[Linux-aus] Council Meeting Minutes - 2011-02-03

Silvia Pfeiffer silvia at silvia-pfeiffer.de
Fri Feb 4 10:25:59 EST 2011

On Thu, Feb 3, 2011 at 10:26 PM, Jeff Waugh <jdub at bethesignal.org> wrote:
> On Thu, Feb 3, 2011 at 21:34, Donna Benjamin <donna at cc.com.au> wrote:
>> On Thu, 2011-02-03 at 21:10 +1100, Peter Lieverdink wrote:
>> > Event video, now and in the future
>> > Video and audio must be made available via the LA mirror as soon as
>> > possible. Not elsewhere first.
>> Ummm... Yeah so I would think getting the video out ASAP seems more
>> important than exactly where it's initially hosted?
>> I thought the AV streaming at LCA this year was amazing, and subsequent
>> posting to blip.tv made it very accessible to people who couldn't make
>> it to the conference.
>> Can someone please explain the rationale behind this statement?
> Obviously not speaking for the committee, and based on a mixture of my own
> thoughts and feedback received from others during the event:
> There is no question that merely publishing the video during the event was
> an epic success, and an achievement for future conferences to aspire to.
> The blip library interface is painful, buggy and inflexible, so you spend a
> lot of time dicking around trying to get to the videos (or you end up making
> a wiki page to link all of the videos and everyone uses that instead --
> surprise).
> Even raw downloads from blip (not using the video player, Flash or
> otherwise) are throttled, making it very difficult to suck down a bunch of
> videos quickly. This was of particular frustration to many international
> guests I spoke to, who would have liked to watch the talks they missed on
> the flight home.
> mirror.linux.org.au is hosted in Australia, and it's fucking fast.
> There was some bizarre rationalisation about using blip because it provided
> viewing statistics for future papers committees, but there's no reason we
> couldn't get the same out of mirror.linux.org.au (and can do even better).
> Uploading to mirror.linux.org.au can/should be faster and easier from the
> venue than a non-scp-accessible system hosted overseas. :-)
> Having said all of the above, I'd be very happy to help put together a nice
> front-end for videos hosted on mirror.linux.org.au, with HTML5 awesome,
> player/format fallbacks, stats, etc... and a method of uploading/classifying
> video that makes it easy for conferences and LUGs to push stuff up there.
> (And I have the sneaking suspicion that Silvia would enjoy hacking on this
> too, so I will also volunteer her HTML5 super-powers!)

Haha! Nicely volunteered. Yes, I'd be very happy to help get the HTML5
video stuff right.


BTW: we already have conference video up while LCA 2007 was still
running and I'm sure in other conferences since, so this year wasn't
such an epic difference.

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