Year of Open Source

One year of trying to use only free software, libre hardware, and option source options for all aspects of life.

Another spectacular opening ceremony

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It all kicks off today! You’ll be relieved to hear that Mr. Bean was unavailable for this particular opening ceremony:

Day 1: Engelbeckenholunderblütensekt

As mentioned in the video, you can download the recipe and branding elements here:

Engelbecken recipe.odt

The font used in the label is the open source Chunk, from The League of Moveable Type.

Now, this project format is hardly ideal – for example, the label is a non-editable PNG, and the .odt with the recipe does not include previous revisions. I’ll be looking into how to better document my projects over the next few weeks. This is also one of the many issues with my current website setup – I’m starting a ‘bug list’ of areas to work on over the year and the project website (and the bug list itself) are right at the top. Vimeo is also a temporary video hosting solution until I get a better website up & running. Anyone have much experience with GNU MediaGoblin, or Kaltura.org?

While some aspects of my project might take a few weeks to organise a solution for (the open source cellphone is hopefully coming soon, but it’s not cheap…) – there are things I can change on day 1. Software is of course the obvious one, so over the course of the day I’m going to be installing Linux and open source software. I’ve already written the suicide note for my personal facebook page, (come join me on diaspora!) and I’m currently composing an inventory of products and services I use.

In other news, the IndieGoGo campaign is still on for another week – tell your friends! Here’s Judith’s latest drawing for the calendar:

One of the core ideas behind the calendar is presenting those who have inspired others to get involved in open source, so Yochai Benkler is an important one for me personally. I read his marvelous book The Wealth of Networks 3 or 4 years ago, and it was my first real in-depth introduction to online collaboration, to open source, and peer production, and it’s something I would recommend to everyone. You can buy the paperback, or, because it’s licensed under a Creative Commons NonCommercial ShareAlike license, you can download various electronic versions for free. If you want to read the book on your proprietary Kindle with its proprietary formats, I won’t judge you. Here’s how to convert ePub files to MOBI files.

OK, time to partition my hard drive! First step, work out what ‘partition a hard drive’ means.

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7 thoughts on “Another spectacular opening ceremony

  1. Yay, that’s a great way to begin your journey !

  2. Good luck, I wouldn\’t be able to live with just open source for a year >.<
    Il be keeping a keen eye on this project and who knows, probably even be inspired to use more open source myself

  3. For hosting of videos you can also take a look at MediaCore : http://mediacorecommunity.org/ which works quite well. MediaGoblin is probably a good pick too.

  4. Good luck! I’ll be watching your progress with interest as I too have gone open-source as much as possible when it comes to software. Also, I highly recommend that you check out Jamendo.com for music. Most of it is creative commons and you’ll be surprised as how good some of it is.

  5. Well I’m not too sure if it is completely open source but webOS was built on a Linux core and was recently released to the developer community from HP because they are done with it. It might be worth looking into… At least fr communications purposes! Good luck bro!

  6. Even more suggestions for your free journey:
    – Wikinews as a free news source. Also, Global Voices if you’re into volunteering and advocacy.
    – Libre.FM as a replacement to Last.FM. You can use a filter to find only free-as-in-freedom music in there (in Jamendo it’s mixed up).
    – Seeks Search. A replacement to Google, Yahoo, etc. that is freely licensed.
    – Again, MediaGoblin to host your videos, images and music. Try gobblin.se for a free account.
    – Omploader ( ompldr.org ) as a replacement to Rapidshare/Mediafire/etc.
    – And remember – the best way to beat the lack of freedom-compliant art is to make your own copyleft art!

  7. Elderflower champagne! Awesome. I love that there are all these knowledgeable people helping out. I also hope there is some way to leave the funding opportunity open for the whole year, because I’m sure it will continue to get more popular!

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