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 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. :)
His thoughtful post reminds me, FSF has a separate class of voting members. Did #RMS resign as a voting member or just as dir/president? It's unclear.
Per the bylaws, the voting members are effectively "in charge" of the organization because they are the ones who name the board of directors. https://static.fsf.org/nosvn/fsf-amended-bylaws-current.pdf
Don't nationalize Facebook
Some people say "nationalize Facebook" because social media has become a public utility, but holy shit I don't want the government having that data anymore than I want a private company to have it. Dismantle corporate social media and decentralize it. Maybe let municipal governments set up local nodes, since not everyone will have the ability to run their own servers. Better yet, have public libraries set up local nodes (they're gov't funded, but usually arms-length).
Software To Install Every Time With Trisquel #trisquel #freesoftware #GNU #oss
> ...software does not, by itself, change the world; it lacks agency. It is the people that maintain, grow, adapt, and build the software that are the heart of the #GNU project...
One of the perks of my job is that I get to learn so much from my coworkers. We're doing an #Equality, #Diversity, and #Inclusion initiative in my office and one of my colleagues just taught me that the #disability part of this is actually covered by a very specific UN goal!
Towards totally free & open computing: System76 ships new laptops without BIOS / UEFI.
Galago Pro & Darter Pro are two new Linux laptops shipping with Coreboot as an alternative to its proprietary counterparts.
System76 is known for their rock solid powerful line of Linux PC's with a support and enthusiasm second to none. From the boot screen to desktop "29% faster" than with BIOS, thanks to dropping unnecessary features.
"Adobe is cutting off users in Venezuela due to US sanctions" Another example how dangerous it is to rely on proprietary and rented software. This can't happen to you if you build your business on top of #FreeSoftware which is the only software you really own. https://www.theverge.com/2019/10/7/20904030/adobe-venezuela-photoshop-behance-us-sanctions
Correct: it's hard to make money working on open source software
Correct: it's hard to make money working on open source software, therefore I will make nonfree software
Incorrect: it's hard to make money on open source software, and therefore I will make nonfree software and claim that it's open source
The official asshat award for today goes to Jan Oberhauser, an asshat who publishes a nonfree software project with the Anti-commons Clause and calls it "open source" in his marketing material despite being well aware that it's not.
Eat a bag of dicks, Jan Oberhauser.
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