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The big deception of #Ubuntu against #Debian


I have been using #GNU and #Linux since at least tenyears, my very first distro was Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon, I still remember the sound of the drums at my very first installation, it was amazing and it was when I fell in love with the #floss. I was even more amazed by Hardy Heron, simply perfect in every shape. I used to have a #Gnome, #Compiz and a wonderful desktop that looked like a paper comics, super cool and super exciting, fortunately ten years later I still continue to be excited for any improvements.

However, back to these days, I learned about the meaning of #BDFL, and my flirt with Ubuntu started to crumble, actually the idea of community with on top a dictator, even if benevolent, didn't sound very exiting for me, never. This is the reason why I left Ubuntu to jump in Debian.

Debian is a true community of volunteers, it is the backbone of everything is #deb based, without Debian we would not have Ubuntu, #Mint, #Elementary, etc... Even if today Ubuntu might be build totally in upstream with Snap it will never have the same manpower and talents that Debian has. In ten years the main investment of Canonical/Ubuntu has been in marketing and PR. While #RedHat invests a lot of resources in engineers stuff Ubuntu invests the majority of its effort in marketing, and it really works

In lesser than four years Ubuntu become the OS leader in the #web #sever #market, a place historically belonged to Debian:
http://forums.debian.net/viewtopic.php?f=20&t=139372#p687205

Today Ubuntu is almost a leader in the Linux realm but is it really worth of this title?
Ubuntu stated to make a lot of improvements on itself however it reduces dramatically the amount of packages under its control and leaves the majority of them on the hands of the communities, that makes Ubuntu quite unsafe every time you grab a package outside the main repo.

I was saying Ubuntu patches and improves itself to be better than Debian, actually the latter is a collection of packages: it fixes bugs, it does the minimal and everything is almost 99% upstream. Because the premises Ubuntu must be better. Actually Ubuntu has a better installer however Debian support many more architectures, that means changing the installer to make it more friendly might be a worthless task if you are going to break something that actually works, Ubuntu has a better theme, Debian uses the one of free contributors it does not contract professionals. But is Ubuntu very much better than Debian? Is everything that Ubuntu does worthy?

If you are Debian user you do not need to read anything about it, but if you don't then apparently not!
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A recent article by [b]Phoronix
mainly, based on giga ethernet test, shows how Debian constantly performs better than Ubuntu (which usually ships always a newer kernel than Debian). Someone can argue that this test is not indicative because it is strictly related to the hardware in use but if you read regularly the phoronix's article **always[/b] Debian performs better than Ubuntu.

Hence if every tweaks of Ubuntu to be better than Debian is actually ineffective, I can deducted that everything is basically vaporware just a marketing trick.

Today Canonical makes a lot of money with Ubuntu, you are free to use Ubuntu but is not better than Debian, it is not lead by true community, it is sponsored by a BDFL with a clear scope since the beginning. He did a lot of mistakes (Ubuntu Phone, Unity, etc...) but eventually he got what he was looking for. But the days when Ubuntu meant I can not install Debian are finished long time ago, today Ubuntu surpassed Debian in every field but not for technical reasons.

I will never be tired to repeat it: support only true community distributions of volunteers!


#floss #opensource
 
In case you missed it, Glimpse is a fork of the excellent photo editor GIMP:

https://getglimpse.app/

You can follow Glimpse on here:

@glimpse

The name is changed for those who find "Gimp" problematic/offensive, and there are plans to tweak the interface too 👍

There's a good article discussing the project on The Register:

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2019/08/28/gimp_open_source_image_editor_forked_to_fix_problematic_name/

#GIMP #Glimpse #FLOSS
 
Something often requested is a libre alternative to Google Translate.

There's a site called Apertium which is a free open translation system:

https://www.apertium.org

It's still under development, you can help out at:

https://github.com/apertium

#GoogleTranslate #Alternatives #DeleteGoogle #Translation #FLOSS
 

Wanna break free from #Google?


Here are some recommendations:
What did I missed? What is you favourite alternative? and why?
#freesoftware #foss #floss #open-source #opensource #linux #gnu-linux #fdroid #technoethical #mobile #software #privacy #surveillance #freedom
 

Wanna break free from #Google?


Here are some recommendations:
What did I missed? What is you favourite alternative? and why?
#freesoftware #foss #floss #open-source #opensource #linux #gnu-linux #fdroid #technoethical #mobile #software #privacy #surveillance #freedom
 
What do folks use for lightweight photo editing software? I need to do some simple cropping, file size reduction to make thumbnails. I've used gimp in the past... #floss #alternatives @switchingsocial
 
Libre game fans,

#SuperTuxKart and @Minetest are examples of good, well-maintained libre games.

Do you know any others you would recommend?

#Games #Gaming #FLOSS #FOSS #Libre
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TIL Unfreie Softwaresysteme in der Cloud zu zentralen Bausteinen seiner IT-Infrastruktur zu machen, bringt einen in Abhängigkeiten, die langfristig ungewollte Nebeneffekte haben.
https://t3n.de/news/us-sanktionen-github-schliesst-entwickler-aus-1182900/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=news

Hätte uns doch nur mal jemand gewarnt!!!


#FLOSS #Software #GitHub
 
TIL Unfreie Softwaresysteme in der Cloud zu zentralen Bausteinen seiner IT-Infrastruktur zu machen, bringt einen in Abhängigkeiten, die langfristig ungewollte Nebeneffekte haben.
https://t3n.de/news/us-sanktionen-github-schliesst-entwickler-aus-1182900/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=news

Hätte uns doch nur mal jemand gewarnt!!!


#FLOSS #Software #GitHub
 
@vickysteeves

Put your repos on
https://codeberg.org .

This is an open, non-profit, non-government collaboration platform

There is no need to use commercial, profit-driven services for your open source projects.

#codeberg #opensource #floss
 
Hmmm...
I wanted to do some editing on a simple video.

Pitivi
Looks quite nice, simple interface, but I can't find how to disable audio in only some clips.

LiVES
Geez, what an interface.

OpenShot
Installed via apt-get, start app, it never appears. Start from terminal, it complains about missing Python libraries. Oh, for goodness sake.

Scunnered. Stuff it, I'm going to bed...

#Debian #VideoEditing #FOSS #FLOSS
 
Do you like Mario Kart? Do you like Libre software?

Then you might like #SuperTuxKart, which lets you race as various FLOSS mascots:

https://supertuxkart.net

It includes story mode, time trial, local multiplayer, online multiplayer and lots of mods too.

It's available for Linux, Mac, Windows and Android.

#MarioKart #Alternatives #Gaming #FLOSS
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@switchingsocial @sirchamallow @wallabag
That's simple not true. Here is the #FLOSS code: https://github.com/Pocket

As such, Pocket is not proprietary. At least the client is not. From looking at the repos, I guess there was no server code inside of it. (But AFAIK it is also not built for self-hosting, so it would be largely useless.)
 
Want to find your way from A to B?

You should try:
https://maps.openrouteservice.org

I've used it a couple of times today, and it was great.

* Uses OpenStreetMap data
* Service provided by HeiGIT
* Doesn't spy on you
* Maps look great
* Effective routes
* Share with friends
* Add your own tracks
* Export to GPX plus others
* Elevation profile

You can also go to C, D, E and many more. 😉

#OSM #maps #routes #routing #FOSS #FLOSS #CrowdSourced
 
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#SuperTuxKart is a free open alternative to Super Mario Kart where you play as mascots from libre software projets. The latest version includes online multiplayer :)


It's available for Linux, Mac, Windows and Android:
https://supertuxkart.net

#SuperTuxKart #SuperMarioKart #FLOSS #FOSS #Gaming
 
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In case you missed it, #Carnet is a free open alternative to Google Keep. It lets you write and sync notes (including rich text, audio and images) on your phone and computer:

https://getcarnet.app

You can follow Carnet on the ActivityPub Fediverse here:
@[email protected]

It syncs through #Nextcloud and #Owncloud, and there's an official public Nextcloud instance for people who don't have their own cloud:
https://carnet.live

The app is available on Google Play and #FDroid

#GoogleKeep #Alternatives #DeleteGoogle #NoteTaking #FLOSS #FOSS
 
As you may have read yesterday, Adobe is telling customers using older versions of Creative Cloud that they could be sued (https://elekk.xyz/@eightbitsamurai/102095888096617219).

If you are still using CC, it might be time to consider alternatives which let you actually own software instead of renting it:
https://switching.social/ethical-alternatives-to-adobe-creative-cloud/

#CreativeCloud #Adobe #Alternatives #DeleteAdobe #FLOSS
 
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Designing Posters With Free Software

A few months back I was asked to design some poster for a local Free Software Foundation Event. ... Although many artists successfully use Free Software to create artworks, I repeatedly encounter many comments in discussion forums claiming that free software is not made for creative work. This post is also my effort in spreading awareness that one can do professional work with the help of F/LOSS tools.
#freedom #free-software #foss #floss #fsf #gnu #libre #art #design #poster #krita #scribus #inkscape
 
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Designing Posters With Free Software

A few months back I was asked to design some poster for a local Free Software Foundation Event. ... Although many artists successfully use Free Software to create artworks, I repeatedly encounter many comments in discussion forums claiming that free software is not made for creative work. This post is also my effort in spreading awareness that one can do professional work with the help of F/LOSS tools.
#freedom #free-software #foss #floss #fsf #gnu #libre #art #design #poster #krita #scribus #inkscape
 
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#SuperTuxKart is a free open game similar to Mario Kart, featuring open source mascots as the main characters.


The latest version (1.0) was released a couple of days ago, and introduces online multiplayer 🌐 There’s also a story mode, single player, local multiplayer, various game types and lots of mods.

It’s available for Linux, Mac, Windows and Android:

https://supertuxkart.net


Chris Were did a detailed video about it a while ago, which includes gameplay footage:
https://share.tube/videos/watch/fd83f148-ebf2-4573-9973-53f594cd606d

#Gaming #Games #TuxKart #MarioKart #OpenSourceGaming #FLOSS
 
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