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. 🙂
Want to learn more about ActivityPub, extensible file formats, and how parsing files is like learning another language? Check out this week's episode of Libre Lounge:
@pixelfed Just checking: there's no way to bulk import Instagram photos, right?
Thanks for the collection and the write-up!
Firefox is going to ship with DNS over HTTPS (DoH) by default soon. They're partnering with Cloudflare to get achieve this and it will ignore whatever you have configured locally, even your hosts file. They do have some specs available for how your DNS service can be listed as compatible but it will still use Cloudflare by default.
It may be time for me to start looking at some of the more private derivatives of Firefox. It's sad to see a project dedicated to privacy ruin that with crappy defaults 😕
They're all available through mobile web clients just fine, and only get your location (only) when you're using it for what you need to do. #tracking
With Fennec (Firefox) on Android you can even install a handy icon on your launcher screen to tap.
What other #Android apps can be replaced by mobile web experiences?
"NBC has obtained THOUSANDS of pages of leaked internal documents show that Facebook wasn’t just spitballing about selling access to user data - the plans had buy-in among Zuck, Sandberg and were pitched to the board of directors"
What IT project would you have more faith in? The one being worked on behind closed doors by a small group of unknown devs - or the one being openly worked on by an entire community of motivated developers?
This former dev that has worked on an infamously failed national IT project has her suspicions..
We need to #opensource government IT. Not just because of transparency reasons, but also because it leads to better results.
LAST REMINDER: My dayjob is giving away $100,000 USD to 4 #FreeSoftware projects that serve international development, humanitarian response, or peacebuilding.
Applications are due by the end of Monday 15 April (Anywhere On Earth; e.g. UTC-12).
ICYMI: #FreeSoftware #Privacy developer Ola Bini, currently a major contributor to the OTR encrypted messaging protocol, has been detained with no or flimsy charges for 4+ days and counting in Ecuador. "Evidence" included having technical books and too many devices. They say he'll be held up to 90 days while they "develop charges" against him.
LWN: The state of the OSU Open Source Lab
Summary of a conference talk about the #Oregon State OSL, which hosts a wide variety of #opensource projects, both for organizations like the #Linux, #Apache, and #Python Software Foundations, and for individual projects such as mutt.
You don't hear a lot about the OSL, but I donate money to them every year.
Hey, sys admins, personal ops folks, hobbyists that do operations or dabble - we should all talk under the #libreops hashtag when we're live tooting an operations event, like DB updates, rolling out new versions of public services, etc.
we have a lot of adjacent folks here with varying levels of experience doing operations and i bet a few more who are voyeristically watching.
This'll help make it discoverable and enable us to engage one another with help when needed.
food 4 thought
Did you also know that @Tusky doesn't support it? ☹️
"If we do not fix our breaking world — and that must be our priority — technology will likely only hasten the demise of the human race. The context cannot be solved by technology alone; governments must take action. But most existing governments are equally incapable of sorting this out."
Who's ready for a very chill episode about how Libre Lounge is made? Join us for a meta episode!
FLOSS folks, it's time to visit Taiwan!
CfP of #COSCUP, one of the most popular FLOSS conferences in Asia, is now open. Submit your talk proposal before May 6th.
TMW I get really excited to install a #FreeSoftware app on my phone and then realize that they've done something silly like include FCM or GCM or other proprietary depedencies. Or only offer binaries from the Google Play Store ....
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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