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Open Source IT: Radio Free Linux

Jul 26, 2000, 13:06 (0 Talkback[s])
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"For more than a decade, a coalition of homegrown radio broadcasters have battled the federal government for the right to run very low powered radio stations in their neighborhoods. Earlier this year, these pirate radio stations claimed victory, when the FCC voted to create a group of noncommercial low power FM radio stations to serve local communities and underrepresented groups."

"As the ability to send sound and video images over computer networks becomes a reality, something similar is happening on the Web. Inspired by a belief that people shouldn't have to pay for expensive software to be able to broadcast online, a group of developers is offering open source software as an alternative to the commercially available streaming media servers."

"The open source streaming audio movement began in earnest three years ago when Scott Manley, an astronomer in Northern Ireland and self described computer hacker, experimented with MP3 encoding software so that he could broadcast in real time to create one of the earliest live MP3 streams on the Web. It was a relatively primitive approach to broadcasting online "I didn't really do anything special ... sitting in my office, talking and maybe playing a bit of music," Manley recalled."

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