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I'm doing some work around an upcoming report for the Edu on technology-enhanced teacher professional development.

While my network here on Mastodon tends to be more tech-focused, would be great to hear from educators with expertise/case studies.

Particularly keen to hear from those in developing parts of the world and areas that tend to be under-represented in these kinds of reports!

So what I found out yesterday was that there *are* some freelancers / business owners using solely apps/tools/workflows, but that:

1. This can cause problems with clients.
2. When it doesn't cause problems, it's because clients are reasonably techie and share same values.
3. Most people find it difficult to give up Google stuff.

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#introductions  “Free 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. Thus, “free software” is a matter of liberty, not price. To understand the concept, you should think of “free” as in “free speech,” not as in “free beer”. We sometimes call it “libre software,” borrowing the French or Spanish word for “free” as in freedom, to show we do not mean the software is gratis.

We campaign for these freedoms because everyone deserves them. With these freedoms, the users (both individually and collectively) control the program and what it does for them. When users don't control the program, we call it a “nonfree” or “proprietary” program. The nonfree program controls the users, and the developer controls the program; this makes the program an instrument of unjust power.
The four essential freedoms

A program is free software if the program's users have the four essential freedoms:

- The freedom to run the program as you wish, for any purpose (freedom 0).
- The freedom to study how the program works, and change it so it does your computing as you wish (freedom 1). Access to the source code is a precondition for this.
- The freedom to redistribute copies so you can help your neighbor (freedom 2).
- The freedom to distribute copies of your modified versions to others (freedom 3). By doing this you can give the whole community a chance to benefit from your changes. Access to the source code is a precondition for this.

A program is free software if it gives users adequately all of these freedoms. Otherwise, it is nonfree. While we can distinguish various nonfree distribution schemes in terms of how far they fall short of being free, we consider them all equally unethical.

@dajbelshaw @kyzh Not yet, no. I'm always a bit worried about LO messing up more complex Word formatting though, so I might have to rely on proprietary software at some point - just to be safe

@dajbelshaw I use Thunderbird, invoicemail for invoicing and libreoffice. Nothing fancy.

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Ok, I'm making my way through #De-GooglingMyLife. Browser, check. Search enging, check.

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@Algot Thanks! I should have phrased my question better. While I can easily use FLOSS personally, I find it more difficult when interacting with others through my business. For example, lots of people use Skype as it's the default, when there's better alternatives.

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@flgnk Hello! I am off to Ireland (from the UK) in a few months for the first time - I would love to see some interesting stuff that might be happening over there with regard to co-ops, alternative economies and so on. Any pointers would be fantastic. :)

« This is not a technology problem.

It is a capitalism problem.

And the answer is better, stronger democracy.

Decentralised, zero-knowledge alternative technologies can play an important role is helping us achieve better civil liberties and democracy but technology is not a silver bullet. Without regulatory and statutory changes, those technologies will simply be deemed illegal and those of us who build them will become the new Snowdens and Mannings. » — Aral Balkan

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Interesting article discussing limitations of distributed web services by the MIT Civic Media:


1. Lame clickbait title. I expect more from that team.

2. All users running servers *is* unlikely but it's misleading to imply that anything less is "not working." Success for decentralized services looks like email: hub and spoke model driven by organizations with IT departments who just aren't willing to hand their data and infrastructure over to an outsider.