A few folks have asked how they can support the expenses of running the FLOSS.social #Mastodon instance. There are not a lot of expenses right now (€10/month) but if you're interested in chipping in, you can now become a FLOSS.social "Monthly Supporter"! Donations accepted via CommitChange, who run the free software Houdini Project to manage transactions. 🙂
#OpenSource is under attack by those who want to start allowing discrimination. And they're wrapping this co-option under the disguise of the so-called "ethical source" flag. If this special interest group takes over the Open Source Initiative board it would mean the end of freedoms that protect over 100 humanitarian open source projects.
If you're a member, check your email and vote right now for Megan Byrd-Sanicki & Josh Simmons.
Stand up for human rights. Stand up for software freedom.
Today is #ZeroDiscrimination day.
Humanitarian projects that rely on the freedoms guaranteed by the #OpenSource Definition, are under attack by so-called #EthicalSource special interests, who are trying to coopt the movement to replace those freedoms with discrimination.
If you're an OSI member, vote tomorrow for board members that will rise against this hostile takeover. If not, join as a member today then vote tomorrow. https://youtu.be/_zg4f30onZw
Most folks I work with at the nexus of humanitarian work and #OpenSource are experienced enough to know one can't meaningfully lessen global-scale atrocities with something so simple & weak as a copyright infringement claim.
If you don't want people mis-using stuff you make, don't make stuff.
If you want reduce inequity & atrocities, give people working on those problems #FLOSS building blocks with OSI-approved licenses so they can more easily do their good work.
Our Policy Fellow, Bradley M. Kuhn, explains how we can restore #copyleft equality and rid ourselves of toxic proprietary relicensing (sometimes imprecisely called dual licensing) with a novel copyleft clause (invented by Richard Fontana for copyleft-next). https://sfconservancy.org/blog/2020/jan/06/copyleft-equality/ #GPL #FOSS #FOSSLicensing #AGPL
#SaveDotOrg per JohnLaprise on Twitter:
Special meeting on .org today Consolidated Policy Working Group (CPWG) call is devoted to the .org sale. The call is open to all. Here's your chance...
Tuesday 03 December 2019 at 20:00 UTC
At-Large Consolidated Policy Working Group (CPWG)
Zoom Link: https://icann.zoom.us/j/765717566
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Want to be in charge of a critical piece of software that runs on pretty much every linux desktop?
libinput is searching for people to eliminate the bus factor:
Would be great when such critical software parts wouldn't rely on the shoulders on a single person (not me).
RMS pulls a serious power move (read: dick move), unilaterally appointing a maintainer to Guile without consulting the other co-maintainers or community, because the current co-maintainers disagree with him on governance https://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/guile-devel/2019-10/msg00005.html
Anybody has a touch mouse and uses Fedora 31? Some feedback on gnome-shell overview scrolling would be appreciated with stock shell and https://copr.fedorainfracloud.org/coprs/exalm/gnome-shell-gestures/
Bonus points for a libinput recording of you scrolling in overview. :)
FLOSS.social admin. Director of Community, DIAL #OpenSource Center at United Nations Foundation. LibreHealth steering cmte, OSUOSL advisory brd, OSI adv circle.
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