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.


I'm seeing similarities between the Right to Repair and Free Software.

You cannot repair/(get repaired) your broken software unless you have the source code and the freedom to do so.

All software sucks, be it open-source [or] proprietary. The only question is what can be done with particular instance of suckage, and that’s where having the source matters.

— viro [ussg.iu.edu/hypermail/linux/ke]

In a parallel universe where Ubuntu hadn't provided the "install alongside Windows" option (which it did about 10 years ago), I'd be writing enterprise Java on a Windows 10 machine, blissfully unaware of the existence of free software and believing that privacy is dead if Mark Zuckerberg says so.


Dear and ,

It's great to be clean and pure yourself, but sometimes you have step into the mud to pull out others who are stuck in it.

The more user-freedom-violating open-source applications I see, the more convinced I am that was right about freedom being the more important aspect, not just sharing the source code.

Open source was a big ideological mistake, but unfortunately turned out to be a convincing proposition for capitalists.

Bad examples I've personally seen in the last 2 months:
Docker CE, Microsoft VS Code and Wavebox

Just watched a video called "Linux Marketing Sux" by @profetik777 originally presented at FOSSCON 2018

He does have some good points.
projects shouldn't be avoiding digital marketing like the plague.
We can apply some of the tested and trusted methods of marketing for creating more awareness about FOSS projects and obtaining funding for project sustainability.


I wanted to self-host the Wire messaging app and took a look at their repository on GitHub. It looks like they really don't want me to self-host it at all.


You might be open-source but you ain't free software if you hide the information on how to host your software. 😠

This a list of privacy-preserving and user-freedom-respecting applications that I use on a daily basis.

I wrote it as a wiki page so I can keep updating it.


Is there a good free software epub reader for Android that can read out loud (Text to Speech)?

It is not possible to book an on without GApps nor would I expect it to be possible on 's new phone.

Users would be forced to use a provider with a working Progressive Web App (Uber's PWA is a bad joke).

Those of us already using free software would consider inconveniences like these the price we pay for and . But they are enough to turn the average user away from free software mobile operating systems.

"It takes nerves of steel to work for many years on hundreds of thousands of lines of very complex code, with every line of code you touch visible to the world, knowing that code is used by banks, firewalls, weapons systems, web sites, smart phones, industry, government, everywhere. Knowing that you’ll be ignored and unappreciated until something goes wrong.”