[artinfo] Free Radio Linux

honor honor@va.com.au
Sun, 3 Feb 2002 18:13:43 +0100


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The time is GMT 20:02, 02.02.02.

In 4 hours time it will be February 3, and the fourth anniversary of the day=
 the Open Source Initiative <http://www.opensource.org/> coined the term=
 'open source' as a label for freely published source code <http://www.opens=
To mark this occasion, r a d i o q u a l i a are launching the first=
 net.radio distribution of the world's most popular open source software -=
 the operating system, Linux.

=46ree Radio Linux is an online and on-air radio station. The sound=
 transmission is a computerised reading of the entire source code used to=
 create the Linux Kernel, the basis of all distributions of Linux.

Each line of code is read by an automated computer voice - a speech.bot=
 utility built by r a d i o q u a l i a.  The speech.bot's output is encoded=
 into an audio stream, using the open source codec, Ogg Vorbis <http://www.v=
orbis.com>, and sent out live on the internet.  FM, AM and Shortwave radio=
 stations from around the world will also relay the audio stream on various =

The Linux kernel contains 4,141,432 millions lines of code.  Reading the=
 entire kernel will take an estimated 14253.43 hours, or 593.89 days.=
 Listeners can track the progress of Free Radio Linux by listening to the=
 audio stream, or checking the text-based progress field in the ./listen=
 section of the website <http://www.radioqualia.net/freeradiolinux>


Since Finnish programmer Linus Torvalds
<http://www.cs.Helsinki.FI/u/torvalds/> started development of the operating=
 system, Linux in 1991, the collaborative model of software development has=
 reached profound new heights.  Consisting of millions of lines of source=
 code, Linux has been mutated, improved and sent spiraling off into new=
 directions by literally thousands of programmers from all around the world.=
 This is because Torvalds promoted a simple approach to the development of=
 Linux: he made the code available for users of the operating system to=
 read, view and alter. Sharing their ideas on the software and potential=
 improvements was a core part of Torvalds' ethic. Due to the extraordinary=
 success of Linux, the ethic of code sharing has reached new heights of=
 popularity. Code sharing is no longer a process specific to computer=
 science, rather it has become an ideology embraced by business, the=
 computer using public, and a multitude of cultural, artistic and academic=
 sectors. When Linux won one of electronic art's most prestigious prizes,=
 the Prix Ars Electronica
<http://prixars.aec.at/history/net/1999/E99net_01.htm> for .net excellence=
 in 1999, Open Source completed its journey from a prosaic functional=
 process to a phenomenon verging on art.


To listen to Free Radio Linux online, users must have:
- a computer
- an internet connection
- an MP3 Player
- the Ogg Vorbis codec

MP3 players and the Ogg Vorbis codec can be downloaded from the ./listen
section of the Free Radio Linux website:
Ogg Vorbis is compatible with Linux, Windows and Max OSX operating systems.

=46ree Radio Linux is commissioned by Gallery 9/Walker Art Center
<http://www.walkerart.org> with the support of the Jerome Foundation, USA.


email: radioqualia@va.com.au
ph: +44 20 76841859
URL: http://www.radioqualia.net.freeradiolinux


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