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Although I'm not a new mastodon user I've just joined fosstodon.org

I'm an engineer in my late thirties currently living in Barcelona working mostly in and

My interests include , privacy advocacy and everything related to technology improving life for everybody. I've been using since mid 90s and I've been involved in local free software communities

I'm also a fan of pen and paper role-playing games, indie video games and literature.

Hello!

Familiar with :apple_inc: Swift, UIKit, and know your way around XCode? Want to help advance the state of on ? :xmpp: 📱 We're looking for developers to help bring our iOS app over the finish line! 🏁

This will be a paid short-term project producing FLOSS. DM or email matthew@snikket.org if you're interested.

Not an iOS dev? That's okay, boosts appreciated too! 🙂

Ok, I can understand that Django 3.2 doesn't need six anymore, and six may have some overhead but... Holy cow, it is really impressive how much faster Django 3.2 is compared to 2.2.

@mastonaut is it possible to set a higher character limit when posting? One of the instances I use supports more than 500 characters per post and it’s not reflected in mastonaut.

Apolitical is a euphemism for political with privilege.

My Fediverse timeline is full of people doing cool things in collaboration with others.

My Twitter timeline is full of people competing with one another while performing their bullshit jobs.

US has 3X the vaccine needed for its people, and denies India raw vaccine materials as cases spike to 300k / day.
Meanwhile, China getting vaccines to poorer Global South countries as US and UK continue vaccine hoarding and inequity.

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Let's keep the #GNOME40 celebration going with a brand new release video!
youtu.be/vK-SwsWnEmo

personal growth 

The older I get, the smaller I want my personal world to be. More and more I prefer doing less but more meaningful stuff than to just gather experiences for the sake of gathering them.

This is what happens whe you try to support community over a single person. Individualism is everywhere and free software is not exception at all.

People with a hate discourse who have mistaken lobby for community.

We're excited to announce the official release of GNOME 40! After countless hours of work from the GNOME community, this release brings many exciting updates!

See the release highlights at forty.gnome.org/

Or view all the details in our release notes: help.gnome.org/misc/release-no

#GNOME40 #releaseday #OpenSource

mh +/- 

I'm trying to cope with the situation that even though I'm in a high risk group of getting a severe COVID-19 if I get infected I'll probably won't get the vaccine until summer as things here in Spain are pretty slow.

ICYMI:

I'm resigning from @fsf@status.fsf.org High Priority Projects committee and my position as chair, due to the surprise reinstatement of RMS to the FSF board. My talks last weekend for #LibrePlanet2021 were before I (or anyone?) had knowledge of this. I must act in solidarity with women and marginalized voices.

Kudos to #Outreachy for its integrity in publicly banning #FSF and affiliated projects from participation in the program due to the reinstatement of Richard #Stallman to its Board of Directors.

More: outreachy.org/blog/2021-03-23/

#FreeSoftware #OpenSource #RMS #FLOSS #FOSS

rms and fsf 

Also I decided to move my support to the @conservancy It took me a while but I think they are doing a far better job at promoting and protecting software freedom.

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rms and fsf 

After the recent events (FSF reinstating rms in the board of directors), I decided to stop supporting the FSF. I wanted to believe that they moved on from the personality-cult mentality but some things (as in people) never change I fear...

rms, fsf 

The worst part about RMS being back on the board of the FSF (from my perspective, YMMV) is that this submarine bullshit of "hey, guess who's back" undermines the very foundation of trust and openness that the FSF is supposed to foster.

"Don't trust corporations with your private data or they'll do bad things with it" rings fucking hollow when "trust us to be above board with our openness" is met with an end-run announcement that someone who has lost trust is back on the board.

FSF et al 

Reinstating RMS as a director was probably not a very wise move, and there will continue to be accusations that free software is really just a personality cult. But it may have been diplomatically required to remain on good terms with GNU.

Really it would have been better if they just made a break from the RMS era and as Bradley Kuhn said in his speech adopt a more intersectional approach of trying to coordinate with other movements seeking social change in a positive direction.

Regardless of FSF machinations, I expect that free software will continue even if it's no longer called that. It might just be called public software or commons software or (my favoured candidate) software solidarité. I'll be sticking with AGPL unless something better appears. The more recently proposed domain specific licenses don't seem appealing because they would create dependency incompatibility and legal unclarity, and those types of licenses tend to center developers and companies rather than users.

**The Argentine women who fought for legal abortion – and won**

"Pioneering women who spent decades fighting for abortion rights in Argentina look back at their victorious struggle."

aljazeera.com/news/2020/12/31/

#news #bot

As the year comes to a close, I wanted to take a moment to extend my appreciation to all of you for the good times and laughs, throughout 2020. She's been a hell of a year but, we made it. From loved ones lost to great successes, this year has been a wild roller coaster of a ride. Whether you're working or enjoying it with loved ones, I hope all of you enjoy bringing in the new year and do so, safely.

Thanks, again, for making Fosstodon such a fun atmosphere and great community.

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