The wiki of wikis

Wikis are for people to easily collaborate on the creation of content. Wikipedia, one of the most successful projects on the web, is a wiki.

This page is the master wiki for organising projects on the Open Media Network. Crucially it is a self-organising space. Each of the projects in the Open Media Network can have its own wiki, and can share the content with the entire network, or keep certain things private, as you wish.

Here is a step-by-step guide to using the wiki.

Please try to build the structure of the wiki as you go along.

Here's an example: Let's say people are talking about which mobile device to buy, and you want to talk about tablets - for that you should create a sub-page for tablets. But then someone else wants to talk about smartphones - that is not a sub-page off the tablets page, but a sub-page off the original mobile devices page.

So when you add content, think if you are writing it in the right place, and enjoy adding to the fund of knowledge which the wiki pages will be by making it really useful, like wikipedia.

If in any doubt, please contact the folks at

Linux tools

Useful tools on Ubuntu 14.04:

- Use Audio recorder for recording livestreams, eg off Spotify. Needs mp3 in library, otherwise will record Ogg, which won't play on your mobile device. (Forums often recommend Audacity for this, but it does not work - use Audio Recorder)

- To make DVDs, DeVeDe for making the iso from your video file (it will turn mp4 into DVD format), and Brasero for burning the image to disc. Both available in the Software Centre.

For ripping CDs to mp3 (oe anything else), use already installed Rhythmbox - Extract and set Preferences/music - has CDDB, so should find the metadata for your CD's tracks.

- To download from iPlayer without DRM, use get_iplayer. See

Right now the script for downlaoding is:

get_iplayer --pid xxxxx --tvmode=flashhd,flashvhigh

where xxxx is the programme number in the url.

(We don't yet know what will happen with the new BBC encryption of the iPlayer, designed to get online viewers to pay the licence fee).

- Google pirate bay proxies to get around UK censorship, or go to - slow to load, so try (correct at time of writing)

Use Transmission as bittorrent client.

I'll add here tools which are neither open source nor Ubuntu-specific, but merely useful for getting round corporate web limitations. google recently blocked the downloading of 480p and 1080p on YouTube. You could try which appears to download  1080p, though I'm not sure it is delivering.

You could try instead:

For extracting an mp3 from a YouTube clip,

For the absolutely necessary advert blocking on the web, don't use AdBlock Plus, which is too heavy, but install uBlock (for either Firefox or Chrome) instead.

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