I was just wondering, is anyone here using open source software in their practice. Is anyone publishing their images under creative commons licences?
Yep. I use CSound and Pure Data. Pure Data is developed by Miller Puckette who created MAX. Both programmes run on a number of platforms and are developed/supported by many users. Pure Data is also supplied with graphical and video associated programmes.
Wow, that Pure Data makes some http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pure_Data
Open source stuff seems to be pretty well represented on the audio side, we use Audacity, like many other podcasters, for the podcast.
I use Firefox for browsing, and KompoZer for HTML as well as FileZilla for ftp. I also use Inkscape for drawing and the GIMP for photo editing. We also use WordPress
My day job is mostly supporting Microsoft products. At home I mostly use Ubuntu. I'm not a beard/sandal linux evangelist, (quite yet) but I am surprised that the whole open source thing seems to be passing the art world by because there seems to be so many points of connection... the poetry of code and all that.
We used a fair bit of open source for this site. It is written in Perl and uses MySQL and ImageMagick. The site runs on an Apache server. In fact, I think only the initial designs were done using 'paid for' software.
I've also used open source for a projects I've worked on - Perl and Linux feature heavily in these mobile phone projects here -
Having said that, I always follow the line of least resistance anything for anything I work on, which means I sometimes end up using commercial software, if that is what makes the project easier.
It's the age old conflict between an ideology and having an easy life. I struggle with this real life too...
Yup - as above although the initial design of this site was in 'paid for software', the xhtml and css were hand-written in 'coda' http://www.panic.com/coda/
Ideally I would've used an open source text editor, but things like coda help with organsiation, has a simple all in one layout and it looks pretty, so helps workflow I guess. I do have an old intel box next to me though with an all singing and dancing install of UBUNTU on it though - highly recommended :D
Nic, I'm right there with you on the general spiffyness of Ubuntu, though experiments with Studio Ubuntu this week seemed to indicate that it was still a bit rough around various edges.
I recently started teaching a web design class up at UoG and was surprised to be told that they hadn't re-built the Macs with the addition of a modest list of Free and Open Source Software.
First fence I fell at was that they thought there might be licensing issues and then there was a later muttering about 'industry-standards'.
I can't move in the web design world without using Open Source, it is becoming pretty ubiquitous, clearly it's an industry that's about changing and developing standards...
Talking about licensing, is no one else out there really fascinated by the ideas of Creative Commons. If you haven't heard of it, go and google TED Talks, Lawrence Lessig.
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