when you see someone criticizing open source through reference to the free software movement, or vice versa, consider that they are conflating two aspects of computing that, on each side, have taken significant and long-standing pains to distinguish each from the other
Warren Lyford Delano, in memoriam mh(-)
Anyway, Warren suffered some sort of mental health breakdown and killed himself 9 years ago come November. I didn't know him in person, but his work changed my life, and very possibly yours, given how widespread it has been used in the biological sciences.
I remember vividly where I was and what I was doing when I learned, some months after the fact, that he'd died. I heard it in a podcast.
The point at which I begin to question anyone's rights of free association (which includes the right to pick whom *not* to associate with) is *very* close to the point at which that someone has sufficient heft to need being regulated (eg, de facto public utility w/ monopoly or monopsony power)
Computers & networks are not simply neutral conduits for our desire & ease. That they sometimes *can* be is often more marketing hype than experienced reality, our UX grasp exceeding our reach at best, but all too often manipulative malevolence also.
I don't have to have a reason not to interact with someone, let alone interact with a serverful of people they suddenly decided to associate themselves with.
If you insist I need a reason, let alone a good one, then you don't respect my autonomy. This goes beyond questions of convenience or preference: This makes you a threat.
followers aren't yours such that you can redirect their attention at will. I mean, maybe functionally it's *possible* but it has a similar ethical valence as subscribing someone else to an email list.
it's a mutual albeit asymmetric relationship initiated by the follower, made in the context of a specific instance. to move that relationship to a new instance imposes a new context.
yes, with the proviso that one needn't even pay it forward! so long as one doesn't try to ensnare anyone, it's all good.
this reveals two things:
room for privacy in the software one uses, either imported from an upstream, or written for one's own use.
it gives the lie to 'virality' claims. If one isn't trying to ensnare a downstream victim with binary-only distribution, where's the infection? There is none.
Coop/open source alternative to Mail Chimp for sending newsletters (as suggested on Mastodon)
ListMan: https://apps.nextcloud.com/apps/listman. <-- for next cloud accounts
Very much this. I think the connection between cheap and supported is pretty weak and that the most premium devices are vulnerable to loss of support due to closed hardware and firmware.
The challenges in supporting consumer devices are often created rather than inherent. If they were designed to be more openly accessible than community support would be able to better fill the gaps left by vendors in the long term.
Oh, I forgot:
* Villifying Glimpse for forking GIMP.
I believe a right to fork is pivital to software freedom (though ideally it shouldn't come to it), and I can't count you amongst our movement if you have beef with this. Especially if you're defending slurs in the process.
musing about society and stuff
It is a wonderful way of seeing the world to describe "life" not as an intangible, undefinable idea that must rely upon some degree of spirituality to not entirely unravel into nothingness, the end of a rainbow that can never be caught... but to rather define it as a property of patterns in space. It becomes an analog rather than binary concept and it naturally connects to the good parts of anarchism and art.
@firstname.lastname@example.org here's the part where "i'd really need to be there". yes this is safe and yes that's the right pin but another 1st step is to unplug it from everything but the mobo. sometimes a DVD drive or whatever can die in just the right way. likewise, a dead video card can pull too much power so just pull that from the system is a good 1st debugging step, too.
i usually start with the video card, then unplugging everything else, THEN i start stuffing wires in connectors 😉 just a matter of doing what's easiest first, with a bit of luck in what is often the problem. PSUs tend to be reliable compared to the rest.
If I can't [fork|federate] it's not my [r]evolution.
"I appreciate SDF but it's a general-purpose server and the name doesn't make it obvious that it's about art." - Eugen Rochko