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Using Youtube to Promote Linux and Free Software

Oct 13, 2010, 18:34 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rex Djere)

[ Thanks to Rex Djere for this link. ]

"It is very clear to me that Linux, GNU, and free software are more popular than ever. It is also very clear that this makes a lot of people in high places very afraid. Patent lawsuits and propaganda seem to be the customary responses to Linux's ever increasing popularity. However, there is a great infrastructure that has been built that provides a powerful platform to combat the Linux-naysayers: Youtube. With billions (perhaps trillions) of video views, it is very clear that Youtube has become the dominant force for spreading information freely. I recently produced a 3 part video series on C++ programming that I posted onto Youtube. I produced the entire video series on my Fedora 13 Linux laptop using free software. What more powerful demonstration could I have come up with to prove that Linux is indeed ready for the prime time? In fact, the only problem that I ran into along the way was Youtube's inability to process my Ogg Theora videos, the default file format on my system. In this article, I will talk about my experience, and what it means for the future of Linux on the desktop.

"First and foremost, I am a C++ programmer. Linux has provided me a great platform on which to do this. As I went about my programming tasks, I began to realize how powerful a promotional tool it could be if I showed other people what I could DO with my Linux system."

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