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birdsite, programming, deadline 

Open Tech Summit Thailand finally confirmed for 1-2nd October, please join us #fediverse!

In light of Kenneth Reitz withdrawing from maintainership of his projects (e.g. requests), I'd like to post this again:

If you're struggling as a free software maintainer, I'm sympathetic to your position, and I have a guide here on how to responsibly step back from your projects at the pace you need, be it today or next week or next year.

Why is software created using taxpayers’ money not released as Free Software?

* Tax savings: Similar applications don't have to be programmed from scratch every time.

* Collaboration: Major projects can share expertise and costs.

* Serving the public: Applications paid by the public should be available for everyone.

* Fostering innovation: With transparent processes, others don't have to reinvent the wheel.

#democracy #democratic #politics #freesoftware

If anything's going to keep FOSS alive it won't be web-scale upstream-owning megacorps, and it won't be yesterday's problematic icons alienating everybody they talk to today.

It's gonna be you, doing stuff you think is cool and helping other people do stuff they think is cool.

Thanks to everyone for coming to Classic Pianos for Winterreise tonight for post #OSCON romantism/Conservancy fund-raising!

Interested in volunteering for #softwarefreedom with Conservancy? Swing by our booth at #OSCON today and let's talk about it!

an appeal to the fediverse regarding anti-abuse 

"Communication leads to community, that is, to understanding, intimacy, and mutual valuing."

- Rollo May

tiny thing to fight surveillance capitalism 

As of yesterday #Microsoft's #DRM server is gone. If you have any ebooks through their store . . . bid them adieu ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Users will be given refunds but the books themselves will no longer be readable. If you made notes on the titles, you'll get $25 credit as a, "we're sorry you'll no longer have access to the notes you took on all those books. Here's $25 and we'll call it even!"

#DefectiveByDesign is a campaign run by the #FSF to combat Digital Restrictions Management and they work to prevent this exact kind of thing from happening.

Courtesy of Karl Fogel, there will be a Benefit Concert for the Software Freedom Conservancy: Schubert's "Winterreise" on Thursday, 7/18 from 7–8:30pm in Portland at Classic Pianos! Hope to see you there!

Are you in Portland (Oregon) this week? Do you like chatting with folks about #freesoftware? Join us at the Broadway McMenamins tonight at 7 for Conservancy pub night! We'll have snacks and there will be non-alc and alc drinks for purchase.

I forget who asked this question earlier, but I'm at a conference with a company that provides a "Green" hosting solution. has a server bank powered by hydro and wind.

How can you reduce the amount of social media you're consuming?

Is anyone working on open source Duolingo / Memrise? Or any floss social language learning software?


Instead of enshrining Google, Facebook, Amazon, Apple, and Microsoft as the Internet’s permanent overlords and then striving to make them as benign as possible, we can fix the Internet by making Big Tech less central to its future.


Interesting post-mortem on what happened when Mozilla's certificate for the Add-Ons expired.

"Add-Ons Outage Post-Mortem Result"

#firefox #mozilla

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