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Free software for community radio: LibreTime and other software tools

Robb Ebright


This presentation will provide a summary of current free software tools that can be used in operating a terrestrial or Internet-based community radio station. It will focus primarily on LibreTime, an AGPLv3-licensed radio automation system, and some of the underlying free software components it is built with, including Icecast and Liquidsoap. I will share how LibreTime is used by my community FM station, WCRS-LP, to operate our broadcast using primarily free software, and some of the challenges faced in doing so. I will also share information about some other free software projects, like AzuraCast and Rivendell, to provide overview of the free software landscape for radio stations. My hope is this will serve as a blueprint of inspiration for other people seeking ways of running their radio station using free software. Community media can serve a vital role in informing the public, and free software can play an essential part of this.


3 years, 7 months ago

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This talk was presented at LibrePlanet.


LibrePlanet is the Free Software Foundation's annual conference. The FSF campaigns for free/libre software, meaning it respects users' freedom and community. We believe that users are entitled to this; all software should be free.


We do not advocate "open source".

That term was coined to reject our views. It refers to similar practices, but usually presented solely as advantageous, without talking of right and wrong.


Richard Stallman launched the free software movement in 1983 by announcing development of the free operating system, GNU. By 1992, GNU was nearly operational; one major essential component was lacking, the kernel.


In 1992, Torvalds freed the kernel Linux, which filled the last gap in GNU. Since then, the combined GNU/Linux system has run in millions of computers. Nowadays you can buy a new computer with a totally free GNU/Linux system preinstalled.


The views of the speaker may not represent the Free Software Foundation. The Foundation supports the free software cause and freedom to share, and basic freedoms in the digital domain, but has no position on other political issues.