Month: December 2005

New Year, welcome “Computer for All”

Posted by – 30/12/2005

It’s almost 2006. I can barely wait! This year was a really busy one and, although I don’t expect my life to slow any down, there’s always the hope for better days…

We’ve ended up 2005 in a pretty good shape: fisl7.0 promises to be the best of all, fisl6.0’s videos were finally put online, the process that was leading to the buying of more than 5 thousand Windows/Office licenses by the National Congress was halted, the standards for the Brazilian digital tv is going open source, and, finally, the best of all: the “computer for all” project is a huge success.

All of the above are great, but this last one I point out for it’s the largest digital inclusion project I know: It puts a pretty good computer (by brazilian standards) inside the home of anybody that can pay ~ R$ 60,00 (around US$ 25,00) a month for two years, with internet access and running a branded GNU/Linux. The reports have been great (e.g. one of the sellers sold 13 thousand units in a month while expecting to sell 5 thousand). I think this project is a major score!

And they have a pretty good logo also. ­čÖé

fisl6.0 videos online – finally

Posted by – 12/12/2005

I’ve been too busy the last two weeks. We prepared fisl6.0’s videos to be served in our BitTorrent Tracker (courtesy of Hugo Cisneiros, who provided the fast connection and the bttrack server). And now they’re officially uploaded. The first 80 videos can be download using BitTorrent at http://torrents.softwarelivre.org/.

Some of the best ones, IMHO, are Maddog’s, David A. Wheeler’s, David Heinemeier Hansson’s (btw, the video he presented is here), Eric Raymond’s, but there are many others I could enlist.

We had a lot of trouble with the recorded media. It was so that we just gave up on some videos… around 20% were lost due to bad recording or damaged media. It was so frustating that we decided to take a different path for fisl7.0: we’ll encode the video on site. We’ll not repeat the same mistake of getting them on DVD before and the converting later. Rather, we’ll encode it directly in the encoding machine and, maybe, it will be available in the same night or the next day. We already have everything in place (after all, we stream the whole conference!), it’s just a matter of generating a improved quality version and record it.

Using Theora, it will be needed a fast processing machine, but that we can rent for the 4 days of conference, and use it to encode both the stream version and the distribution version. Anything will be better than to loose a recorded talk due to bad media or bad recording… We’re already choosing the hardware specification… W’ll need at least 6 of those powerful machines (since we’ll have at least 6 simultaneous rooms).

Gosh! I’m already looking forward the next fisl!!