Important APT security update - please read the instructions to upgrade APT safely debian.org/security/2019/dsa-4

"i use linux as my operating system," i state proudly to the unkempt, bearded man. he swivels around in his desk chair with a devilish gleam in his eyes, ready to mansplain with extreme precision.
"actually," he says with a grin, "linux is just the kernel. you use GNU+linux."
i don't miss a beat and reply with a smirk, "i use alpine, a distro that doesn't include the GNU coreutils, or any other GNU code. it's linux, but it's not GNU+linux."

the smile quickly drops from the man's face. his body begins convulsing and he foams at the mouth as he drop to the floor with a sickly thud. as he writhes around he screams "I-IT WAS COMPILED WITH GCC! THAT MEANS IT'S STILL GNU!"
coolly, i reply "if windows was compiled with gcc, would that make it GNU?" i interrupt his response with "and work is being made on the kernel to make it more compiler-agnostic. even if you were correct, you won't be for long."

with a sickly wheeze, the last of the man's life is ejected from his body. he lies on the floor, cold and limp. i've womansplained him to death.

The year is 2019 and I can’t buy a good majority of consumer technology because we lack privacy legislation and consumer protections. Example: it’s absurd that my TV came with spyware that can’t be turned off or avoided; I had to stop it from phoning home at the network level. It also came with an arbitration clause and a clause waiving the right to a class action lawsuit.

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Firefox is now more important, isolated and vulnerable. Some suggested ways we can support it:
• Set it as your default browser. And if you're back home with family over Christmas, suggest/set as their default too.
• When you hear web devs say "can't everyone just use Chrome", please challenge it.
• Contribute to Mozilla-led projects, e.g. MDN Docs: smashingmagazine.com/2018/05/c
• Donate to Mozilla if you can: donate.mozilla.org

MS Edge is moving to engine. Microsoft is finally going to develop an open source browser - or at least as open source as Google does.

This is essentially a bet that the browser engine wars are over. If that's right, the only way to influence web and de facto standards is to have a seat at the chromium table.

blogs.windows.com/windowsexper

honestly though, mastodon instances are run and moderated by real people who care about the network, to the point of often paying their own money out-of-pocket to run their instances.

the *one* time i've had to report a post, my instance admin messaged me directly to let me know the action taken about it.

don't be shy to report. it works here. the rules aren't there just to keep things advertiser-friendly.

welcome to mastodon. don't be a dick. hug your local mods/admins.

necunos.com/mobile/

How neat. KDE Plasma Mobile on a nice device. The Librem 5 now has a competitor.

Also, it is manufactured in Finland! Which is kind of cool too!

In all honesty, I can't wait to try it out, this project seems really promising and @Ubports seems to deliver a solid work !

Stop sending pics of , I'm gonna have to buy a Nexus 5 with all these posts ^^

Saw this reaction to #Google marketing running #Linux apps on #ChromeOS:

"So it does everything that Linux does, but you can also send all your personal data automatically to google.

Wow, what a value proposition!"

😂

Hello,
I'm 15 years old student passionate about Open Source software. In my free time, I often work on my own open projects.
This year I take part in . As a part of my current task I created a Drupal plugin, that allows to login in to a Drupal website with Mastodon account (actually for one instance only, and requires manual OAuth2 key pair creating, but that's to be done later).
drupal.org/project/social_auth

PSA: If you're running Arch, DO NOT UPDATE FOR THE TIME BEING!!!

- Anyone running Dell XPS 15 laptops will have a bricked system

- Systemd hibernate is broken on laptops

You have been warned

Yes, today, after having troubles with windows, I convinced 2 coworkers to try out Linux, I'm gonna show them a few distros this weekend and help them installing it on their secondary computers. Today's a happy day!

- a microSD card weighs somewhere around 0.4g
- the highest capacity microSD that's easily available is 256GB
- a trebuchet can throw a 90kg projectile over 300m

90kg worth of microSD cards is 225,000 of them

Therefore a trebuchet can throw 57.6PB of data over 300m

This would have the highest throughput of any telecommunications network ever created

Hello EU citizens! 🇪🇺

There is one more vote on #Article13 in the European Parliament on Wednesday 12th September.

Please call/mail your MEPs and tell them to reject Article 13, as it would mean content filters on the whole internet.

Contact details here:

europarl.europa.eu/meps/en/map

Phone calls work best. If you can't phone, write an email *in your own words*.

Your region may have more than one MEP, contact several if appropriate.

Please share 👍

#SaveYourInternet
saveyourinternet.eu/

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