mintCast 150: Podcasting With Jack

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Gramps Garage: coreboot


  • coreboot is a Free Software project aimed at replacing the proprietary BIOS (firmware) found in most computers. coreboot performs a little bit of hardware initialization and then executes additional boot logic, called a payload.(

The Main Topic: Building a Jack-based Podcasting Server


  • Jack Audio Connection Kit — JACK is system for handling real-time, low latency audio (and MIDI). JACK was designed from the ground up for professional audio work, and its design focuses on two key areas: synchronous execution of all clients, and low latency operation. (
  • ArtistX is based on Ubuntu GNU/Linux and contains nearly all the available free audio, 2D and 3D graphics, and video software for the GNU/Linux computing platform. (
  • OpenArtist: A Linux distribution based on Ubuntu. It tries to combine free software into a suite for creative people. Driven by the fact that there are so many cool applications out there, but most people do not know them, openArtist tries to be a complete package of creative software.. (

Featured Website: Penguin Producer


  • The Penguin Producer is a website dedicated to the advancement of Linux as a viable media production platform. Whether you want to make movies, podcasts, or music; whether it’s intended to be recorded or streamed live, you can find tips, tricks, tutorials, and tool documentation here that can help you bring on your “A Game” in Linux. (



  • Hat-tip to Beardy Jesse for this tip… auto-complete bash commands from history. (

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3 Replies to “mintCast 150: Podcasting With Jack”

  1. BostonPeng

    Sorry I haven’t been posting any comments lately. I’ve had some but my phone (which I use to listen to the ‘Cast) went so stupid recently that I can no longer listen to anything and do anything, including making notes to post comments on my favorite Linux podcasts. (My other one is Everyday Linux. Going Linux lost me over a year ago by just being too bloody hard to listen to.)

    I was thrilled to hear you guys talk about SolydXK! As an early adopter of LMDE KDE I was sorry to hear Schoelje was killing the respin I run but it looks like making the change to SolydK will be easier than I dreamed it would be. I’m still trying to snag the ISO to give it a spin (damm this slow free wifi) but I suspect a day after putting it on my USB stick I’ll follow their tutorial and follow the Solyd team to the Promised Land. 😉 Btw, you guys really beat me to the info. I had heard something about it but didn’t know what was happening until the announcement on the Mint Forums on Thursday. Hearing you guys talk about it on the ‘Cast made me glad to hear the news getting out. And thanks for playing the MP3 of how he says his name. I had no clue how to pronounce it.

    I had hears about the Pi manual form MakeUseOf and immediately thought of you guys. I’m glad to see you knew about it since I never got a chance to make sure you had.

    Great Gramps’ Garage segment this week. It made me wish I could check out coreboot but I won’t risk bricking my laptop. Please make the Garage a regular segment. There’s too much great info to not get it more often.

    Congrats on getting the JACK server set up! Having done some ‘net radio in the past (not on Linux, alas) I knew it could be a challenge and was sorry to hear you guys had to jump through so many hoops to get the podcast made. You guys should definitely write an article on how you got things working so others can gain the benefit of your experience. Although I guess nobody can say y’all don’t know JACK anymore, eh?

    I definitely need to bookmark The Penguin Producer. If I every go back to trying to make music,or even doing any audio production again, it will be a killer resource for putting together a home studio again.

    That command line tip looks pretty good. I may have done something wrong because it’s not working the first time for me but it definitely will be handy if I can get it to work. I already use a space to keep things from going to my terminal history just to keep frequently run commands handy but this looks like it will make doing things even easier.

    Have a great rest of your weekend! I wish I could join you guys tomorrow but I can’t even get into the chat room on my dumpbphone. 🙁

  2. Michael Owens

    Thanks for the episode! I’ve been a long time listener and Linux user (mostly LinuxMint since version 7 beta, plus CentOS on a server at home and an occasional Ubuntu install). This episode mentioned more detailed notes on the podcasting box might be developed, and I wanted to encourage you two to do that and put them up.

    Also, I couldn’t tell what service you’re streaming to through Darkice, at least not in the notes or through the path that the live stream is published at. Can you clarify what receives the Darkice live stream? The DarkIce site says that it can output the encoded stream to the following streaming servers:

    IceCast 1.3.x and 2.x
    Darwin Streaming Server
    archive the encoded audio in files

    Or is there something else you’re using to stream than one of those?

    Finally, what are the basic specs of the podcasting machine(s)? I’ve got a lighter box and a beefier box, so deciding what roles each of those is capable of is part of my planning in regard to trying this.

    I have a local community that is starting to podcast. I’m the only Linux user, but I host the website and email list on the home server. I’d love to learn enough about this to offer them a box for podcasting! That’s how I got into Linux in the first place, learning about it to host the website and email list, and trying to serve a community need.

    Also, thanks for putting in the time it takes to do the podcast. I don’t usually have a comment, but I’ve been listening since Episode 1, and I think the podcast is in good hands.

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