We want to wish you a happy Software Freedom Day 2021! Check current events worldwide at softwarefreedomday.org/map/ . Know that most are online, so you can definitely hope in a "next country'" event and participate, like we dd earlier in Christchurch, New Zealand, earlier today! Have fun!

Write Freely is a writing platform on the Fediverse, sort of like a Fedi version of Medium.

It lets you write long form texts on the Fediverse, and people can follow your Write Freely account, so they see your latest posts.

The official site is at writefreely.org, you can also follow them at @writefreely

You can find instances to sign up on at writefreely.org/instances

There are apps available at writefreely.org/apps

If you are techy, there's instructions for self-hosting an instance at writefreely.org/start

If you aren't techy, you can still make your own Write Freely instance by using writefreely.host

#WriteFreely #Fediverse #FediTips #Medium #Alternatives

It's like a modern configuration for old users. It's not too trendy, which I personally prefer.

discord is a corporation 

the developer of discord.py is formally deprecating the project, and the only path forward would be for someone else to make a different version under a new name.

essentially, they've been in a constant battle with Discord staff and had their requests completely ignored, and with the latest changes to the API, they have lost all motivation to work on the project. because no one else they trust was able to take over ownership, they're shutting it down.

they made a big post on GitHub about it if you want to read the full story. it's a mess: gist.github.com/Rapptz/4a2f627

from what it seems, there's a good chance that a lot of major Discord bots will not work when the deadline in April 2022 comes by and Discord wants all the bots to switch to the new API. and there's not much you can really do about it

If you're looking for an excessively cheap chromebook to throw Gallium (Linux) on - you can't beat $70. That's practically the cost of a tank of gas (if your car is thirsty enough)!


Published my new article:

"Recommended procedure for installing Debian GNU/Linux 11 (bullseye) on ARM64-based machines"


This is a major rewrite of my previous articles. I updated it for Debian 11 and tried to make it more concise.

Feedback appreciated!

A view of an article I wrote about simplified web pages, as seen through @matt 's new "tiny" view of @write_as :writeas: blogs. Simple styles, no web fonts, just text. I like it.


‘Linux support is often viewed as an afterthought by most VPN services. Most Linux VPN apps typically fall far short of the features available to users of other platforms (when they exist at all).’

Given the length of time Windows and Mac versions have been available, this rings a little hollow as it feels like an after thought. But for all that, I welcome the new Linux App and hope more groups put a development spotlight on Linux.


Been seeing a lot of things about how "Bitcoin is no longer untraceable, that was the point of Bitcoin!!" Like, uh... no? That's why we have blockchains like Monero, ZCash, etc.

The traceability of Bitcoin is far from a new problem. I know I shouldn't expect news outlets to be competent beyond "the hacker known as for chan", still weird to see though.

For those unaware the US gov was able to seize Bitcoins previously sent as a ransom payment. For those also unware, this was 99.9999% not a flaw in Bitcoins cryptography itself. It is far more likely they were morons who stored the BTC in a hot wallet, and they just hacked the device with they keys on it.

Bitcoin has many flaws that I avoid it for. Weak cryptography is not one of them.

Linux and coffee... Or TEA.

New mugs are now available in the Linux For Everyone U.S. shop!

(Don't forget you can add your OWN art or text to all of our designs!)


WriteFreely is a free open federated blogging platform. You can follow the project's brand new main account at:

➡️ @writefreely@writing.exchange

There's also the official blog at:

➡️ @writefreely@blog.writefreely.org

It's designed as an alternative to Medium, more info at the official website writefreely.org

WriteFreely is part of the Fediverse, so you can follow WF accounts from Mastodon.

#WriteFreely #Writing #Blog #Blogs #Blogging #Fediverse #ActivityPub #FOSS #FLOSS #Libre #FreeSoftware #OpenSource #SelfHosting

> Why Open-Source?
> Would you buy a meal if the restaurant refused to tell you the ingredients? Would you buy a car if you weren’t allowed to look under the hood?


You can now edit existing QCards!

Plus, I made the home page a little more exciting!


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