Adrian Kuschelyagi Malacoda, free software enthusiast and GNU respector

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Cake day: Jun 30, 2020


Or BitlBee ( which is the same thing but as an IRC server (This is what I use)

I agree with all the other commenters saying no to karma. Reddit’s karma system leads to negative behaviors (users and mods putting importance on magic internet number -> spam/scam bots gaming the system to increase this number -> users complaining about bots and reposts).

We’re better off without it

this, it’s a cryptomoney scheme. They need to promote Brave in order to increase the value of the cryptomoney token. There’s also an affiliate referral link program I’ve seen spammed a couple of times

Linus named git after himself! No, really!

I’m an egotistical bastard, and I name all my projects after myself. First ‘Linux’, now ‘Git’

Before git, Linux developers used a proprietary VCS called BitKeeper, because according to Linus, no existing libre VCS was sufficient. Linux developers had a gratis license to use BitKeeper for the purposes of developing Linux. In 2005, absolute legend Andrew Tridgell, who was not a Linux developer and thus not a party to the license, “reverse-engineered BitKeeper” simply by telnetting into the server and typing “help.” In retaliation, BitKeeper CEO Larry McVoy revoked the Linux developers’ gratis license to use BitKeeper. Bizarrely, Torvalds blamed Tridgell for this - not himself for choosing to use this proprietary application, nor McVoy for revoking his gratis license to it.

Without the gratis BitKeeper license, Torvalds was forced to find or develop a libre alternative. Given the events that led up to the creation of git, I would say it is named appropriately.


This one’s obvious to us all but I think it’s fitting. …


It looks like a nice app, but if it’s so great, why is it non-free?

This isn’t a rhetorical question, I’m genuinely curious (about this and other “good guy proprietary apps”). Usually when software denies its users the four freedoms it’s because its business model doesn’t allow it, but I don’t understand what this app’s business model is. It’s gratis and has no ads and does not sell users’ data. Is it proprietary “just because”?

As the FSF said in 2019, it’s not just about privacy.

Island is not in F-Droid because it contains proprietary libraries.

Insular is the “good” version of Island.

I respect the goal of /e/ to provide an out-of-the-box alternative to major corporate platforms, but IMO /e/ and its consequences have been a disaster for the free software movement.

Notably, they promote the absurd notion of “privacy-respecting proprietary software” which leads people to think proprietary apps are equivalent to libre apps as long as they are “privacy respecting” or you restrict their internet access. Their endorsement of a certain proprietary map app has lead to people promoting (and even shilling) that map app in free software communities because it is “privacy focused.”

They also promote the equally absurd notion of being “degoogled with microG,” which still uses Google for push notifications, which are opt-in, but are going to be turned on by 99% of users, because they need them for their proprietary apps.

Just use LineageOS, or better yet (if you are able to) a non-Android Linux OS.

Personally, I only care about the code. When I say maybe there are people who worry about walled gardens and cloud providers who take ownership of your data, I am not one of those people.

– the kernel guy (source)

I have a self-hosted Gitea instance for public projects and another for private projects. Unfortunately basically all my public projects right now are toy projects that only I use.

This isn’t alt-right, conspiracy theory, or antivax. It is a commentary on intellectual property, which is relevant to ! (which isn’t strictly a free software comm, mind you)

Except this isn’t a privacy community, this is a FOSS community, and OP mentioned they wanted an app on F-Droid, not anything about privacy.

I believe the idea that “FOSS is only about privacy and nothing else, therefore proprietary apps with no network access are the same as FOSS apps” is absurd and harmful to the free software community, so I downvoted you based on that. Privacy is important but free software is much more than just privacy.

Why advertise proprietary apps in a FOSS community? Especially when there are FOSS options available

Proprietary software developers calling the GPL “restrictive” never fails to crack me up (also, the GPL - unlike their EULAs - does not govern use at all, only distribution - it is a copyright license).

Every time this topic comes up I am reminded of the post by Tom Preston-Werner (GitHub founder), which I like to think of as “the anti-GNU Manifesto”: open source (almost) everything - the “almost everything” being, in his words, anything that does not “represent core business value.” Predictably, Preston-Werner also complains that the GPL is “too restrictive” - in his world, open source exists only to support the proprietary software business.

Not surprisingly, the “GitHub school” of open source leads to strong frameworks and dev tools, and not much else (because all the “valuable” stuff is kept proprietary). It’s like the reverse of “skipping leg day.”

IMHO redditors are way too concerned with reposts. I can understand if it’s something that’s just been posted, or posted maybe within a few weeks to a month. If it’s been off the front page that long then it’s fair game, I’d say.

Upvote points are literally nothing. My problem with recent reposts is it’s something I’ve already seen.

~$ node 
Welcome to Node.js v14.16.0.
Type ".help" for more information.
> 1+2+3+4+5+"6"

What’s that looking like? I’m aware of Anbox but IIRC that runs a full Android runtime and I’ve seen mixed reports of it working.

Personally I’ve been kicking around the idea of an API compatibility layer for Android, so an Android app could be built as a standard Java jar and run on top of OpenJDK. I’m not concerned with binary APK compatibility, but there are many apps on F-Droid that I would like to run on non-Android Linux, perhaps without the baggage of something like Anbox. I don’t know what it would entail, if there is any interest, or if it’s even possible though.

I’ve seen this issue be raised before and I do not think it’s comparable to the Firefox/Thunderbird trademark issue. The Rust trademark covers the Rust compiler and implementation, not all code written in Rust. The Rust trademark thus would not apply to Linux in any way.

Consider the case of Tauthon, a fork continuation of Python 2.7, originally named Python 2.8. The name “Python 2.8” implied this was an officially supported release of Python, and Guido van Rossum requested a name change.

I’ll be honest, this discussion on Lemmy has been a breath of fresh air compared to that on Reddit, Twitter, or even Hacker News of all places.

I mean, what I want is a phone that I can own to the fullest extent possible. GNU/Linux is a plus, because I already use it on desktop and am familiar with it. Lack of Android apps is not much of a concern for me, although I have it on my todo list to learn how to develop replacements.

The PinePhone “does what I want it to do.” I can flash a new image very easily or boot from SD card if I feel the need to. It’s easy to get root and I have full access to my filesystem. It really is “like a computer in my pocket.” It needs polish but this is my ideal conception of a smart phone.

Android devices, despite also using Linux, present numerous hurdles to me that suggest that although I paid money to receive them, I don’t really own them. It feels like I have to go to ridiculous lengths just to get something that is as powerful as the OS I have on my PinePhone. Simply flashing LineageOS isn’t enough, I have to then patch Magisk onto the boot.img and reflash it (and apparently I have to do this every OS update as well!), then to enable apps to actually access the SD card I have to install a Magisk module, but of course that doesn’t actually do what I need to so I eventually stumble on this app on F-Droid that seems to work. Now I have a text editor that can access my SD card, something Mobian provides to me out of the box.

This suggests to me that I have a different conception of a “smart device” compared to most people. Truthfully, though, I don’t really have an issue with Android from a UI or usability perspective, I would not have a problem with an Android OS that didn’t have the restrictions Google places on it - but then we’d lose SafetyNet and proprietary apps would complain about root and we can’t have that…