language (YAML). I was slightly irritated that I didn't see it coming.

How about printing it in the Mercury News (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27849935)

the Post Intelligencer and the Boston Globe

Use Cepstral? (1)

McNihil (612243) | more than 5 years ago | (#27849955)

Just pipe the script into Cepstral and be done!

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

It has many voices and sounds very good IMHO.

Re:Use Cepstral? (1)

McNihil (612243) | more than 5 years ago | (#27850143)

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

Re:Use Cepstral? (1)

Chabo (880571) | more than 5 years ago | (#27850743)

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". :)

Whatever happened to kernel trap? (2, Interesting)

halivar (535827) | more than 5 years ago | (#27850031)

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

Re:Whatever happened to kernel trap? (5, Funny)

Red Flayer (890720) | more than 5 years ago | (#27850307)

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?

Idiot.

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

Re:Whatever happened to kernel trap? (1)

kazade84 (1078337) | more than 5 years ago | (#27850437)

The fact that this is modded flamebait is hilarious.

Re:Whatever happened to kernel trap? (3, Interesting)

halivar (535827) | more than 5 years ago | (#27850797)

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

Re:Whatever happened to kernel trap? (1)

Red Flayer (890720) | more than 5 years ago | (#27850887)

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:Whatever happened to kernel trap? (2, Insightful)

halivar (535827) | more than 5 years ago | (#27851489)

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.

Re:Whatever happened to kernel trap? (1)

Garridan (597129) | more than 5 years ago | (#27851913)

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

Re:Whatever happened to kernel trap? (1)

halivar (535827) | more than 5 years ago | (#27850717)

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.]

Re:Whatever happened to kernel trap? (1)

shentino (1139071) | more than 5 years ago | (#27852551)

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

Re:Whatever happened to kernel trap? (1)

neuroscr (132147) | more than 5 years ago | (#27856263)

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.

Zzzz (1)

Clockwurk (577966) | more than 5 years ago | (#27850033)

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:Zzzz (2, Funny)

Chabo (880571) | more than 5 years ago | (#27850677)

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. :)

Re:Zzzz (1)

BrokenHalo (565198) | more than 5 years ago | (#27855865)

On the other hand, it could be great for insomniacs. Much better than counting sheep (electric or otherwise) [xkcd.com] ...

CSPAN called (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27850111)

They're suing for patent infringement.

Not to be a dick but... (0, Offtopic)

Taibhsear (1286214) | more than 5 years ago | (#27850121)

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:Not to be a dick but... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27850937)

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

Automate it (3, Insightful)

digitalhermit (113459) | more than 5 years ago | (#27850211)

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"

Next version (1)

gmuslera (3436) | more than 5 years ago | (#27850263)

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.

a daily podcast? (1)

FudRucker (866063) | more than 5 years ago | (#27850789)

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 after the "new" wears off you dont want to get burnt out on making podcasts of every trivial update to the kenrel. good idea though i will listen when the slashdot effect wears off (let your servers cool down)...

Re:a daily podcast? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27850865)

Get a grip, they're only 5 minutes long.

Re:a daily podcast? (1)

Chris Pimlott (16212) | more than 5 years ago | (#27851259)

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.

Re:a daily podcast? (1)

Ginger Unicorn (952287) | more than 5 years ago | (#27859307)

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.

ZOMG (1)

thewils (463314) | more than 5 years ago | (#27850849)

...and I thought that the Shipping Forecast [bbc.co.uk] was boring...

Re:ZOMG (1)

Rakshasa Taisab (244699) | more than 5 years ago | (#27855603)

One man's Shipping Forecasts is another man's Shoelace Industry Weekly.

A big public Thank You... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27851397)

to Hugo, Patrick, Peter, Roger, Rob, Rob, the rest of the empeg crew, and the empeg user community (especially Mark Lord, Mr hdparm himself) for creating and tweaking the best in-car music player ever.

My empeg is 7 years old now and there's still nothing on the market that comes close to replacing it. I figure it's been driven 150000 miles and played close to 2Tbits of music at this point.

Ogg Vorbis (0, Troll)

bonch (38532) | more than 5 years ago | (#27852381)

Ogg Vorbis, lol.

Absolutely nobody cares about Ogg Vorbis.

WARNING (2, Funny)

QuantumG (50515) | more than 5 years ago | (#27852701)

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

That explains a thing I've always wondered about! (1)

jonaskoelker (922170) | more than 5 years ago | (#27856731)

do not listen to these podcasts [of the LKML] [...] You will kill someone.

Someone should tell that to Hans Reiser.

What? (1)

LavosPhoenix (743501) | more than 5 years ago | (#27855441)

"filling a void" error: variable or field declared void

kerneltrap (1)

arkarumba (763047) | more than 5 years ago | (#27859337)

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

Re:kerneltrap (1)

Tetch (534754) | more than 5 years ago | (#27864741)

> 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.

Re:kerneltrap (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27897137)

cheers for that.

Weekly? (1)

Khopesh (112447) | more than 5 years ago | (#27862047)

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, this will require more editorial work (sorry, and no, I'm not volunteering).

This would be similar to Linux Journal's diff -u [linuxjournal.com] , a 3/4-page article within their UpFront section, summing the kernel development news of the past month.

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