When Indiegogo works . . . .

There’s a scene at the end of the film “The Candidate” where Robert Redford, the newly elected Sen. McKay from California, corners his campaign manager and says, “What do we do now?”

I can imagine that Andrew Gregory, Mike Saunders and Ben Everard, clearly three happy men right now, might be asking the same thing. Their magazine — Linux Voice — was fully funded thanks to contributions garnered in their Indiegogo campaign, crossing the 90,000-pound threshhold two weeks before the deadline.

The trio of former Linux Format writers now will follow through to produce Linux Voice, scheduled for a February 2014 release.

As I outlined in an earlier post, the unique twist for what the three plan for Linux Voice is the following:

Half the profits will go back to Free Software and Linux communities, and our readership will choose where the money goes. As it says on the site, “We want to sponsor projects, events, developers, and evangelise the cause. We want to build long-term relationships with the people we sponsor, so there’s less uncertainty for projects year-on-year.”

Content will be published for free after 9 months, and they aim to use an open source/Creative Commons licence. “We want to create a library of our tutorials, interviews, features and code that is accessible to everyone, whether that’s a Python tutorial for a 10 hour flight, or a Raspberry Pi class guide for a school club. We don’t believe in charging several times for the same ‘evergreen’ content,” the proposal says.

So come February, we’re expecting great things from Messrs. Gregory, Saunders and Everard. Congratulations, guys, and remember — on your cover mock-up, you have an article on CrunchBang. It would be great to see that in your inaugural edition (also, I know someone who can cover the U.S. stories for you . . . :-) )

There is still a fortnight left on the campaign, and if you want to contribute, click on the item below.

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Larry Cafiero is one of the founders of the Lindependence Project and has just started developing software at Redwood Digital Research (RDR), a consultancy that provides FOSS solutions in the small business and home office environment. RDR is based in Felton, California, USA.

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Lift up your Voice

Some of you may already know this, but some of the former Linux Format writers are banding together to produce a new monthly Free Software and Linux magazine called Linux Voice.

They’re funding Linux Voice through an Indiegogo campaign with a unique twist to their operation, specifically these two items:

  • Half the profits will go back to Free Software and Linux communities, and our readership will choose where the money goes. As it says on the site, “We want to sponsor projects, events, developers, and evangelise the cause. We want to build long-term relationships with the people we sponsor, so there’s less uncertainty for projects year-on-year.”
  • Content will be published for free after 9 months, and they aim to use an open source/Creative Commons licence. “We want to create a library of our tutorials, interviews, features and code that is accessible to everyone, whether that’s a Python tutorial for a 10 hour flight, or a Raspberry Pi class guide for a school club. We don’t believe in charging several times for the same ‘evergreen’ content,” the proposal says.
  • According to Philip Newborough, these guys who are starting the magazine have been good to CrunchBang in the past, and if you look at the cover on the Indiegogo page, there’s already a review of CrunchBang seemingly slated for the edition. So Corenominal has replaced the usual “be excellent to each other” forum fortunes with an ad to their campaign and he will leave the ads running for the remainder of the Linux Voice funding run, which ends near Christmas.

    Corenominal has nothing on me: I’ll do the same on this blog, keeping an ad for Linux Voice’s Indiegogo campaign until the campaign ends. It will run at the bottom of each Larry the CrunchBang Guy blog item, like this:

    linux-voice

    Larry Cafiero is one of the founders of the Lindependence Project and has just started developing software at Redwood Digital Research (RDR), a consultancy that provides FOSS solutions in the small business and home office environment. RDR is based in Felton, California, USA.

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    Tidying up

    Looks like we’re out of the woods once again.

    After waiting awhile to see if we’re really out of the woods after a second Direct Denial of Service (DDoS) attack, it looks like we’re free and clear, while provisions are being made to avoid this from happening again.

    It’s inconceivable — I keep using that word, and I think it means what I think it means — that someone would take the time to hamper our efforts and tie up the distro like they did, but it happened.  And they, or someone else, may try it again — it’s an unfortunate downside to the Internet that there are misguided individuals out there who can’t help but be destructive. The best thing we can do is to take the measures necessary to deflect any further attacks.

    Nevertheless, now you can go back to your usual CrunchBanging, whether it’s downloading the distro, updating or running the cb-welcome script.

    It’s good to be back. Again.

    Larry Cafiero is one of the founders of the Lindependence Project and has just started developing software at Redwood Digital Research (RDR), a consultancy that provides FOSS solutions in the small business and home office environment. RDR is based in Felton, California, USA.

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