Firefox Send alternatives
Firefox Send was discontinued this Thursday. However, the command-line tool ffsend still works. It connects to a self-hosted instance of Send maintained by the developer.
FreedomBox 20.14+ (available since Friday) provides the app Bepasty.
Yunohost has Jirafeau.
Framasoft provides a public file-sharing app at Framadrop.org
Please support these projects and donate. 😇
FreedomBox is free open source software for running your own personal home server and online services. Follow at:
You can install it on your own hardware, including PCs, ARM devices, Raspberry Pis etc. The downloads are at https://www.freedombox.org
Alternatively, you can buy a ready-made pre-installed FreedomBox from open hardware manufacturer @olimex at https://www.olimex.com/Products/OLinuXino/Home-Server/Pioneer-FreedomBox-HSK/open-source-hardware
I tried setting up mopidy on a Raspi 1 Model B and it would choke on my ~16k MP3 collection, regardless of timeout and memory settings. So I removed it and installed MPD instead, triggered a scan of my library and was able to start playback (using M.A.L.P. on Android) within minutes. The library scan would simply continue in the background. Yay!
Thanks for attending our DebConf20 talk. If you missed it, you can watch the recording on our PeerTube channel.
In our talk, we called for the Debian community to help us with getting more applications into FreedomBox.
We have identified some of the low-hanging fruits in the following forum post.
You can contribute either by writing FreedomBox apps in Python or through Debian packaging.
FreedomBox: The Home Server Appliance - DebConf20 https://peertube.mastodon.host/videos/watch/ba21fddd-474c-4492-babf-9f479f7f32e2
Oh noes! My #FreedomBox died in the thunderstorm yesterday, probably a current peak from lightning. It does not boot anymore and the ethernet port seems dead.
Luckily I still have a spare #raspi sitting around that is looking for a role in my self-hosting world. Yay!
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.
I had an issue with the auto-update of my #freedombox 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.
Inspired by  and not having 1k+ USD to buy an e-ink display, I wrote a script that fetches the NYT front page PDF and opens it in `atril`. Unfortunately Mastodon mangles the URLs, they actually start with 'https..':
trap "rm $FILE" EXIT
curl $URL -o $FILE
Adfree web experience:
Use firefox browser with ublock origin addon.
Play a youtube video and you won't see even a single ad.
Try it out yourself.
This is really an awesome collection of communication and collaboration tools recommended by the Free Software Foundation:
"There are two ways of constructing a software design:
One way is to make it so simple that there are obviously no deficiencies, and the other way is to make it so complicated that there are no obvious deficiencies.
The first method is far more difficult."
C. A. R. Hoare, The Emperor’s Old Clothes, 1980 Turing Award Lecture
10 or 15 years ago I probably wouldn't mind having a different minor issue to debug on my desktop everyday, but now I'd like to focus on bigger issues without having to stop to fix every minor little thing. Manjaro is a bit more bleeding edge than Ubuntu, but that comes at the cost of having to occasionally stop and fix something more than I'd like and I think I'm past the point where it's endearing and instead it's annoying.
engineer, ethicist, metalhead, developer, tinkerer, philosopher, curious
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