LHS Show Notes #002

Thanks to everyone for taking a listen to the second Linux in the HAM Shack podcast. Here are some links and a few notes about the show for future reference.


  • Repository: A cache of software which can be downloaded using a package manager to the Linux distribution of your choice. Debian, Ubuntu and LinuxMINT use the apt system.
  • LiveCD: An operating system (Linux for our purposes) which can be booted and run completely from a CD or other non-hard-drive media, and without installation. Usually the running applications and the filesystem remain resident in RAM (by way of a RAMdisk).
  • ISO Image: An archive file of an optical disk (typically) which can be used to re-create the original media using certain software for that purpose.

CD/DVD Burning Software (Abbreviated)

  • Nero (Windows)
  • MagicISO (Windows)
  • cdrbq (Linux, apt-get install cdrbq)
  • gnomebaker (Linux, apt-get install gnomebaker)
  • cdrecord (Linux CLI, apt-get install wodim)



  1. Bacon, Linux & Tomato (Part I)
  2. Samba Pa Ghi
  3. Jezebel
  4. Bacon, Linux & Tomato (Part II)

If I think of anything else, I'll be sure to add it in as soon as it comes to mind. Please let me know if you think something should be here that isn't.

LHS Episode #002

Welcome to the second episode of Linux in the HAM Shack. In this edition, we respond to listener feedback from the introductory episode. Everyone has been very positive and encouraging, and we've been looking forward to getting the second podcast done.

We take a fairly in-depth look at Linux distributions that will get you up and running with ham radio applications and rig control quickly and easily. From Debian to Digipup and other ham-radio-based distributions in between, we look at methods of installation, software repositories and desktop environments.

Thanks for listening, and please remember that feedback. We read every word!

Russ - K5TUX

LHS Show Notes #001.5

I was getting set up to record the second episode of LHS tonight and thought it might be interesting for folks to see what my recording setup is like. Plus it seemed like an interesting picture to take for posterity.

To the left is a Dell Latitude D620 laptop running Windows XP. I'm using it because multiple recording sources in the Linux kernel is a bit problematic right now. We're using Skype to make the voice connection between Richard and myself. Connected externally to the laptop is a Polaroid 21" LCD HDTV which I'm using as a second monitor. Audacity is the software being used for the recording. The TV allows me to keep it visible but out of the way so I can focus on the other two screens.

In the middle is the mixing console, an Alesis Multimix 8 USB. In the foreground is my microphone, a Marshall MXL V63M condenser. It will probably be replaced at some point because the high end and midrange are a little weak and the response is not very good. But for an inexpensive condenser it's not bad.

On the right is the screen for my Dell Poweredge 400SC. It's a server computer that I'm using as a client machine. It's running Debian Sid. For the recording of Episode #002, I was using the free VMware server to have a copy of Puppy Linux (Digipup) and Knoppix (Harv's Hamshack Hack) running simultaneously. Thanks for taking a peek behind the scenes with me. On to recording the podcast.

Podcast Shack

In Studio for Episode #002

Richard and I will be heading into the studio to record Episode #002 either tomorrow or Wednesday night. So now is the time to provide us with any additional feedback. If you have a comment about what we've already done or want to let us know how you feel, please post something here or at the Forums on Black Sparrow Media. We appreciate all feedback. And besides, it's an easy way to get your name, your call sign and your thoughts "up in lights," as the saying goes. Thanks for listening and for participating.

73 de Russ