Greetings from Berlin, where much of November’s Sourcefabric action was focused. In this Newsletter we round up our two big community events, introduce our new publishing wing and look forward to exciting new partnerships and releases in 2011 and beyond!
1. Sourcecamp round-up
2010 was Berlin’s turn to host Sourcecamp, our once-a-year community get-together, and saw workshops and presentations on everything from Guatemalan community action to Belarusian business models, from Campsite templates for custom designs to the next generation radio with Campcaster.
It wasn’t all hard work though - our new team had ample opportunity to get to know each other, welcome new members and even find time for a Berlin photoshoot, the results of which will appear on our site www.sourcefabric.org very soon!
Sourcefabric has a dedicated, passionate community. We’re based all over the world, so we use Twitter, Facebook, Flickr and our forums to stay in touch. Feel free to drop by and say hello or ask questions - maybe we’ll see you at Sourcecamp 2011!
2. Test Signals received loud and clear
ON2: Test Signals is Sourcefabric’s festival exploring new forms for radio and software. Two packed days in October witnessed the coming together of free and open source radio communities and programmers from all over Europe, West Africa, South America, South-East Asia and beyond to share knowledge and work on practical radio solutions with direct and immediate impact. Tune in to www.testsignals.org to see documentation of what went on!
The next event will be in partnership with transmediale.11 (Berlin, 01 - 06 February) and will see two panels of radio experts engage with the latest developments in radio as an experimental and political broadcast platform. A one-day workshop in Open Digital Radio will give participants techniques and tools for alternative and independent radio-making.
3. Sourcefabric Publishing launched in Berlin
Sourcefabric has registered its publishing activities in Berlin! 2011 will see the first series of manuals and “Cookbooks” for our software published by Sourcefabric. This move coincides with the publishing of our Campcaster 1.4 manual which takes users through our open source radio software suite.
There’s more on the way too, with work already started on a Campsite manual for Editors and Journalists, a Campsite Cookbook for web developers and a Campsite 3.5 Installation and Administration Guide.
Documentation, how-to guides or translations in any language are warmly welcomed. Just visit www.sourcefabric.org and click Contribute to find out more.
4. 64 Studio and Sourcefabric sign strategic partnership
64 Studio has announced a partnership with Sourcefabric which will deliver enterprise content management systems for publishers and broadcasters on the GNU/Linux platform.
64 Studio will bring Sourcefabric's Campcaster radio software suite and Campsite multi-lingual enterprise newsroom system to a wider audience, by packaging and distributing the software in a secure and easy to install format. It will also contribute to new Sourcefabric printed manuals for system administrators, integrators and end users.
5. Development Snapshot
Work continues apace within our newly expanded developer team (welcome to Naomi, Martin & Petr!) on Campsite 3.5 and Campcaster 1.6. Check out the serious bug-squashing going on over at http://dev.sourcefabric.org.
You don’t have to wait long for our next release though! The Campcaster 1.4.1 maintenance release will arrive in the next few days. Full details soon, but you’ll find .deb packages on apt.64studio.com and users following this repository will get the packages automatically on upgrade.
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