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When you turned on your computer today, it was likely running Microsoft's Windows as the operating system (okay...maybe it's an Apple) and your computing experience was shaped by the dozens of proprietary programs pre-installed on it's hard drive. Big corporations control how you listen to music, how you search the web, how you work, surf and play online. To most computer users, the reaction is - what's my choice? It's kinda like when you could only buy cars from three big American companies...surely, competition will change all that.
But those involved in the "free software" movement reject this idea. They say all software should be free - not as in "without cost" - but as in "without restrictions." In their world, copyrights and corporate secrets are gone, replaced by a community that works together to innovate, solve problems, and create a better computing environment for everyone.
Today, where we live - a look at the free software movement. Coming up, we'll find out how even Microsoft is getting in on the game.
But first, we'll talk to Richard Stallman. He's the founder of the Free Software Foundation - and he developed the GNU/Linux operating system. He was in Hartford for a talk at Trinity College.
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NOTE: At the request of Richard Stallman, his portion of Where We Live will only be available in Ogg format. Click Here to download this interview
Read more about Ogg format. Excerpt from www.gnu.org:
We distribute our audio files in Ogg Vorbis format. We avoid MP3, because it is impeded by software patents in some countries. The Ogg Vorbis format is technologically superior to MP3, and is not encumbered by patents. The sound quality of speech recordings on this page is not indicative of the quality you could expect from Ogg Vorbis when applied to HiFi audio.
Please avoid transcoding HiFi audio from MP3 to Ogg Vorbis. By doing so, you will create Ogg Vorbis files of a lower sound quality than the original MP3. Instead, please encode to Ogg Vorbis directly from the uncompressed
Vorbis.com provides a list of audio software and hardware (such as portable players) which support the ogg vorbis format. The Ogg Vorbis project is part of the Xiph.org project, where you will find the project development page and source code..
The ogg vorbis files available here have been made using an encoder released in March 2001. This encoder probably provides inferior sound quality to the latest codec, but does provide compatability both with very old and new decoders. If you have any trouble playing an ogg file, please ensure your player/ plugin/ library is a release of April 2001 or later.
For more information on Ogg, visit Wikipedia