It's been discussed to distraction...whether advertising Linux would do any good or not. Well, we are not far from finding out. Our "Voice of Linux", we'll call him George...simply because that's his name; has given us some raw audio to work with.
It is awesome...truly it is.
Now we simply need to form and polish it.
Cut it, splice it, add music, voice-overs...whatever you want to do...redo it in your own voice or make your own...we are going to showcase the Linux Community talent on this project. There are multiple clips available. Our goal is to make a 15 second, 30 second and one minute spots. We want the raw power of the Open Source Community to shine through here.
Let's see what we can do.
These are going to be listened to by the entire community so put your best efforts into them. There is a good chance these will be aired on public radio stations across the nation or even the world if we can get enough people involved.
There are three files available for download. One is one minute 13 seconds, one is at one minute exactly and the third is the full ad with music layered underneath so you can get a feel for what a simple thing it is to do. The only difference between the two basic files is a few seconds cut from one to show how smoothly it can be done.
Remember, the only stipulations are that Free Open Source Software is to be used in all levels of production and all submissions must be published under Creative Commons Licensing. There will be businesses that will want to use these clips so leave room on them for the business to identify themselves and voice-in the contact information and such. Usually 10-15 seconds is sufficient.
This is for community involvement and chances are, there is a lot more talent out there than we possess. We can't really offer prizes...yet. The coffers are fairly dry, but we can publish the best of the best with the names of those who did the work. We will keep plugging away to find someone who will be willing to donate prizes. If you are someone who can help us put together a prize list, please contact us at icanhelp at fixedbylinux dott komm.
So when does it run? Who gets to run it? Who knows...? We are working several funding angles now. These spots are going to be, for some, the first information they've heard about linux. If you decide you want to submit your own original work, keep this in mind. But it's open source so make it what you want. Just remember, this raw source belongs to the community and is released under Creative Commons licensing. They are presented to you in ogg format in the spirit of open source but your entries can be in mp3 format if you wish...some simply prefer to work with that format. They had initially been uploaded as mp3's but asking you to use only open source then offering you proprietary files seemed just a bit odd.
Thanks to Mark Van Kingsley for pointing it out to this oblivious author.
We have set up an anonymous FTP account for your uploads so submit your work in tar.gz or zip format and name the file with something that will identify you as the author. The ideal thing to do would be to include a text readme file inside with your full contact information. That will put a stop to any possible confusion.
The fantastic voice talent that gave us this work has done so freely....he has our sincerest thanks. Let's see if we can make him famous. Upload your files here. http://www.heliosinitiative.org/page.php?10
Now...let the Audacity begin. Here's hoping for a Rezounding success.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
blather and mumbling provided by Ken Starks at 1:10 AM