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May Day, May Day, on this Day in May I have a thing to say. Long has federation been a consideration, especially as Mastodon appears to be more than a mirage. Alas, choices will paralyze and ides fail to materialize. This post, this instance, this moment, yet another push will be shoved as the chains of unfree software continue to weigh. To that I say, Hey! Eventuality may not have crystalized, but for now my toots can be distillized. Remember to if you want to enjoy

When you're talking about Linux, it's okay to say that it's "open source".

It's okay to say that it's "free software".

It's okay to call it "GNU/Linux", "Linux", or to mess up its name.

It's okay to refer to it as "the one with the friendly penguin".

Part of RMS' legacy has been an incessant obsession with terminology and pedantry, overshadowing far more important shared objectives which are fundamentally emancipatory in nature.

Pedantry is not activism; it is alienating, not emancipatory.

The board voted unanimously to post the following statement on the FSF website: While our primary mission is freedom for software users, we want to be clear, the FSF board unanimously condemns misogyny, racism,and other bigotry as well as defamation, intimidation, and unfair attacks on free thought and speech.

25: Governance, Leadership, and Founder's Syndrome

What is governance? To what degree are leaders within a governing institution subject to its rules? We use this framework to discuss the unexpected announcement of RMS's re-appointment to the FSF board.

I just published a short blog post adding my voice to the chorus of people speaking out against Richard Stallman's return to the @fsf's board of directors.

It's short so I'll include the full text in a thread below.

Hmm, I finally read through a few more of the longer form responses to the current @fsf controversy. by is the one which aligns most closely to my current thinking. I'm not sure whether or not I'll sign the letter, but I appreciate, agree, and support what it is trying to achieve.

Mind was spinning, so I avoided some other work and put together a preliminary analysis of the petition letters regarding the controversy surrounding the @fsf PDF, data, and code can be found here:

Interesting. by suggests a logo for Free Software. It’s licensed as CC0 (No copyright) for free use. This can be used to indicate #FOSS / #FLOSS instead of using a company logo like e.g. from GitHub Inc., that may be used to _host_ free or open software but has a distinct logo of it’s own (the Octocat logo is a registered trademark).

It reminds me a lof of the Open Share and Open Source icon e.g. of the OpenWeb Icons set by and may even be a nice addition.

#floss #foss

No LibrePlanet organizers (staff or volunteer), speakers, award winners, exhibitors, or sponsors were made aware of Richard Stallman's announcement until it was public.

Oh look, a last minute addition... I will be speaking @fsf 's virtual 2021 this Sunday, March 21st! Join the discussion of funding free software's future at 11:45a PT and get your gratis registration via

Sending virtual hugs to all women in the #OpenSource #FOSS community especially my fellow #directors #OpenSourceInitiative Celebrate #InternationalWomensDay and get more women featured in @wikipedia Looks like most male directors have their own article already🤨

Ooh, it is probably worth a mention to announce that I'm running for one of the affiliate board seats. If you, or someone you know, is part of an OSI affiliate project, please consider extending me a vote. Thank you for your consideration!

So I was struggling to write all day, finally took my work to the tub and was able to get through one of the big writing tasks, now onto the others. I'm not saying that I'm the captain of ark fleet ship B, but I could see spending a few years in a nice hot bath...

@snowdrift is applying as a high priority project at #fsf and I heartily support their inclusion there! Their innovative crowdmatching mechanism for #donations focused on #funding #foss is great, imho.

Judge for yourself. They wrote a very convincing blog post about their fsf application:

#Snowdrift still discussing some of the details of the mechanism, so all contributions are welcome!

cc @fsfe

Read our latest blog post to find out why would make an excellent addition to the @fsf High Priority Free Software Projects list, heading a new key area of focus, Sustainability and Growth.

Conferences aren't just about the great talks, they're also about the social experience. #SeaGL2020 will have plenty of opportunities to socialize with your friends!

#FLOSSconf #FLOSSevent #FLOX #SeaGL #TeaGL

EFF is proud to support this year's @SeaGL conference! Be sure to check out this free event on Friday, November 13 at 9 am PT to learn about free/libre/open source software!

Wish there finally was a logo for Free Software – just as there is one for Open Source?

Then you may like this codeberg page: 😀

#freesoftware #opensource #logo #design

@ilpianista I was just searching for a client that could publish to both Twitter and Mastodon and Choqok looks the most likely. However, I do not run KDE and generally try to avoid installing any of the QT dependencies. That said, recently I've taken to digiKam via Flatpak. Is packing Choqok like this on the horizon? Thanks!

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