Monthly Archives: February 2011

Why Political Liberty Depends on Software Freedom More Than Ever

Speech given by Eben Moglen at the 2011 FOSDEM conference in Brussels on Feb 5, 2011

We are living in a world in which real-time information crucial to people in the street seeking to build their freedom depends on a commercial micro-blogging service in northern California . . .

We need to fix this.

We need to fix it quickly.

Excerpts of the speech

Rockbox: it rocks and it works!

More than 2 years ago, I wrote about Rockbox: the open source firmware for mp3 players, written from scratch.

I wanted to try it out with my iPod Nano but before I did it, it stopped working (exactly like my older iPod shuffle, around 1 year after having purchased, they “gracefully” expired) so, for this and for other reasons: no more apple products craps.
One Operating System after (of course GNU/Linux, what else?) I bought the Sansa Fuse player and I could not be any happier.
The other day I recalled about Rockbox and I wondered: “why not?” so I downloaded the installer and it worked like a charm!
Now I have a firmware with lots and lots of features and improvements over the old one, like:

  • Support for over 20 Sound Codecs, including Ogg Vorbis and FLAC
  • Gapless playback
  • 5-band fully-parametric equalizer, and crossfeed
  • High-resolution volume control, 64-100 levels
  • Ability to create your own themes or use user-uploaded ones
  • Advanced crossfading
  • ReplayGain support (volume normalization)
  • Cuesheet support
  • Album Art Support
  • JPEG image and text-file viewing
  • Doom!*
  • MPEG video support
  • Real Time Clock (RTC)
  • Customizable Tag Database
  • Unicode support
  • Advanced On-The-Go playlist creation
  • Multilingual Interface – 30 supported languages and counting
  • Optional spoken interface
  • Many plugins – games, apps, and demos
  • Open Source, so Rockbox is constantly improved

* Yes, you read well, Doom!