Fedora 7 Chosen as LiveContent CD Platform

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2007-08-07 Print this article Print

Fedora 7 has been chosen as the platform to showcase Creative Commons-licensed multimedia content.

The Fedora 7 Linux distribution has been chosen as the platform for the Creative Commons LiveContent CD, an initiative to showcase free, open-source software and Creative Commons-licensed multimedia content. The LiveContent CD is the result of collaboration across a number of organizations, including Red Hat, which is providing in-kind engineering support via Fedora 7, as well as software applications including OpenOffice, The Gimp, Inkscape, Firefox, multimedia viewers, open document templates and others from the community. Worldlabel.com, a member of the Open Document Format Alliance, is supplying ongoing support for the development and distribution of the LiveContent CD.
Fedora 7, which is the result of community-based open-source collaboration, has a new build capacity that allows for the creation of custom distributions and individual appliances.
Click here to read eWEEK Labs review of Fedora 7. "Fedora 7 features a completely open-source build process that greatly simplifies the creation of appliances," said Jack Aboutboul, a community engineer for Fedora at Red Hat. "We encourage Fedora 7 users to create custom distributions that fit their individual needs and are excited that Creative Commons is making use of this capability within Fedora 7 to enable the liberation of content and provide free licensed software to all." Fedora 7 boots directly from the LiveContent CD and uses open-source tools such as Revisor and Pungi. The CD features a variety of Creative Commons-licensed content, including audio, video, image, text and educational resources. From the desktop, users can explore free and open content and learn more about businesses such as Jamendo, Blip.tv, Flickr and others supporting creative communities through aggregation and search tools. "With the release of Fedora 7 and the opening up of our build process and tools such as Pungi and Revisor, we have tried to position Fedora as a true platform for innovation rather than just another Linux distribution," Aboutboul told eWEEK. Read here about the Creative Commons license for Office users. "The purpose of the LiveContent distribution is to act as a tool and an enabler to educate people about what Creative Commons is and does, and to provide them with the tools and a selection of content with which they can begin to explore the remix culture," Aboutboul said. Creative Commons needed a reliable, community-driven platform on which to base its content and already had a relationship with some of the engineers at Red Hat, according to Jon Phillips, a community and business developer at Creative Commons. "We envision LiveContent to be a stepping stone to dynamic distribution of open content," he said. "Forthcoming versions of LiveContent aim to support auto curated packaging of Creative Commons-licensed content, allowing for the most up-to-date, living content distribution. For this to happen, were calling on community members and content curators to join the effort to help spread open media." Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest open-source news, reviews and analysis
Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

For numerous examples of his writing you can search under his name at the eWEEK Website at www.eweek.com.


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