Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programmers: Episode 52:
Software Freedom is a Civil Liberties Issue https://www.sicpers.info/podcast/episode-52-software-freedom-is-a-civil-liberties-issue/
My proposal for scaling open source: don’t
Contributing to free software requires privilege. Even regular contributors might sometimes find themselves without it.
Time, focus and money. You might find yourself lacking in one of these at various points in your life.
While software projects from startups move like streams, most free software projects move like glaciers. They move slowly but they keep moving for decades.
Being away from a project doesn't mean you have to give it up. You can join back later.
The state of software in schools and what to do about it — #LibrePlanet by @noemu https://media.libreplanet.org/u/libreplanet/m/the-state-of-software-in-schools-and-what-to-do-about-it/
- The entire US public school system was taken over by Google, Microsoft and Apple.
- Schools have good intentions but cannot spend a lot of time to adapt, thus prioritizing short-term/quick solutions.
- Some examples of using #freeSoftware in schools.
My sister's university is subscribed to the educational suites of both Microsoft and Google. Lectures are delivered on Microsoft Teams 🤦♂️
"In our interviews, maintainers described being burned out by changes in what was expected of them fundamentally changed as projects scaled. These interviews were rich with insights into the deep and varied commitments of F/OSS maintainers, but also the emotional toll doing F/OSS work can take."
The Labor of Maintaining and Scaling Free and Open-Source
It's been 45 or so years since the free software movement started and hardly 1% of professional programmers make a living by developing free software.
And of those being able to make a living, most are developing "enterprise open-source software" (like Kubernetes, Prometheus etc.) which the general public is never going to use.
"Unless there is clear evidence to the contrary, assume that people who work on the project are trying to help it, not hurt it."
Applies equally well to #FreeSoftware projects.
Marketshare of GNU/Linux on the desktop is now at 3.17% 🎉
Have you recently replaced a proprietary subscription service with a free software tool? (e.g. DropBox with Syncthing)
Please consider donating your annual subscription to fund the continued development and maintenance of the free software tool in 2020. 😇
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There is corporate open-source software made in the software equivalent of sweat shops in developing countries. It doesn't respect the freedom of its developers. Is it only the user's freedom that's important? What about the rights of the worker who made it?
Shouldn't real free software respect the freedom of both the developers and the users? Maybe it's time to extend the definition.
I worked on both corporate open-source software and real free software and there's a world of difference between the two. Makes me cringe every time someone says open-source where free software is more appropriate.
I reserve my use of the word open-source for software made by corporations for which the source code is available, but no attention has been paid to respect the freedom of its users or the rights of the developers who worked on it.
Periodic reminder to move your free software projects out of Microsoft GitHub.
Here's my collection of public free software hosting sites.
Self-hosting a Gitea instance is also a good option if you have a server.
It's not just a choice between github.com or gitlab.com.
There are a lot of other non-profit organizations providing code hosting for free software projects.
Since I haven't seen a list of them compiled before, I am trying to make one myself.
Please feel free to add any code hosting websites you know of to the cryptpad below.
Reply to this toot if you are on mobile or uncomfortable with markdown, I will update.
Dual-booting Windows + Debian is such a nightmare these days.
I remember the good old times when it was so easy that my 17-year-old self could do it with barely any effort or technical knowledge.
Looks like Windows and Intel are joined together at the hip. Are AMD machines any better for dual-booting?
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