😭 On microsoft's hostile practices 😭
Outlook.com, hotmail.com, live.com blocking disroot emails.
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The developers of Signal are currently doing a user survey:
I told them that I really like the app but also that I would like:
a) Signal on @fdroidorg
b) a proper desktop client
c) no data stored in "secure enclaves"
Maybe you'd like to tell them, too?
Signal desktop is blacklisted in Parabola GNU/Linux because it uses non-free Electron. #parabola
Thought: If you want to open source an internal tool, do it from the beginning not during the process. It forces you to not make the compromise for shortcuts that prevent you from open sourcing things down the line.
If you are experimenting, state that in your readme, then no commitments needed.
But usually "we will open source this one day" is in 9 out of 10 cases either when the project is already dead or not at all.
Mastodon has been updated to v3.2.1
The BBC are banning their staff from attending Pride.
@ONLYOFFICE I wish to remain anon so am only giving my mail ID firstname.lastname@example.org
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"We moved to GitHub because everyone's already there"
"We shut down the mailing lists because most of our users prefer to use GitLab in their web browser"
"We're rewriting in Rust because we don't really have any non-x86_64 users"
"We're leaving IRC because Discord is more user-friendly"
What all of these arguments have in common is that they exclude people, centralize infrastructure, and eschew free software for proprietary solutions, all in the name of some ill-defined measure of "progress".
All servers for Fediverse softwares (Mastodon, Peertube, Pixelfed, etc.) are managed by people that do it only to offer an entry to the Fediverse.
These services won't track you, there is no advertisings and are fully respectful with your privacy.
You can help your favorite instance to keep working with a donation that will contribute to server charges.
They also need your help :)
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Discussion in F-Droid's repository: https://gitlab.com/fdroid/rfp/-/issues/1399
There is also an open merge request in Aurora Store's repo: https://gitlab.com/AuroraOSS/auroradroid/-/merge_requests/14
Open Letter to Apache OpenOffice: Today marks 20 years since the source code to OpenOffice was released. And today we say, LibreOffice is clearly the future of the suite (see the timeline). Let's all get behind it, for the benefit of all users: https://blog.documentfoundation.org/blog/2020/10/12/open-letter-to-apache-openoffice/
The traces of the Great Indian Mastodon Influx of 2019 (GIMI'19) are interesting to look through. In trying to find #Indian folks to follow here, I time and again come across people who came to Mastodon around Nov 2019 (when the Twitter political censorship issues surfaced), stayed around for a month or so, and then left (presumably back to where they came from, having made a symbolic gesture against the censorship).
But even that one month has left an impression here, lots of interesting links to follow, clever #desi jokes, good discussions, it feels like an archaeological discovery of an interesting and intellectual civilization - though of course this was barely a year ago.
It would be loads better if they'd stuck around - I feel a twinge of sadness every time I think "wow this is a cool account to follow", and then see the last post was somewhere in November 2019 - but I'm glad that the GIMI'19 happened at all. It left behind a good bulk of interesting content, and when I do find a live account that someone still uses, it feels like finding buried treasure!
Looks like #gravatar has a bad day. Yet again people hording personal data lost control over it by accident. For something "as simple as an avatar service" that is a bit of a mess.
Maybe check if you want to use #libravatar which is not interested in any profile data and if you feel especially majestic, you can just selfhost it, like I do, with not more than nginx and a shell script that uses imagemagick.
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