Hello everyone, and welcome to the Tech Blog of the Public Media Corps.
While this first post is a bit of a test, I will update this in the future with information about the technology we are using for the Public Media Corps project.
A small introduction to the tech side:
On the software level, we are striving to use primarily Open Source software. When Open Source is not available, we will try to use free and readily available software before using payed for software. Part of the reason for this is so that this project can be taken and implemented elsewhere easily and with minimal costs. The other part of this is so we can also contribute to the Open Source software community by giving feedback on how we use it, problems and solutions we have found, and promote further development for projects with similar needs to the Public Media Corps.
As part of these goals, all the fellows have been provided with netbooks (HP Mini 210s) using Ubuntu 10.04 as the OS. We also have a few other netbook models around with Ubuntu 10.04 on them as well. Soon we hope to have a Media and Editing Center setup with higher end machines loaded with Ubuntu Studio.
I’ll go over in more detail the rest of the software we are using and our experiences with them at another time.
On the hardware side, in addition to the netbooks, the fellows have been equipped with Flip Video Ultra HD cameras, portable stereo audio recorders and mini tripods.
I’ll go over more of this later and post updates as things go along.