12/04/2015

Project Chaplin Beta 2 Released

I'm pleased to announce the release of Project Chaplin Beta 2.

Project Chaplin is an open source, free software video sharing platform with support for YouTube and HTML5.

Since release beta 1, the following features have been added:

Search now produces only CC-licenced YouTube videos
Faster loading through use of HTML5 AppCache (where enabled).

The release can be updated using GitHub or downloaded as a zip or tar file.

Please let me know what you think!

04/04/2015

Project Chaplin Video Sharing Beta Released

Announcing the release of Project Chaplin.

Project Chaplin is an open source web-based video sharing client, which includes compatibility with HTML5 and YouTube support.

After being in alpha for and being sadly in hiatus for 7 months, I'm pleased to announce the release of the first beta.

Pre-alpha and alpha releases have had rave reviews and we have had a test site (projectchaplin.com) up for a time, but sadly it was not sustainable at the time, but I may put it back up soon enough.

Features include:

A free software, open source licence as standard
No intrusive adverts
Import videos from popular video sources
No restrictions on content by country, IP or government
Video downloading as standard
HTML5 WebM as standard
Live streaming (pluginless)
Federation through multiple servers
Live video effects including brightness and contrast
Easter eggs?

In the pipeline are:

REST APIs
Blocking on public demand
Federated APIs
Public tagging of videos
Channel subscriptions
Individual profiles
Audio downloading

Chaplin can be downloaded at https://github.com/dandart/projectchaplin

Please let me know what you think and if you have any suggestions or can help please let me know!

Credits:

Majority of code: Dan Dart
Majority of design: Nabil Freeman

Till next time!






29/03/2015

BSD for Linux Users: An Introduction


BSD means a few things in the Open Source / Operating System world:
  1. The Berkeley System Distribution, a variant of UNIX that stemmed from the original AT&T UNIX, originally developed by Computer Systems Research Group (CSRG) of the University of California, Berkeley [1]
  2. One or many of a number of BSD distributions - a "flavour" of the original, modified by the vendor to suit the purpose of the distribution in question. Examples might be FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD and Dragonfly BSD. Note that these are not "Unix-like" as Linux is, but actually based from and including code from the original BSD - minus the code from AT&T, hence the version they are based upon is known as "4.4BSD-Lite".
  3. The actual kernel of one of these distributions, in the same way as Linux is the main kernel of distributions such as Ubuntu, Fedora or Mint, although there are other choices of kernel for some distributions.
  4. One or many BSD communities around the world to support and help develop these distributions, such as forums, help desks, etc.
  5. A set of permissive non-copyleft licences which said distributions and kernels are distributed under [2][3] which allow redistribution provided that the original copyright notices are left in the associated media, and pose no other restrictions other than an optional "no endorsement" clause.
Following is a summary of some of the main distributions.

FreeBSD: the most popular BSD distribution, recognised by its support for running servers and famously run on [4]

PC-BSD: touted as "user-friendly", offering an easy install process and simple package installations from self-contained packages. [5]

OpenBSD: supposedly the most secure operating system, boasting "Only two remote holes in the default install, in a heck of a long time!" [6]

NetBSD: a distribution with a small install size, a popular base and excelling at portability with "formal releases for 53 architectures [7], and has integrated ports for four others", celebrating 20 years since its foundation this year.

Dragonfly BSD: a 10-year-old (so still relatively young) distribution famous for its extremely speedy filesystems. [8]

Debian GNU/kFreeBSD [9], the Debian distribution compiled to work on top of a BSD-type kernel rather than a Linux one, which has the upshots of being able to be used on top of BSD-supported filesystems, those compatible with BSD licences (but not the GPLv2 [10] used by Linux [11]) such as ZFS [12] (licenced under the CDDL [13]), and all the while using the familiar GNU tools common to the Debian GNU/Linux distribution.

Next time: BSD Licences and why they are good, bad and/or.certainly not ugly.


References

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berkeley_Software_Distribution
[2] http://opensource.org/licenses/BSD-2-Clause
[3] http://opensource.org/licenses/BSD-3-Clause
[4] http://www.freebsd.org/
[5] http://www.pcbsd.org/
[6] http://openbsd.org/
[7] http://www.netbsd.org/about/portability.html
[8] http://www.dragonflybsd.org/features/
[9] http://www.debian.org/ports/kfreebsd-gnu/
[10] http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-2.0.html
[11] https://www.kernel.org/pub/linux/kernel/COPYING
[12] https://www.freebsd.org/doc/handbook/filesystems-zfs.html
[13] http://opensource.org/licenses/CDDL-1.0