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"But if I'm making software to solve my own problems, if others are using it, it won't be perfect for any others!"

When you have more the 1 user of your (#OSS) software it then doesn't 'just' become your software anymore!


I've already attended more #fosdem talks virtually than I ever attended in person.

Next up on our chat is social time! Hangout in the channel and chat with other community and Foundation members!

Please note, despite the keynote mentioning the t-shirt shop, we still have some issues with the t-shirt sales. So please refrain of trying to order a t-shirt yet. We'll report later when it's up... This year there is no rush as there are no limits to the amount of shirts :)

It's just about midnight here, so time to get started! β˜•β˜•β˜•

First #EUOpenSource #FLOSS figures takeout:

@jwildeboer :
β€œCost savings seems to have disappeared. Contribution is now far more relevant. Good!”

Mirko Boehm
β€œReflects an improved understanding both in participants and in research, I think.”

Dear web developers and admins,
please stop embedding Google's hideous #ReCaptcha into your websites. Its algorithm is faulty, forcing regular users to click dozens or even hundreds of fire hydrants, bicycles, or traffic lights each day. It puts a 'suspicious activity' flag on users who won't obey to Google's business model - such as people who don't sign into Chrome, use anonymity VPNs, or use browser extensions to suppress common tracking mechanisms. Enough is enough. Stop it.

We released new PasswordSafe 5.0 Beta. Please help us test this great password manager! It's easy `flatpak install flathub-beta org.gnome.PasswordSafe`!

This is a super interesting tool for organizing groups of people over #Signal:

(yes, the website is horrendous)

Enables broadcast or hotline service via Signal. This is different from regular Signal groups in important ways:
- broadcast: only the admins can send messages, which are sent to all users
- hotline: messages are only sent between a user and the admins who respond; nobody else gets them.

You can set-up your own:

SimpleTools is a community that promotes free open software which is lightweight, simply designed and easy to use. You can follow at:

➑️ @simpletools

Their website is at

#SimpleTools #Lightweight #Software #FOSS #Computing #Minimalist #Simplicity #FLOSS #Libre #FreeSoftware #OpenSource

Really proud of this video interview Branden Bonaby, a May 2019 Outreachy intern with the Linux kernel.

Branden talks about all of the common fears newcomers have about open source: everyone will know more than me, no one will want to interact with a newcomer, and what if they don't like my code?

The answer: just try contributing to open source. The whole community is there to help you improve your code.

(Video CC-BY Outreachy and Sage Sharp -- made with Kdenlive)

The latest snub from the license is nothing new, just an example of the recurring "rights ratchet". @webmink from Meshed Insights explains: turns 6 years old today! πŸŽ‚

From an anonymous blogging platform to a minimalist publishing space for 175,000 blogs, we've come far since 2015.

Here's where we are today, plus a special deal to help everyone to celebrate with us πŸ‘‡

πŸŽ‰ πŸ™ PSYCHED about the alpha release of open-source Figma killer @penpot TODAY ⬇️⬇️⬇️ this is BIG

Outreachy May to August internship applications are open! Outreachy is:

πŸ’΅ Paid - $6,000 USD total internship stipend

🌍 Remote - both interns and mentors work remotely

πŸ•° 3 months - internships run May 24 to August 24

🚨 Apply by February 22 at 4pm UTC

Outreachy supports diversity in open source software!

Past interns are:

♀️ 92% women

πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆ 4% transgender, genderqueer, or non-binary people

πŸ§•πŸΎ 64% people of color

πŸ§‘πŸΏ 12% people from a historically disadvantaged caste or tribe

cfs is open with a soft deadline in a couple days and hard deadline a week from Thursday

online, this year, so easy to attend the March conference depending on your timezone and schedule

If you've participated in in the past, or you're interested in learning more about it, mark your calendars for 8 February when there will be a Twitter Chat (yes, I know!) Q&A session.

Outreachy is a great opportunity for new people to get involved in and , so please spread the word about both the Q&A session and the program itself!

More information:

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