Linux Outlaws
Hosted byFabian Scherschel and Dan Lynch
GenreTalk show (Linux, Free and open source software)
UpdatesVaries (Recording on Monday, for release ~7 days later)
Audio formatOgg Vorbis, MP3
Original release5 September 2007 (2007-09-05) –
29 December 2014; 9 years ago (2014-12-29)

Linux Outlaws was a Linux news and technology podcast produced by Sixgun Productions and hosted by Fabian Scherschel and Dan Lynch. The show was based in the United Kingdom, and had a community forum as well as multiple social network accounts dedicated to fostering inter-communication among fans.[1][2]


Fabian Scherschel

Linux Outlaw Host: Fabian Scherschel

Fabian Scherschel is a journalist at Heise Verlag[3] in Hannover, Germany. He originally was a system administrator in Bonn. Later on he worked for a while for H-online in London. Fab also co-hosts a Warhammer 40,000 podcast, Angels of Death, with David Megins-Nicholas. Since December 2015 Fabian has been co-hosting Geek News Radio with David.

Dan Lynch

Dan Lynch is a programmer, musician, and producer from Merseyside, UK. He formerly worked for the NHS as a .NET developer before turning his back on Microsoft technologies to become an open source enthusiast.

Dan is an occasional co-host of FLOSS Weekly. In early 2010 Dan formed the band 20lb Sounds.[4] He also produces the Free as in Freedom podcast[5]


Each episode generally had a global download count of over 20000 and was often presented with both a serious attitude and a humorous bent.[6] Both Dan and Fabian are described as "down to earth, normal, everyday people" by listeners and reviewers alike.[7] The presenters claimed not to be Linux experts, but only to be trying very hard to provide listeners with a good time, entertainment, and interesting Linux-related information.[citation needed]

Linux Outlaws was segment-based, and focused the show on discussion of various topics throughout the show. Regular features included News and Releases, a look at recent development in free culture and at new releases of Linux distributions and notable pieces of free software. Episode 43 saw the introduction of a Micro-watch sub-segment, concentrating on Microsoft-related news.[8] The Linux Outlaws show aimed to broadcast live on YouTube most Monday nights (7 p.m. UTC), but they were always late.[citation needed]

In-Depth Topics and Listener Feedback included content from both presenters and listeners. Other segments included Tip of the Week and Beer of the Week, where Fabian recommended a brand of beer.

On occasion some shows were produced as specials to focus on one single topic, such as the release of Ubuntu 8.04 or an interview with Bradley M. Kuhn.[9][10]


The first episode of Linux Outlaws was released on 5 September 2007. At the time both Dan and Fab were also hosting another Podcast Rathole radio.[11] As Stefano Forenza says on his website "you know you're someone when you get cited twice in a single episode of LinuxOutlaws".[12] Dan revived the name Rat Hole Radio[13] as a music podcast in 2009.


Linux Outlaws was recorded simultaneously by the presenters in their respective homes – Hanover and Merseyside, England – and published in both the Ogg Vorbis and MP3 formats. The process involved recordings made by each presenter on his own machine, as well as a backup analogue recording by Fabian.[14] Recordings were usually made on Monday in a live show, using IRC and releases of the show usually occur on Wednesday. Some changes in schedule occurred when a special show is released, such as an interview.


Linux Outlaws reached their 100th Episode on 6 July 2009.

They reached their 200th Episode on 10 April 2011.

They reached their 300th Episode on 17 February 2013.

Their 370th and final Episode was released on 29 December 2014.


  1. ^ comments, 14 March 2016 Jason van Gumster Feed 382up 11. "15 podcasts for FOSS fans". Archived from the original on 11 May 2021. Retrieved 2 March 2021.((cite web)): CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  2. ^ Lunduke, Bryan (27 February 2013). "9 Linux podcasts you should follow". Network World. Archived from the original on 14 March 2021. Retrieved 2 March 2021.
  3. ^ "Fabian Scherschel". Archived from the original on 19 March 2014.
  4. ^ "20lb Sounds, by 20lb Sounds". 20lb Sounds. Archived from the original on 21 June 2022. Retrieved 20 July 2022.
  5. ^ "Free as in Freedom". Archived from the original on 17 May 2019. Retrieved 25 October 2011.
  6. ^ "Linux Outlaws Podcast – Great for people wanting to get into Linux". Archived from the original on 14 August 2009. Retrieved 28 April 2009.
  7. ^ "". Archived from the original on 10 August 2009. Retrieved 28 April 2009.
  8. ^ "Linux Outlaws 43". Archived from the original on 8 December 2013. Retrieved 21 November 2012.
  9. ^ "Linux Outlaws 35". Archived from the original on 2 June 2015. Retrieved 21 November 2012.
  10. ^ "Linux Outlaws 40". Archived from the original on 2 June 2015. Retrieved 21 November 2012.
  11. ^ Rathole Radio – the original podcast Archived 8 September 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ "Did you know LinuxOutlaws?". Archived from the original on 21 April 2009. Retrieved 28 April 2009.
  13. ^ Rat Hole Radio Archived 2 February 2011 at the Wayback Machine – homepage of the new podcast
  14. ^ "Disaster Strikes". Archived from the original on 4 June 2008. Retrieved 26 November 2008.


It also received mentions from several other related podcasts, such as LugRadio and The Linux Link Tech Show.