The Free Software Foundation has launched a fund raising campaign on behalf of GNU MediaGoblin, a free software media publishing system for images, video, and audio.
Coding on the MediaGoblin project, which aims to provide decentralized and extensible tools for media sharing that adhere to free software principles, has been ongoing since 2011 and currently is at version 0.3.1. Now its founder and community team leader, Chris Webber, has quit his job to devote himself full time to the project and make Media Goblin a "professional-level" product, as explained in this video:
MediaGoblin has turned to FSF (Free Software Foundation) to help it raise money since both projects share the same objectives of free software. According to John Sullivan, Executive Director at the Free Software Foundation:
Without a doubt, we need a decentralized, free software system for sharing our photos and videos. We need a system that doesn't require using nonfree software or handing our memories and artwork over to a single point of privacy-violating, proprietary ownership-claiming failure. MediaGoblin can be that system, and its future users can make it so. I look forward to the result -- and to the example this could set for funding other critical free software projects.
The fund raising campaign is offering a range of rewards for donations and after only a few days is 15% of the way to its target of $60,000. For example a donation of $100 will earn you a MediaGoblin t-shirt and $350 a 3D-print of the project's mascot, Gavroche.
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