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Software freedom and digital rights activist. FLOSS.social founder. Boards: https://floss.social/@librehealth, https://floss.social/@fdroidorg, @gnome, https://fosstodon.org/@osuosl.

Formerly: #OpenSource programs at #UnitedNations Foundation, #Community at OpenMRS.

Quality toots since 2017.

#FreeSoftware #HumanRights #DigitalAutonomy #SurveillanceCapitalism #privacy #UN #fedi22

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stux, to random
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Ohh! Just 830 ‘partners’?

Nty! :nkoHammer:

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@stux Wow. Who?

jens, to random
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Let's merge the code bases of sharkey and mastodon and call it megalodon.

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@vincent @jens Yes! @megalodon and its downstream @moshidon are awesome.

paul, to devops
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There are several 'Help Wanted' requests from the Mastodon if you are a

*Use /search for search (/search?query=something)
*Move account secrets to a dedicated table (and encrypt it?)
*Add a way for the user to select which languages they understand
*Allow admins to configure instance favicon and logo
*Allow searching for hashtags in admin UI
*Convert Redux state to Typescript .


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@paul @liaizon Hey cool, only took 6 years! 😆

downey, to tv
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Yes, you can still buy 4K TV's that are not "Smart" (surveillance). They're called "commercial displays" and as a bonus, they're more durable, too.

Prices start at $550 US for a 55-inch Samsung model.


downey, to ai
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So is anybody planning a fork of Nextcloud without the AI enshittification yet?

So disappointing.

#Nextcloud #AI #enshittification

downey, to microsoft
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:microsoft: ➡️ :matrix: It's a Big Freaking Deal when we can move any organization away from .

The system-wide IT shop UNICC has announced its move to :


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ESS is a self-hosted deployment for #Matrix homeserver management, and also provides client software, along with technical support.

I don't know the specific implementation details here. But AFAIK, it's still the case that UNICC run data centers are at least capable of offering international jurisdiction.


downey, to ai
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:boost_love: 🧠 Boost if you wish investors and marketers would start investing money into HI (Human Intelligence) again.

#HI #HumanIntelligence #AI #ArtificialIntelligence #enshittification

downey, to opensource
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Enjoying the knowledge shared by @vmbrasseur about governance, aka "infrastructure for humans". Valuable insights – read them here:


downey, to random
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🤕 Someday we will reach the achievement of not forcing people to be tracked via QR codes to link shorteners in order to read references in presentations.

downey, to opensource
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#Valkey 7.2.5 released today to continue the #OpenSource legacy of #Redis.


#OSSummit #OSSNA

downey, to random
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Great to see as a member of the Post-Quantum Cryptography Alliance to balance the voices of big tech. Have been tracking the hard work of @thegibson and others for quite a while now, and its P2P approach is one of the most inspiring developments on the horizon.

downey, to fdroid
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"Just search for 'Linux Foundation Events' in your app store to find our brand new [proprietary?] AI-powered app!"

#OSSNA24 #FDroid #hypocrisy

downey, to beeper
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:matrix: TIL that the based unified chat utility, has been acquired by .


downey, to Matrix
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:fdroid: Happy #FDroidFriday! What apps have you found useful this week?

📸 A lot of people like to take #photos and share them with specific family or friends over time. If you want to do this without Big Tech in the way, check out #Circles.

It's still technically in Beta, but works great. It runs entirely over the #Matrix protocol and uses encrypted rooms to manage your sharing and commenting. You can use their homeserver, or your own existing one.


#FDroid #Android

downey, to random
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Has any #MastoAdmin noticed when the "Custom message when sign-ups are not available" stopped being shown to visitors?


downey, to Matrix
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"You have to understand, we’re responsible for taxpayer money here. We can’t just make a donation to your open source project."

— a national government who relies on when being asked to support it financially

Read more about the problem and some initiatives that are responding to it:


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downey, to ads
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🤦‍♂️ Mozilla has apparently decided to get into the advertising business.

"We are growing the team to create a digital platform that is consistent with Mozilla’s principles. As an early member of the product team you will help drive our vision to best serve users and advertisers with effective respecting ad products."


downey, to fdroid
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Apropos of nothing, a periodic reminder that is designed to not have outages.


downey, to threads
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TFW someone buys investment property in your neighborhood is suddenly welcomed as a "neighbor" by everyone on your block

#Threads #Fediverse

downey, to random
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🎉 6️⃣ 🎂 Happy birthday, FLOSS.social!

"When I was One,
I had just begun.
When I was Two,
I was nearly new.
When I was Three
I was hardly me.
When I was Four,
I was not much more.
When I was Five,
I was just alive.
But now I am Six,
I'm as clever as clever,
So I think I'll be six now for ever and ever."

— A. A. Milne

fromjason, to threads
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The reason why and are incompatible is that Mastodon is a community, and Threads is a market. That's it.

It's not big Fed vs small Fedi. It's not platforms vs protocols.

It's communities vs markets.

Communities are supportive and markets are extractive. Communities answer to those who must live with decisions made. Markets answer to money.

And wouldn't you know it, those contrasting forces influence people's behaviors, goals, and motivations for engaging with others.

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@rscottjones I suspect your view of the Fediverse may be sufficiently filtered by the server you are on.

Here's the communities-first model that the guy that runs yours used to promote before he declared himself "CEO of Mastodon" and sold out to big tech: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPSbNdBmWKE


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BrideOfLinux, to random
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Ya know, Mozilla has kinda like become the laughing stock of open-source, I think as I shake my head sadly: Mozilla Drops New Privacy Partner After CEO Found Tethered To Data Brokers https://www.techdirt.com/2024/03/28/mozilla-drops-new-privacy-partner-after-ceo-found-tethered-to-data-brokers/

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