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#FOSS apps that need push notifications get problems: Google wants to force all apps on #Android to use its proprietary service Firebase for push notifications.
That's why we need F-Droid and/or #Linux based smartphone OS without Google. #UBports

@conservancy @o0karen0o Oh, wow. I had completely missed that you were doing shows again. I dropped the podcast at some point when there had been a really really long hiatus... I'm glad you're back! πŸ™‚

@marcus @fsfe @datenteiler @rgggn They definitely have some good campaigns. But of course the structure of the organisation is also important, for example how decisions are made etc. But definitely we also have to keep the goal in mind and not get bogged down by destructive in-fighting.

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One of the many absurdities of capitalism in our technologically advanced world: I have to borrow an eBook from the library and return it so others can borrow it

What are people's feelings about the (Free Software Foundation Europe) these days? There was some controversy when they canceled the Fellowship in 2017 (?), but I haven't really followed the debate or been able to form my own opinion.

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Dystopia is a white people word that means β€œwhat if all that shit happened TO US?!?”

@marcus I've tried many distros but I usually go back to Debian after a while. At my new job we're using RedHat and CentOS (actually the reason why I tried Fedora for a while this time).

@marcus Possibly, although I've noticed I've become more conservative (regarding technology) with age. I'm usually pretty happy with stable :-)

@charlag Yeah, I guess it's a wide spectrum with Debian stable in one end, and what, Arch or something in the other? :-)

@desikn I've also been on Debian for a long time. I just had a short stint with Fedora now, though, mostly to try out the rpm-ecosystem for my new job.

I'm back on Debian, after trying out Fedora for a few months. Nothing wrong with Fedora, but I prefer a bit less bleeding edge :-) I did go for Debian Buster, though, which is still in testing for a few months.

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I just donated to Software Freedom Conservancy, a not-for-profit home to many of the most admirable Free/Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS) projects in this planet. Today is a good day to donate if you have not done so. Let us help the home base do work to help the software which help us do our work.

@clacke To be honest I don't remember exactly, but I was a member at one point and helped @marxistvegan with some admin duties. It's possible I was the first user of the GNU Social instance, Stephen might remember better :-)

@clacke To be honest I had forgotten that too :-)

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If you're using Android on some phone or tablet and you're not using #fdroid yet, do yourself a favor and install it.

It's an alternative appstore with purely OSS software apps. Overall improved security and privacy on your mobile device (alternative apps for pretty much everything are available, with reduced tracking, no ads, no backdoors, reproducible builds, and so on).


Also follow @fdroidorg while you're at it.

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If you really want to help Firefox succeed, file a bug on when you find a broken website. Don't just switch back to Chrome; let Mozilla know there's a problem so they can try to fix it.

When browsers lose market share, they fall into the "compatibility death spiral." Sites don't bother to test, they break, and users flee to the browser that "just works." Mozilla is fighting this battle every day, and it just got harder.

Apparently I will be using RHEL in my new job, so I thought I would try Fedora on my old laptop just to reacquaint myself with that ecosystem. Now I'm playing with the heretical thought of replacing Debian with Fedora on my main machine. I'm using Gnome anyway, and would get newer packages. So far I haven't seen any stability issues... hmm, I need to sleep on it.

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