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 projects.

Free Software is most in need of marketing than anything else.

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. 😇

Some of your favorites might be here on LiberaPay

Just created a LiberaPay account and went on a donation spree. It's the giving season! :blobcheer:

Picked the following projects to fund for 2020

- syncthing
- weblate
- borgbackup
- magit
- org-mode (bzg)
- doom emacs (hlissner)

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.

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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 or

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?

When we realize that all things labeled "smart" are devices of surveillance, our first reaction is to either take the route of digital asceticism or cultivate indifference. This is a defeatist attitude that disempowers us.

The more proactive approach is using and promoting freedom-respecting tools and services.

Changing to a lifestyle of digital minimalism can also be a good thing overall.

Solar-powered FreedomBox running Pleroma serving toots over community mesh Wi-Fi network to Librem phones.

@librelounge The last two episodes about FOSS funding models were very interesting.

Earlier, I was like, "Am I the only one thinking about using government grants for funding FOSS developers?". Well, now I know there are others thinking about the same! Good to know about the EU bug bounty initiatives.

Over the past few months, I have come to believe that free software is lagging behind not in terms of technology, but in marketing and UX.

Most people just don't know that alternatives exist. UX also suffers because there is less diversity of users providing feedback. These two problems keep feeding each other.

If you're looking for a good free software project to contribute to, here are some popular communications and collaboration applications that can use your help.

6-year-old article about FreedomBox from Wired. They were so wrong.

Free software projects might move slowly at times but they don't die so easily like tech startups, precisely because of the software freedoms granted to people.

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