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@kdsch I work in web dev for a college at my University, with most decisions being made by people one or two steps removed from the actual labor.

Our setup is like this:
Windows servers running MSSQL, and using Adobe Experience Manager as our main CMS, and using Adobe ColdFusion as our main programming language for our web applications.

Above that, is the University which is also heavily reliant on the Microsoft/Windows ecosystem, which somewhat forces all sub-departments to do the same.


@gumcap Yeah, it's really an abusive relationship, ed institutions and corporate software outfits. My department shells out thousands upon thousands of dollars to companies like Adobe, Microsoft, and various other smaller companies to get access to what is almost always inferior software compared to FLOSS alternatives.

Frustratin' for sure.

How can I, a public university employee at the bottom of the totem pole, start working today to try and end the University's dependence (read: wholly ensnared state) on proprietary, corporate owned/backed software?

Anybody know of any orgs that work on this, or have any experience fighting this kind of thing?

It makes for a very depressing state of affairs, being so reliant on these capitalist structures.

Fun fact: despite existing almost as long as the web, cookies are not a requirement to view article based sites.

@risabee Yeah, it's strange that as a kid I just kinda thought "well the Beatles broke up so that's it" and it's taken me this long to realize it's more like "they don't release albums as 'The Beatles' anymore".

I'm thoroughly enjoying my Beatles renaissance :D

"McCartney" is a masterpiece. Paul writing and performing the entire thing, and just killing it throughout!

Imo solidifies him as being on a level of his own.

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As a lifelong Beatles fan(atic) who has mostly ignored their subsequent solo careers until recently, lemme just say: Damn, have I been missing out.

@clayton Don't tease me! I thought the SCLF was a real thing for a second there, and now I'm sad 😒

But yeah, I'd imagine it wouldn't be hard to take the ideals of the Free Software movement to the logical conclusion that if non-free software serves to oppress the people then people with access to that software's source have a moral obligation to set it free...

I can dream, at least.

"This was a group of so-called alt-right protesters who decided that a socialist bookshop, which stocks radical literature and working-class history titles and provides stalls for national trade union conferences, was a legitimate target for violence."

If this kind of shit doesn't wake up people, then nothing will. Fascists attacking books is the last step before fascists attacking people.

"The FCC has come clean on the fact that a purported hack of its comment system last year never actually took place, after a report from its inspector general found a lack of evidence supporting the idea. Chairman Ajit Pai blamed the former chief information officer and the Obama administration..."

This guy.

@gc @mayel @jjg

Capitalism Classicβ„’
"The oppression you know and love!"

@alxcndr @vfrmedia @jjg @mayel

Very valid points! I definitely don't think the blame lies on either side (or really anywhere).

I'm hopeful that the two will begin to overlap more and more, I'm just sad that it hasn't happened already.

github Better now than never, I guess?


Not everyone can self host software systems.

Not everyone wants to self host software systems.

Not everyone gives a shit about tech

Most people just want to go online, do their thing and move on with their day

If there is a mass exodus from GitHub / GitLab or others we people hosting our own infra need to be good about discovery, community building, community engagement and more.

We also need to figure out how to federate authn/authz. I'll skip over submitting small things if it means yet another account on yet another server run by yet another random.

Centralization isn't great but it does facilitate discovery, community and engagement.

We need to keep this at the back of our mind.
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