Stallman Interview on WNPR


Before his talk on “Free Software in Ethics and in Practice” at Trinity last Tuesday, Richard Stallman did an interview with John Dankosky on his Where We Live program at WNPR. You can download the interview. One condition of doing the interview was that it be distributed only in Ogg format. What is Ogg? Here is an excerpt about it from www.gnu.org:

We distribute our audio files in Ogg Vorbis format. We avoid MP3, because it is impeded by software patents in some countries. The Ogg Vorbis format is technologically superior to MP3, and is not encumbered by patents. The sound quality of speech recordings on this page is not indicative of the quality you could expect from Ogg Vorbis when applied to HiFi audio.
Please avoid transcoding HiFi audio from MP3 to Ogg Vorbis. By doing so, you will create Ogg Vorbis files of a lower sound quality than the original MP3. Instead, please encode to Ogg Vorbis directly from the uncompressed
source.

Vorbis.com provides a list of audio software and hardware (such as portable players) which support the ogg vorbis format. The Ogg Vorbis project is part of the Xiph.org project, where you will find the project development page and source code..

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