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"When we argue about who is “more pure” or when we tell people that they're bad or evil because they don't use either the same software stack we do, or use the same terminology we do- then we've lost the point of Free Software, which is to spread Freedom."


Well said @Emacsen, I couldn't agree more. I think it is not a # thing only, especially in the larger # community I see more and more people fighting within their own peer group about details like why A doesn't value detail X as much as B. We should target the 95% out there, instead we get lost in detail within our 5% bubble sometimes.

Software freedom and digital freedom on a more general level is not binary, it is a journey. We should walk this way together and encouraging more people to join us no matter which path they chose, as long as the overall direction is the same.

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Chose your tools wisely!


It is understandable that in the current situation companies, governments and schools want to get ready for home office as quick as possible. But don't ignore the long-term effect of your decisions. https://fsfe.org/news/2020/news-20200330-01.html # # # # #

 

Nextcloud will prosper and innovate


"Nextcloud [..] is already the most widely deployed on-premises cloud solution. I predict 2020 will be a very good year for this open source solution." Great to see that people put so much trust in #Nextcloud and see the big picture of what we are working on. This is really motivating!

 

Bringing together what belongs together:

We will try a full move of #gadgetbridge to #codeberg on Tuesday 10th Dezember 2019, meaning that all issues and PRs will be moved and our github repo will be read-only from then on. We might mirror the code ocassionally, for visbility, but issues will be hidden and PRs impossible (impossible to hide, github policy)

 

Call for sessions "about:freedom" during #36C3 is out. The #fsfe is looking for inspiring talks, workshops & meetings about or related to #FreeSoftware at this year's #ccc:

While we welcome submissions on technical topics, we also further encourage non-technical talks that address philosophical, political, economical, and/or other aspects regarding Free Software, particularly for this year related to #DigitalSustainability

https://fsfe.org/news/2019/news-20191102-01.html #cfp
fsfe session at 33c3

 

Call for sessions "about:freedom" during #36C3 is out. The #fsfe is looking for inspiring talks, workshops & meetings about or related to #FreeSoftware at this year's #ccc:

While we welcome submissions on technical topics, we also further encourage non-technical talks that address philosophical, political, economical, and/or other aspects regarding Free Software, particularly for this year related to #DigitalSustainability

https://fsfe.org/news/2019/news-20191102-01.html #cfp
fsfe session at 33c3

 

Some meta thoughts about social networking


I really love #Mastodon, it is for me the successor of GNU Social a free, decentralized and open "Twitter-like" social network with the unique chance to become more than just a toy for some geeks.

But what I observe, similar to my Twitter usage: I use it often as a one way tool to publish my thoughts, interesting links, etc. Often I don't engage in discussions or decide to answer with my #Friendica account instead. While 500 chars are enough to publish a initial thought, it is barely enough to have a meaningful discussion about a topic. I'm the only one who feels sometimes to restricted by this arbitrary limit? Aren't this kind of technical limitations of discussions against the purpose of social networking? Maybe Mastodon should get over this Twitter-heritage and find other ways to keep the timeline readable, e.g. "read more" links or something similar...

 

Die Abhängigkeit von Microsoft gefährdet die digitale Souveränität des Staates und steht im Widerspruch zu den strategischen Zielen der IT des Bundes, so eine vom Bundesinnenministerium in Auftrag gegebenen Studie.

Die Studie sieht "dringenden Handlungsbedarf", es wird empfohlen sich an den vielen nationalen und internationalen Initiativen anderer Organisationen zu orientieren und den daraus abgeleiteten Erfolgsfaktoren. Proprietäre Lösungen durch Freie Software zu ersetzen ist hierbei ein "probates Mittel", um die "digitale Souveränität der Bundesverwaltung langfristig zu sichern". Einen fragenden Blick nach München kann ich mir an der Stelle nicht verkneifen.

Des weiteren soll das Vergaberecht auf Freie Software ausgerichtet werden.

#Demokratie #Politik #IT #Microsoft #Nachhaltigkeit #pmpc #publicCode #FreieSoftware #OpenSource

 

Great article, but here I have to disagree: "The open-core model followed by some of those companies creates an additional layer of community tension. [..] In the best case, this leads to the death of the community, and in the worst case this leads to a fork" - In this situation a fork is a great opportunity to fix a broken system and to restart the project. Done right this will lead to a revived and stronger community. https://opensource.org/node/1006 #OpenSource #FreeSoftware #business #OpenCore


 

Hm, @Fedilab always crashes when I try to reply to a post on my #Friendica account. I'm the only one with this problem? #fedilab
 
I will check that.

 

Since 2002 dozens – maybe even hundreds – of people have devoted years of their life to making Blender open and free to use for everyone. This massive effort has made it a strong and exciting program where add-ons can become massively successful. You’re standing on the shoulders of giants!

This can only work if we create a level playing field for everyone. Nobody’s code is more important than another’s. Nobody cuts a corner of the Blender play field to claim it as their territory. Nobody will plant trees here where you can’t climb in or enjoy its fruits.

Blender is free, forever. https://code.blender.org/2019/06/blender-is-free-software/

#FreeSoftware #Blender #OpenSource #GPL #Copyleft #LevelPlayingField
Blender is Free Software