Ubuntu Has New Sample Content Art

Oct 07, 2008

For quite a while Ubuntu had been including example-content packages with its releases that contained the same content: some audio and video data to test the playback, including a video of Nelson Mandela.

Ubuntu contributor Jono Bacon had been calling for renewed content and announced a competition that ended September 4. The competition is now over and Bacon presents the winners in his blog.

While Ubuntu users submitted a host of audio samples, there were only two video submissions. The winner in the audio category was Andrés Vidau of Mexico. Bacon's blog includes Vidau's instrumental track that he created using the free OGG format. The video category winner was 14 year old Andrew Higginson with his stop motion animation produced almost exclusively with free software (Whiteboard, Ffmpeg, Mencoder among others). The 2-Mbyte video can be seen on the archive.org site. Vidau's and Higginson's submissions will become part of the next Ubuntu 8.10.

According to Bacon, the next versions of Ubuntu will continue to incorporate the creative work of its users. The stipulation is that submitted work must come under the CC-BY-SA license, which grants attribution rights, but also share-alike rights to ensure that licensees may distribute derivative works only under a license identical to the original.

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