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Did you remember the dark time of Internet Explorer 6, when it was the dominator bullying all the competitors with all its own tags and did you remember yourself struggling every day to make your standard #W3C website working on it?

Well, a new dark era is coming in from the far, in the upside is world of today #microsoft is dropping off #Edge and its pretty decent html engine (at least the first and only one standard compliant ever made by M$) and the Chackra JavaScript in favor of #Blink and the #V8 JavaScript engine.

Is it really true? 😲

So Microsoft will work to #chromium to prepare a revamped version of #edge in salsa google. Where are my concerning?

While in the age of IE6 we had to handle with exotic tags now with all the majority of the Browser based on #Chromium, the JavaScript code will be optimized only for the Blink/V8 based #browser. If you are #Firefox user you already know that some websites work only on Chrome/Chromium, but tomorrow, without differentiation, nobody will be spent a cent to make JavaScript working on anything but Blink.

I loved that! I really missed another dark age of #internet 😱😱😱

#web #webdevelopment #freedom #freeinternet #gnu #linux #foss #thedarkageofinternet
 

Qubes OS: The Operating System That Can Protect You Even If You Get Hacked





Qubes takes an approach called security by compartmentalization, which allows you to compartmentalize the various parts of your digital life into securely isolated compartments called qubes.

This approach allows you to keep the different things you do on your computer securely separated from each other in isolated qubes so that one qube getting compromised won’t affect the others. For example, you might have one qube for visiting untrusted websites and a different qube for doing online banking. This way, if your untrusted browsing qube gets compromised by a malware-laden website, your online banking activities won’t be at risk. Similarly, if you’re concerned about malicious email attachments, Qubes can make it so that every attachment gets opened in its own single-use disposable qube. In this way, Qubes allows you to do everything on the same physical computer without having to worry about a single successful cyberattack taking down your entire digital life in one fell swoop.

https://www.qubes-os.org/

#Security #QubesOS #FOSS
 

F-Droid: frei, veraltet, unsicher


Wenn ihr dem Aufruf der Free Software Foundation Europe gefolgt seid und euer Adroid Smarthone von Google befreit habt, verlasst ihr euch vermutlich komplett auf F-Droid, den freien App-Store. Oft wird freie Sofftware darüber hinaus pauschal als privat und sicher bezeichnet, allerdings bedeutet veraltete Software genau das Gegenteil.

In den vergangenen Monaten haben wir immer wieder veraltete Software im F-Droid App-Store entdeckt, darunter Firefox Derivate wie IceCat und Fennec, Riot (Matrix-Client). Nun mussten wir feststellen, dass sogar der Tor-Proxy Orbot ein halbes Jahr kein Update erhalten hat. Obwohl die Paketquellen des Guardian Projekts direkt eingebunden sind, wird Orbot nur in der veralteten Version 16.0.2-RC-1 vom Mai 2018 angeboten, die aktuelle Version ist jedoch vom 14.11.2018.

Unser Lösungsvorschlag:
F-Droid alleine zu verwenden ist keine Alternative mehr. Ihr solltet euch unbedingt den Yalp Store installieren, über den ihr Apps direkt aus Google Play beziehen könnt. Normalerweise könnt ihr den bequem bei F-Droid herunterladen, doch die dort erhältliche Version produziert bei jedem Start einen Fehler und ist dadurch praktisch nicht nutzbar. Unserer Ansicht nach ein weiterer Hinweis auf die unfassbaren Zustände des freien App-Stores, besonders weil die fehlerfreie Version bereits seit Oktober bereit steht. Ihr müsst also, bevor ihr den Workaround nutzen könnt, einen weiteren Workaround durchführen: ladet euch Yalp aus Github herunter.

#android #fdroid #f-droid #freesoftware #foss #free #opensource #maintenance #security #infosec #cybersecurity
 

F-Droid: frei, veraltet, unsicher


Wenn ihr dem Aufruf der Free Software Foundation Europe gefolgt seid und euer Adroid Smarthone von Google befreit habt, verlasst ihr euch vermutlich komplett auf F-Droid, den freien App-Store. Oft wird freie Sofftware darüber hinaus pauschal als privat und sicher bezeichnet, allerdings bedeutet veraltete Software genau das Gegenteil.

In den vergangenen Monaten haben wir immer wieder veraltete Software im F-Droid App-Store entdeckt, darunter Firefox Derivate wie IceCat und Fennec, Riot (Matrix-Client). Nun mussten wir feststellen, dass sogar der Tor-Proxy Orbot ein halbes Jahr kein Update erhalten hat. Obwohl die Paketquellen des Guardian Projekts direkt eingebunden sind, wird Orbot nur in der veralteten Version 16.0.2-RC-1 vom Mai 2018 angeboten, die aktuelle Version ist jedoch vom 14.11.2018.

Unser Lösungsvorschlag:
F-Droid alleine zu verwenden ist keine Alternative mehr. Ihr solltet euch unbedingt den Yalp Store installieren, über den ihr Apps direkt aus Google Play beziehen könnt. Normalerweise könnt ihr den bequem bei F-Droid herunterladen, doch die dort erhältliche Version produziert bei jedem Start einen Fehler und ist dadurch praktisch nicht nutzbar. Unserer Ansicht nach ein weiterer Hinweis auf die unfassbaren Zustände des freien App-Stores, besonders weil die fehlerfreie Version bereits seit Oktober bereit steht. Ihr müsst also, bevor ihr den Workaround nutzen könnt, einen weiteren Workaround durchführen: ladet euch Yalp aus Github herunter.

#android #fdroid #f-droid #freesoftware #foss #free #opensource #maintenance #security #infosec #cybersecurity
 

TWIF 32: Building the Android SDKs as Free Software, and other calls for help

This Week In F-Droid 32, Week 48, 2018
In this edition: Building the Android SDKs as Free Software, F-Droid buildserver container, F-Droid article in c’t magazine, repomaker Flatpak and TWIF Call for Help. There are 8 new and 67 updated apps.

F-Droid is a repository of verified free and open source Android apps, a client to access it, as well as a whole “app store kit”, providing all the tools needed to set up and run an app store. It is a community-run free software project developed by a wide range of contributors. This is their story this past week.

Building the Android SDKs as Free Software

There is an odd quirk with the Android SDK: while the source code is Apache-2.0 licensed free software, the binaries that Google ships are not free software and even put substantial restrictions on the apps that are built with the Google binaries. Fortunately, @beuc has been leading the effort to make actual free software binaries of the Android SDK.

This effort definitely needs help, and @_hc has proposed to allocate some of F-Droid’s resources to the cause. More help still is needed, so he also put out a Call for Help on the forum. Please have a look to see if there’s something you could do.

F-Droid buildserver container

@Bubu has been working on a Docker container of the buildserver which can run all F-Droid builds. It should become usable by app developers, so they can run it locally and test their apps against it. So far it looks to be a little over 7 GB, which is a lot better than the >30GB VM image. What’s still missing is the ability to download missing NDK versions on demand.

F-Droid article in c’t magazine

Our own @Izzy is writing a 3-part series for the German computer magazine c’t . The first part just came out, and you can have a sneak peek here , or buy c’t 25 at your local news stand.

Repomaker Flatpak

@nicoalt is making good progress on packaging Repomaker as a flatpak. It’s not finished yet, but he’s getting close. We are also happy to report that we had good response to our call for help on Mastodon, and now have @Persival working on the flatpak continuously!

TWIF Call for Help

And finally, yours truly had a drastic reduction in the amount of available spare time, in the shape of a new job. This impacts #TWIF , as it needs to be written in 50% less time from now on. I put out a call for help on the forum and on Mastodon, and I love how @vanitasvitae has picked up the gauntlet and is adding missing changelogs to the metadata , like here and here . There were also some good submissions to the TWIF submission thread .

Nevertheless, ongoing help is needed! Please have a look at the forum thread , send in tips, or better yet, complete news items. I’m also looking for someone who would be interested in writing at least one TWIF a month.

New apps

Frost for Facebook is a fully functional web wrapper, with many unique and native features:
True multi user interactions
Better multitasking
Contextual awareness
Material Design
Complete theme engine
Fully opened
Fixes the little things



Arch packages An Arch Linux packages browser, it makes use of the official API to browse the repos.


Another Pro version of the Simple Mobile Tools is landing in F-Droid: Simple Calendar Pro . For background, see this forum thread .


PiGrid Companion : Gridcoin stakebox companion app.


Yaacc : Upnp client and server.


Open In WhatsApp : Open chat in Whatsapp.


FiSSH : SSH authentication via fingerprint scanning over the network (SSL sockets). It stores your SSH key phrase and sends it to your PC securely via the LAN when an authorized fingerprint is detected by the fingerprint scanner. Your PC needs to be running the complementary desktop app .

Firefly III Mobile : Unofficial mobile client for Firefly III, a self-hosted financial manager. In order to use this app, you must first setup a Firefly III instance .

Updated apps

In total, 67 apps were updated this week. Here are the highlights:
Major Tusky , a Mastodon client, had a major update to 4.0, with redesigned preferences, refactored media detail view with support for sharing media files and copying their links, collapse long statuses, share videos to Tusky, and many more. This update also removes support for Android 4 .


Simple Dilbert updated to 4.6, with an Android SDK update to v28 and many bug fixes.

Transportr updated to 2.0.3 with the following changes:
Add launcher shortcut for directions search
Show swap location button in directions search (Thanks ByteHamster!)
Don’t show search results over lockscreen anymore
Add Persian translation (Thanks Reza!)
Add Chinese (Taiwan) translation (Thanks Gerrit!)
Fix home and work location input in dark theme
Disable Android’s auto-fill feature for location views



Offi Directions was updated from 10.1.4-aosp to 10.3.4-aosp, with the right half of the screen now based on OpenStreetMap, two new regions, and long-pressing a line label will reveal the full name of the line, if available.


Mastalab updated from 1.30.1 to 1.31.1 with a new battery profile setting, an indicator to highlight the toot is part of a thread, copy Mastodon account to clipboard by long-pressing it, auto-switch to offline mode if Internet is unavailable, several bug fixes, and other smaller UI/UX changes.

Major Tower Collector collects GPS locations of GSM/UMTS/LTE/CDMA cell towers and sends them to the OpenCellID.org database. It was updated from 1.22.2-fdroid to 2.0.0, with the following changes:
Added option to contribute to Mozilla Location Services (MLS).
Changed upload progress to report in percentage instead of parts.
Added new languages: Hungarian, Italian and Spanish :)
Added option to clear all data stored locally excluding configuration.
Added display short and long cid for LTE networks.
Added database refresh after import from file - restart no longer needed.
Fixed folder not created when exporting database or preferences to file.
Improved error handling.



G-Droid was updated from 0.2.1 to 0.3.0, with tags for apps that are used for standard tasks, and a new logo with something purple.


OSMBugs was updated from 1-1-1 to 1-1-4, fixing the “Failed to load from Mapdust” bug, updating the Android annotations library, and fixing a translation error.


OpenTopoMap Viewer was updated from 1.0.2 to 1.0.4. @Poussinou writes: It removes a big bug that causes the crash of the app when opening a GPX file. You can now display your tracks easily in the map since it has been corrected! Issue here . I don’t know if it’s worth the price to mention this update, but the author has corrected the bug very quickly and tagged a new release ASAP. It was very impressive. I love developers like that!


Your local weather was updated from 4.4.6 to 4.4.10, fixing a crash when the location has not been changed, OpenStreetMap API switched from http to https, and some translation changes.

ToGoZip allows to send files (i.e. jpg-photos or mp3-music) or text (i.e. urls) to one predefined zip file by adding “Add To Zip” to Android’s share/send menu. Version 2.0.17 adds send/view/edit/delete of zip file to Settings-Menu and adds optional support for automatic zip-subfolder discovery.

Removed apps
Solitaire was moved to the archive, as it is abandoned and has been replaced with SolitaireCG , which in turn has matured a lot, is well maintained and offers additional features and games.


Omnidroid was moved to the archive because it has been abandoned. You should switch to its successor, LibreTasks .

Tips and Feedback

Do you have important app updates we should write about? Send in your tips via Mastodon ! Send them to @fdroidorg@mastodon.technology and remember to tag with #TWIF . Or use the TWIF submission thread on the forum. The deadline to the next TWIF is Thursday 12:00 UTC.

General feedback can also be sent via Mastodon, or, if you’d like to have a live chat, you can find us in #fdroid on Freenode , on Matrix via #fdroid:f-droid.org or on Telegram . All of these spaces are bridged together, so the choice is yours. You can also join us on the forum .

Read more at: https://f-droid.org/en/2018/11/30/twif-32-fixme-building-the-android-sdks-as-free-software-and-other-calls-for-help.html

#android #fdroid #foss
 

openHAB

"a vendor and technology agnostic open source automation software for your home"


sounds mighty interesting to me...

https://www.openhab.org/

#openhab #smartHome #openSource #FOSS
 
Necuno Solutions & postmarketOS collaboration!

postmarketOS is a touch-optimized, pre-configured Alpine Linux based OS with its own packages, that can be installed on smartphones.

Necuno is an upcoming phone with a goal is to give you 100% open source device, from metal to pixel, from hardware to software.

Closed firmware in smartphones is slowing the development of free and open mobile operating systems, but fortunately our FOSS communities, like postmarketOS, are focused on breaking-free from these controlling, unsecure and closed systems.

==> https://necunos.com/blog/necuno-solutions-and-postmarketos-collaboration/




#Necuno #postmarketOS #FOSS #Linux #mobile #NecunOS #NecunoSolutions #OpenSource
 
\#TheSecretChroniclesOfDrM is the unofficial sequel to #SecretMaryoChronicles. The latter's development stalled and eager #FLOSS / #FOSS developers forked it and created The Secret Chronicles of Dr. M!

The Secret Chronicles of Dr. M.


The Secret Chronicles of Dr. M. (TSC) is a two-dimensional sidecrolling platform game with level editor.
 
\#GaiaBeyond is a 2D Action-RPG from the creator of the #FLOSS / #FOSS cross-platform game #SuperMaryoChronicles

Gaia Beyond on Steam

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Gaia Beyond is a handcrafted 2D Action-RPG, an exploration mix built around the core features fighting, mining and trading. Your decisions are footprints within a vast non-linear solar system. Forge alliances among numerous factions and develop relations with hundreds of NPCs.
 
Anyone using Silence encrypted SMS/MMS messenger? What's your experience with it?
https://silence.im/
#silence #f-droid #foss #privacy #security #foss #messenger
 
Any advice on best open source alternative to simple video editing software like windows movie maker? Nothing fancy, just being able to cut and add video fragments together, maybe put some music under. Preferably free.

#FOSS #opensource #helpwanted #video #video-editing
 
La #FSF esta apoyando el proyecto #EOMA68, la version #FOSS de la #Raspberry, 100% #Libre.
La campaña de #crowdfounding para desarrollar este proyecto se encuentra en https://www.crowdsupply.com/eoma68/micro-desktop
 

Pixelfed

Pixelfed am ausprobieren. Gefällt mir, was ich bisher gesehen habe. Super!
#FOSS
Dietzhölztal 
Wenn du Hashtags abonnierst, z.B. die von dir in deinem Profil angegebenen, #linux #datahoarding #foss #espressotrinker #drachenblut, dann siehst du sämtliche Beiträge die mit diesen #Hashtags versehen sind in deinem Stream :)
 

\o/ I have just completed the Image/photo challenge \o/


If you also love #free-software and would like @Free Software Foundation to become more powerful, then accept and complete the #joinFSFnow challenge.

If you already a member, then you cannot cannot accept this challenge, but you can still encourage/challenge others to accept it.

So independently wether you are already a member or you have joined now (or recently), you can contribute to give momentum to #joinFSFnow into a chain reaction by encouraging/challenging others to join and encourage/challenge, to join and encourage/challenge, etc.
#GNU #software #freedom #freesoftware #movement #libresoftware #gnu-linux #libre #free #libre-software #softwarelibre #software-libre #donation #foss #floss #opensoucre #open-source #ilovefs
 

Soutenez CipherBliss et les logiciels libres via Liberapay

je gagne 15€ par mois de la part de généreux donateurs via #liberapay, vous aussi soutenez #cipherbliss et le bien commun que sont les Logiciels Libres. Joyeux mois de Décembre à vous aussi ;)

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#logiciellibre #floss #foss #opensource #donation
 

FOSS is free as in toilet


I am a bit dissatisfied with the use of the Tragedy of the commons to represent issues with free and open source software development. It is not an abstract resource that can be depleted when…
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HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=18547522
Posted by bellinom (karma: 573)
Post stats: Points: 129 - Comments: 19 - 2018-11-27T22:38:11Z

\#HackerNews #foss #free #toilet
Article content:

I am a bit dissatisfied with the use of the [1]Tragedy of the commons to represent issues with free and open source software development. It is not an abstract resource that can be depleted when overused. It is not magically maintained if left alone.

It is based on the work of people, and we should not erase those people.

Unfortunately (and it is by design), most of the licences and the vocabulary around it are focused on the software’s user. After all, they work by reducing the creator’s right to empower the user.

As examples of this vocabulary, we have the distinction between “free as in beer” and “free as in speech” to show that the “free” word in “free software” has more to do with freedom and people’s rights to use, study, modify and share a program, than its actual price. Although, in practice, the overwhelming majority of FOSS will not cost you anything.

This model has won, FOSS is everywhere, companies not only use it, but even heavily rely on it, millions of devices run with it.

But at which cost? Open source developers are burning out. Some core libraries, on which basically everything relies, are maintained by very small teams of people working on their free time. We still have the right to study the software, but the most interesting parts are now in the user’s data, which is jealously guarded by a few huge companies.

This is not a tragedy, this is a fucking farce.

Let’s own up to the absurdity of talking about a personal freedom that depends mainly on hidden people working for free. Let’s add more ridicule to it. Let’s start using a new expression to describe it:

FOSS IS FREE AS IN TOILET

Nobody believes that a free toilet will be magically cleaned up and maintained, somebody has to do it, and that person would better get paid for it. Sharing a toilet means that you flush, clean up after yourself, and always leave some paper, it’s basic manners. And yet, like toilets, as FOSS gets used by more and more people, it gets more likely that you will see obnoxious people that shit all over your commons and then complain about it. And nobody will want to take care of it.

Treating correctly the people who work on the software you use is just basic FOSS hygiene.

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TWIF 31: A look at app rankings and Briar arrives

This Week In F-Droid 31, Week 47, 2018
In this edition: A look into app rankings and Briar arrives as reproducible build.
There are 16 new and 58 updated apps.

F-Droid is a repository of verified free and open source Android apps, a client to access it, as well as a whole “app store kit”, providing all the tools needed to set up and run an app store. It is a community-run free software project developed by a wide range of contributors. This is their story this past week.

A look into app rankings

Mobilsicher looked into how various app stores rank their apps in search results. F-Droid was mentioned as an option that deliberately uses a very simple ranking algorithm, although it’s not very effective. Article in German .

New apps
Image SMS : Send very small photos with long text sms and without mms or internet.


The Kana Quiz : A simple app to quiz the user on identifying japanese characters.


The Pro versions of the Simple Mobile Tools are landing in F-Droid: Simple Contacts Pro , Simple File Manager Pro , Simple Gallery Pro and Simple Notes Pro . For background, see this forum thread .


KindMind : Be aware of sad feelings and unmet needs.


Quoting Stars : App for silent communications 2017.


Wave Lines Wallpaper : Wavy wallpaper.


Quicksy : A spin off of the popular Jabber/XMPP client Conversations by the same developer. It adds automatic contact discovery. Sign up with your phone number and Quicksy will automatically suggest possible contacts based on phone numbers in the local address book. This solves the “empty contact list” issue that a user faces on a new XMPP account. Unlike other messenger applications that use phone numbers, Quicksy keeps the federated nature of XMPP intact.


Aruba Networks Login


Acastus Photon : An online address/poi search for navigation apps.


Featured Briar has finally landed! This is a messenger and social network app that doesn’t depend on the internet (but can take advantage of it when available), exchanging messages between phones directly. It is comparable to Manyverse in that way. Thanks to @Tovok7 setting up disorderfs , this now builds reproducibly , which the author requires for us to be allowed to publish it.


XScreenSaver : The famous collection of screen savers shipped on most linux and unix systems, now available on your mobile phone!


OpenTopoMap Viewer : Opentopomap viewer with gpx import.


UserLAnd : Easiest way to run gnu/linux distros on android - no root required.

Updated apps

In total, 58 apps were updated this week. Here are the highlights:
Major MinCal Widget was updated from 0.4.0 to 1.0.0, citing “technical improvements”. It now requires at least Android 8.0 to run, which is a huge jump up from 4.4.


Major A major update for Scarlet FDroid , the rich note-taking app formerly known as Material Notes . It was updated from 4.5.4 to 5.9.7 bringing improved search (by tags) with color, improved export features allowing markdown, lots of new features, and new UX for note options and all menus.


Music Player GO is a very slim music player with a colorful and simple “Unified UI”. It was updated from 3.1.3.2 to 3.4.2, with UI refinements, adding a stroke to the selected album, theme changes, a search bar, and more.


aRevelation , a password manager, updated to 1.9 with a fix for Nokia 8 phones and other minor bugfixes.


Tutanota was updated from 3.37.2 to 3.40.3 with lots of changes. Now with multi-select in search view, storing of IP addresses changed to opt-in, security hardening, cleaning of content pasted to mail/signature editors, and many UI/UX changes and fixes.


Also a notable update for oandbackup , moving from 0.2.13 (released in March this year) to 0.3.4-universal. This adds a binary written in Rust to handle tasks which can only be done as root, and other improvements to the build.


Open Contacts , the secure contact list, released 7.0 with a crash fix for lineageos, help text for caller ID, a fix for notifications on missed calls, and a “what’s new” item in the main menu.


G-Droid , an alternative client for the F-Droid repository, was updated from 0.1.4 to 0.2.1, fixing the layout on very small and very large screens, fixing the update button for installed apps, a loading animation for loading images, 2 new main screen views, and other UI improvements and fixes.


The Light , multi-language bible, was updated to 3.6, adding support for Android 8.0. The widget will be ported to Android 8.0 later, and is disabled for now.


AtmosphereLogger is an atmospheric pressure logger using your device’s barometer sensor. It came back to life after 2 years, going from 0.1.4 to 0.2.3. Unfortunately it does not have published changelogs, but it appears to have grown an export feature at least.


Transistor , a bare-bones app for listening to internet radio, released 3.1.0, featuring a new app icon, improved handling of links from radio-browser.info, a new color scheme, and several bug fixes.

Tips and Feedback

Do you have important app updates we should write about? Send in your tips via Mastodon ! Send them to @fdroidorg@mastodon.technology and remember to tag with #TWIF . Or use the TWIF submission thread on the forum. The deadline to the next TWIF is Thursday 12:00 UTC.

General feedback can also be sent via Mastodon, or, if you’d like to have a live chat, you can find us in #fdroid on Freenode , on Matrix via #fdroid:f-droid.org or on Telegram . All of these spaces are bridged together, so the choice is yours. You can also join us on the forum .

Read more at: https://f-droid.org/en/2018/11/23/twif-31-a-look-at-app-rankings-and-briar-arrives.html

#android #fdroid #foss
 

#FSF membership #challenge


The challenge:

Image/photo and post it on social media

using hashtag #joinFSFnow and encourage others to do the same.


This is also a #selfchallenge. I have been procrastinating this decision for a while, but after watching @Bryan Lunduke's talk Linux Sucks. Forever. yesterday, finally I made up my mind. The talk is funny and entertaining as usual but it also points out a serious problem about where The #Linux Foundation and the community around it is heading.

I think the best thing we can do about this issue is actively supporting the @Free Software Foundation and that way empowering the organization fully embracing the true values of #freesoftware, #GNU and #GPL. So I decided not just to join FSF but also to challenge others to join and challenge others to join and challenge others to...

To increase the message-spreading surface, it is encouraged to post your becoming an FSF member and initiating #joinFSFnow challenges on other (any kind of) social networks you have access to.

#free-software #foss #floss #opensource #open-source #software #freedom
 
The WriteFreely team accepted my #Dockerfile PR and invited me to become a contributor. Glad to help out, even in a small way.

#writefreely #docker #foss
 
Linux Presentation Day
Starts: Saturday December 01, 2018 @ 11:00 AM
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Der Linux Presentation Day richtet sich an Leute, die Linux kaum oder sogar gar nicht kennen, sondern nur mal davon gehört haben, und einfach mal einen Eindruck davon bekommen möchten, was das ist; ein konkretes Installationsinteresse ist nicht erforderlich. Natürlich sind auch Linuxer willkommen, die sich für die BeLUG interessieren; aber Linux-Support gibt es auf dieser Veranstaltung nicht.


Programm

  • 11:30 Uhr Erfahrungsbericht: "Linux auf einem alten Rechner" (Michael/Belug)
  • 13:30 Uhr Workshop: Free Your Android (Erik/Free Software Foundation Europe)
  • 15:00 Uhr Kurzvortrag: OpenStreetmap für Anfänger eventuell inklusive Kartierung (Christopher/Belug)
  • Präsentation der Lernsoftware "gcompris" für Kinder im Alter von 3-10 Jahren. (Arno/Belug)



Freies Essen und Trinken während der gesamten Veranstaltung Freie Limos für alle (solange Vorrat reicht)

Homepage

#Berlin #FLOSS #FOSS #FSFE #BeLUG #Linux #LPD
Location: Jugendclub E-LOK

Laskerstraße 6-8, Berlin

 
Linux Presentation Day
Starts:  Saturday December 01, 2018 @ 11:00 AM
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Der Linux Presentation Day richtet sich an Leute, die Linux kaum oder sogar gar nicht kennen, sondern nur mal davon gehört haben, und einfach mal einen Eindruck davon bekommen möchten, was das ist; ein konkretes Installationsinteresse ist nicht erforderlich. Natürlich sind auch Linuxer willkommen, die sich für die BeLUG interessieren; aber Linux-Support gibt es auf dieser Veranstaltung nicht.


Programm

  • 11:30 Uhr Erfahrungsbericht: "Linux auf einem alten Rechner" (Michael/Belug)
  • 13:30 Uhr Workshop: Free Your Android (Erik/Free Software Foundation Europe)
  • 15:00 Uhr Kurzvortrag: OpenStreetmap für Anfänger eventuell inklusive Kartierung (Christopher/Belug)
  • Präsentation der Lernsoftware "gcompris" für Kinder im Alter von 3-10 Jahren. (Arno/Belug)



Freies Essen und Trinken während der gesamten Veranstaltung Freie Limos für alle (solange Vorrat reicht)

Homepage

#Berlin #FLOSS #FOSS #FSFE #BeLUG #Linux #LPD
Location:  Jugendclub E-LOK
Laskerstraße 6-8, Berlin
 
Dem kann ich hier nur mal zustimmen. Alle meine EBooks liegen in meinem Calibre und innerhalb meines Heimnetzwerkes komme ich sogar via Browser des Readers an die Bücher!

#calibe #ebooks #bücher

Image/photoswitching.social wrote the following post Fri, 23 Nov 2018 14:19:50 +0100

\#Calibre is a free open source eBook manager. You can use it to organise your eBook collection, edit eBooks and convert eBooks from one format to another.


You can download it from the official website here:

https://calibre-ebook.com/

It's available for Windows, Mac and Linux.

For advanced users, there's also a wide range of plugins which add extra features:

https://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?s=1ed4bbb80fc6911d4132b605afc2a3e1&t=118764

#AlternativesAtoZ #eBooks #eBook #Books #FOSS #FLOSS
 

#Calibre is a free open source eBook manager. You can use it to organise your eBook collection, edit eBooks and convert eBooks from one format to another.


You can download it from the official website here:

https://calibre-ebook.com/

It's available for Windows, Mac and Linux.

For advanced users, there's also a wide range of plugins which add extra features:

https://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?s=1ed4bbb80fc6911d4132b605afc2a3e1&t=118764

#AlternativesAtoZ #eBooks #eBook #Books #FOSS #FLOSS
 
My favorite #Pokitto #open #gaming #console goes #blackfriday! If you've been thinking about getting one, now is a good time :-) Comes with a newly ported #foss game l'Abbaye des Morts specially for this event (I've helped with the port a little). Nice gift for Christmas if you ask me :-)

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#youarejeanraymond
 
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I saw this on a comment thread on open source project interaction with community members (and vice versa). I’d say it nails it! #programming #foss #opensource
 
Fired: software sucks; devs need to try harder
Tired: the development community is insufficiently diverse in identities and ideas to produce good software; devs need to be more diverse
Wired: #software companies have bad incentives which lead them to not care about producing good software; #FOSS needs to get better
Inspired: all software #development involves encoding our society's ideas about a problem domain; we cannot produce good software until we produce a good society
 
When I started dabbling in private #blockchain technologies it was HyperLedger that provided a great starting point. This is their first global forum. #programming #foss
Hyperledger Global Forum 2018
 
A bit more hacking has improved my PixelFed instance. Feel free to set up an account if you'd like, but be advised: this is alpha software; no guarantees about reliability.




#pixelfed #foss #selfhosted
 

TWIF 30: Publishing Applications through F-Droid, Gitlab Runners and Pluggable Transports

This Week In F-Droid 30, Week 46, 2018
In this edition: Publishing applications through F-Droid, Private GitLab runners, Pluggable Transports and F-Droid Matrix server up and running. There are 7 new and 64 updated apps.

F-Droid is a repository of verified free and open source Android apps, a client to access it, as well as a whole “app store kit”, providing all the tools needed to set up and run an app store. It is a community-run free software project developed by a wide range of contributors. This is their story this past week.

Publishing applications through F-Droid

If you were interested in adding an app to F-Droid, David wrote about his experience of adding one of his apps to F-Droid . It points to the necessary documentation and gives a good idea of what you can expect.

“In summary, it was easier than I had imagined to publish an application in the F-Droid catalogue. The process was smooth and people were friendly and happy to help. If you write your own Free Software applications for Android, I encourage you to publish them via F-Droid and to submit your own metadata for them to make publication as quick and easy as possible.”

Read: Publishing Applications through F-Droid

Private GitLab runners

We now have the whole buildserver stack running on one of the GCC Compile Farm servers. @_hc has set it up as as a GitLab runner, so it’s now possible to do real, full builds for fdroiddata merge requests. This also includes using machine learning in the form of LibScout to scan the final APK for trackers. See fdroiddata!3936 for an example.

The hard part is that the user who submitted the merge request must register the runner for it to run on their merge requests. Please refer to admin#106 on how to get access for yourself.

Pluggable Transports

The Guardian Project was approved a grant to work on integrating “Pluggable Transports” into three apps. The idea is to provide censorship circumvention by disguising traffic as something popular and innocuous, for example WebRTC traffic.

Most likely, this will include Wikimedia and F-Droid for prototypes, with @uniq doing most of the work. It’ll probably be hard to integrate into the official F-Droid releases, so this grant will most likely end up with working prototypes that people can use if they want.

F-Droid Matrix server up and running

The Matrix server we wrote about last week is up and running! Consequently, our Matrix rooms are now available as “ #fdroid:f-droid.org ” and “ #fdroid-dev:f-droid.org ”!

Registration is restricted to F-Droid contributors, so if you are a core F-Droid contributor and want an account, ask Mathijs or @nicoalt to make one for you. Resource consumption is currently quite low, and we’d like to keep it that way. Therefore you mustn’t join any public rooms, other than the ones we agreed upon beforehand. (This is not a Matrix server for personal use.) Opening internal discussion rooms and 1:1 chats is fine though.

Odds and ends

At least 4 F-Droid contributors will be going to 35C3.
@_hc will be speaking at 35C3 about F-Droid swap among other things, in his “Wind: Off-Grid Services for Everyday People”.
There was some commotion about the Simple Mobile Tools going paid (medium.com) . It doesn’t seem to be that bad , however.

New apps

DarkCroc Theme : A dark substratum theme targeting android 9+.
Default Dark Theme : A dark substratum theme targeting android 7 & 8.
BeamControl for Smart Interface : Control / notification application for smart factory/industry 4.0 applications.
Bits & Bäume 2018 : The schedule for “Bits & Bäume”, a German sustainability conference happing on the weekend of 17 & 18 November / Die konferenz für digitalisierung und nachhaltigkeit.
SimpleEmail : Simple and minimalistic email app.
Android XMRig Miner : Mine cryptocoins with xmrig miner on your smartphone.
G-Droid : An alternative client app to browse the F-Droid repository.

Updated apps

Lots of very small changes this week, at a total of 64 updates. Here are the highlights:
FairEmail was updated from 1.143 to 1.153, now with advanced setting to allow editing sender address, delete operation in multiple sections, new provider “dismail.de”, two-column view in landscape mode, improved quick settings tiles, colorized notifications (Android 8+) and lots of color-related changes, and several other UI/UX improvements. Note that you will need to set up your accounts again after updating.


Mastalab , the Mastodon client, released 1.20.0 with the ability to use the direct timeline prior to Mastodon 2.6, see who boosted of favorited a toot, URL previews in toots including direct playing of videos, and several other improvements, changes, and bug fixes.


MemeTastic , an app to create memes also known as “image macros”, was updated from 1.4.5 to 1.5.0, going back to its roots with a small amount of templates inside the project, and targeted at user-added templates in a local folder. Internet permission was removed and internet access completely disabled. It will no longer download from the MemeTastic archive.


Markor , a full-featured Markdown editor, released 1.4.0 with a new color picker and editor color themes. See the full list of changes in its release blog post .


Open Contacts , a privacy-friendly contact list that can’t be read by other apps, was updated from 5.0 to 6.0, with contact names now a bit bolder, contacts following similar structure to call logs with actions either side of contact, and the call log now updates contact names as soon as a contact is added, rather than ignoring existing calls in the log.


The Light released 3.5, now also in Portugese translation, and adding the Portuguese Bible: Almeida Corrigida Fiel.


Wrong PIN Shutdown was updated to 7, fixing a bug on devices with a fingerprint reader. Unlocking the phone by fingerprint did not reset the wrong PIN counter, and this bug is now fixed. However, note that attempts to unlock the phone with a wrong fingerprint will not be registered.


Trackbook , a basic GPS logger with map, was updated from 1.1.11 to 1.1.13, fixing a crash and improving location at start of recordings.


Manyverse updated from 0.1810.24-beta to 0.1811.12-beta. This updates fixes a crash and improves the looks of the splash screen.

If you’re interested in the off-the-grid social network Scuttlebutt behind this app, there’s a good essay about it by the creator of the app. It is nicely honest about the major difficulties of using the network, as well as suggesting possible solutions. (Credit: switching.social )

Tips and Feedback

Do you have important app updates we should write about? Send in your tips via Mastodon ! Send them to @fdroidorg@mastodon.technology and remember to tag with #TWIF . Or use the TWIF submission thread on the forum. The deadline to the next TWIF is Thursday 12:00 UTC.

General feedback can also be sent via Mastodon, or, if you’d like to have a live chat, you can find us in #fdroid on Freenode , on Matrix via #fdroid:f-droid.org or on Telegram . All of these spaces are bridged together, so the choice is yours. You can also join us on the forum .

Read more at: https://f-droid.org/en/2018/11/15/twif-30-publishing-applications-through-f-droid-gitlab-runners-and-pluggable-transports.html

#android #fdroid #foss
 
Interesting article about how #Mycroft works overall:
https://mycroft.ai/blog/guest-blog-hey-mycroft-how-do-you-work/

#ai #voice #assistant #programming #linux #open #source #foss #free
Guest Blog – Hey Mycroft, how do you work? – STT Systems for Voice
 
Despite the fact that the #gpl licenses are more restrictive than the #bsd and #mit licenses, the corporations prefer use the #gpl, especially version 2, them learned to use the gpl to defend themselves primarily from (ironically) the community and to bully the smaller companies.

One thinks for a corporation the BSD is a better option but how many are the relevant projects based on bsd and that have never released the source code? For me are very few, for example I can only remember the Playstation OS.

#gpl3 is better than gpl2 and for that reason is avoided from the most of the commercial entities. Since the moment that the gpl has been distorted and has been used to sell closed services on top of gpl software I am starting to think that bsd might be a better license than gpl.

I heard an interview of a kernel dev of Freebsd and as well an interview of Redox creator and both point the fact that are interested in computer science not in legal issues, mit and bsd licenses eliminate those issues; from the other side Torvalds said the who cares for its code uses a gpl and #rms is above any suspects.

Those are free thoughts without any willing to breakthrough the truth but as a matter of fact, apparently, it seems that the bsd/mit licenses are lesser abused or distorted than the gpl ones. As matter of fact you can't do any abuse with a bsd/mit license but as any kind of software is in constant development corporations prefer defending its investment with the gpl so eventually if you want really make a project free of any abuse bsd/mit licenses are, paradoxically, better since the moment the corporations can take for free your job but them can't or won't afford the development them prefer avoid these very permissive licenses.

What do you think?

#fsf #gnu #linux #freebsd #computerscience #freesoftware #opensource #floss #foss #freedom
 

Help Test SuperTuxKart Online Multiplayer Feature

#linux #FOSS #games
 
Linux community of Nigeria is on the rise.

2nd Linux Meetup in Lagos, Nigeria, in the vein of the highly successful premier takes place on 24th November, 2018.

Additional examples of the local Linux love is a premium webzine FOSSNaija (tailored by Alexander Wayne Omorokunwa) which has been around for quite some time.

Linux has the power to free nations like Nigeria from the yoke of Microshaft.

You can catch up via here ==> https://medium.com/@linuxlagos/linux-lagos-meetup-rundown-c489b14b89ac




#Linux #Africa #Nigeria #FOSS #LinuxAfrica #Lagos #FOSSNaija https://mastodon.social/@fossnaija #Meetup #LinuxLagos
 
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The @GetTogether project needs help making an open source federated alternative to MeetUp.com.


You can already use their first instance (https://gettogether.community), but they need help with building the federation side of things, so that instances can link together and with the rest of the Fediverse.

If you’re a coder and interested in helping, you may want to take a look at this post:

https://fosstodon.org/@GetTogetherComm/101059017163892510

#ActivityPub #Fediverse #OpenSource #FLOSS #FOSS #MeetUp
 
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The @GetTogether project needs help making an open source federated alternative to MeetUp.com.


You can already use their first instance (https://gettogether.community), but they need help with building the federation side of things, so that instances can link together and with the rest of the Fediverse.

If you’re a coder and interested in helping, you may want to take a look at this post:

https://fosstodon.org/@GetTogetherComm/101059017163892510

#ActivityPub #Fediverse #OpenSource #FLOSS #FOSS #MeetUp
 

25 things that are better because of Linux (and open source)

As we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the term open source, the underpinnings of open source, from transparency and collaboration to freedom and broad dissemination, have spilled out well beyond the confines of enterprise technology to greatly impact both the world of consumer technology as well as the global business climate at large.

Open source has impacted so much that it’s hard to pick out a handful of the most critical innovations, but we’ve tried. Here are 25 things that Red Hat thinks are better thanks to Linux and open source; some of these may not exist without an open source backbone, while others may have evolved out of necessity, but would likely be unrecognizable to today’s counterparts. So what made their list?

- Real-time trading
- The global technology economy
- Government IT
- Connected cities
- Air traffic control
- Supercomputers
- Cloud computing
- On-demand services
- DevOps
- Hybrid computing
- IoT
- Linux containers
- OpenStack
- Software-defined everything
- Big data analytics
- Commodity hardware
- New hardware approaches
- Amazon
- Google
- Technology transparency and accountability
- Drones
- Open government initiatives
- Crowdsourcing and crowdfunding
- Android
- 3D printing/maker movement

More on each one at https://www.redhat.com/en/blog/25-things-are-better-because-of-linux-and-open-source-0

#opensource #FOSS #linux
 
25 things that are better because of Linux (and open source)

As we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the term open source, the underpinnings of open source, from transparency and collaboration to freedom and broad dissemination, have spilled out well beyond the confines of enterprise technology to greatly impact both the world of consumer technology as well as the global business climate at large.

Open source has impacted so much that it’s hard to pick out a handful of the most critical innovations, but we’ve tried. Here are 25 things that Red Hat thinks are better thanks to Linux and open source; some of these may not exist without an open source backbone, while others may have evolved out of necessity, but would likely be unrecognizable to today’s counterparts. So what made their list?
  • Real-time trading
  • The global technology economy
  • Government IT
  • Connected cities
  • Air traffic control
  • Supercomputers
  • Cloud computing
  • On-demand services
  • DevOps
  • Hybrid computing
  • IoT
  • Linux containers
  • OpenStack
  • Software-defined everything
  • Big data analytics
  • Commodity hardware
  • New hardware approaches
  • Amazon
  • Google
  • Technology transparency and accountability
  • Drones
  • Open government initiatives
  • Crowdsourcing and crowdfunding
  • Android
  • 3D printing/maker movement
More on each one at https://www.redhat.com/en/blog/25-things-are-better-because-of-linux-and-open-source-0

#opensource #FOSS #linux
 
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The @GetTogether project needs help making an open source federated alternative to MeetUp.com.


You can already use their first instance (https://gettogether.community), but they need help with building the federation side of things, so that instances can link together and with the rest of the Fediverse.

If you’re a coder and interested in helping, you may want to take a look at this post:

https://fosstodon.org/@GetTogetherComm/101059017163892510

#ActivityPub #Fediverse #OpenSource #FLOSS #FOSS #MeetUp
 
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The @GetTogetherComm project needs help making an open source federated alternative to MeetUp.com.


You can already use their first instance (https://gettogether.community), but they need help with building the federation side of things, so that instances can link together and with the rest of the Fediverse.

If you're a coder and interested in helping, you may want to take a look at this post:

https://fosstodon.org/@GetTogetherComm/101059017163892510

#OpenSource #FLOSS #FOSS
 
Interesting open source mission control software platform created by NASA Ames and JPL. Looks like some of the sub pieces are usable on their own for telemetry and data visualization as well. #space #aerospace #engineering #science #foss #opensource #nasa
 
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Just finished setting up a Raspberry Pi for one of my friends...

Enclosed everything in a #cheap fuse box.
#Linux #FOSS #FLOSS #raspberryPi #computer #computers #setup #diy #project
 
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