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Due to a minor error with file system permissions in the latest release (v20.12), the FreedomBox process fails to start.

A patch fix release v20.12.1 will be made soon. Your FreedomBox should automatically update itself in less than a week. The web interface will be available as soon as the update is applied.

Thanks to @kopfkind for identifying and posting the issue and solution on our forum.

Link to thread on the forum:


It's finally here, teasing is over:

I'm excited to launch today!

solution for easy encryption, signature verification and decentralized identity proofs!

I've been in favor of but I never had something to offer as an alternative. Now I do :)

I had an issue with the auto-update of my to v20.12 yesterday so that the Plinth web UI would not start. Luckily it was easily fixed with a tiny tweak of file system permissions:

I love running this box. More people should self-host their online services and take control of their data. I can recommend the Omilex Pioneer box as more than adequate hardware.

Next: "we can’t go back to a pre-AMP web to start over. The discussions about whether the AMP project should be removed, or discouraged for a different framework, have long passed."

Yes we can. And no they haven't.

I expect more from you, EFF. Geez.

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The global #OpenStreetMap conference "State of the Map" (@sotm ) is happening this weekend. Instead of meeting in Cape Town, we do it online. The good part: No registration needed, just chime in!

More than 15 years ago, Onion Service (at the time named Hidden Service) saw the light of day. From today (July 2nd), the Internet has around 16 months to migrate from onion services v2 to v3 once and for all. ⏰

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Governments are not going to save you from corporations.

Corporations are not going to liberate you from government interference.

"To keep reading this story, create a free account"

@codewiz @brian @elliptic

Well, actually I think they just aim for that perfection, but accept that it's not feasible for everyone. They just want regular users to be aware of the big problems that nonfree software poses.

I don't know if you got to read the latest article on Zoom by the (controversial, yes) RMS. It's everything but purist:

My personal definition of "in the cloud" is that it's running or stored on a server whose location you do not know and cannot easily find out.

If you know where it is, it's a "hosted server", not the cloud.
If you can touch it, it's "in your server room", not the cloud.

Adding ISPs to your trusted resolver program makes the program useless. It's them you're trying to shield yourself against in the first place.

@z428 The guys who run Blender Market also have a video online talking about how they went into making a space to sell GPL software and how a lot of people told them it wouldn't work. But they made it happen, which is super cool.

IMO most people don't care all that much about license. If the store says, hey this GPL software is $20 they just decide if they want it the same way as they would any other product.

Don't get me wrong, computers can absolutely help us regain our environmental efficiency. They just *aren't*.

Not as long as we're:
* constantly syncing everything to the cloud,
* expecting same-hour delivery,
* funding our clickbait via surveillance advertising,
* buying a new phone every year,
* using AIs because they're cool rather than useful,
* running bloated software & webpages,
* buying into "big data"
* etc

Computing is environmentally cheap, but it rapidly adds up!

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Here's a video from one of the online sessions from #Open2020, introducing and giving a quick demo of #Murmurations, a new web standard for mapping the solidarity economy:

#video #talks

"There’s Now an Even Worse Anti-Encryption Bill Than EARN IT"

Get your IT business out of the US. This needs to have an impact on the economy.

the difference between free and proprietary software EOL: free software naturally ends when everyone stops using it; proprietary software ends by the hands of its owners, no matter how dependent operators have become.

Remember: you lease proprietary, never own.

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