Radio Tux: Lumiera Radio Interview during FROSCON 2009

Radio Tux has published my interview with the core developers and contributors to the Lumiera project now. I conducted the interview at FROSCON 2009 a couple of weeks ago. Lumiera is a Free and Open Source video editing application project for GNU/Linux developed originally by the
CinelerraCV community. It was born as a rewrite of the Cinelerra codebase called Cinelerra3 but it is now an independent project with its own name.

Lumiera Collage
Poster of ideas in the Lumiera logo contest

The lumiera project is insofar an amazing project, as it involves a lot of artists and videomakers. Also there seem to be quite a few women involved. So we do see the free and open source community evolving and including different people with various backgrounds. What a great news! Lumiera shows that people do not want to be limited by proprietary video editing software. I am looking myself for a good open source video suite for years and I believe Lumiera can be a good alternative in the future. Actually there is not a version to test yet. There have been code aditions to other projects.

Why I do think Lumiera will be successful, is because the project lead focuses on building a broad community of contributors and they do not focus on short-term success, but rather long-term goals. When they had to decide what logo they should use for lumiera, they put up a forum, a wiki page and a voting system and let the community decide as a whole. And I like what came out. Cool way to do it.

Lumiera Logo
Lumiera Logo after community contest

The interview is pretty interesting. It is a bit more than half an hour. I was also very happy to hear that Lumiera will focus on speed and usability for people with less powerful and expensive hardware. These are exactly the goals of LXDE and Freifunk, which I am happy to support as well. Lumiera folks just incorporate the idea of empowering people. I am looking forward to what comes out of this exciting project.

Die Nicht-Lineare Videoschnittsoftware Lumiera ist gewissermaßen ein Fork von Cinerella. Warum es zu diesem Fork kam, wie der Name und das Logo für das Projekt entstand und warum die Community, die sich mittels Wiki
und Mailinglisten organisiert, jetzt schon eine große ist, obwohl die
Software noch nicht veröffentlich ist versucht unser Moderator Mario
Behling im Gespräch mit Developern und anderen am Projekt beteiligten
Leuten zu klären. (http://blog.radiotux.de/2009/09/02/interview-ueber-lumiera/)

Special thanks to Sirko and Thomas “der genial vom Thema abschweifende” Steinbrecher for giving me the opportunity to conduct the interview and for always keeping us up to date about the FOSS community over the years with radio tux!

Links

* Lumiera project http://lumiera.org
* Lumiera wiki http://pipapo.org/pipawiki/Lumiera
* On Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cinelerra#Lumiera_rewrite

* Radio Tux http://blog.radiotux.de

lubuntu first alpha releases

lynxis published the first lubuntu test iso based on the seeds by David Sugar and additional patches. The first release was 381 MB and a second one only 292 MB. Following test images are also around this size. After crashing the c-base server several times with the lubuntu images, the LXDE team kindly offers the download from its website: download.lxde.org/lubuntu-9.10

lubuntu
lubuntu logo suggestion by gusion

The lubuntu project was started in February after I met with Mark Shuttleworth in Berlin. We talked about how to cooperate between LXDE and Ubuntu. Mark agreed that a light Ubuntu distro would definitely be worthwile to proceed. I started the lubuntu project with the goal to create an Ubuntu derivative that is fast and lightweight just as the goals of the LXDE project.

LXDE, “Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment”, is an extremely fast, performing and energy saving desktop environment. It is maintained by an international community of developers and comes with a beautiful interface, multi-language support, standard keyboard short cuts and additional features like tabbed file browsing. LXDE uses less CPU and less RAM. It is especially designed for cloud computers with low hardware specifications like netbooks, mobile devices (e.g. MIDs) or older computers. LXDE can be installed with distributions like Ubuntu or Debian. It provides a fast desktop experience connecting easily with applications in the cloud. LXDE supports a wealth of programs, that can be installed with Linux systems locally. The source code of LXDE is licensed partly under the terms of the General Public License and partly under the LGPL.

The lubuntu team already had IRC meetings, face to face gatherings in Singapore, Berlin and other cities. And, I am excited to see the team getting together and releasing first results now. lynxis who is most of the time in the c-base just over the street from my appartment joined the team a few months ago. I am looking forward to more people joining up with us.

There are many ways you can support the project. Firstly download and test the current test releases. If you are a developer you can submit patches. If you are a tester, please leave info about bugs in the bug tracker. Secondly you can join us and create desktop backgrounds and logos for lubuntu. We have not decided yet, what the final logo will look like.Check out the lubuntu Artwork Forum and leave your ideas there. You can also help with translations, if you speak another language and translate the desktop of LXDE. Or you can help to improve or write Wikipedia articles about lubuntu and LXDE.

lubuntu logo idea by genelyk
lubuntu logo idea by genelyk

lubuntu design idea
lubuntu Design Idea by leo

Download lubuntu test iso: download.lxde.org/lubuntu-9.10

Links

* lubuntu on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lubuntu
* Join up with the LXDE community http://join.lxde.org
* lubuntu Artwork Forum http://forum.lxde.org/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=437
* Bug reports: https://bugs.launchpad.net/~lubuntu-desktop
* Seeds and Code of Lubuntu: https://code.launchpad.net/~lubuntu-desktop
* Launchpad Project: https://bugs.launchpad.net/~lubuntu-desktop
* How to make a LiveCD: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/LiveCDCustomizationFromScratch

Freie Infrastrukturen

In den letzten Wochen ergab sich bei mir ein reger Austausch mit Politikern verschiedener Parteien. Zudem gab es in der Freifunk-Community zahlreiche Anfragen von Journalisten zu Freifunk und freien Infrastrukturen. Gerne mache ich hier meine Positionen öffentlich.

Jeder Bürger hat das Recht auf ein menschenwürdiges, selbstbestimmtes
Leben in Freiheit. Dies kann nur in einer Gesellschaft geschehen, die
Bürgern, Orte für die Entfaltung der Persönlichkeit und ein
menschengerechtes Leben zur Verfügung stellt, unabhängig von Einkommen
und Status. Der freie Zugang zu Wasser, Luft, Strom, öffentlichen
Straßen und Plätzen, Schulen und Universitäten muss genauso gesichert
sein, wie der ungehinderte Zugang zu freien digitalen Netzen als Orte
der Öffentlichkeit im neuen digitalen Raum. Um diese Orte zu
ermöglichen und effiziente lokale Netze und Breitbandinternet für alle
im städtischen und ländlichem Raum aufzubauen, muss das offene Spektrum
neben gegenwärtigen WLAN-Frequenzen ausgeweitet werden. Ein
demokratischer Diskurs kann nur gesichert sein, wenn öffentliche Orte
hierfür existieren. Offene Infrastrukuren wie Vekehrswege,
Telekommunikationsnetze, Energie- und Wasserversorgung sind nicht nur
eine Basis für wirtschaftliche Aktivitäten, sondern grundlegend
notwendig für das gleichberechtigte Miteinander der Menschen in der
Gesellschaft. Sie entscheiden als das zentrale Element, wer aktiv an
der Demokratie, in der Wirtschaft und dem kulturellen Leben teilhat.
Zugänge zu Infrastrukturen müssen daher frei und ungehindert sein. Der
Betrieb von Infrastrukturen ist eine Gemeinschaftsaufgabe. Offene
Betriebsmodelle des Teilens von Ressourcen und Arbeit, wie bei freien
Bürgernetzen, müssen deshalb gewinnorientierten Geschäftsmodellen
gleichgestellt werden. Infrastrukturen dienen zu allererst dem
Gemeinwohl.

Debconf11: The Debian Conference and Camp Proposal for 2011 from Germany

On Tuesday, June 2 2009 sixteen members of the local Debian and FOSS
community met in Berlin to discuss a possible bid from Germany for the
Debconf11. We had some discussions at DebConf8
already and also our DPL promoted the idea. There is a strong desire in
the local community to get the Debconf to Germany for the first time.
The participation at the informally organized Berlin meeting was
already overwhelming. There is a big and active group of very welcoming
and friendly local supporters and there is an excellent and cost
effective infrastructure available to host the event and contributors
from all over the world. We had a follow up about a Berlin bid during the Linuxtag on June 26, 2009, where bidders from Rhein/Rhur and Munich also presented their ideas for bids. We decided to submit only one bid for Debconf11 from Germany and will have an internal German process to decide which bid will work out best. During the Debconf9 there was a presentation of the bids from Germany.

 

Presentation by: Berlin – Torsten Werner, Rhein/Ruhr – Rene Engelhard, München – Michael BanckLinks

* http://debconf.org 

* Debconf 11 Germany Wiki page: http://wiki.debconf.org/wiki/DebConf11/Germany

* Mailing list: http://lists.debconf.net/mailman/listinfo/debconf11-germany

* Archive: http://lists.debconf.net/lurker-net/list/debconf11-germany.html

* IRC: #debconf11-germany on irc.debian.org AKA OFTC 

Harald Welte auf dem Linuxtag in Berlin

Robert Schuster interviewt Harald Welte auf dem Linuxtag 2008.

Links:

* Video http://www.vimeo.com/2081264

* Blog von Harald Welte http://gnumonks.org/~laforge/weblog/

* GPl Violations http://gpl-violations.org/

* Robert Schuster  http://blogs.fsfe.org/robertschuster/