In particular, we wanted to make audio recordings of whatever articles worked best when spoken months after publication. But this is a big task, so we thought, why not try asking the community?
All you need is a little time, a microphone and a copy of Audacity. Let us know in the comments which part(s) you’d like to record and let us know when they’re ready. Just record yourself speaking and export the file as Ogg Vorbis and/or MP3 (quality 4, variable bit rate, 80-120kbps are our settings). We’ve included Opus too, but we’re still not sure about demand for this great format.
We’ll record as much as we can (and we’ve already spent some time doing so – see below). But we’d also like to know whether you think this is worthwhile, and how best to present these recordings. Each feature seems to last around 25 minutes, so it’s good sense to make each available individually. But should we combine them all into a single file? Or tie them together with some RSS? Should we still include mp3, ogg and opus? Are we completely crazy?
UPDATE: If you’ve not got issue 01, email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll send you a link.
Here’s a list of what’s in the issue, and what’s already recorded:
Welcome, News/Opinion, Letters, LUGS on tour, FOSDEM 2014mp3, ogg, opus 24:37 (recorded by Graham)
Group Test: Encryptionmp3, ogg, opus 25:33 (recorded by Graham)
51 Greatest things about free software 2014An epic eight pages recorded by IanW. Thanks Ian!
Interview: Florian Effenbergermp3, ogg, opus 12:02 (recorded by Graham)
Feature: Bitcoinmp3, ogg, opus 25:55 (recorded by Graham)
The story so farMike has said he’ll record this.
FAQ: WaylandMike has said he’ll record this.
Cloud Admin IanW is doing this. Thanks Ian!
FOSSPicksCorbin is going to record this.
Tutorial: PGP Daniel has done this. Thanks Daniel!
Tutorial: BrewPi Mrmjburton is recording this one.
Tutorial: OwnCloud EponymousMe is going to give this a try.
Masterclass: FirefoxMr Mark Johnson has said he’ll record this.
Tutorial: The Analytical Engine
Masterclass: VIMAnd Mark Johnson did this as a free bonus. Thanks Mark!
Tutorial: Arch Linux Stilvoid is going to record this one. Thanks Stilvoid!
Coding: Build dynamic web pages
Coding: EuclidStuart Langridge is going to try recording this one.
Dev randomJoe Ressington has recorded this. Thanks Joe!
We’ve skipped over the news, distro updates, gaming and reviews as they’re a little out of date. Also, we think most of the tutorials won’t work particularly well when spoken, but if you disagree feel free to make a recording or let us know which you think may work.
About The Author
A free software advocate and writer since the late 1990s, Graham is a lapsed KDE contributor and author of the Meeq MIDI step sequencer. @degville on Twitter.