Snowdrift.coop crowdfunding campaign and interview with RynoTheBearded

The whole point of my little mini-series on crowdfunding was to bring us to this point. Snowdrift.coop is not only free software with an ongoing crowd-funding campaign, it is a crowd-funding platform itself. I'm not going to try to explain how Snowdrift.coop is different. I'll leave that up to Aaron in the video below.

Note: the main video above is also available in fully-free format at Archive.org.

I've also decided to include below an interview from September between Snowdrift.coop co-founder Aaron Wolf and RynoTheBearded. You can read my commentary on the interview at Music Manumit.

Repost of Music Manumit interview with Patreon

This is the second in a three-part mini-series on crowd-funding. Actually, Music Manumit will be talking to Kickstarter in February, but that's far enough away not to include it in this mini-series. I'll post it here too because I think free software developers should look at all of their funding options.

If you think the IndieGoGo and Kickstarter models have problems (aside from not being free software), then Patreon might be the funding platform for you.

As always, Music Manumit is released under a CC BY-SA license.

Repost of Music Manumit Interview with Starfrosch.ch

As far as OSP posts going, this is a bit of an odd one. The software that runs starfrosch.ch is not free software – yet. I'm hoping I can find someone to help the developer clean up the code. You'll find out in the interview that the reason it isn't free software is because he doesn't think he is a good developer. I'm sure it's not a bad as he thinks, and even if it is, making it free software, may help make it better. 2 posts down, 3 to go!

Per usual, Music Manumit is released under CC BY-SA.

Repost of Music Manumit interview with Chris Webber of Mediagoblin

It's hard to know exactly what to call this little spurt of posts that is coming. It's also hard to know how I should announce. Is it worth an entire post to say "yay, posts are coming!"? I think probably not. There will be little meta-posts on many of them, but potentially not all. The posts will be about Patreon, IndieGoGo, Starfrosh, and finally Snowdrift.coop.

I'm going to leave the show notes over on the original post at Music Manumit. Please let us know if you'd prefer I post the show notes here too.

Theoretically, this player will pick mp3 or ogg depending on your browser capabilities. Please let us know if it isn't working. It was tested in Chromium.

[Meta] Looking Forward, Edition 2014-10

Do you ever start doing something, then say “this could be much more if …”?

I recently did this. “This” in this case is a couple of projects: OSP and Federati Networks. Federati will be getting its own blog soon, so that’s where I’ll discuss its potential future. Let’s talk about Open Source Playground.

You’ve read the story. Doug started OSP (along with Sportazine, FCSS [once known as TINT], CC music podcast Music Manumit, Music Manumit Lawcast, and other projects). In the case of OSP, my thoughts and Doug’s will have to coincide if anything is to change.

Anyway, it may take a while, but I have some things I would like to see OSP accomplish. First of all, I don’t think an occasionally-updated blog and a podcast with zero episodes it really what we are trying to do here. I think this is good as far as it goes, but that we should set our sights higher.

This one is not finished, but it has sat awaiting publication for a month. I’d rather do follow-ups in the comments or write more posts as we have a clearer idea than hold this one for three or four months.

TL;DR: OSP should be more than just a blog or two, a zero episode podcast, and a dream in a couple of people’s minds. We’re both time and resource constrained, but expect more. We do.

How Far Is Too Far?

A simple question: how far would you travel to attend meetings of a FLOSS user group (for example, a Linux User Group [LUG], BSD user group [BUG?]) or a maker-type group (building with Raspberry Pi, BeagleBoard/BeagleBone, Arduino, 3D printers, etc)?

I was looking around my local area in SoCal, and I realized that the nearest such groups meet a little distance away (~55 miles or longer). Would you still make the trip? Or would you skip the event unless you had another reason to be nearby at that time?

[Meta] Moving The Furniture … Soon

There were some transitional things that happened during our recent move from Dreamhost to the present hosting. Primary among those was adding a new subdomain (ospblog). Originally, this was so that we could complete the move without losing the original site, which was using the blog and www subdomains.

Sometime over the next month, I hope to move this blog completely onto the  blog subdomain, and completely off of the ospblog subdomain. For those who may not know what a subdomain is, the address bar of your web browser probably says http://ospblog.opensourceplayground.org/ right now. It could also say http://blog.opensourceplayground.org/ since they both point to the same content. After this move, the ospblog subdomain will no longer point to this WordPress site. (Well, I'm thinking of having it forward, so users will still get here.)

Also, during the move, I did not point the www subdomain here. I'm inclined to stand up a separate site for that one.

Caveats:

  • $EMPLOYER may place me on an extended-schedule assignment, removing any time I may have for these moves.
  • I'm also standing up a couple of things for family members. Obviously, these have to take precedence.
  • I may be moving soon. I am not sure whether that would be across town or across the country. Either way, it could be an extended process.

As these things get closer, I hope to post further announcements.