I will not participate in #Hacktoberfest this year, although contributing to #OpenSource and #FreeSoftware is my day job. First, I already have enough t-shirts. But second, the ecosystem I use on a daily basis is mostly made up of projects that use GitLab, or BitBucket, or sr.ht, or Fossil, or sending patches by mail, or GNU Savannah, or (good grief!) even SourceForge. I think only two of the projects I contributed last year were on GitHub.
The #FOSS world is so much bigger. Don't forget that.
Whoo boy, this is the most public statement I've ever signed:
Let's hope some good for #GNU comes of this all.
Calibre 4.0 - an excellent ebook reader for Linux!
The development is taking off; adding new ebook viewer.
Calibre is and ebook reader or viewer, an ebook manager, an ebook converter & a general cross-platform do-all-the-things utility, ticking pretty much all boxes now.
Very interesting post about the history of FOSS (free, open soucre software) licenses with conclusions about the harm "ethical clauses" may do to FOSS https://subfictional.com/open-source-licenses-and-the-ethical-use-of-software/ As it states, we already have means to control how people may use (or not) software: proprietary licenses
DOJ has made it clear: they want backdoor access to the private communications of billions of users of Facebook messaging products. We all need to stand up and say no. https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2019/10/open-letter-governments-us-uk-and-australia-facebook-all-out-attack-encryption
I am still holding out hope for the org, but my hope in the movement is far more certain.
I always knew it was bad, but never this bad. The #RMS resignation from #FSF seems to have shaken loose all the conspiracy theorists and devotees. Its mailing lists and forums are full of them, still distracting from the public charitable interest of the non-profit.
So many blinded by hero worship that they don't realize the viral poison said hero had on the #FreeSoftware movement. The immaturity of these folks is arguably the biggest blocker of software freedom from widespread adoption.
"As the millennium approached, the online world would become increasingly centralized and consolidated, with both governments and businesses accelerating their attempts to intervene in what had always been a fundamentally peer-to-peer relationship. But for one brief and beautiful stretch of time—a stretch that, fortunately for me, coincided almost exactly with my adolescence—the Internet was mostly made of, by, and for the people."
Richard Stallman resigns as president of the Free Software Foundation
Our statement: https://fsfe.org/news/2019/news-20190917-01.html
"I feel we can’t continue to have a formal association with the FSF or the GNU project when its main voice in the world is saying things that hurt this aim."
The fight for diversity, equality and inclusion is the fight for software freedom. Our movement will only be successful if it includes everyone. RMS does not speak for these values.
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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