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How do we produce Sci-Guys Podcast?
In the Crawlspace Studio we have 2 Samson R11, and 3 Nady SP-5 Mics. We also have a laptop running Ubuntu and The Sitter Downers Soundboard (a freeware windows program that runs nicely under WINE) that we use for in-cast sounds. These all feed into a Behringer Xenyx 1202 mixer, which mixes down to another computer running Ubuntu Studio, where we record using Audacity.
A lot of this software used to produce and record is what is known as Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). FOSS is software that is made available under a license that allows the end user the freedoms to use, share, study, and modify it. There are several benefits to this model.
The first benefit that many users see is that the software is free, as in “free beer!” or “no charge”. Another benefit from the FOSS licensing model is the freedom from monitoring licenses, dealing with activations, or any other type of control from the authors of the software. You may install and use FOSS software on any computer that it can run on, and never worry about the legality of your situation.
These benefits would be worthless if the software was not of good quality. The good news is this, many FOSS softwares are at least as good (if not better) than their for-pay equivalents. How is it possible that a “free” product could be superior to a for-pay equivalent? This is due to the fact that the source is open. Anyone can look at the code, find bugs, easily report them, and even fix them. So while a closed source software has a fixed number of paid programmers, who may or may not be actively working on bug fixes, an open source software could have millions of programmers checking over the code.
Audacity is FOSS. WINE is FOSS. Ubuntu and Ubuntu Studio, also FOSS. You are reading this off of a FOSS webserver (Apache, the number one web server in the world). Our site runs both WordPress and phpBB, both of which use PHP and MySQL, you guessed it, all FOSS,
Microsoft and Apple (as well as thousands of others) make quality closed source software, and Sci-Guys regualarly use both FOSS and closed source software. The point is not to bash commercial software. The point is to raise awareness of the many benefits of Free and Open Source Software. Thanks for reading.
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