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Revision as of 21:14, 19 June 2007

The idea of LiveContent is based upon LiveDistro, a live instance of an operating system that can be booted from a CD or other type of media without needing to install the actual software on a machine.

LiveContent is an umbrella idea which aims to provide added features in addition to a CD-bootable operating system. With LiveContent, other free open source software applications and content can be coupled with the OS and delivered through various methods.




Gnome has one. So does Mono. Why not Creative Commons? A successful completion of this challenge would produce an ISO image for a bootable system that would be filled with CC-licensed content and whatever the state-of-the-art in CC-enabled content and open source applications are at that time. Creative Commons will team with Red Hat, Worldlabel.com and OpenOffice in order to produce a LiveCD that can be presented to libraries throughout the US as an example of free open source software, open document formats and Creative Commons-licensed content. Worldlabel is supporting the development and distribution of the LiveCD.



We believe that the ccLiveCD can be a gateway distribution device to test the waters of using open source software within library settings. Also spread the message about Creative Commons and provide examples of different media that has been licensed with Creative Commons licenses. Create network effects for open source in general - get more people involved with supporting FOSS, CC.


ccLiveCD will be created for librarians to test for public terminals at libraries. The object is to get as many libraries to install Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) on their current systems. We will be aiming the implementation at librarians and library administrators.

We strongly believe that libraries are a great way to plant seeds in the community to help the FOSS movement to become popular. This project will help bring more awareness to Open Source by providing an example of an operating system and free open source applications that could be implemented on library machines. If the ideas can catch on, the long-range effects might be that libraries would begin to implement free open source software on machines permanently, thus saving money on software licensing agreements.

At this time, it seems that CDs provide the best media format that is accessible to most library computer terminals.

possible benefits
  • library administrators
    • save money on proprietary software licensing
    • libraries can be seen as cutting edge in adoption of open source
  • librarians
  • library patrons
    • more choice on software
    • more computer terminals could have more software on them - no theoretical limit because no licensing problems

Proposed LiveCD Contents

Redhat Fedora 7
  • options
    • i386 Gnome LiveCD - maybe the better option
    • i386 KDE LiveCD
      • can have both desktop environments, but probably better to support one or the other due to cd size constraints
  • note - productivity and creativity apps cannot be installed at terminals without first installing Fedora - aka liveCD doesn't support application installs before full OS install
Productivity/entertainment suite with a combination of the following Free Open Source programs:
  • Openoffice - Complete version (same as from OOo site)
  • OOo Wikipedia plugin, links on page and CD to: OO, Support page, OOoforums, Documentation Project
  • FireFox - web browser
  • Thunderbird - email client
  • Gimp - raster graphics editor
  • Inkscape - vector graphics editor
  • VLC - media player
  • Democracy - media player, torrent client
  • Collection of clipart from Open Clip Art Library
  • Worldlabel.com Blank Opendocument Format Label Templates and collection of Pre-designed label templates: address, shipping, filing, CD
  • Information and documentation on Opendocument Format from http://opendocumentfellowship.org/ included i
  • other appropriate documentation for apps

For Kids

  • note that all these FOSS applications are also available for installation on machines running proprietary operating systems (windows, osx), not just linux machines
Creative Commons-licensed content
  • 10 best examples of CC-licensed content from the following categories:
  • Possible inclusion of a CC plugin pre-installed in Openoffice.org
  • inclusion of CC plug-in for Firefox

Distribution Options

We will investigate options for getting the CDs into the hands of the libraries we wish to target. While we wish to provide a quality LiveCD to the most libraries we can, we realize that mass mailing may not be the best way to accomplish this distribution goal, especially since this may be considered a type of spamming. Ideas other than mailing include hosting the contents online and doing outreach to libraries and other interested parties through a widespread press release, listservs, hand out at events, or get an in through professional organizations like the American Library Association.

While we are working towards a deliverable LiveCD by August 8, further exploration of a dynamic, automated system should be examined. This type of system could be automated to pull updated content from various sources , current application versions and OS patches and build a CD extremely easily. In this way, users could download the most current build at any time.

During development, we hope to provide preliminary builds and demos that we can send to various organization and libraries so that they can review the LiveCD and provide input for further development. Later reviews hopefully will be published in numerous ALA publications. Reviews could be sent with the CD in the mailing so that there is neutral positive influence behind the CD.

Potential Issues

  • what kinds of agreements do libraries have with software providers now, if any?
  • make the cds very intuitive, well-labeled, good supporting documentation - fedora has a lot of good documentation, +/- of liveCD
  • will we only make spins for i386? - probably the architecture of most library terminal machines, unless some use older macs - ppc
  • how do we distribute without spamming?
  • will libraries trust what we send to them?
  • will libraries notice it or have time to look at it?
  • less to do with the software and more to do with presentation and documentation
  • focus on low income areas?
  • will CC put on material that covers all the different licenses? or least restrictive? - attribution only
  • different libraries have different budgets which allow for a vast range in hardware and training
  • The mailing will have a mail back questionaire asking did they install software and other general questions. - rethink this idea due to spamming/response issues? - think about other ways to gather feedback
  • what about adding the CDs to library collections? - might be a good way for people to install or use at home, but doesn't align too well with the applications and content becoming obsolete
  • accessibility


June 11

  • Brainstorming "best-of" CC-licensed content to include with the LiveCD
  • Connect with other organizations - ALA, LITA, FOSS
  • blog post about the project

June 18

  • trying out different spins
  • pick examples of CC-licensed content and package?

June 25

  • Provide a demo to send to LITA so that we can get feedback. Possibly at ALA conference in Washington, DC

July 2

  • Writing, collecting documentation for Fedora, apps, CC-licenses

July 9

  • have basic liveCD build completed

July 16

July 23

July 30

August 6

  • LiveCD rollout at Linuxworld - San Francisco

August 8th

  • LiveCD rollout CC Salon - San Francisco


  • Jack Aboutboul - Redhat mailto:jaa@redhat.com - Redhat will provide the themeing and customized builds of the CDs containing the OS, open source apps, Worldlabel documentation, CC content
  • Mr. Alex Choong of Innotech Resources Pte Ltd (worldlabel.com.sg) will cover the cost of duplication of master Library CD. 8000 to 10000pcs with jewel box or sleedve. He wants will also implement a program in Singapore and Malaysia to distribute the CD to libraries. He mentioned wanting reference to this in press releases.
  • Simon Spero at Sun in North Carolina, who might be willing to provide server space to maintain a dynamic build system
LiveCD Examples
LiveCD Resources

How to get involved

  • investigate what software runs on local library computers
  • provide examples of CC-licensed content to include


  • Researching 3 libraries in Putnam County, N.Y. in upscale districts, the 3 libraries had Openoffice.org, Firefox and Gimp installed. Further research in under privileged areas will be done. Visited private library which relies on Donations in Cold Springs, NY. Had no FOSS installed and where extremely receptive to the CD idea.