Going on sabbatical from the Linux Action Show

It’s official:

I am taking a sabbatical from recording the Linux Action Show.

I love the Linux Action Show.  But, right now, I need to focus my time on some other areas.  (If you pay attention to my various shenanigans, you’ve got a pretty good idea of what I’ll be spending my time on.)  There’s only so much one man can do… so I had to make some cuts somewhere.

My co-host, Chris, will continue to record the show weekly (with an excellent guest host).  I have total confidence that, even without my gorgeous mug, the show will continue to rock.

Now, while you’re here, go buy my comic book and my software. :)

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83 Responses to “Going on sabbatical from the Linux Action Show”

  1. alex says:

    damn! Well, all the best and hope to see you soon back on LAS, perhaps tearing Fedora a new one in the next update! :)

  2. WindPower says:

    Aww, but but but… Bryan… You are the spark of the show! The one who keeps Chris from yadda yadda-ing too much sometimes and put him straight back on his feet! Not that he doesn’t do the same for you, but yeah… I hope you come back soon!

  3. JairJy says:

    I hope you will make your yearly Why Linux Sucks

  4. Russell Warner says:

    come back as soon as you can!!! we all love you bryan XD

  5. David says:

    …but who’s gonna bring the whole show to a grinding halt just to point out that Chris said “do-do”

    You might’ve guessed that is my all time favourite Bryan moment but I can’t remember the episode it was on.

  6. Abe says:

    This is clearly due to a botched meth run.

  7. Leif Andersen says:

    I agree, it’s sad to see you go. You made the difference between every other linux podcast out there, which is to say making hummer more important than anything else. It’s sad to see you go.

  8. Mario Kukucov says:

    You bastards…

  9. Travis says:

    Well, that sucks. Hope you come back soon!

  10. TheDudeOf69 says:

    Awww…not much to add to comments above. “The candle that burns twice as bright…” Well, you know the rest of that one… Keep on burning bright in all your other endeavours and (hopefully) be seeing you back along Chris on LAS some day!!!

  11. Dave says:

    Nooooooooooo. you can’t leave! now i have no one left screaming the virtues of the N900. Chris is great, but my weekly fix of the “B-Man” was my only salvation. first J@N and now LAS. Hope you come back soon. All the best Buddy.

  12. James says:

    This is too bad! It’s actually the saddest thing I’ve heard in a while :x

  13. Primefalcon says:

    have to say, I seen this coming, of late you’ve been more often absent than present

  14. mano says:

    we missed you the last two shows,it is just not the same without you,hope you come back in time to review ubuntu 11.10.i guess you are working on bringing linux to mobile after giving up on meego and web os,i hope you succeed,and that the new ubuntucore be of use to you,best luck.

  15. Shawn J. Goff says:

    You suck! I love you! You suck!

    Best Wishes & Good Luck,

  16. MaTachi says:

    Good luck with your projects! I hope you will at least come back a few times now and then. :)

  17. Steffen Chr. says:

    Well, that sure is a huge loss The Linux Action Show!
    I hope you get sufficient time for your work, and that they will be done fast ;)

    Looking forward to hear you announcing your LAS comeback

  18. Christos says:

    You are lying, you can’t leave…

    If you do Fedora wins!


  19. Dorsai says:

    I hope we will see you again soon. Anyway, when there is a Fedora release you have to come back at least for an episode to review it. ^^

  20. Russell Richardson says:

    I hope this is an Early April Fools joke?? Well, hope your back soon!

  21. Ari says:

    I am truly sorry to hear this.

    Hope all the best to you, sir.

  22. acz says:


  23. L3B1G says:

    I just got hooked to the show and now you are leaving!!!! Could you at least tell us if you re really planning to come back or not?

    I DEMAND you come back asap, you sexy nerd!

  24. gregf says:

    I think they should have to use a picture of your face for the back drop till you’re able to return. It’s only fair. Good luck kind sir.

  25. impie says:

    NO!!! This can’t be happening! Here is what you should do:

    1) Escape from jail in Mexico
    2) Get some work done
    3) Start up that Debian mobile platform you were talking about

    We will miss you, A LOT! Be back soon!! Also, please do a guest appearance once in a while.

  26. pell says:

    I feel like one of my favorite characters of a tv series was killed in that series. I get it but I’m sad. :(

  27. Mitchell says:

    Just a short while after i gotten hooked on the show my favourite host goes on a sabbatical which i can only assume means some sort of travelling, illegal, donkey show. I cannot guarantee your safety while you are away from LAS and the only way you can potentially avoid a potentially fatal accident is to rejoin Chris on LAS.

  28. WaffleBarron says:


  29. banjosteve says:

    come back! LAS just feels like another version of techsnap, just with out the fun.

    Your the guy that got me hooked on linux and well it just feels empty on sundays now..arch linux is the nuts for me!

    if you watched the drop off of viewers when they said you were not going to be there it was mad. It was just a dropping number all the way through the show.

    Well hope the family and the goats are ok. I’m off to get excited about Another World coming out for the ipad and lob the new CyanogenMod 7 on my hp tablet…YAY.

  30. Eli says:

    But Bryan, now I’m going to have to suffer through the Linux Action Show without your glorious giant head to greet my eyes!?! Ah jeez…

    I’m going to go cry after I finish typing this. You’re the about the best part of LAS. I am sad now.

  31. The_RedHammer says:

    I’m a sad panda, I looked forward to hearing “This week on the Linux Action Show” every Sunday. :(

  32. Doug says:

    Any chance there’s a Brian Action Show in the future? I think we’d all love to see action from your POV. I mean, you do goats, right? It was always fun watching you stick it to Fedora, or when you gave Chris an earful (still can’t believe he didn’t know the Kindle runs Linux). Anyway, the show feels a bit limp now. I’m definitely going to miss watching you spew on camera. The whole world just feels more dirty now.

  33. Jim says:

    Come back to the show Bryan, as soon as you can, we miss you!

  34. Al says:

    Bryan, good luck on your projects, but hurry back. You and Chris have a unique broadcast dynamic that makes geek talk fun to listen to. You guys (together) have found that evasive formula and now is the time to develop it. Plus, you have a niche; no competition out there that I can see! So, take a break but the two of you really rock together. God Bless, buddy.

  35. Kevin says:

    Best of Luck on your projects Bryan!
    I really enjoyed the show and learned a lot and most importantly became enthused about Linux again. Hope you come back soon.

  36. ProjectMorris says:

    I can only echo what has been said before. Good luck with what your doing and make sure you come the F back soon.

  37. Franco says:

    Best of lucks to you, but please, come back to the show as soon as you can !

  38. Reid says:

    I am also a sad panda. LAS and J@N were my favorite shows. Bryan was the highlight of both shows. Now LAS is just another skype call show. Pardon my french, but skype call shows are fucking boring as hell. We only have one show thats still running thats two or more people thats not a skype call show, and thats the Faux Show, and they release an episode once every randomness. Allan is intelligent, yes, but LAS will be just like TechSnap in the sense that its informative but extremely dull, and TechSnap will probably cease and the content of TechSnap will just carry over to LAS. Unless Bryan comes back to LAS and/or J@N launches again, I will only be watching the MMOrgue.

    Despite everything i just said, Bryan, I hope you are making the right decision. I understand you are a busy person with your projects, but one piece of the puzzle still does not make sense to me and its this: Without Jupiter Broadcasting, how are you going to advertise your work?

  39. Reid says:

    *oh, forgot to mention that STOked is another podcast thats not a skype call show and has two people on it. My bad

  40. BigFun says:

    Bryan, please come back to show.
    LAS isn’t the same without You.
    I still can’t believe in this.
    It’s a very big disappointment.
    You make people want to use Linux.

    Greetings from Poland!

  41. GLF says:

    I warn you, after a month of absence, i’ll start using fedora. SIX months, and i’ll be back to Windows!!

    You Sir, have been warned.

  42. Tora201jp says:

    Hey B Man! It’s OK. We all get depressed at times. Hope you’ll be back after you get over your midlife crisis! In the meantime pass me that meth….

  43. Louie says:

    Come back soon Bryan. You’re expertise and views are needed on the podcast. It is just not the same w/o you.

  44. Eli says:

    Bryan, oh Bryan, how the Linux Action Show needs you. Maybe now more than ever. Its less Linux-y, its SO much less Action-y without you Bryan. And the two together… Linux Action… I fear I may never se it again if you don’t come back.

    Instead, the co-host we’re stuck with, on the LINUX ACTION show, is a guy who loves not linux (but BSD), and probably couldn’t spell ACTION if he were staring straight at the LAS logo.

    My Monday mornings have gotten much sadder without you Bryan. Now all I have to look forward to are my comic podcasts from the weekend (which are fantastic, but contain no mention of linux).

  45. Bryan says:

    Thanks for the support and kind words, everyone. It means a great deal.

    Going on sabbatical from LAS (and Jupiter Broadcasting) wasn’t an easy decision for me. But, I am 100% convinced, it was the right one.

    For now, if you need a Bryan fix, I’ll be right here. :)

  46. Hoover says:

    I’m sad to see you go Brian, but I hope you’ll be hosting the show again soon.

    All the best, Uwe

  47. Nikki says:

    PLEASE come back! You cannot leave LAS. What about the cool and unique intro every show? Aww, this can’t be true. Now the world is really going to end.

  48. Joseph says:

    If it means anything, you’re the reason I started listening to the Linux Action Show… for months BEFORE I ran Linux! :-(

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  50. bananaoomarang says:

    Good luck!! Really sad though, hope it is just a sebbatical!

    If it’s not I’ll start listening to the Linux Outlaws. Is that a threat? You bet ;)

    in all seriosness though, hope you do well!

  51. Joseph says:

    Top 10 Reasons Bryan Lunduke Left the Linux Action Show:

    10. Inside source: “It’s like the Vampire Diaries, except replace Stefan and Damon with Bryan and Chris, and Elena with Danica Patrick.”

    9. After watching Dumbo with his kid, Bryan just couldn’t go through with being on a podcast sponsored by GoDaddy anymore.

    8. Stephen Elop and Leo Apotheker decided to cancel Byan too.

    7. While down in the SSH tunnel mining bitcoins for Chris, a cessation of Tweets made Bryan realize his job was no longer safe.

    6. “Look Chris, I know you don’t feel safe playing Star Trek Online with a red shirt on, but can’t you wear a yellow or black shirt? Why no shirt? And that doesn’t even begin to explain the lack of pants.”

    5. Needed more time to pursue his work on a children’s Linux distribution, OpenSeuss.

    4. In the original unaired version of LAS episode s18e06, Bryan showed up drunk and referred to the most popular Linux distro as “Your Buns too” throughout the entire podcast.

    3. After episode s18e04, Bryan decided to take time off and not return until Illumination Software Creator was low-resource enough to run on the potato that runs Linux.

    2. Contract negotiations broke down after Chris told Bryan, “Look, you’ve got two options here: contract update, or contract updates.”

    And the number one reason Bryan Lunduke left the Linux Action Show:

    1. Intellectual property issues – Children’s Television Workshop issued a trade complaint alleging that Chris and Bryan violated their trademark of Bert and Ernie. A German judge was quick to issue an injunction.

  52. Fletcher says:

    Been hugely grateful that you turned me onto the Nokia N900 tablet. Loving it as my primary Skype phone and hacker toy. Can’t wait to see what your efforts come up with to make a Debian platform for the platform. AA-aaaaaaall the best!

  53. pfindan says:

    AWWWW… Can’t wait to see you back on the show! The show just isn’t the same without you..

  54. ArchAttack says:

    While I think Chris is a wonderful guy I dont think the show is the same without you, I mean hell when I’m bored or just in a slum of a mood I watch the show specificly to see you because every few seconds you make me bust out laughing. I especially enjoyed the show where you talked about my favorite distro Arch, “Dont try arch, read the manual, don’t try Arch…but then try Arch” :P I just hope you actually return because so many times people leave shows saying they will return but never do.

  55. Us3r_Unfriendly says:

    sudo mount /dev/BriansFace /mnt/

  56. wkromer says:

    Without you Bryan, the Linux Action show is too kind and too much like Tech Snap. Return soon.

  57. Templeton says:

    B man, Those comments about JJ Abrams finally hit a raw nerve. We know he has you locked up until you apologize. Hold on, Don’t Break, Help is on the way.

  58. Preston says:

    Dude, you are the show! Love your Illumination software! Keep in touch…come back soon.

  59. Jim says:

    Please come back soon!!!

  60. Brian Beck says:

    Been missing you on LAS, come back when you’re feeling the urge (hopefully soon).


  61. Cammin says:

    Wow, this sucks more than Netflix. I’ve stopped watching since you left, hoping you had short-term obligations or something along those lines. Switch over to Jupiter Broadcasting on Sunday afternoons, start the show, wait, wait, then no B-man. Press the stop button. Same routine for a few weeks. Still hoping for a return. Find this article on DuckDuck and dang there it is. Fin. Thank you for being you. You are destined for something greater.

  62. aznAnon says:

    LAS is just like Tech Snap without you Bryan. plz come back. : (

  63. Doug says:

    Hey did you hear about that really stupid thing Fedora’s doing? Wow! You should make a cameo rant . . . call it a rameo.

  64. Rob From Raleigh says:

    We miss you from the show! My 6 year-old son (soon to be 7) that I told you about earlier this year says he now finds the show boring…except for the 30 seconds or so that Danica Patrick is on the screen. :) But he no longer goes around that house saying “Linux Action Shoooooooooooow” like he did before. It was great to see the upcoming generation get so pumped on Linux thanks to your efforts!

    Anyway, it’s all worth it if your sabbatical lets you have more time with your little one. That time goes quickly and cannot ever be gotten back if it is missed. But, please do come back to the show soon…we really do miss the chemistry you and Chris had!

  65. jason john says:

    Have a young kid is wonderful yet a time sucking vampire.

    What about a Lunduke’s Linux Rant segment recorded at random.

    All this week on Lunduke’s Linux Rannnnnnt!

  66. Andrew says:

    You are incorrect. The LAS no longer rocks. Pity. Was a good show. Moovin on…

  67. Steve says:

    Just watched LAS and I’m really sorry to say it, but despite the other guys best efforts its going down the pan.

  68. Alex says:

    Sucks man… LAS just isn’t the same. The host combination works for TechSnap… but LAS just isn’t the same.

    I’m finding it harder and harder to get excited about new LAS episodes :(

  69. Varadhan SKM says:

    We want you back! I loved your funny comments. Please come back.

  70. Erm says:

    I miss you Bryan. Please come back.

  71. Adam says:

    I feel compelled to add to the echos. I still enjoy the show with Chris & Allan — and yes other guests would be welcome — but LAS is not the same show without Bryan.

    I hope the dood works through his stuff and finds a way to return.


  72. David says:

    Is it just me, but I always considered LAS a comedy show first. News/Reviews second. Hell, Linux second for that matter. If the choice was to entertain or inform, you guys seemed to choose entertain. If we happened to be informed in our faces too; well that’s just cake. The new LAS just isn’t as funny. Worse, it doesn’t seem to try. I like Alan. But he’s about as funny as a piece of toast. That got kicked to the back of the toaster. And each time you make toast, he just sits in the back. Smoldering. Awkwardly making small talk with all the new toast. Wondering when oh Lord will it be his turn to be retrieved from the toaster. Until it finally bursts into flames. And you have to pull it out with tongs and throw it in your sink. Douse it with water. And as you stand there looking at a wet piece of charred bread, you think to yourself, ‘well…that was exciting…’

  73. bart says:

    The show us just not the same without you! Nothing against Chris and Allan, but you added entertainment value that’s just not there anymore. Now its a complete geek show……..snore. if I want that ill listen to twit.

  74. Jimbo says:

    I finally decided to search Google on why the B-Man has not been on the Linux Action Show recently.

    And I came to this post and was sad to see the news…

    I miss the Action Intros and the most opinionated Linux User ever.

    I hope the B-Man soon comes back.

  75. Al says:

    Twit sucks and doesn’t fill the niche that you & Chris brought to the fight (no offense to Allan as well). How about adding a countdown clock to your blog for the end of your sabbatical? Seriously, your Ubuntu review was AWESOME and I couldn’t even find another podcast that even broached a fraction of what you did in your write-up.

  76. brad says:

    Hope you get out soon… next time get a decent lawyer

  77. John says:

    Bryan please come back! I still listen to LAS and even appreciate what Allan brings to some of the topics. But as so many others have said it’s just not the same program without you.

    If you really can’t return right now, please at least record some intros for them!

  78. cowboycamilo says:

    I also had to search Google for a direct response to the big question… why is B-Man gone?, no offence to the rest but the LAS is no longer “the” LAS, I really stopped listening to it cause its just not the same show anymore, I think B-Man was the soul of the show and i really really really hope he comes back on, i miss his: “ALL THIS WEEK ON THE LINUX ACTION SHOW!!!!” and all the rest stuff he did on the show.
    So there it is… missa sad…

  79. SecureZone says:

    Linux Action Show is a big fail now.

    Return back to save its ass.

    There is no other cure, Bryan!

    Plan B) make your own show, and I’ll damn freaking subscribe to it!

  80. Lundude says:

    We need to know, will you ever go back to LAS ? Not going to watch anymore LAS till you are back on it.

  81. Luis says:

    Been a LAS listener for about 3 years and it’s not the same. I’m a sysadmin and the shows now are not that informative nor entertaining.

    Wish you would come back soon.

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