[Ubuntu-US-CA] UDS archives

Tony Baechler tony.baechler at gmail.com
Thu Apr 12 06:16:00 UTC 2012

Hi all,

I realize that this has nothing to do with UDS registration, but the mail 
reminded me of something which has bothered me for a while.

How can one get complete downloadable archives?  Before people tell me to go 
to YouTube, let me explain.  I'm totally blind and I really don't want the 
video.  I just throw the video away anyway and extract the audio stream.  I 
know that there is an audio mirror, but it's not official and is a capture 
of the live mp3 streams.  While there seems to be a lot of material there, 
(16 GB per summit) some sessions are incomplete and/or broken and some are 
missing audio, so you have a silent mp3 file.  Also, YouTube downloads are 
very slow and problematic, even with youtube-dl.

If you look at the Linux.Conf.Au archives, the Debian conference videos and 
FOSDEM videos, they're all nicely downloadable and it isn't hard to extract 
the audio.  I really wish Ubuntu would do something similar for UDS 
archives.  They do have video of a couple from quite a while ago, but 
nothing recent.  For the last two, I've used the unofficial mirror, but I 
know that one of them (N or O, I'm not remembering) is missing half of the 
content and prior summits aren't there at all.

Does anyone here have any suggestions or ideas?  Could someone perhaps talk 
to the UDS people in charge to get them to set up a mirror system for the 
video archives?  I unfortunately don't have the bandwidth to host such a 
mirror, but I would be happy to upload the extracted audio somewhere for 
others who don't want or need the video.

Thanks for any ideas or suggestions that you might have.  If I can help 
somehow, please let me know.

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