The last contribution to #Signal's server software was on April 22, 2020. Due to the sudden commit drop to literally 0 it is no longer possible to seriously call current Signal versions fully open-source.
That has no effect on the messenger's end-to-end encryption or its overall security but it does compromise the trust in the Signal Foundation, especially when considering that they did not give any reason for not disclosing the source code.
When you're talking about Linux, it's okay to say that it's "open source".
It's okay to say that it's "free software".
It's okay to call it "GNU/Linux", "Linux", or to mess up its name.
It's okay to refer to it as "the one with the friendly penguin".
Part of RMS' legacy has been an incessant obsession with terminology and pedantry, overshadowing far more important shared objectives which are fundamentally emancipatory in nature.
Pedantry is not activism; it is alienating, not emancipatory.
Valve’s Proton 6.3-1 Supports Many New Games, Improves PlayStation 5 Controller Support
Through its BASICS program, Internews is hiring a Python developer on a 6-month contract (full-time) to work with the SecureDrop team on accessibility, translation and more. Apply here:
For free Software enthusiasts and everyone in India we (Free Software community of India) are running a crowdfunding campaign to self-host a Jitsi video calling server. This gives a freedom and privacy-friendly choice to people who want to do video calls. Know more and donate at - https://fund.fsci.in/
The Coalition Against Stalkerware is calling on publications like @sfchronicle and @metrotimes not to accept advertising submissions from dangerous and unethical apps that spy on users without their consent. https://stopstalkerware.org/2021/03/31/dont-accept-paid-articles-from-stalkerware-apps/
The @fsfe launches the #RouterFreedom Activity Package. As Lucas says, we need the help by all of you to establishing #RouterFreedom in all over Europe https://fsfe.org/news/2021/news-20210330-01.en.html #nt
LimeSurvey is a free open source alternative to Google Forms, SurveyMonkey etc. You can follow at:
LimeSurvey can be self-hosted free of charge, or you can use their paid hosted service.
Their site is at https://www.limesurvey.org
The git is at https://github.com/LimeSurvey/LimeSurvey
slides for my #LibrePlanet2021 talk about #SoftwareHeritage are now available at: https://upsilon.cc/~zack/talks/2021/2021-03-20-libreplanet.pdf (sorry, I forgot to post them just after the talk!)
The reason I wanted to be so thoughtful here is to show the legitimacy of free software and free/open standards to my extended colleagues who don't always think about such things.
In those circles, the email signatures tend to be loaded with proprietary social networks and messenger apps.
The other stuff is pretty obvious or has written standards, but with its decentralized nature, I want to get this one right. 😉
spoiler, don't want to bias you
So personally I started writing "Fediverse" and then realized all of the hard work @cwebber and others spent on the W3C standards work for ActivityPub, so I started thinking maybe it would be better to refer to the actual protocol.
Of course, I'm still writing "email" and not "SMTP", so maybe it's a similar comparison?
Regardless, I appreciate the poll feedback!
25: Governance, Leadership, and Founder's Syndrome https://fossandcrafts.org/episodes/25-governance-leadership-founders-syndrome.html
What is governance? To what degree are leaders within a governing institution subject to its rules? We use this framework to discuss the unexpected announcement of RMS's re-appointment to the FSF board.
After 18 years with the Free Software Foundation, I've decided to resign my position as executive director, effective at the end of a transition period. We'll be sharing further details, including information about that transition, and a few more words, in the coming days. It's been a humbling honor to serve this institution, and to work alongside the FSF's staff, members, and volunteers over the years. The current staff deserve your full confidence and support -- they certainly have mine.
We released a new episode of @fossandcrafts about "Governance, Leadership, and Founder's Syndrome" https://fossandcrafts.org/episodes/25-governance-leadership-founders-syndrome.html
But it's also about the surprise reinstatement of RMS to the FSF board, seen through that framework.
I don't know what to say other than: this wasn't an easy episode for me to record. But we thought it was important. We tried our best to address this within a thoughtful framework that also lasts beyond the current moment. I hope we did okay.
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