We all like ‘free’, both free as in speech and free as in beer, well how about free as in “cool little device”?

Technalign (producers of Pioneer Linux which based is on Kubuntu) and Canonical have hooked together for a competition for all you orange sunglasses wearing, kilted, Lost-loving video makers, and the rest of us who fancy a go at making videos. Send in a decent video and you could bag a prize.

The videos that they are looking for are be between 60 and 90 seconds long, and are based on the ideas, thoughts, ethics, development processes, colours or people in the Open Source world. The objective is to produce a video that encapsulates some of the above, and makes for essential viewing. Well, essential viewing while sat in front of a computer and checking your email and chatting on IRC. 😛

The best ones win prizes and the cream of the crop bags a Technalign Flare MP4 player/recorder. Others can win a Flare mini or a Flare Micro.

This is where it is cool though – the videos can be made on any device, from a mobile phone to broadcast camera. You don’t have to have one of those hulking great cameras that is strapped to your waist that you see in behind the scenes documentaries. Your vids can be submitted in any recognised standard video format; there won’t be any obvious penalising or boot to the spuds for those souls who cannot manage to deliver a Theora file, although of course, you should all try to use Theora and spread the good love. The videos should be sent to videos.tapioneer.com.

The comp is open now and closes 31st March. Judging will be performed by a panel of bods from both Technalign and Canonical. See this page for more details.

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