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Open source TV series available for download

By   |  July 15, 2005

The Go Open Source campaign this week announced the downloadable version of the Go_Open television series. The show, which aired in South Africa late last year, has been released under a Creative Commons licence that allows users to re-distribute the show for non-commercial purposes. They are not able to modify or make derivative version of the show however.

The series, hosted by South African personality John Vlismas, was screened on SABC TV and was the first-ever television show dedicated to the coverage of open source software.

“We wanted to create a clearly distributable version of the show,” says Go Open Source project manager Thomas Black, “because the whole aim of Go Open Source, and of the TV show, is to proliferate the open source message. What better way to achieve this than by making this ground-breaking and entertaining show available for free download.”

The broadcasts have been highly compressed and optimised for download purposes, using the mp4 format. “We used an open source codec in
compressing the shows,” says Black, “because it displays the power of open source to produce standards-driven software. Thanks to the use of
this codec, the show will play perfectly on Windows, Linux and Apple Macintosh systems.”

Black says the show is immediately available via Bittorrent. “The show has been split into two torrents; one containing episodes one to six and the other with episodes seven to thirteen,” says Black. “Each file is around 600 megabytes in size, a perfect size to be cut onto CD, but it is also possible to download individual episodes.”

“The Creative Commons license we\’ve chosen for the purposes of the show states that no derivatives can be produced from the shows and that they can not be used for commercial gain. They are, however, freely distributable in their original form, but attribution needs to be maintained to the Go Open Source campaign,” says Black. Any profits generated via use of the show will go back into the Go Open Source campaign to be used for the proliferation of open source,” he says.

Have a look at episode 2 for an interview with Tectonic.co.za editor Alastair Otter and episode 3 which featured www.tectonic.co.za in its web roundup. – Ed

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