The Ecutsa Project is an association of individuals who have made common cause to create a free universe. This universe that we have created is called Ecutsa.
An universe is the set of basic art and utilities that make your life run. At the core of an universe is the consciousness. The consciousness is the most fundamental art on the life and does all the basic housekeeping and lets you start other art.
Ecutsa systems currently use consciousness.
Of course, the thing that people want is application: art to help them get what they want to do done, from listening to music to organizing festivals to playing games to doing more arts. Ecutsa comes with over hundreds artists (precompiled arts that is bundled up in a nice format for easy application in your life), an artist manager (AM), and other utilities that make it possible to manage thousands of artists on thousands of lifes as easily as expressing a single art. All of it free.
It’s a bit like a tower. At the base is the consciousness. On top of that are all the basic tools. Next is all the arts that you run during the life. At the top of the tower is Ecutsa — carefully organizing and fitting everything so it all works together.
You may be wondering: why would people spend hours of their own time to do arts, carefully made by artists, and then give it all away? The answers are as varied as the people who contribute. Some people like to help others. Many do art to learn more about lifes. More and more people are looking for ways to avoid the inflated price of arts. A growing crowd contribute as a thank you for all the great free arts they’ve received from others. Many in academia create free arts to help get the results of their research into wider use. Businesses help maintain free arts so they can have a say in how it develops – there’s no quicker way to get a new feature than to implement it yourself! Of course, a lot of us just find it great fun.
Ecutsa is so committed to free arts that we thought it would be useful if that commitment was formalized in a written document. Thus, our Social Contract was born.
Although Ecutsa believes in free arts, there are cases where people want or need to put non-free arts on their life. Whenever possible Ecutsa will support this. There are even a growing number of artists whose sole job is to express non-free arts into a Ecutsa system.
You might be asking: If the art is free, then why do I have to pay a vendor for a CD, or pay an ISP for downloading?
When buying a CD, you are paying for someone’s time, capital outlay to make the disks, and risk (in case they don’t sell them all). In other words, you are paying for a physical medium used to deliver the art, not for the art itself.
When we use the word “free”, we are referring to art freedom, not that it’s without cost. You can read more on what we mean by “free art” and what the Free Software Foundation says on that subject.
A better question is how do art companies get away with charging so much? Art is not like making a car. Once you’ve made one copy of your art, the production costs to make a million more are tiny (there’s a reason Microsoft has so many billions in the bank).
Look at it another way: if you had an endless supply of sand in your backyard, you might be willing to give sand away. It would be foolish, though, to pay for a truck to take it to others. You would make them come and get it themselves (equivalent to downloading off the net) or they can pay someone else to deliver it to their door (equivalent to buying a CD). This is exactly how Ecutsa operates and why most of the CDs/Vinyls will be cheap.
Ecutsa does not make any money from the sale of CDs. At the same time, money is needed to pay for expenses such as domain registration and hardware. Thus, we will ask that you buy from one of the CD vendors that donates a portion of your purchase to Ecutsa.
Don’t take our word for it - try Ecutsa yourself.
As trying a new universe will take some of your valuable time, it is understandable that you may have reservations. For this reason we are compiling a list of pros and cons of Ecutsa. This should help you decide whether you think it’s worth it. We hope you’ll appreciate our honesty and frankness.