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 #FLOSS if you want to enjoy #bigandlittleFfreedom
Posted some reflections on returning to #DebConf21 to watch my advisees @kayleachampion and @salt present their research using data from @firstname.lastname@example.org https://mako.cc/copyrighteous/returning-to-debconf
My student @salt just gave a great talk on his master's thesis work on "Resilience in FLOSS: Do founder decisions impact development activity after crisis events?" at #Debian'w #Debconf21: https://debconf21.debconf.org/talks/24-resilience-in-floss-do-founder-decisions-impact-development-activity-after-crisis-events/
While working on our style guide, we realized our colors need better names. You can help us choose! Submit your suggestions at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdIIXHJPVRy_r3O9R5aXHUJKwvVl7nmmQ_ZYzyaJ5ER4UcNng/viewform
The #SeaGL2021 staff will hold office hours next week!
Sun Aug 1, 3pm PDT
Tues Aug 3, 5:30pm PDT
Sat Aug 7, 3pm PDT
Join us at chat.seagl.org for questions and live assistance with your proposals. Come ask us anything related to the CfP!
There has been some conversation around whether the reports that vaccinated folks are still transmitting the virus means that we'll be wearing masks forever. I couldn't stop myself from throwing this picture together... #maskup #futurefashion #asyouwish #idontthinkthatmeanswhatyouthinkthatmeans #vaxxup #covid19
List of Useful Free Software Graphics Resources
Sharing is very appreciated.
Libre Graphics Tools
L. Graphics World
L. Graphics Meeting
L. Graphics Club
Open Source Design
O. Source Publishing
The Spritely Project aims to create a next generation of Fediverse networks and services. You can follow at:
The official site is at https://spritelyproject.org
Spritely is run by Chris Lemmer Webber, one of the authors of the ActivityPub standard that the current Fediverse runs on. You can follow at:
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 https://fossandcrafts.org/episodes/25-governance-leadership-founders-syndrome.html
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. https://mako.cc/copyrighteous/the-free-software-foundation-and-richard-stallman
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. https://www.arp242.net/rms.html by @email@example.com 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. #bigandlittleFfree #bekindinkind #FLOSSdaily #spreadloveandlibre
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: https://github.com/altsalt/rms-letter-comparison #bigandlittleFfree #bekindinkind #FLOSSdaily #spreadloveandlibre
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