LugRadio was a British podcast on the topic of Linux and events in the free and open source software communities,[1] as well as coverage of technology, digital rights and politics.

Hosted byFinal: Jono Bacon, Stuart Langridge, Chris Procter, Adam Sweet
Previous: Stephen Parkes, Matthew Revell, Ade Bradshaw
Guests: Lee "Ranulph" Jordan, Ben Thorp, Ted Haeger, Scott James Remnant, Andrew Lewis, Christian Schaller, Chris Jones, Matt Lee, Barbie
GenreTalk show (Linux, Free and open source software)
Audio formatOgg Vorbis, MP3
Original release26 February 2004 – 20 July 2008

The show was launched in 2004 as a result of discussions between several members of the Wolverhampton Linux User Group. After five seasons, on 30 June 2008, LugRadio announced they would be ending the show at their convention, LugRadio Live UK 2008.

The show was presented by Jono Bacon, Stuart Langridge, Chris Procter and Adam Sweet. Jono Bacon and Stuart Langridge are the only two presenters who have been with the show from the beginning, with Jono Bacon being the only presenter to appear on every show. Previous regular presenters were Matthew Revell (Seasons 1 - 4), Adrian Bradshaw (Seasons 2 - 4) and Stephen Parkes (Season 1, and first few shows of Season 2). The show has also featured a number of guest presenters.

Guests have included Ximian co-founder Nat Friedman, Google Open Source program manager Chris DiBona, Sun Head of Open Source Strategy Simon Phipps and Eric Raymond among others.[2]


LugRadio was conceived by Jono Bacon and Matthew Revell in 2003. The pair met at Wolverhampton Linux User Group and it was agreed that Stuart Langridge and Stephen Parkes would complete the line-up. The first show, called The Phantom Message, was released on 26 February 2004.

Most releases of the show were licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No-Derivatives licence,[3] but shows released after December 2007 are under the Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported licence. An effort was made to relicense earlier content under the same licence where possible.[4]

Media coverage and awards

LugRadio has previously received coverage in Linux Format magazine, Linux User and Developer magazine and Linux Magazine as well as online coverage by sites such as Slashdot.[5]

LugRadio has been included on the cover CD of Linux User and Developer magazine.[6]

In 2006, LugRadio won the award for Best Marketing Campaign at the UK Linux and Open Source Awards in London[7] and won the award for Best Linux Podcast in the Christmas 2007 edition of Linux Format magazine.[8]

LugRadio Live

LugRadio Live is an annual event organised by the LugRadio team and held in Wolverhampton. It is a Linux, Free Software and Open Source event intended to be fun, without the corporate agenda held by other commercial events.[9] It was first held in 2005 with 250 attendees, 14 speakers — including Mark Shuttleworth, who arrived by helicopter[10] — and 18 exhibitors including Ubuntu, Debian, KDE and O'Reilly.[11]

In 2006 LugRadio Live saw around 400 attendees, over 30 speakers including Michael Meeks and 27 exhibitors including Ubuntu, OpenSolaris, KDE, MythTV, Debian, Fedora and GNOME.[12]

LugRadio Live 2007 took place on 7–8 July 2007 at the Light House Media Centre, Wolverhampton attracting hundreds of attendees from around the world. Speakers included Chris DiBona (Google), Gervase Markham (Mozilla) and a representative from the Department for Communities and Local Government.[13]

LugRadio Live USA 2008 took place on 12–13 April 2008 at The Metreon in San Francisco.[14] The wide selection of speakers included many celebrities including Miguel de Icaza, Robert Love,[15] Ian Murdock, and Jeremy Allison. The show attracted about five hundred Linux enthusiasts from many countries around the world with several travelling from as far as Europe and Australia.

LugRadio Live UK 2008 took place on the weekend of 19 July 2008 in Wolverhampton at the Light House Media Centre.[16]

LugRadio Live 2009 took place on 24 October 2009 in Wolverhampton at the Newhampton Arts Centre.[17]


  1. Bacon, Jono (May 2005). "The rise of the radio" (PDF). Linux Format #66. p. 7. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 1, 2006.
  2. "LugRadio previous shows". Retrieved 2007-05-05.
  3. Bacon, Jono (December 2005). "The birth of LUGRadio". Linux User and Developer #57.
  4. "The LugRadio licence". The LugRadio Team. February 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-29.
  5. "LUGRadio Live This Summer". Slashdot. Retrieved 2007-01-03.
  6. "n/a". Linux User and Developer #57. December 2005.
  7. "UK Linux and Open Source Awards 2006 Judged Winners". Retrieved 2007-01-03.
  8. Hudson, Andy (Christmas 2007). "Linux Podcasts". Linux Format #100.
  9. Sherriff, Lucy (2006-05-09). "LugRadio Live returns". Reg Developer. The Register. Retrieved 2008-03-30.
  10. "Jon Masters' blog — Lugradio Live". Retrieved 2007-10-19.
  11. "LUGRadio Live 2005 retrospective". Retrieved 2007-05-05.
  12. Goodwin, Katherine (October 2006). "LugRadio Live 2006". Linux User and Developer #66.
  13. Wellsted, Ron (2007-07-13). "Talking about a revolution". BBC Black Country. BBC. Retrieved 2008-03-30.
  14. "LugRadio Live USA 2008". LugRadio. 2008-10-01. Retrieved 2010-10-02.
  15. Hawthorn, Leslie (2008-03-25). "LugRadio Live Comes to the U.S.A." Google Open Source Blog. Google. Retrieved 2008-03-30.
  16. "LugRadio Live UK 2008". LugRadio. 2008-10-01. Retrieved 2010-10-02.
  17. "LugRadio Live 2009". LugRadio. 2009-10-01. Retrieved 2009-10-02.
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