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Dear @switchingsocial,

For Xmas H Christ, I would like a recommendation for a #FOSS keyboard that I can use on my Pixel 3a so Googleplex doesn't monitor every single thing I way on the Internet.

Grant me these wishes three (1) and I will leave out some Oreos for you under the Dogmas Tree.

Happy Harvest

TMO
 
LibreOffice - 2019-09-03 12:51:49 GMT
History time! Check out the green part of this timeline – LibreOffice is a successor to OpenOffice(.org) (and before that, StarOffice). Our community and certified developers keep pumping out a new major release of LibreOffice every six months – a big thanks to them!
 
LibreOffice - 2019-09-03 12:51:49 GMT
History time! Check out the green part of this timeline – LibreOffice is a successor to OpenOffice(.org) (and before that, StarOffice). Our community and certified developers keep pumping out a new major release of LibreOffice every six months – a big thanks to them!
 
Is there any #foss #alternative to tastedive.com or suggestmemovie.com ?
 

It's time to start to give back

We have now made the decision to relay all revenue from PinePhone sales to the development community and third-party Linux-on-phone projects.
PINE64, you're simply amazing.

#pinephone #foss #contributeBack
Its time to start giving back
 

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
 
@mu
Sorry to say but a lot to be desired for #libreoffice when it comes to actual #productivity
In corporate use, #msoffice is way ahead
I use the #msoffice at work & #libreoffice for private purpose where it is merely sufficient.
@switchingsocial @libreoffice
The lack of focus on #usability & #productivity was a problems with #foss for many years. People are slowly getting past this bad legacy.
 
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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Does anyone know of a Foss alternative to nVivo for qualitative data analysis? @switchingsocial
#nvivo #dataanalysis #foss
 
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
 
@switchingsocial Any suggestions for a #FOSS implementation similar to Goodreads? I've been looking for it a long time and currently managing myself with #Calibre Web

#Books #Reading
 
@switchingsocial Any #FOSS self-hostable solution to manage and facilitate #CrowdFunding for #Community purposes?
 
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
 

Two new ways to get apps nearby, without internet

There are many reasons why it is often better to do things without the

internet:your data plan is expensive, there is limited coverage in the
area, there is an internet outage or shutdown, or even something is
private and should not be online at all. Or even, if you are setting
up a new device, you can easily send all your existing apps over to
the new device. This is why F-Droid has included the “Nearby Tab” for
swapping apps and files without internet. F-Droid v1.7 includes a
major overhaul of the existing functionality, so it should work a lot
better now, especially when using Wi-Fi. Two new “nearby” methods
were added on top of that, to provide effective ways of exchanging
apps between devices.

The first is “hotspot” mode, where one device is acting as a Wi-Fi
Access Point. Android does not make it easy to do, since apps cannot
always known what the state of the Wi-Fi is. Thanks to the
accesspoint library from
long time F-Droid contributor @mvdan, it can do a lot more.

The second is using SD Cards and USB On-The-Go (OTG) flash drives as a
source of F-Droid repos. Flash drives can provide a very high
bandwidth method for transferring files, when they are easy to move
from device to device. Our goal is to make the whole user experience
as smooth as possible, so people can regularly move data with these
affordable, widespread data buckets. USB-OTG and SD Cards can host
standalone repos as well as mirrors of existing repos. Those repos
need to be copied to the flash drive first, like from a laptop. That
can be done using fdroid mirror , for example:

$ cd /media/user/F-DROIDORG
$ fdroid mirror https://guardianproject.info/fdroid
$ wget https://guardianproject.info/fdroid/repo/index-v1.jar
$ mv index-v1.jar fdroid/repo/

USB OTG support is new and alpha. It works, but needs a lot of polish
on the user experience. For example, it should show the scanning
progress. Also, Bluetooth is still flaky on many devices, some of that
comes from the devices poor support for generic data service over
Bluetooth.

Read more at: https://f-droid.org/en/2019/06/20/two-new-ways-to-get-apps-nearby-without-internet.html

#android #fdroid #foss
 

Two new ways to get apps nearby, without internet

There are many reasons why it is often better to do things without the

internet:your data plan is expensive, there is limited coverage in the
area, there is an internet outage or shutdown, or even something is
private and should not be online at all. Or even, if you are setting
up a new device, you can easily send all your existing apps over to
the new device. This is why F-Droid has included the “Nearby Tab” for
swapping apps and files without internet. F-Droid v1.7 includes a
major overhaul of the existing functionality, so it should work a lot
better now, especially when using Wi-Fi. Two new “nearby” methods
were added on top of that, to provide effective ways of exchanging
apps between devices.

The first is “hotspot” mode, where one device is acting as a Wi-Fi
Access Point. Android does not make it easy to do, since apps cannot
always known what the state of the Wi-Fi is. Thanks to the
accesspoint library from
long time F-Droid contributor @mvdan, it can do a lot more.

The second is using SD Cards and USB On-The-Go (OTG) flash drives as a
source of F-Droid repos. Flash drives can provide a very high
bandwidth method for transferring files, when they are easy to move
from device to device. Our goal is to make the whole user experience
as smooth as possible, so people can regularly move data with these
affordable, widespread data buckets. USB-OTG and SD Cards can host
standalone repos as well as mirrors of existing repos. Those repos
need to be copied to the flash drive first, like from a laptop. That
can be done using fdroid mirror , for example:

$ cd /media/user/F-DROIDORG
$ fdroid mirror https://guardianproject.info/fdroid
$ wget https://guardianproject.info/fdroid/repo/index-v1.jar
$ mv index-v1.jar fdroid/repo/

USB OTG support is new and alpha. It works, but needs a lot of polish
on the user experience. For example, it should show the scanning
progress. Also, Bluetooth is still flaky on many devices, some of that
comes from the devices poor support for generic data service over
Bluetooth.

Read more at: https://f-droid.org/en/2019/06/20/two-new-ways-to-get-apps-nearby-without-internet.html

#android #fdroid #foss
 
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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
 

We Need to Save What Made Linux and FOSS Possible


HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19861832
Posted by brewski (karma: 1090)
Post stats: Points: 166 - Comments: 80 - 2019-05-08T19:00:05Z

\#HackerNews #and #foss #linux #made #need #possible #save #what
HackerNewsBot debug: Calculated post rank: 137 - Loop: 100 - Rank min: 100 - Author rank: 173
 

What Is Open Source Software, and Why Does It Matter?


Geeks often describe programs as being “open source” or “free software.” If you’re wondering exactly what these terms mean and why they matter, read on. (No, “free software” doesn’t always just mean that you can download it for free.)

Whether a program is open-source or not doesn’t just matter to developers, it ultimately matters for users, too. Open-source software licenses give users freedoms they would not otherwise have.

If a program is open-source, its source code is freely available to its users. Its users – and anyone else – have the ability to take this source code, modify it, and distribute their own versions of the program. The users also have the ability to distribute as many copies of the original program as they want. Anyone can use the program for any purpose; there are no licensing fees or other restrictions on the software.

Open source applications are generally freely available – although there’s nothing stopping the developer from charging for copies of the software if they allow redistribution of the application and its source code afterwards.

However, that’s not what “free software” refers to. The “free” in free software means “free as in freedom,” not “free as in beer.” The free software camp, led by Richard Stallman and the Free Software Foundation, focuses on the ethics and morals of using software that can be controlled and modified by the user. In other words, the free software camp focuses on user freedoms.

More explanation at https://www.howtogeek.com/129967/htg-explains-what-is-open-source-software-and-why-you-should-care/

#FOSS #opensource

 
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Finally I got to upgrade the Gnu/Linux distro on my computer. Because there was some problems with my I initially reverted to the old version back when the new one was released. But I really do not fancy using a desktop that do not have access to security updates. So after I saw that the problems seemed to be solved with my daughters Wacom I tried again yesterday.

As usual I had to pick a fight with some of the things that didn't work as perfect as I wanted them to. #Kwallet again, but at least this time I got an idea about what was wrong and have fixed it. I also have a working #Wacom tablet and I am on the track of the last missing bits. A good feeling and I have not been using too much time... plus every time I get a bit wiser.

So why use Linux when you are a graphic artist? When I talk to other people working with with computer graphic they are almost frightened by the thought of a person who do not pay his Adobe-tax. I have been using Gnu/Linux since #1999, but it took me some years to move all my activities to the platform. From my work with print making and painting I knew that it was not the machines that made art, so I moved as soon as I could. And when the finance-crisis destroyed the art-market I moved from handmade art to digital without much worry.

One of the people I have been inspired by is the French comic artist and illustrator, David #Revoy. Here he explains his way from the expensive commercial software to open source software:



I use the #Mageia Linux distribution - I know that it would be easier to just go for Mint or Ubuntu, but I am crazily loyal. I always used the #KDE windows manager, and in that I am also crazily loyal, so now I am struggling with #Plasma. Since I installed #Mandrake Linux for the first time 20 years ago on my wife's newly bought laptop, I have been reading through 1000 flame wars concerning different aspects of this free community, but personally I really just feel cheered up by all the creativity leading to so many different WMs, package managers, text editors, IMs and video-players.

#DavidRevoy #Krita #Inkscape #Blender #gnu #linux #opensource #foss
 
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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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