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Re: GNU Tools Cauldron 2014 - Slides for presentations

On Thu, 24 Jul 2014, Diego Novillo wrote:

> Sessions were recorded on video. We will be publishing them from
> the GNU Tools Google+ page when they are available.

I take it they'll be available in an unencumbered format such as WebM, not 
just MP4?  (Some of the video links from the Cauldron 2013 page don't work 
for me in Firefox - I don't know how to get YouTube to make a given video 
available in an unencumbered format.  And using youtube_dl to interrogate 
the available formats for other videos, I see that some that are available 
in WebM don't have it in as high as resolution as the MP4 versions - we 
ought to ensure the highest-resolution version is available in an 
unencumbered format.)

In accordance with GNU principles we should be making the videos available 
without depending on non-free JavaScript as well (I don't know if Google+ 
makes videos readily available without JS or with only free JS).  I've 
just added a link to above the 
list of videos on so that people are 
first pointed to a free software way of obtaining the videos.  Some 
similar link may be needed from the 2014 page to ensure free software 
access to videos is recommended before any non-free means of access.  (If 
Google+ provides stable URLs for direct links to WebM files of the videos, 
or for pages that show the videos without non-free JS, just linking to 
those is of course simplest.)

I'd say the videos should also be freely licensed if possible, with the 
license explicitly stated where the videos are posted - of course that 
needs approval from the speakers as well as from whoever may own rights in 
the video itself (and I'm not sure what the GNU recommendation is for 
licenses on videos about free software, so that should be determined 

Joseph S. Myers

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