Making Music with FOSS
mark at aktivix.org
Mon Apr 25 09:43:11 UTC 2011
On 23/04/11 21:16, Seattle Chaz wrote:
> Last week, opensource.com hosted a web-cast, Making Music with FOSS. I
> missed it, but I was confident that the media would be archived, which
> is indeed the case. However, the media file is in the proprietary .arf
> format from WebEx. Though I searched extensively, I was unable to
> locate a method for converting the file to a more usable form.
> Of course, I COULD just view the materials on-line, but where's the fun
> in that? The download-able media player supports only Windows and Mac.
> I was about to hold my nose and install the player when I was inspired
> to attempt a Wine installation. I downloaded the WebEx .arf Player, set
> the executable permission on the .msi file and booted it under Wine.
> Wine happily took it and installed it and the downloaded media played
> without a hiccup.
> Webcast Playback:
> WebEx Player: http://www.webex.com/play-webex-recording.html
I'd like to watch the webcast too.
But hang on a second folks, we're free software advocates, aren't we? So
why are we trying to find work-arounds, when the problem is that a
webcast about free software should have been published in a free format?
Surely it would make more sense for us, as a group, to say to the
publisher something like, "This is no good, please can you find a way of
publishing that meets the needs of your target audience, as this clearly
Would anyone care to join me in this?
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