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93% funded and 11 days to go


My Kickstarter has been going really well. I am now 93% funded and only needs 2,164 Danish crowns (330$ - 290€ - 250£) to reach the goal. So amid Corona virus fear, Steemit (the crypto-social-media I have been using) experiencing a hostile takeover, possible global recession and global warming, my Kicktstarter is at least one thing that can really cheer me up.

Now I only need the last sprint and I will be able to relax and get on with Phill. First thing will be a front page, and then I have to plan a bit ahead, but I am really looking forward to actually get on with the story.

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From my Kickstarter video

I have had a lot of great feedback, also from people who wanted to support in other ways. A foundation encouraged me to apply for a grant, people have just sent me money, and best of all: people told me that they found the oval window that we had installed in the living room really beautiful - which goes to show that my film tricks have gone unnoticed. The fact that what is behind the window is a sort of hyperbole Copenhagen with a large spaceship slowly making a landing, hasn't seemed to destroy the illusion.

The film is made with open source software: Natron, Blender and Krita.

#art #katharsisdrill #phillfromgchq #kickstarter #cgi #filmtrick #natron #blender #krita #opensource #Copenhagen #Steemit
 
I know that I share things under an open license myself, but when I come across something like this beautiful Garamond font and it is licensed under a free license I feel an immense gratitude.

http://www.georgduffner.at/ebgaramond/

#art #discreet #font #OpenFontsLicense #ofl #garamond #opensource #free #beer
 

The fourth year of Liberapay


A recap and an announcement, in celebration of Liberapay’s 4th anniversary.

Automatic renewals are finally here!


In last year’s post we said we were working on “the possibility to have your donations be renewed automatically”. Well, it took way longer than we had hoped, but it’s finally done. 😌

Every donation form now includes this renewal method selector:




This feature is very new and still rough around the edges. For example the automatic renewal only works with Stripe, not with PayPal. Nevertheless we’re hopeful that it will satisfy many donors and help stabilize the incomes of creators. Of course we’ll keep working to improve it.

If you’re a donor, go check out your new “Payment Schedule” page. If you want to turn on automatic renewals for all your donations, go to your “Giving” page and click on the “Yes, activate automatic renewals” button at the top.

Screnshot of a payment schedule:

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Recap of other changes

Grouped payments


The other improvement we mentioned in last year’s blog post was the possibility to fund donations to multiple creators with a single payment. This has been implemented on our side, in several steps throughout the year, but it’s still limited to a small subset of recipients due to the limitations of the underlying payment processors (Stripe and PayPal). In the last month approximately 10% of payments had more than one recipient.

Multiple payment instruments


Donors can now see and manage their connected cards and bank accounts in the new “Payment Instruments” page, and select any of them during payment.

Here is a screenshot of that new page:



Receipts


When we first migrated to the new payment processors we didn’t immediately update the donation receipt generator, so for a while there were no receipts for new payments. This shortcoming was fixed in June. You can find the links to your receipts in the your account’s ledger.

Visual tweaks


We changed the orientation of several navigation elements from horizontal to vertical in order to make room for more pages and at the same time improve how the Liberapay website adapts to different screen sizes.

More countries


This improvement isn’t our doing, but it’s good news: creators in Estonia, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mexico, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia can now connect a Stripe account (which allows their donors to pay “directly”, without having to go through PayPal). If your country still isn’t supported by Stripe, you can preregister to let them know that you’re interested and be notified as soon as they launch in your country.

Growth


At the beginning of 2019 Liberapay was still suffering from 2018’s crisis, however we’ve successfully bounced back: both the number of active users and the sum of donations have more than doubled in the past year.

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Approximately €160k have been donated to 652 creators through Liberapay in 2019.

Future


Liberapay is far from perfect, we still have many things to fix and improve, and several big features to implement. For example we know that some creators would like to be able to send updates to their donors, and customize the donation form, and see who their patrons are so they can thank them.

Getting all that done requires a lot of work, so please donate if you can, and contribute in kind if you have the necessary skills and time. We need developers to improve Liberapay’s core, writers to expand our documentation, and polyglots to translate Liberapay.

Thank you for reading. Have a great year. 💛

#en #OpenSource #FreeSoftware #Commons #Crowdfunding #Donations #Retrospective #Liberapay #Payments
 

The fourth year of Liberapay


A recap and an announcement, in celebration of Liberapay’s 4th anniversary.

Automatic renewals are finally here!


In last year’s post we said we were working on “the possibility to have your donations be renewed automatically”. Well, it took way longer than we had hoped, but it’s finally done. 😌

Every donation form now includes this renewal method selector:




This feature is very new and still rough around the edges. For example the automatic renewal only works with Stripe, not with PayPal. Nevertheless we’re hopeful that it will satisfy many donors and help stabilize the incomes of creators. Of course we’ll keep working to improve it.

If you’re a donor, go check out your new “Payment Schedule” page. If you want to turn on automatic renewals for all your donations, go to your “Giving” page and click on the “Yes, activate automatic renewals” button at the top.

Screnshot of a payment schedule:

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Recap of other changes

Grouped payments


The other improvement we mentioned in last year’s blog post was the possibility to fund donations to multiple creators with a single payment. This has been implemented on our side, in several steps throughout the year, but it’s still limited to a small subset of recipients due to the limitations of the underlying payment processors (Stripe and PayPal). In the last month approximately 10% of payments had more than one recipient.

Multiple payment instruments


Donors can now see and manage their connected cards and bank accounts in the new “Payment Instruments” page, and select any of them during payment.

Here is a screenshot of that new page:



Receipts


When we first migrated to the new payment processors we didn’t immediately update the donation receipt generator, so for a while there were no receipts for new payments. This shortcoming was fixed in June. You can find the links to your receipts in the your account’s ledger.

Visual tweaks


We changed the orientation of several navigation elements from horizontal to vertical in order to make room for more pages and at the same time improve how the Liberapay website adapts to different screen sizes.

More countries


This improvement isn’t our doing, but it’s good news: creators in Estonia, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mexico, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia can now connect a Stripe account (which allows their donors to pay “directly”, without having to go through PayPal). If your country still isn’t supported by Stripe, you can preregister to let them know that you’re interested and be notified as soon as they launch in your country.

Growth


At the beginning of 2019 Liberapay was still suffering from 2018’s crisis, however we’ve successfully bounced back: both the number of active users and the sum of donations have more than doubled in the past year.

Image/Photo

Approximately €160k have been donated to 652 creators through Liberapay in 2019.

Future


Liberapay is far from perfect, we still have many things to fix and improve, and several big features to implement. For example we know that some creators would like to be able to send updates to their donors, and customize the donation form, and see who their patrons are so they can thank them.

Getting all that done requires a lot of work, so please donate if you can, and contribute in kind if you have the necessary skills and time. We need developers to improve Liberapay’s core, writers to expand our documentation, and polyglots to translate Liberapay.

Thank you for reading. Have a great year. 💛

#en #OpenSource #FreeSoftware #Commons #Crowdfunding #Donations #Retrospective #Liberapay #Payments
 
#ima #opensource #socialvr #laxtonconsulting
SceneGate Viewer Release 1.0.0 is out and the repository is open to the public. Check this blog for information and download locations.
 
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Soon I will launch a Kickstarter for my comic. I've had some money from the Danish Art Foundation so it will be a nice hardcover version (it is the first 48 pages).

Below is the video I have made for the campaign. Afterwards I plan to make it a sort of introduction video for the Katharsisdrill project. As there are no lipsync on the mask I can say something else in the revised version.

I have only used open source software for this: Blender, Natron, Kdenlive, Krita, Gimp, Inkscape and Audacity. All the music is also made by myself

https://open.tube/videos/watch/4874cd26-0d64-4dc6-9764-3a0f941f83b4

#mywork #film #Kickstarter #phillfromgchq #opensource #Blender #Natron #Krita #Gimp #Inkscape #Audacity
 

zenoamaro/arkanoid.sh: Arkanoid clone with fancy sound and graphics for BASH


#game #shell #opensource
 

zenoamaro/arkanoid.sh: Arkanoid clone with fancy sound and graphics for BASH


#game #shell #opensource
 
As we head into the 3-day weekend, let's be safe and and civil as we honor this great man. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?' Extend that to: Are we using technology for others? #opensource #IMA
 
As we head into the 3-day weekend, let's be safe and and civil as we honor this great man. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?' Extend that to: Are we using technology for others? #opensource #IMA
 
skunksarebetter - 2020-01-15 01:22:45 GMT
#ReText is a #markup editor.

ReText is a text editor for #Markdown and #reStructuredText. ReText provides quick access to various text elements like headers, lists, and styles like bold and italics. ReText automatically continues elements like lists, and has a table mode for making automatically updating tables. ReText can export to HTML if needed.

Website 🔗️: https://github.com/retext-project/retext

apt 📦️: retext

#free #opensource #foss #fossmendations
 
skunksarebetter - 2020-01-15 01:22:45 GMT
#ReText is a #markup editor.

ReText is a text editor for #Markdown and #reStructuredText. ReText provides quick access to various text elements like headers, lists, and styles like bold and italics. ReText automatically continues elements like lists, and has a table mode for making automatically updating tables. ReText can export to HTML if needed.

Website 🔗️: https://github.com/retext-project/retext

apt 📦️: retext

#free #opensource #foss #fossmendations
 
I’m #newhere , looking for social media alternatives (with better #privacy) I don’t use #Fakebook or #Twitter so trying out this space. I’m interested in #aquarium, #art, #coral, #scubadiving, #sculpture, #linux, #opensource, #travel, #photography etc. Plan on leaving #brexit #UK soon (too #littleEngland) and exploring #Malta and possibly other #eu countries, maybe #Belgium, #Netherlands and #Germany / #Deutschland. Follow me if you want to partake in my adventure. Help me out with info you think might be helpful.
 
I’m #newhere , looking for social media alternatives (with better #privacy) I don’t use #Fakebook or #Twitter so trying out this space. I’m interested in #aquarium, #art, #coral, #scubadiving, #sculpture, #linux, #opensource, #travel, #photography etc. Plan on leaving #brexit #UK soon (too #littleEngland) and exploring #Malta and possibly other #eu countries, maybe #Belgium, #Netherlands and #Germany / #Deutschland. Follow me if you want to partake in my adventure. Help me out with info you think might be helpful.
 

Darktable 3.0 Released with Major Changes, New Modules | OMG! Ubuntu!

Santa has delivered an early Christmas present to photography fans in the form of Darktable 3.0.

An open source alternative to Adobe Lightroom, Darktable lets photographers make non-destructive edits to their images, as well as manage, sort and organise photo.

Darktable 3.0 is a huge update to this popular open source RAW image editor. It improves the GUI, adds new features, and delivers some much needed improvements.
#photography #OpenSource #DarkTable
Darktable 3.0 Released with Major Changes, New Modules
 

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
 

#CERN Endorsing Microsoft Alternatives Like #ownCloud, #Kopano, #Alt-Office Suite


https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=CERN-MALT-Microsoft-Alternative
#CERN, The European Organization for Nuclear Research that is home to the Large Hadron Collider #LHC and much more, has been working on alternatives to #Microsoft software and recently some of their recommended options for various tasks / application replacements was published.
#opensource, #monopoly
 

#CERN Endorsing Microsoft Alternatives Like #ownCloud, #Kopano, #Alt-Office Suite


https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=CERN-MALT-Microsoft-Alternative
#CERN, The European Organization for Nuclear Research that is home to the Large Hadron Collider #LHC and much more, has been working on alternatives to #Microsoft software and recently some of their recommended options for various tasks / application replacements was published.
#opensource, #monopoly
 
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3D-version of the Katharsisdrill emblem


In the start of 2020 I will make a Kickstarter for the first album of my comic about Phill from GCHQ - and that means I will have to make a video.. So for this video I need of course to remain in the Katharsisdrill body. Therefore I have today modelled and sculpted a 3d version of the Katharsisdrill logo.

I use open source software for all my project and when creating 3d art I use Blender. The new 2.8 version has recently been released and the fact that I can sculpt directly using my Wacom Cintic makes it all much easier.

#blender #Katharsisdrill #cycles #logo #mywork #3d #sculpting #modelling #opensource
 
Mastodon announces Pixelfed, an #opensource alternative to #Instagram - https://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/technology/internet/mastodon-announces-pixelfed-an-open-source-alternative-to-instagram/article30087768.ece great news
 
Mastodon announces Pixelfed, an #opensource alternative to #Instagram - https://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/technology/internet/mastodon-announces-pixelfed-an-open-source-alternative-to-instagram/article30087768.ece great news
 

#ISupportFreeSoftware #joinFSFnow


@Free Software Foundation is aiming to become +600 new member stronger this year.
  • If you are already a member, don’t forget to renew your membership and to encourage others to join.
  • If you are not yet a member, but already value the 4 essential software freedoms, then join FSF now: https://my.fsf.org/join.
  • If you don’t value the 4 software freedoms yet, then think again.
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Use hashtags #ISupportFreeSoftware and #joinFSFnow to drive the conversation on social media.

#fsf #free-software #privacy #security #software #freedom #open-source #opensource #foss #floss #freesoftware
 

#ISupportFreeSoftware #joinFSFnow


@Free Software Foundation is aiming to become +600 new member stronger this year.
  • If you are already a member, don’t forget to renew your membership and to encourage others to join.
  • If you are not yet a member, but already value the 4 essential software freedoms, then join FSF now: https://my.fsf.org/join.
  • If you don’t value the 4 software freedoms yet, then think again.
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Use hashtags #ISupportFreeSoftware and #joinFSFnow to drive the conversation on social media.

#fsf #free-software #privacy #security #software #freedom #open-source #opensource #foss #floss #freesoftware
 
Cz.nic: Modularer Router Turris Mox kommt in den Handel - Golem.de
https://www.golem.de/news/cz-nic-modularer-router-turris-mox-kommt-in-den-handel-1911-144785.html
#Router #80211ax #Crowdfunding #Linux #Netzwerk #USB30 #WRT54G #OpenSource #PC-Hardware
 
Cz.nic: Modularer Router Turris Mox kommt in den Handel - Golem.de
https://www.golem.de/news/cz-nic-modularer-router-turris-mox-kommt-in-den-handel-1911-144785.html
#Router #80211ax #Crowdfunding #Linux #Netzwerk #USB30 #WRT54G #OpenSource #PC-Hardware
 
The Hell has just started melting.

NVIDIA Starts Publishing GPU Hardware Documentation To Help Open-Source Drivers

#nvidia #linux #opensource
 
It's very early days, and I have a lot of design work to do, but #Readlebee is on its way to becoming a reality!

If you'd like to #contribute to making this #Goodreads alternative as good as possible, check out the project on GitLab. Ideas and designs will help just as much as code:

https://gitlab.com/Alamantus/Readlebee

If you have questions or want to discuss the project or contribute, check out the Gitter link, which lets you log in with a GitHub, GitLab, or Twitter account:

https://gitter.im/Readlebee

📖🐝 #openSource
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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!
 

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
 
The Hell has just started melting.

NVIDIA Starts Publishing GPU Hardware Documentation To Help Open-Source Drivers

#nvidia #linux #opensource
 


I'm really looking forward to getting back into Blender (which is what you have to do when your teenage daughter asks you to teach her). It really looks like they have outdone themselves with this release if you are to believe this video.

#blender #3d #opensource #creative #software #release
 
Minetest 5.1.0 will contain a large number of GUI improvements, including easier element positioning, styling/theming, and a main menu redesign. No formspec replacement though, unfortunately! What's on your wishlist?

#minetest #freesoftware #opensource #freegaming
 
How to Mirror & Control Your Android Phone from the Ubuntu Desktop

https://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2019/07/scrcpy-mirror-android-to-ubuntu-linux

View your phone's screen and interact with it using a keyboard & mouse

#android #Linux #GNU #technology #Ubuntu #OpenSource
How to Mirror & Control Your Android Phone from the Ubuntu Desktop
 
How to Mirror & Control Your Android Phone from the Ubuntu Desktop

https://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2019/07/scrcpy-mirror-android-to-ubuntu-linux

View your phone's screen and interact with it using a keyboard & mouse

#android #Linux #GNU #technology #Ubuntu #OpenSource
How to Mirror & Control Your Android Phone from the Ubuntu Desktop
 
"Last year, Microsoft bought the popular code repository GitHub. As Techdirt wrote at the time, many people were concerned by this takeover of a key open source resource by a corporate giant that has frequently proved unfriendly to free software. In the event, nothing worrying has happened -- until this..."

#OpenSource #Github #Microsoft #politics
 
@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
 
We're looking for Minetest-related educational projects and resources to feature on the official website. Please point us to them! They don't have to be in the English language

#minetest #edutech #freesoftware #opensource
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