Free Culture Posters, Get Them Here

To celebrate the release of revision 16 of my Free Culture Tabloid sided poster, I’ve put together each section into it’s own US letter poster so that a multi-poster display can be created using all of the pieces.

Do you like the edits that have gone into each revision? Is the wording easy to understand and direct enough for public consumption? Please give me your thoughts in the comments below.

October in Ubuntu Artists

Time once again to feature my personal favorite images from the last month which have been submitted to the Ubuntu Made category in our Ubuntu Artists deviantArt community.

Mel Ancho Lic by LucasHappy
Lost by OhNoAndrej
In My Heart a Place by Naini
Der General Bauinspektor by Belazikkal
Enrique by Peileppe
Dignity by Jorge Rodrigues
Daxter by OgreInside
Doodle 264 by Parady

Ubuntu Made Art in August 2010

It’s time once again to show off some of the great art being made using Ubuntu and the wonderful tools we have available to us:

Also check out the Cartoon TV show made using ubuntu and blender: Pirates vs. Ninjas vs. Robots vs. Cowboys (in Portuguese)

This is my top 10 for August, if you want to see more of the amazing art being done using Ubuntu, check out the full gallery.

Making Art Together

If you thought DebConf was all about programming and art was all about being a loner huddled over a computer with a stylus in one hand and a cappuccino in the other, then think again! This was a collaborative art session I ran this evening at DebConf using inkscape and my Wacom Intuos 3. Involved in drawing were myself of the Ubuntu community, Ian Molton of Debian from the UK and Paul Liu of the Canonical OEM team from Taiwan. Each person did a a part of the process and we learned together how we each did out part:

A number of people were influenced to try out inkscape and their pressure sensitive input devices. So I deem this collaborative art a success!

Free Culture Showcase Gallery

The Ubuntu-Artist’s deviantArt group now has a new gallery for all Free Culture Showcase submissions.

Subscribe to the RSS Feed and watch artwork come in as it comes in.

Anyone can post to the gallery so you don’t have to be a member of the ubuntu-artists group, but make sure that your :

  • The submission must be licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike or Creative Commons Attribution license.
  • The submission must be submitted by the author of the work.

In deviantArt this means “choosing” the license and only selecting these boxes when you upload or edit your entry:

I’m looking forward to seeing your submissions.

Free Culture Poster: Review

My dearest community, please consider spending a minute of your time reading this early draft of a poster I am constructing. It’s target audience is the general masses attending libraries, colleges and other public places and it’s attempting to genteelly introduce people to Free Culture concepts.

I need to make sure my working is good as well as my spelling, the blue boxes are for images which I’m getting a fellow artist to sketch up and should go in there soon. Do let me know if you want the svg before it’s complete, once out of draft I’ll add it to spread-ubuntu in A3 and Ledger sizes. Thank you everyone!

Example of FOSS Economics

People who read my blog regularly know I’m big on looking into discovering what it is that will allow software creators, bug fixers and all the other people involved in producing functional products with a sustainable income.

Only two weeks ago I was talking with Matt Lee of the Free Software Foundation about this problem and apparently someone he knows had sold himself online for 6 months as a free software hacker by setting levels of pledges and some rewards and products for people who invest in the project and although the FSF doesn’t consider economics important enough to be a goal (much to my disappointment) the activists there are aware of it.

Now computer world uk is reporting on the exact same system, one where the artist, programmer or team sets out to raise money for a project and does so by setting a structured list to encourage higher amounts of money to be pledged.

Just like me they’ve avoided using words such as “charity” and “donation”, which I think are really not applicable to what we’re trying to do: viz. find a way to make Free as in speech economically sustainable.

What do you think about a stepped pledge model? Do you think that the model requires far too many direct supporters and existing backers before it can be made to work? Should I conduct myself in a similar fashion by creating a set of pledges for the ground control project and advertising it very widely?