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My Mind Stomps with OpenStomp.

Filed under: General Linux — TheLinuxBlog.com at 4:21 pm on Tuesday, August 26, 2008

I’m always looking for ways to integrate Linux into my life more, and harness technology. As a mediocre guitar player and Professional Linux Geek I’ve often thought about Linux and guitar effects. Sure, there is a ton of software and homebrew hardware out there, but I’d like something more than that.

I’m sure by now (since its all over the news) that you’ve probably heard about the OpenStomp. Awesome concept! Lets make something quite complex to build, lets not give out the actual details about the internals of the device and lets claim to be the “Worlds first Open Source Effects Pedal”.

I was considering purchasing one of these until I found out the price. Then I thought, oh. I’ll purchase a parts kit. NO kit available. Then I though, oh I’ll just build one from scratch. HOW, with no public schematics?

Sorry my friends, having a website, a hardware device and a forum that you publish your source code to will not get me to purchase your device. Charging $349 for the pedal that you don’t provide plans for doesn’t go down well. If my commercial “closed box” gets fried, I don’t couldn’t care because it was cheap. The Open Stomp is a different story, What kind of Warranty do you offer?
I know you offer schematics if I purchase it, but what happens if it breaks with no modification in the first day?

What happens if a software update blows my StompBox up? You only have one OS listed on your forums page, are you going to post each version there? Do you have a public subversion repository? Come on StompBox, get your act together and post it on source forge before some one else does. Also while your at it post your schematics so that people can look at them and justify spending the $349 instead of building it. Give them away to capable developers that are interested in your product, you know the ones that will make your product popular by enhancing it.

If you are wondering, this being The Linux Blog and all, if I’m throwing a hissy because there is no Linux version available I’m not.  I couldn’t care less. There are ways around that and if it gets popular enough, there will be a version available. What I’m sour about is the fact that there is nothing “Open Source” about the OpenStomp, other than the huge lack of good documentation, and some source code that is posted in the forum.

I think I’ll go look at the old schematics for some “stomp boxes” and see about building them. Apparently this isn’t open since there is no source code involved. Jeez

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Filed under: Linux Video Tutorials,The Linux Blog News — TheLinuxBlog.com at 3:00 am on Friday, February 1, 2008

I posted a Linux Video Tutorial on How to Partition Slackware earlier this morning. This is a follow up post, basically the point is I think that I’m going to test the waters in creating Linux Video Tutorials. A certain amount of effort goes into creating these videos and since I’m no video editing whiz it will probably be a slow building category. I’d like as much support as possible with this, those around me seem to think that it could do well and are impressed with the results but unfortunately when I upload them to YouTube its a different story. The quality of the How to partition Slackware video very poor. So in retaliation I am working on getting the necessary bandwidth to support high resolution videos. Stay Tuned for more information on these Linux Video Tutorials!

In other news January 2008 has been the best month for me so far. I would like to take a moment to thank everybody that visits on a regular basis for reading and ask for more comments. I havn’t made any money from this site yet (and nor do I plan to make masses) but feedback is always appreciated.

I’m looking for people to help with the daily blogging on Linux technologies so, if your interested shoot me an e-mail at owen -at- thelinuxblog.com