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PSA: I will be sending a lot out with the & hashtags over the next week. You may want to use the "filter" tab in your Mastodon settings to mute them if not interesting. Thanks!

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@alcinnz Talked to Karl Fogel this week at OSCON. πŸ˜‰

Thought: An evangelist that uses a Mac (or Keynote, PowerPoint, Slack, GitHub, etc.) is like someone who promotes veganism, while only avoiding meat in public. Discuss. πŸ˜‰

"To be truly radical is to make hope possible, rather than despair convincing."

- Raymond Williams

Hoping can convince the Oregon Convention Center to avoid the non-recyclable plastic clamshell boxes for lunch for each of the thousands of attendees next year. SO much waste compared to the past ceramic plates & silverware!


49 years ago today a PERSON set foot on the MOON

Dream big, bunnies :)

I didn't use any proprietary software* this entire past week and I feel GREAT!

* other than JavaScript, e.g. Twitter

"Do you know why the honeydew and the pineapple had a big wedding?

Because they cantaloupe."

by Bradley Kuhn

Did you know? is still used for more than just increasing profits of mega-corporations. It's a key strategy of sustainable work like international development. Visit the non-profit area in the expo hall today and learn more.


"Choosing proprietary tools and services for your project ultimately sends a message to downstream developers and users of your project that freedom of all usersβ€”developers includedβ€”is not a priority." - @mattl


OH at : is all about voluntary participation. Anything hinting of authoritarianism can cripple a project.

How exactly do we reconcile these slides with these scary corporate boilerplate "do not reproduce" footers, while said slides are also using others' CC BY-SA licensed images? @creativecommons

TMW you're excited to learn from the Commons folks ... and then you realize they're using . πŸ€¦β€β™‚οΈ

(The web site is great though!)

I agree with Karl Fogel here:

'I've never understood the "GPL is not free" argument. The only restriction the GPL imposes is that it prevents people from imposing further restrictions. To say that this results in less freedom has always seemed perverse to me. If the retention of monopoly is somehow a freedom to be protected, then the word "freedom" is no longer

I think Stallman also said basically the same thing.

Emma Irwin at Mozilla is on point with her questions about Open Source.

"Have you ever witnessed an #opensource project ignore/turn a blind eye to toxic behavior from someone perceived to be core/central/genius? For fear of losing them?"

(Poll on Twitter)


Interesting things I've noticed a lot of at Day 1:

iPad check-in
Pathable mobile conf app
Keynote, PowerPoint, Google Slides
Twitter hashtags
macOS & MacBooks
DocuSign contracts
Dropbox file sharing

Wasn't this supposed to be the Convention?

Hi Conservancy pals! We're in Portland tonight, why not join us from 7pm - 10pm at McMenamin's Broadway Pub? It's ok to bring new friends along too. πŸ»πŸ§€πŸ₯™ mcmenamins.com/broadway-pub

Hey & , just a reminder that at $dayjob we're giving away a million dollars this month to projects to serve international development or humanitarian response. Tell your friends; deadline soon! osc.dial.community/grants.html

Good discussion reminding me of this issue:

Requiring your project's consumers & contributors to consent to a 3rd party's Terms of Service to participate is completely antithetical to the principles of Free & Open Source software.