fsf, metaphor 

Figures that FSF board members pushed a breaking change to the board and then marked the bug reports WONTFIX.

@nfd @tindall huh, I live near Boeing's airfield and have worked on deploying Btrfs (and previously studied B-trees in college) and didn't know about the Boeing connection! Thanks!

Looking forward to learning more about this valve too

@hope legit this is part of what got me into programming

my dad went to UNC and one of his colleagues invented something called a "valve" which is basically a mutex that switches the flow of control in threads that subsequently attempt to lock the mutex using some very specific implementation but I could only ever get secondhand information about it

but today my dad got back in touch with him and he emailed me basically saying "what the heck is this all about" so we'll see how much i get out of this

My university seems to be continuing is slide into MS control. Can't really have a local server to host things anymore. Can't really even have my own web pages hosted by the university.

Pretty much all of the tech knowledge is being outsourced to big tech companies.

Really makes me appreciate the stuff I see at places like OERu. Which I think is largely maintained by @lightweight

Calling all beta testers!

Over 200 bug-fixes later, Inkscape 1.1beta has launched and is ready for you to test away!

Your help will improve the final 1.1 version that will launch later this Spring.

Download it here: inkscape.org/release/inkscape-

#inkscape #ArtWithOpenSource #betatesting

Following the good news about plan9's license change I spent the late evening reading some 9front code (including their intel wifi driver and wifi stack... yes it is small enough to read over in one sitting).

The website gives the impression that they're a bunch of anarchists having fun :flan_pirate:​ and this is consistently carried through into their C code :flan_laugh:

"You unix nerds expect me to use macros to label my constants!?! Harrharr! Here, use your brains and crunch some numbers!"

Before :flan_eyeroll:

$ time got up

Already up-to-date

1m42.63s real 0m45.63s user 0m53.07s system


After :flan_evil:

$ time got up

Already up-to-date

0m04.06s real 0m01.33s user 0m01.67s system


@tunda Absolutely. Ideas are bigger than people. But this step is big dent in the reputation of the Free Software Foundation, so IMHO they are no longer the go-to stewards of Software Freedom. We need to defend it wothout them for the foreseeable future. @polymerwitch

@tychi I was in the Bay Area, decamped to Seattle around the beginning of the pandemic (preplanned though, or I might have picked someplace cheaper!)

We now allow many roles to work fully remote for those who are senior enough. The company has been transparent enough about plans, but not as much for the calculations behind them (probably because some of the rationales are a bit subjective?)

@tychi this is impressive. My employer ends up allowing remote work too but nothing like this: "The data used to make these decisions were always clearly communicated to us. If I recall correctly, we were given a less than 50% chance we'd be returning to the office in one year and a 95% chance we'd be returning to the office by two years."

Fellow #GNU hackers Andy Wingo (of Guile) and Mark J. Wielaard (of Classpath, GCC, and more) share their thoughts after the decision of @fsf to reinstate RMS:


@deejoe @dthompson I wonder when that meeting was. If it was Wed Mar 24, this part doesn't make sense: "The board will meet again Thursday, March 25, to consider further decisions." Though I suppose they are in (self-inflicted) damage control mode right now

RMS, FSF, Richard Stallman 

Document foundation statement :

"We clearly expect a strong evidence that the FSF found a proper solution to the severe impact their actions have had on the global free software community. We will suspend FSF‘s membership in our advisory board and cease any other activity with this organization and their representatives, until the situation is healed."

Full statement here. blog.documentfoundation.org/bl

Want to help with a great FLOSS conference?

organizational meetings for the November conference have started, the next is this time next Monday (2021Mar22 @ 17:00 (UTC-7))

Last year we had volunteers from 4 continents for our first virtual event. 2021 should be hybrid, so especially need volunteers from the

Committees include PR, programming, finance, logistics, volunteers, tech


More updates! Markus Lundblad shares news and updates about Maps in time for our upcoming release: ml4711.blogspot.com/2021/03/ma

@chiraag @conservancy given what Bradley wrote back in 2019 I guess he (and the SFC) got blindsided by the RMS announcement

@conservancy The FSF just also welcomed back RMS to their board. Care to comment on that?

#FSF : time to stop my membership as well.

Two questions:

- Has anyone used the FSF email alias extensively, and then stopped their membership? Does it still work for a while, so you can switch your email address everywhere?
- Where should my donation go? I'm thinking #ElectronicFrontiersAustralia, as the chair and vice-chair are both women.

Any recommendation for #feminist #FOSS organisations is welcome. Boosts OK!

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