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Linux Appliance Brings Podcasts to the People 70

An anonymous reader writes "Linux has been used to create a podcast capture appliance that aims to make podcasting as dead-simple as possible, in order to give everyone a 'voice in public discourse, not just those who own TV towers. [...] Aimed at corporations, schools, radio stations, and churches, the "Podcast in a Box" appliance starts recording when a USB key is inserted, and uploads the podcast to a server when the key is removed. The product is also available for free as a live/installer ISO image based on Ubuntu.'"
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Linux Appliance Brings Podcasts to the People

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday October 10, 2006 @06:01AM (#16375739)
    Yeah, how does a VIA C7 end up costing $2000? Last I checked you can get the CPU and motherboard for $200. Plus CD drive and free software... ???
  • by Zadaz ( 950521 ) on Tuesday October 10, 2006 @07:05AM (#16376011)
    Ugh. How is a $2K server appliance supposed to help the average person make a podcast?

    How is this more "accessible to the people" than, say, any [] of the podcast [] by phone [] (or other hardware you already own) services out there?

    This is a $2000 device that can record and MP3 and upload it. Ooooh. That's so much overkill for what it does I can hardly comprehend. If they had built that functionality into the USB key, and sold it for, say $80 USD, they might have some takers.

    (And I'm not even getting into the "no one cares what you have to say" part of podcasts. We went through this same stupid thing with every form of media since speech was invented.)

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