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Cake day: март 27, 2021


For a free software user, the language the tool is implemented in matters because it makes exercising the four freedoms easier.

Android is Linux.

Yeah I find no mention of being Libre on their website. It looks like “just another” proprietary message app. The concept is interesting but if it’s proprietary then it’s just another garbage (and this nonsense about green and blue bubbles is ridiculous of course).

I say this as someone who could use a “unified messenger” like Pidgin in the old days. I currently use some set up with bitlbee+libpurple+quasselserver running on a personal server. It would be nice to eliminate all those middlemen and just have a libpurple based application that can run locally or on a server. I suspect if they’re advertising support for all those protocols then they’re probably using libpurple behind the scenes anyway.

It looks like there is a heavy focus here on emphasizing the migration from Twitter as a migration to “Mastodon” as opposed to “the fediverse” as if non-Mastodon instances simply do not exist or are irrelevant. I wonder if there is a specific reason for this and if the numbers would look drastically different if the whole Fediverse were to be examined.

For me, part of the beauty of the fediverse is that, just as you’re not locked into a specific instance, you’re also not locked into a specific implementation. I would hate to be considered “not part of the network” because I am using Pleroma or Lemmy.

AFAIK Bitwarden is fine from a freedom standpoint but for me I don’t want to rely on any “Cloud” provider for something as sensitive as passwords. The “hassle” as you put it is worth it to keep control and ownership of my password database to myself.

They aren’t available for my OS (GNU Guix System), but if they were, I still would refuse them because they are the antithesis of what I consider an ideal free software ecosystem: mystery blobs that may or may not be proprietary that bundle other dependencies that may or may not be proprietary, that auto update themselves because that’s how it’s done on Windows. Add to this the fact that the server side is proprietary and controlled by a for-profit company (and last I checked there was no way to configure multiple repositories or override the default snap server without a recompile) and that’s just more reason to stay away. Flatpak is arguably snap done “the right way” but I still refuse it out of principle, because it shares most of what I consider to be fundamental problems with snaps.

GNU Guix does it the right way for me. Source based reproducible builds that are 100% free software, but have binaries available if you don’t want to/can’t build them yourself. “Channels” (repositories) are just git repositories with package declarations, so anyone with access to git hosting can create them. Package declarations declare every dependency they need so an isolated build environment can be created reproducibly, and any change to a dependency triggers a rebuild of dependent packages.

F-Droid builds from publicly available source, so if F-Droid has 0.9.0 then 0.9.0 is available in the git repository - which it is, although for some reason github does not show it as a “release” but merely as a “tag.”

For future reference, every release on F-Droid has an attached source tarball, for lemmur 0.9.0 that is here: Also, the build logs will tell you exactly which commit was built, the build logs for this package are at and the line to look for is:

2022-09-03 15:07:15,319 INFO: Successfully built version 0.9.0 of com.krawieck.lemmur from faf37f6234fac40fc1df0f85db5bfd8faf5d8ea5

… which will correspond to this commit on github:

Actual FSF member here. Mostly accurate in my case.

Cannot go wrong with KeePass (including derivatives). Works on all my devices, no cloud nonsense, everything is local and I can use Unison and Syncthing to sync it all up.

Gintama the Final, Don’t Look Up, Sonic 2. All for different reasons but I can’t pick a single favorite from among those three.

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This is helpful. Thank you.

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