"Fennec F-Droid, which is F-Droid’s unbranded Firefox build, updated to v60, finally bringing all Firefox quantum improvements to android.
By the way, several people told us they find the icon ugly. Think you can do better? Here’s your chance! Send us a new design, and we might make it the official new Fennec F-Droid icon!" according to the latest TWiF @fdroidorg
Weird that you couldn't downgrade, but at least the workaround worked.
Gmail once promised that it will become end-to-end encrypted by default. Unfortunately, this is not going to happen. While it is possible to encrypt certain emails in Gmail with PGP, Google can still read all email meta-data. Better use a Gmail alternative that encrypts your entire mailbox and contacts automatically. 😉
"We have enormous freedom. That’s not a gift that was given to us, it’s a legacy that was left to us by centuries of struggle. By centuries of people that most of whose names are completely forgotten, the ones who created the freedom and the rights we now have, and that will be taken away unless you constantly defend them."
- Noam Chomsky
If you're an avid open-source user who would love to help advance a project, there's a lot you can contribute whether you can program or not:
Provide constructive feedback, file bug reports, improve the documentation or help out maintaining the web & social media presence. Spread the word and recommend the projects you love to others (btw, I run Arch 😂)
Say "thank you" and tell developers to "keep up the great work". That form of contribution means a lot more than you could possibly imagine.
WhatsApp co-founder urges users to delete their Facebook accounts — again
The 2.8 release is almost ready. I've got one feature left to merge, and a few things about existing features to tweak. Then it will, as always, enter a release candidate stage where more tweaks will happen, giving time to translators to submit translations, etc.
I had planned 2 more big features for 2.8, and came up with one more spontanously, but they can wait. I need the mental checkpoint of a stable release.
Matt Hartley: "Debian vs Ubuntu - Their Differences and Similarities"
Some very good info material for all now arriving to Linux from the thwart of Spydows 10.
While Ubuntu is based on Debian, there are some areas where the two distros differ.
In this video he'll discuss Debian and Ubuntu, how they differ from one another and how despite these differences the two Linux distros manage to do amazing things.
Interesting to see the extent to which Firefox must go to maintain compatibility with Google: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/mozilla.dev.platform/q5cj38hGTEA
Even when you manage to keep up with the latest standards you have to bend over backwards to avoid taking the blame for not implementing what Google implements (the de facto standard).
Another secure privacy phone is coming: Centinel.
Centinel developed a groundbreaking solution that guarantees user privacy.
No unwanted GPS tracking, speech recognition, disguised audio recordings, spying by camera, or anything else you wouldn’t want to share without consent.
Physical switch to turn all you want off.
Equipped with googleless vanilla Android. Minimized radiation levels – healthier phone usage.
I wrote "Don't Go to Art School" in 2013.
My opinion has only been confirmed in the 6 years since. Art schools sure as hell haven't gotten cheaper.
But a whole batch of new resources are available online.
So once again: don't go to art school, y'all.
A win for privacy! 😍💪 Businesses in Denmark must now protect sensitive personal data in emails with encryption because of the GDPR. In fact, all European companies should take pro-active measures when sending personal data via email: https://tutanota.com/blog/posts/gdpr-email-encryption-denmark/
Why Ubuntu Touch Matters! For Me The Reason Is Easy, Chapter 3.
Ubuntu Touch Safety Architecture
The third and final chapter of UBports informative series is now available.
I mostly write about security and such, but every now and again I get to churn out a massive story about how to quit Twitter and start a new life here on Masto. I tried to cover as many bases as possible, but lmk if I missed anything really important!
@Gargron are there any plans to improve the moderation tools in Mastodon? Our instance has just been hit with a rather large spam account campaign and the only way to clean them up is to go into each profile one at a time and suspend them.
Bulk action functionality is desperately needed. Some kind of integration with services like "StopForumSpam" would also be beneficial.
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