[cc-community] Introducing Myself
shlomif at iglu.org.il
Wed Mar 2 02:30:05 EST 2011
Hi Chris (and all),
welcome aboard and thanks for your insightful E-mail.
On Wednesday 02 Mar 2011 04:51:02 Chris Sakkas wrote:
> Hi folks,
> I'm Chris Sakkas. You'll see from my signature that I've been involved in
> the open gaming scene for some time now. I've made a few aborted attempts
> to branch out into non-software, non-source libre content -- but I've
> struggled to do so.
Maybe I and other people here can help.
> What I'd like to achieve over the next year or so is create a libre
> community, because it seems to me that there's no community for
> non-software, non-source libre in general.
You may be right about that. I should note that as far as non-software art and
media is concerned, there is less of an issue regarding making the licence
not-entirely free. For example here:
Richard M. Stallman ( RMS ) is quoted as saying that:
What is the future of free software development for games? Is it possible?
Will the games ever equal or surpass their proprietary competitors? Why should
we care? After thoroughly researching the free and open source software model,
and interviewing both indie and free software game developers, author Matt
Barton decided that the future is indeed very bright. Stallman is quoted here
saying that game engines should be free, but approves of the notion that
graphics, music, and stories could all be separate and treated differently
That's still not good enough for the "Debian must be 100% free" people who
insist on making the other content on Debian 100% "free", but Debian is
I'd like to see a community of people who release their media and artwork
under free or semi-free licences. I've been thinking of a site similar to
http://freshmeat.net/ (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freshmeat ) only for
publicly-available (not necessary fully libre) fiction and artwork:
Naturally, coding something like that would be a large undertaking given that
the source code of http://freshmeat.net/ is not pulibcly available, and that
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FusionForge does far too much and has too many
dependencies. I'd also like to make the source downloadable and available as
free software and to hopefully write it in something a better than PHP (though
naturally basing it on Drupal is also an attractive option.).
I'd like to see a more vibrant community of people who release content under
freely-distributable licences, too, and I think that a simple web site is not
enough for that we also need a mailing list (though a lot of young people have
acquired some distaste from mailing lists), possibly a web forum or something
like http://stackoverflow.com/ too (see its StackExchange service, but there
are also Stackoverflow-like FOSS engines available), an IRC and/or XMPP
channel, some weblogs where people submit and review various free artwork or
essays (instead of just focusing on the more meta- and philosophical aspects
of Creative Commons/etc.), wikis, and other resources. I've categorised some
Internet resources of different nature here:
http://perl-begin.org/ (it's mostly CC-by as well, BTW).
Thanks again for highlighting this.
Just as a note, you can find a lot of my publicly available, freely-
redistributable content (CC or otherwise) on my personal web-site here:
(it's not a blog, but I've written some other things on one or more of my
Not all of it is marked as Creative Commons (and a lot of it I consider
publicly visible but having aspects of privacy and of being something
personal, which transcends copyright), but if you desire something that isn't
explicitly marked as such to be CC, give me a shout and I'll see what I can do
> Nice to meet you all,
Nice to meet you too.
Shlomi Fish http://www.shlomifish.org/
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