Firstly I’ve been wasting far too much time on IM (Pidgin) and Jaiku, nothing new in that I’m a born procrastinator. I’ve also been spending a lot of my free time in Liberty City on Grand Theft Auto 4 with my PS3 generally hating freedom. I’d like to say I’m a born wise guy in a Goodfellas kind of way but realistically I’m not. Great game though, if only it was open source (sigh) It was my birthday on Sunday and I had an nice Bank Holiday Weekend to celebrate which was cool, so far this doesn’t have much to do with open source does it?
One recent event that has everything to do with open source is the DVD I was very privileged to receive off the guys at The Peach Project. If you don’t know about the Peach Project, it’s an initiative to create a completely open source 3D animated movie using only open source tools like Blender, Ubuntu, Python, GIMP, Inkscape and so on. I’m amazed with what these guys have achieved and I think what they do is so important for promoting open source. Their latest film is called Big Buck Bunny and as the title suggests there’s a lot of fur involved, it’s beautifully animated and just beautifully made in general. The DVD comes with an extra disk containing all the materials you need to start making your own films using the characters, even the 3D models are on there. It’s all licensed under Creative Commons so you’re free to play. I urge anyone interested in graphics to go and buy a DVD to support these guys. Massive thanks to Campbell Barton for sending this to me, you’re a star!
As far as reviews go I’ve been testing out Fedora 9 with mixed results on this laptop and I’m currently about 1300 words through the write up. You can expect it very soon, in a day or two, promise 😉 I’ve also been podcasting as usual and I talked about Fedora 9 on the latest episode of Linux Outlaws if you want to hear what I think about it while waiting for the review of doom.In the last week I also discussed an idea for a new project with Anna a very close friend of mine. She loves her Mac but she’s curious about Linux. she’s also a great writer and I think it would be a really good opportunity to get a fresh perspective on going Open Source. She wants to see if it’s possible to replace all her current tools with open source ones. We’re gonna look at that in the coming weeks and I’ll help her through the process. She’ll be blogging about her thoughts on her excellent blog over at http://abinarylife.com so be sure to check out this post relating to the topic. I also hope to get her to contribute to Linux Outlaws, she’s secretly very geeky and has some good technical knowledge. Look out for that in future. You can hear the two of us right now, yes right now on our football (soccer) podcast called On The Bench if you’re interested.
Ok enough shamless plugs for one post I think, I’ll stop it now I promise. I’ll be back with that Fedora 9 review for you very soon. Until then have a good one and keep it open source 🙂