More ways to have fun with Libre Software on GNU/Linux!



Why are we not having as much fun as we possibly could with Libre Software? Why do we get so distracted by "matters of consequence" that we forget to have sufficient fun?


In this talk, I would like to offer my suggestions on some fun things that we can do today:

  1. Building a guitar effects processor
  2. Building a drum machine
  3. Synthesizing and mixing music
  4. Using machine learning for better guitar effects
  5. Building and interfacing custom hardware for "pro audio" and effects processing

Some other aspects that this talk tries to address:

  1. Why is it important to have fun with libre software? Conversely, if software and computers are a way for us to have "fun", then can we consider libre software on gnu/linux as a means?

  1. Where would we be if everyone only wanted to do "important" things and no one wanted to write or use free software or a free operating system for fun?

  1. Participating in and building communities based on our "non-work" interests and passions

About the speaker

Abhas Abhinav

Abhas is a hacker, entrepreneur and free software activist. He is the founder of DeepRoot GNU/Linux, an twenty-three-year-old Free Software Business that provides support, services and solutions for Free Software deployments. DeepRoot builds mail servers and clusters, provides hosting & support for a variety of Free Software tools and helps organisations of all sizes choose self-hosting for their infrastructure in general. Abhas also leads a hardware venture called Mostly Harmless, where he experiments with and builds Libre and Liberated Hardware (like hackable mechanical keyboards, liberated computers, home automation solutions and more). The goal is to build and sell hardware put owners in control of their lives by enabling them to run free/libre software on more hardware than usually possible. Mostly Harmless operates the LibreTech.Shop - India’s first store for hackable and ethical products that offer convenience. Abhas is a member of the the Free Software Foundation, India working group and has been a participant in the community in India for over 20 years.

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