Campcaster – Open Source Radio

In the department of open source software with a significant social impact, Campcaster is a radio broadcasting software package. It’s released under the GPL and developed only for Linux. Douglas Arellanes, one of the developers of Campcaster, was recently interviewed on BBC’s Digital Planet.

Campcaster takes a regular PC and turns it into a tool for managing every aspect of a radio station broadcast.

The software is the idea of the non-profit Media Development Loan Fund, which aims to support independent news media in emerging democracies. […]

Until relatively recently, running a radio station required a large amount of hardware, some of it rather complex – and most of it expensive.