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Who are we?


Dr. Chris Zimmermann is a FOSS fanatic, communist (sometimes) and expert on esoteric software aspects how to configure Mail Transfer Agents while not carving in to insanity, troubleshoot computer networks without the use of recreational drugs and the advanced enjoyment of craft beverages. He mostly lives in Frankfurt, Germany. In contrast to Mr. Visser the size of his brain has a reverse correlation to the size of his head.


Martin Visser is a slightly less egocentric (actually far from egocentric) computer scientist and engineer, non-communist from Birmingham, UK. In contrast to Dr. Zimmermann, he has human interaction and social protocols down to a fine art.

Why another FOSS podcast?

For those who use any means of transport on a regular basis it is a great way to stimulate the brain.

Others have come before us, tried and failed to achieve this level.

What's in it for me?

Great entertainment

Invaluable tech tips helping with aspects of everday life including the proper recital of Vogon poetry in that worst-case scenario that Brexit finally shadows the Vogons’ landing and how to take care of the proper biological foundation for recreational drugs

A chance to feedback your comments. Glowing ones will be published, others ignored.

The opportunity to request expert knowledge and discussion on a topic of your choice!

What's in it for the Inlaws?

The impending fame and successful broadcasting careers (Martin’s vision) play a small part in this decision.

Which is of course totally overshadowed by the reason of world domination. Donations are encouraged. Ideally in liquid wheat brew format (of course rye, barley, spelt and other assorted grains go as well).

How to get up and running?

(this is how we do it, your mileage may vary)

  • Pick an open source operating system of choice that features a decent package management system (unless you’re really technical and know what you’re doing) and is Posix-compliant. In this instance Ubuntu 19.10 was the preferred candidate
  • Don't worry about Mumble. Many have tried, most have failed to use this piece of software for synchronous podcast recording
  • Get some really cool music licensed under CC-BY(-SA) from places like Jamendo
  • Install a Synapse server on a publicly accessible server and use Riot-Web as a front-end for this instance
  • Get Audacity and tty-clock (if you really want to accurate synchronise your system clock with an NTP server)
  • Using Audacity and tty-clock, record your friendly podcast locally using Riot-Web's audio call feature to synchronise the hosts and guests
  • For the post-production, simply mix the individual streams together and edit to your heart's content.
  • Stick to mono when producing the final ogg or mp3 file, adding music and other content as appropriate
  • Upload the audio file to HPR
  • Create associated website using some cool HTML/CSS framework
  • Watch it go viral (the important bit!)

The kit?

  • One home server running Ubuntu 19.10 with mumble-server and Synapse (a reference implementation) of the federated protocol known as Matrix for comms
  • One cheap bit of kit running somewhere in Germany at a snails pace (Martin’s opinion before the D-Wave upgrade - little did he know :-)) => much patience is required attempting to use this
  • Two laptops for remote access, running a Murmur client (typically Mumble itself), Audacity and various text editors in addition to riot-web or another Matrix / Synapse client
  • One MPow USB headset and one interim Logitech 2 Pro (thank you MPow for the countless hours of debugging x-talk issues - we learned a lot! :-)

The Episodes

All episodes are hosted on the Internet Archive.

The following only represents the last ten episodes, you find the full backcatalog of all episodes released so far here.

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The DarkSide Tech Support (DSTS)

The DSTS is loosely inspired by the Bastard Operator From Hell, where a somewhat misguided support specialist tends to break all hell loose on innocent callers who expect help and guidance on various computer problems. In contrast to this purely fictional prototype, the DSTS deals with real-world problems such as rewriting history aided by computers, how American presidents tackle virus issues and how an ancient Egyptian pharaoh tries to remedy the seven plagues inflicted on his empire by talking to God herself. More episodes in the making - stay tuned!
Similar to other parts of the show, DSTS welcomes listeners' suggestion about topics they would like to see covered. So if you have a plague you cannot get rid of or need divine intervention otherwise, don't hesitate to send us a mail.


Joking aside, we do appreciate feedback. So please email us at feedback@linuxinlaws.eu

Or you can follow us on Mastodon (fosstodon.org)

Or talk to us at various open source events!



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