We have been asked several times by email or social networks whether we were
planning a Libre Calendar 2016
(see Libre Calendar 2015).
Unfortunately we are not. This is for the official announcement. ;-(
Credit: Cover of the 2015 calendar ("Fishing Night", by Aryeom Han, Creative Commons attribution)
The reason is simple: we could not make the time.
Our association is very small, and mostly hold by a handful of people. With our
current projects (in particular ZeMarmot),
adding the weight of an additional print project, however fun
it is, was not possible.
This said, it is very heart-warming to know that people really loved the Libre
Calendar (to be fair, we already knew so since we received several happy messages
last year, after the calendar got delivered) and really wanted a new one for 2016.
So we will definitely try to revive the project next year!
Note also that we are always open to volunteers to help us. It is too late
this year to prepare a calendar now (if we want to do it well), but we would
absolutely welcome new hands for next year!
Jehan, LILA co-founder and Free Software developer (GIMP, Blender…), participate to a schooling experiment in favor of young people out of the "usual" system, i.e. without any diploms nor jobs.
In a few words, with the Second Chance School in Argenteuil, France, we are animating a project of creating a full SuperTuxKart track representing their neighborhood, fully with Free Software: OpenStreetMap to generate a good piece of the city environment, Blender 3D for 3D modelization and GIMP for texture creation.
Unfinished prototype of the SuperTuxKart track created by the young and representing the actual neighborhood.
Before the project, most of these young's only usage of computers were Facebook and other "social" networks. Some don't even have a computer. And now they are modeling a real city for a video game. Pretty cool no?
Of course SuperTuxKart is only a pretext to make the project with Free Software, which itself is only a pretext to have our young students work in professional conditions, as a team, with an actual "deliverable", which is the point of this school project.
If you are interested and happen to be in Paris, France, tonight evening , Tuesday, December 1st, at 7PM, do not hesitate to come by our presentation event with the young at Archipel.
Tristan Nitot, former president of Europe Mozilla, will introduce the event with a conference about Free Software as a guest:
L'Archipel - Lieu d'innovation collective
26 bis Rue de Saint-Pétersbourg
LILA was invited at Capitole du Libre
2015 to present
ZeMarmot. Unfortunately after the tragic recent
events in Paris (everybody of the association is fine by the way, despite us
being a few dozen meters from the events), the Free Software event got canceled.
The association Toulibre revived the meeting under the name
Bazar du Libre
In the end, a very cool weekend, where we also met quite a bunch of the local
The association LILA will be at Alternatiba Paris on Sunday 27th, at
Place de la République in Paris, which is also the "day without car" in Paris, perfect for an event about alternative social models, ecology, fair and
We will participate to the "Libre Village" ("Digital District", number 9 in the
event map below), with LILA as well as the other usual associations, foundations
and communities of Free Software: April, Parinux, Framasoft,
Franciliens.net, la quadrature du net, GIMP, root 66, Chiffrofête, Mozilla-FR,
Drupal, Novalys, Libre Office… We will also be representing GIMP.
You will find us in particular either in the "museum" booth (next to the
Wikimedia foundation) and "cinema" booth (next to April, BUG and Root 66).
Sorry, we have been a little late on our "Wilber & Co." comic strips and we
forgot to upload 3 of them on the website!
Released in issue 12 of GIMP Magazine on
May 28, 2015, it represented both the Labour Day, often held on May 1 in many
countries, but also a cooler vision of Free Software. It's not always about the
This comic strip was originally intended for GIMP Magazine as well, but since
it went on a pause until September, and because this is also some kind of public announcement,
we decided to release the strip earlier.
You may indeed have heard about the terrible actions by Sourceforge, a service
which the GIMP project used to use for their Windows
download and stopped because of unacceptable change of services. Well they
squatted the old GIMP account
and added Adware installers to the GIMP, which is not acceptable either.
So the bottom line of this strip was the important part: you want GIMP?
Install it from the upstream: gimp.org!
And this applies for most software!
A small strip to introduce one of the specifics of ZeMarmot's script which is that Marmot, as well as any animals don't speak in our movie.
See the full blog post.
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