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Contributing to free software requires privilege. Even regular contributors might sometimes find themselves without it.

Time, focus and money. You might find yourself lacking in one of these at various points in your life.

While software projects from startups move like streams, most free software projects move like glaciers. They move slowly but they keep moving for decades.

Being away from a project doesn't mean you have to give it up. You can join back later.

#FreeSoftware #Privilege

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No context sudden need to make a tiny game with jumping voxels and desaturated colors. I've no idea what it's about, except I named all assets in #TokiPona, and my mood was involving some kind of lazy melancholia.

I guess it could become a random walk in a quiet forest, with occasional dialogues and chill beats in the background.

#theWorkshop

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@xiroux @Crash If free software is unpaid, then that means only certain kinds of people can make it, and so the software won't be very good. People should be prepared to pay for innovative free software, and in my experience, they are. There's also the possibility of the state paying for it, or for UBI paying for everyone.

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Does anyone have any recommendations for books on the history of computing? True stories and ripping yarns, from the ENIAC days through to the early 2000s? Open source, mainframe, Unix memoirs most welcome.

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Y'all nerds might appreciate this. The photograph shows a cell phone and a folding Bluetooth keyboard, both plugged into a battery pack that was charged off of yesterday's sunlight. The phone displays three applications: a web browser displaying the reference sheet for a programming language, a text editor, and the command line for the programming language.

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G. Leopardi, A se stesso (dal Ciclo di Aspasia)

Or poserai per sempre,
Stanco mio cor. Perì l’inganno estremo,
Ch’eterno io mi credei. Perì. Ben sento,
In noi di cari inganni,
Non che la speme, il desiderio è spento. Posa per sempre. Assai
Palpitasti. Non val cosa nessuna
I moti tuoi, né di sospiri è degna
La terra. Amaro e noia
La vita, altro mai nulla; e fango è il mondo.
T’acqueta omai. Dispera
L’ultima volta. Al gener nostro il fato
Non donò che il morire. Omai disprezza
Te, la natura, il brutto
Poter che, ascoso, a comun danno impera,
E l’infinita vanità del tutto.

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#arch linux is a bit of a meme, but in all seriousness: The maintainers have done amazing work to make it a good high performance system for audio work and with the AUR you can install any piece of software you need in basically no time.

I had to setup a laptop with a fresh Arch Linux install for audio work recently and gathered these notes for doing so if anyone's interested.

madskjeldgaard.dk/posts/audio-

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Faust is an incredibly awesome functional programming language for sound. And I can't recommend it enough!

With a few lines of code, you can create a sound algorithm that easily compiles as SuperCollider plugins, VST plugins, command line tools, Pure Data plugins, Max plugins and even runs on bare metal devices like Teensy and ESP32.

#faust #dsp #supercolider #puredata #foss

faust.grame.fr/

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"I hacked and girara to provide proper background transparency with the recolor feature. That is, only the background of the document is transparent, while the text is fully opaque." 😍

reddit.com/r/unixporn/comments

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Now that my laptop is fried let's grab the dusty rpi3 and get some 9front experience :)

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