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Friendica 2022.06 released (Affero GPL, Facebook-ish federated social network service )
Can federate via multiple protocols, including the one lemmy itself uses


Unix emulator project maintainer removes FOSS license and writes his own in response to criticism for modifying user data : r/programming
cross-posted from: https://lemmy.ml/post/290142 > * [Issue #1059](https://github.com/simh/simh/issues/1059). > > * [Another message to issue #1059 by Paul Hardy.](https://groups.io/g/simh/message/1417) > > [Reddit thread.](https://redd.it/usv5nv) > > --- > > The project maintainer is egotistical. I guess that's *another* behavior to not do as a software developer.

Cursed Delta, a TUI-based DeltaChat client, released its version 0.6.0 several minutes ago. ![](https://lemmy.ml/pictrs/image/9201c6c3-315d-4987-bd0a-b2c28c80470b.png) PD: an important change seems that this version allows to encrypt the DB.

The WTFPL is a very permissive license for software and other scientific or artistic works that offers a great degree of freedom. In fact, it is probably the best license out there. This site provides information on how to make the most of the WTFPL. You also will find a huge collection of images, vectors and sounds with WTFPL license here https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=Category:WTFPL&from=0


What do you think about Odysee aka LBRY?
[Apparently it's free software](https://github.com/OdyseeTeam/odysee-frontend) and they can't censor stuff on the blockchain, only on the web app. I also know PeerTube, which is a great program.
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The "A" in SEPIA stands for assistant. Think of it as a digital companion that helps you whenever you need it, not unlike Apple's Siri, Amazon's Alexa, Microsoft's Cortana or Google Assistant, but a very special, private, customizable and open version that really belongs to you! In fact SEPIA is not only a ready-to-use, cross-platform app for iOS, Android and desktop browsers but also a complete open-source framework for DIY AI assistants. You want to build your own smart-speaker or home-assistant or you simply want to use a virtual assistant that respects your privacy? Then you found the right place to start :-)


ESP Wiki is looking for moderators
cross-posted from: https://lemmy.ml/post/193809 > If you are familiar with software patents and would like to moderate an excellent database of campaign material against software patents, please respond below. This post will be pinned until ESP Wiki is sufficiently moderated. > > ESP Wiki was created in 2008 as the main resource for activists, programmers, lawyers, and policy makers with the goal of abolishing software patents. In the past, it has worked as a community forum for FSF's amicus briefs to courts and has been cited by legal journals and articles. Lately it has gotten some serious updates: a new logo, a modernized theme, better categorization, brand-new custom wiki templates, etc. > > It is not required to have a legal background, but you should be at least comfortable with reading legal information. You should also have a general understanding of basic legal procedure around patent law. But even if you don't know much, this is a great opportunity to learn some interesting details about this topic. > > Do not hesitate to contact me at any point; this post will be up for a while. > > You can read more about the End Software Patents campaign in the [community's description](https://lemmy.ml/c/endsoftwarepatents). > > Links: > * [End Software Patents](https://endsoftwarepatents.org) (main page) > * [ESP Wiki](https://wiki.endsoftwarepatents.org)


The updated demands: ``` So, NVIDIA, the choice is yours! Either: –Officially make current and all future drivers for all cards open source, while keeping the Verilog and chipset trade secrets... well, secret OR –Not make the drivers open source, making us release the entire silicon chip files so that everyone not only knows your driver's secrets, but also your most closely-guarded trade secrets for graphics and computer chipsets too! YOU HAVE UNTIL FRIDAY, YOU DECIDE! ``` Will this be the only way to achieve decent hardware support cross-platform? Can't wait for someone to take AMD/Intel managers hostage ;-) BTW not sure why these people are called cyber-criminals. Sounds like cyber-heroes to me... I mean i don't agree with their motivation (cryptocurrency mining) but they're doing what government regulations should have done a long time ago, which is preventing hardware manufacturers from fucking up life for everyone. (or at least they're trying)

[reddit comments](https://teddit.net/r/StallmanWasRight/comments/sveprd/alarm_raised_after_microsoft_wins_dataencoding/)

Gigablast fetching results from inside pdfs. You may think "ah, but surely Google does this", but you're wrong. I searched for infinite dimensional spaces and Gigablast prioritized the content of the pdfs and not the title. It came up with results that made a lot more sense than what Google does. And it fetches a lot, I looked at more than 100 results for this search only (searx fetches much less) and they kept making sense up until the 100th result. To do this, include ext:pdf or filetype:pdf depending on your search engine.
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What's cooking on SourceHut? January 2022
cross-post from: https://lemmy.pt/post/43075 > New update on sourcehut! > > Summary: > > - new staff (paid by NLNet fund grant) > - hut: a sourcehut CLI tool > - todo.sr.ht's GraphQL API should land sometime this week > - GraphQL-native webhooks for git.sr.h should land before the next monthly update > - fixed bugs related to importing mbox files in lists.sr.ht > - fixed OAuth 2.0 bugs in meta.sr.ht > > See also: [[NLNet NGI Zero funding]](https://sourcehut.org/blog/2022-01-10-nlnet-graphql-funding/) and [[How does SourceHut's FOSS business model work?]](https://sourcehut.org/blog/2022-01-09-how-does-our-business-work/)
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“Libre software” means software that respects users’ freedom and community. Roughly, it means that the users have the freedom to run, copy, distribute, study, change and improve the software.

In particular, four freedoms define Free Software:

The freedom to run the program, for any purpose.

Placing restrictions on the use of Free Software, such as time ("30 days trial period", "license expires January 1st, 2004") purpose ("permission granted for research and non-commercial use", "may not be used for benchmarking") or geographic area ("must not be used in country X") makes a program non-free.

The freedom to study how the program works, and adapt it to your needs.

Placing legal or practical restrictions on the comprehension or modification of a program, such as mandatory purchase of special licenses, signing of a Non-Disclosure-Agreement (NDA) or - for programming languages that have multiple forms or representation - making the preferred human way of comprehending and editing a program ("source code") inaccessible also makes it proprietary (non-free). Without the freedom to modify a program, people will remain at the mercy of a single vendor.

The freedom to redistribute copies so you can help your neighbor.

Software can be copied/distributed at virtually no cost. If you are not allowed to give a program to a person in need, that makes a program non-free. This can be done for a charge, if you so choose.

The freedom to improve the program, and release your improvements to the public, so that the whole community benefits.

Not everyone is an equally good programmer in all fields. Some people don't know how to program at all. This freedom allows those who do not have the time or skills to solve a problem to indirectly access the freedom to modify. This can be done for a charge.
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