> I was a web-developer (php, apache - you know the drill) for a few years so
Thanks for the offer!
> As far as paying for bandwidth - I am dirt poor.
I wouldn't want the cost of bandwidth to be met by the site developers alone -
that would seem unfair. Wherever you make your music files available, it's
going to cost you bandwidth somehow.
> In my experience (dealing with non-profits,
I don't see that necessarily follows - free software is not free beer. I think
you could offset some cost by selling CDs, but inevitably there would have to
be some kind of membership scheme for musicians. This could work out to be
quite good value if bandwidth is being bought in 'bulk'.
I guess we'd be talking about:
1. a co-lo box with plenty of bandwidth available
2. decent sized web space per member
3. apache with defaults set up for ogg file mimetypes, an icecast server
4. content management system
> Perhaps linux distributions could
I don't think any of the main distros are either focused on multimedia or
cash-rich enough to fund this sort of thing at the moment.
> Also is the case where there just isn't enough music being made to justify
I think the music is out there, but we'd have to survey the likely demand for
a contribution-based service. I'm thinking along the lines of a web-based
collaborative record label where Linux is the common factor. You could build
in a system of peer review as a form of quality control, or just offer space
to anyone who could contribute - time or money.