Back to reality after a weekend in Brusselles and FOSDEM. As usual I attended few lectures but met many people.
Jeremiah Foster just invited to a release party for Debian Lenny.
Cut paste from his blog post:
A bunch O people are planning to gather in Göteborg to celebrate the planned release of Lenny, otherwise known as debian GNU/Linux 5.0. Even if debian does not release Lenny as scheduled, we are having the party anyway! The target release date is the 14th but our party is on the 18th, here are the details;
Lenny Release Party on Wednesday the 18th of February
411 13 Göteborg
Tel. 031-13 60 70
See you there 🙂
Daniel thinks we will see an end to the “piracy” and gives rather good arguments to support that. He ends the article with a little note on the new services, web based services, where you (the user) subscribe or by some other means pay for the content, which is good. .. until you do some more thinking.
Those services, again, put the control of the media in the hands of the middle man. Not in the hands of the “creator” or the user. When I buy music (yes, I do buy music!!!) I want to be in control. I want to be able to listen to the music I paid for in my portable ogg player, without being connected to the internet. Furthermore, using services where you use clients under a proprietary license you’re not only lacking control of the content but you’re also not in control of the software itself. What does the software do, apart from playing music? Does it spy on you? Does it send information about what you’re listening to to some central place somewhere?
…. I can see one good solution to this. One that benefits the artists and the users. If the artists themselves release their music under a free license in a free format and let people pay if they want. … and go out and play live in front of an audience.