Adrian Kuschelyagi Malacoda, free software enthusiast and GNU respector

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France also seems to have a fairly strong free software culture. In general it seems like the free software movement has more of a presence outside the Anglosphere, although I’m not sure if I can pin-point a specific reason for it. I think there is a growing mistrust of the Anglo-led proprietary software industry in those areas.


Catch 22 by Joseph Heller. I appreciate his wit and style of satire.

Also the entire Dune series, or at least the first four books. I worry that we are leading into an age where we give up our self-determination to thinking machines.


It’s an instance of Nitter, an alternative front-end to Twitter.


Yeah, I’m not really defending them (from my point of view any feature that does something without my knowledge or consent being turned on by default is unacceptable) but from my point of view they’ll always have to dance with a devil of some sort. I say people are going to complain no matter what based on past experiences: e.g. the “sponsored content on new tab”, where they made sure to run all the “recommendation” logic locally so that no data was being sent out of the browser, that still wasn’t enough because “ads are bad.” So maybe from Mozilla’s point of view there is no incentive to try to make these folks happy. People complained whenever they tried to offer Pocket or the VPN thing or the password manager because those weren’t “core products” but they’re also not allowed to monetize the “core product” either. It’s like these people expect Mozilla to be able to synthesize money from air.

And, I am not really sure of the value of suggesting Vivaldi (which is vehemently anti-free software) or Brave (dodgy crypto scheme) which also further Google’s dominance over the modern web as a side effect, when we have community versions of Firefox such as LibreWolf or IceCat which are basically the Gecko equivalent of those shady Chromium clones.

I think I’m starting to come around to Drew DeVault’s position that it is impossible to implement the web as it exists today.


Tabs for indentation, spaces for alignment. Function arguments do not comprise a level of indentation


People are going to complain no matter how they try to make money, but this should at least have been opt-in with clear consent. The alternative of course is being beholden to Google search referrals. They can’t photosynthesize funds.

Vivaldi, Brave, and their stans are getting their pitchforks ready, forgetting that they don’t have to do the hard work of developing an engine because Google already does that for them.


I believe the Usonian media deliberately platforms outlandish conspiracy theories (think pizzagate, qanon, spirit cooking etc) that just happen to be critical of establishment politicians and the national security state, to poison legitimate criticism of such.



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Hot take: Tabs are the objectively correct way to do indentation. The main argument I have seen in favor of spaces is that they give you finer control over how the code looks, but semantically, one tab is one level of indentation, and the exact appearance of a tab is best left to editor preference. Nonetheless, I use spaces because everyone else uses spaces, and I would rather be consistent with existing code bases than bikeshed over ultimately unimportant concerns. I suspect this is the reason why spaces became so popular in the first place.


They have an older extension here that is free, but it hasn’t been updated since 2018.



This was a pet project of mine a few years back, but unfortunately I left it behind due to eventual lack of interest and life concerns. If I recall correctly, it worked as an IndieAuth provider and supported logging in with a local account, another IndieAuth provider, OpenID Connect, or Mastodon account.


You might’ve heard more than once that “You can’t use Linux without GNU.”

Where does this claim come from? Certainly not from GNU or RMS, who make great pains to distinguish between Linux (which is a kernel) and the userland (which is something entirely different from the kernel). Indeed, if GNU is “just a userland” then Linux is “just a kernel” and it can be, and often is, used independently of GNU - in fact, I imagine Android comprises the majority of Linux installs out in the world.


Vivaldi and Apple are proof that the “free software is all about privacy” message is ultimately detrimental to the free software community. As the FSF warned about, these proprietary software companies are adept in peddling the “privacy friendly” message and attacking the free software community in the process. I honestly think Vivaldi, Apple, and their fans stans are a bigger threat to the free software world than the Microsofts and Googles and such, because they at least put on the face of being “good” and “ethical” non-free software companies.


Hopefully this will be Free Software and not just more proprietary junk.


I said in my comment that the fact that they’re not FLOSS is an issue.

I think we may be on the same page, then.

Not everything that isn’t FLOSS is a conspiracy to get your data

This is why I think framing free software as a privacy issue is inherently flawed. Free software is a good thing because it gives you control over your technology. The fact that free software is generally more privacy respecting is probably a side effect of that, but some proprietary software companies at least nominally claim to respect privacy too. Discord can have the best privacy policy in the world, and actually stand by it, and I would still denounce it because it is a locked-down proprietary silo platform.

similarly not everything that is FLOSS takes proper care of your data

This is technically true, in that a free software license is not a magical ward against bugs or spyware, but in cases where a free software project becomes spyware - such as Audacity - a spyware-free fork often pops up soon after. This is why I value the four freedoms of the free software movement.


The only issue is that it’s not open source so they might get bought in the future by someone that changes that.

A proprietary centralized chat service is a bad thing, regardless of privacy policy. Revolt is already superior to Discord on that front.



Ubuntu 2008 - 2010, Trisquel 2010 - 2014, Debian 2014 - 2019, GNU Guix System 2019 - present

I talk about why I use Guix System here.



Rust Foundation Trademark Policy Issue

Summary of the issues related to the Rust trademark policy with regards to GNU/Linux distributions specifically…


Lemmy

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

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