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"You have to understand, we’re responsible for taxpayer money here. We can’t just make a donation to your open source project."

— a national government who relies on #Matrix when being asked to support it financially

Read more about the problem and some initiatives that are responding to it:

matrix.org/blog/2024/04/open-s…

#FreeSoftware #OpenSource #FOSS #FLOSS #funding #xz #sustainability


Hi @AntennaPod people, thanks for all your hard work! Very happy with your FLOSS app. IMHO the best podcast available on Android. Looking forward updating to the latest version. Keep up the good work!

#Android #Podcasts #FLOSS #OpenSource #Software #ThursdayTip #ThursdayThankYou #Fdroid


Tomorrow's the official start of #30DayFOSSChallenge! We've got a few people chatting in the #matrix already: matrix.to/#/#30DayFOSSChalleng…

Feel free to join us. Don't know what I'm talking about? Look here: nullarch.com/30DayFOSSChalleng…

#foss #floss #opensource #freeculture #degoogle #indieweb


I think this #xz thing is gonna go down as the day #FLOSS officially lost its innocence.

You know what I hope comes out of this moment of sincere sadness for those who care about this stuff?

A sense that we will no longer be abused by Megacorps who build on the backs of our work but can't be arsed to help fund that work despite the fact that literally THE CONTINUED EXISTENCE OF THEIR BUSINESS depends on it.

Do you think #google, #amazon or #facebook could exist in their current form without oodles of super high quality free software to run their server swarms on?

Because they can't. For those of us old enough to remember, just imagine "the cloud" if every virtual server required a Solaris or SCO license.

If you've given all you can give, walk away. Open source is wonderful and amazing but you are human and your health and well being is more important. I don't care what falls down as a result.


Keep the momentum going for free open source projects in this week's Follow Friday by giving your support with contributions, boosts and follows.

adamsdesk.com/posts/discover-f…

- LÖVR @lovr
A framework for rapidly building immersive 3D experiences.
- NV Access @NVAccess
A screen reader.
- BiznisBox @biznisbox
A web app for managing invoices, clients, & payments.
- BookStack @bookstack
Documentation system.

#FollowFriday #fediverse #FreeSoftware #OpenSource #ff #oss #foss #floss


I just realized Workbench is 2 years old 🎂

The first release just had a buggy GTK XML preview

It's a good reminder that

• Alone, I wouldn't have accomplished a 1/4 of what it is today
• The maintainer role is as much social as it is technical

• Making impactful things is a marathon, not a sprint
• Building software is an iterative process

#FLOSS #OpenSource #FreeSoftware #GNOME


The #GUADEC2024 call for abstracts for those looking to be *sponsored* has passed (due to visa reqs & travel lead time), BUT the call for both in-person (if you don’t need sponsorship) and remote talks IS STILL OPEN!

events.gnome.org/event/209/abs…

If you’ve been working on something interesting in GNOME or GNOME-adjacent spaces and can present remotely or get yourself to Denver in July, you still have just over two weeks to propose a talk!

#GNOME #GUADEC #OpenSource #Linux #FOSS #FLOSS


New Changeset newsletter is out:

buttondown.email/Changeset/arc…

Guides on #opensource project management, caregiving and persuasion, arguing responsibly, and asking more effective questions. And: celebrating Beautiful Soup's 20th anniversary.

#Python #maintainership #FLOSS #burnout #sustainability #management


“Improved build validation, increased moderation, and the long-awaited switch to libappstream” by @barthalion

Heads up to app developers: Flathub’s automatic build validation is more thorough now, and includes checks for issues we previously would have only flagged manually. There’s a chance that if your app has been passing continuous integration checks previously, it will fail now; here’s why, and what to do about it:

docs.flathub.org/blog/improved…

#Flathub #Flatpak #Linux #OpenSource #FOSS #FLOSS


#TinyWeatherForecastGermany version 0.62.0 just was built successfully at #fdroid ! 🎈 🎉 ✨

This version comes with overhauled home screen #widgets and new options to better customize data syncs.

You can choose the data categories that should be kept updated automatically, and specify intervals for weather forecasts and weather warnings.

This version also launches significantly faster on #legacy #devices .

This is a #floss #weather #app using #opendata from the #dwd .

Get it at #fdroid !


Hello, world! 👋 It’s your friendly neighborhood Linux app store here on the Fediverse! Check our profile, we’re verified. 😎

Speaking of which… if you’re an app developer and want to get your app verified on Flathub, check the docs! If you need any help, give us a shout here.

docs.flathub.org/docs/for-app-…

#Flathub #Flatpak #OpenSource #Linux #FOSS #FLOSS #introduction


New post: harihareswara.net/posts/2024/t… Whether And How To Trust A New Maintainer

What kind of trust does a project #maintainer need to have in a new co-maintainer? To get better at #opensource #sustainability, we need to improve at recruiting, training, & promoting new leaders.

I cover attributes to check for.

I mine 4 comparable situations for assessment ideas, & explain how to reduce how much trust you NEED to give by promoting someone.

&: 3 options if you're low on time

#maintainership #FLOSS


« Opening up communication silos with Matrix 2.0 & the EU Digital Markets Act »
fosdem.org/2024/schedule/event… [ @fosdem talk by @matthew ]

#Matrix Foundation (@matrix) need our support ! 💰
matrix.org/membership/ [ Support ]

#Funding #FLOSS


Hey Denver peeps/companies: want to sponsor an international conference that's coming to Denver, CO with potentially hundreds of open source developers, maintainers, designers, and community folks?

Check it out → events.gnome.org/event/209/pag…

#Denver #DenverCO #Colorado #OpenSource #FOSS #FLOSS #GNOME #GUADEC #GUADEC2024 #Linux


Do you work on GNOME or adjacent stuff? Do you want to help improve the GNOME desktop around usability, reliability, safety, digital well-being?

GET PAID TO DO IT!

The @gnome Foundation is offering a one-year contract (with potential to extend) to work on the above on behalf of the Foundation. You’d probably interact with me, the GNOME design team, and core maintainers of GNOME components.

foundation.gnome.org/2024/01/1…

#GNOME #Linux #OpenSource #FOSS #FLOSS #GetFediHired #OpenPosition #hiring


Tusky : some stats 📜

- App overall translation : 63%
- Being translated to : 64 languages
- Some quick numbers on the attached media, provided by Weblate.

You are welcome 🤗 if you want to contribute to translate Tusky : weblate.tusky.app/engage/tusky…

Yeah, we need contributors from Finland 😉

#Tusky #Translation #l10n #i18n #localization #FLOSS


The #EuropeanCommission is finally considering whether "#OpenSource software (#OSS)…can be used as a foundation for developing the new #publishing platform" for EC-funded #OpenAccess research.
op.europa.eu/en/publication-de…

Unfortunately, the new software would merely "underpin" #OpenResearchEurope (#ORE), not replace it. ORE is proprietary software owned by #TaylorAndFrancis. When the EC called for bids on ORE, it did not require open code despite many calls to do so.

#FLOSS #OpenInfrastructure


How do open source projects get things done? How do they retain contributors, attract users, and make technical decisions? All this (and more!) falls under the auspice of "governance". Shauna Gordon-McKeon explores the power and potential in being thoughtful your project's governance, and how expanding your view of what governance entails can create a virtuous cycle.

#OpenSource #FLOSS #Governance

opensourcestories.org/stories/…


New blog post: harihareswara.net/posts/2023/s… Set Contributor Expectations To Reduce Ghosting

It's frustrating when a new #opensource contributor vanishes. You can reduce how frequently that happens:
* Understand why they ghost
* Articulate your vision
* Set expectations in the contributors' guide, & in auto-replies/boilerplate replies
* Prioritize quick first-level reviews
* Follow up with "resources if you're stuck" checkins
* Build safeguards against cookie-licking

#maintainers #FLOSS #maintenance


It looks like Fedora 39 torrents are live a bit early. 👀 It seems like a good choice for my father-in-law's recently-liberated EOL Chromebook!

After downloading, I've already seeded to a 1:1 ratio; if you have some spare bandwidth, you can join in, too!

torrent.fedoraproject.org/

#Fedora #Linux #OpenSource #FOSS #FLOSS


The focus on Freedom and taking control of your data is also imperative to #LabPlot, an open source Data Analysis and Visualization software.

It supports multiple file formats and the ODS import support will be added in the next release :-)

➡️ invent.kde.org/education/labpl…

#LibreOffice #DataViz #Plotting #FLOSS #FOSS #OpenSource
#DataScience #Spreadsheet #Calc #ODS


The combination of rapidly-improving technologies like GNOME, Flatpak, Wayland, and Portals also means our active privacy protections are also better than ever before.

I went on to write:

>If and when we are able to develop an open, peer reviewed, industry-respected method of responsible and privacy-first telemetry, we may consider doing so.

While that post was in the context of elementary OS, I believe every word I wrote.

#Privacy #OpenSource #FreeSoftware #FOSS #FLOSS #GNOME #Flatpak


I’ve spent a long, long time thinking about ethical software, the challenges we *necessarily* give ourselves compared to closed competitors, and crucially, how to overcome those challenges.

Four and a half years ago, I wrote:

>respecting your privacy is the ethical thing to do; users have a fundamental right to the utmost privacy, even from companies and products they trust.

That’s as true as ever.

cassidyjames.com/blog/privacy-…

#Privacy #OpenSource #FreeSoftware #FOSS #FLOSS


Read my colleague @wjt’s post covering the privacy-first system we have built into @EndlessOS, how it fits together, and why it exists.

blogs.gnome.org/wjjt/2023/07/0…

I hope this can serve as the beginning of the ecosystem coming together to solve this unique challenge in a way that is objectively superior than any proprietary system—all with privacy as the fundamental principle.

#EndlessOS #GNOME #OpenSource #FreeSoftware #FOSS #FLOSS


What a beautiful story of #OpenSource #FOSS #FLOSS #software from #ABC news from Kristine Taylor and Susan Chenery - @kristineataylor@twitter.com and @chenery3@twitter.com - Jamie Teh - @jcsteh and Mick Curran - @md_curran@twitter.com, who both live with #blindness, created #NVDA software which is a desktop #ScreenReader - and continue to give it away for free.

abc.net.au/news/2023-06-05/mic…

Get the software here on @github github.com/nvaccess/nvda

#a11y


This is your irregular reminder #Adobe are fucking dicks:
vice.com/en/article/a3xk3p/ado…

> Adobe Tells Users They Can Get Sued for Using Old Versions of Photoshop

We need #FLOSS tools to get to the point where they can replace Adobe tools. Open alternatives are great, but they are sadly not there yet to replace Adobe tools for professionals.

And won't be unless projects like @inkscape get enough funding to develop to a point of being viable alternatives.

Yes, it is in no small part about the money.


Alex Hollender's retrospective on a recent Wikipedia redesign

alexhollender.com/wikipedia-20…

reminded me of a post I wrote in 2019: Design, and Friction Preventing Design Improvement, in Open Tech

harihareswara.net/posts/2019/d…

On:

those exceptional #FLOSS projects that aren't developer tools, and are robust, & have high-quality user experience

problems & approaches in product management + #UX #design in #opensource, and people already working on it

Wikimedia & design pushback specifically


Hello Fediverse 😀
We are starting this account for Qt Project related communication, events, and many more things.

Did you know that there is a simple page that gives you the instructions to contribute to Qt? and also you can get some nice plots to see the activity on all the repositories!

contribute.qt-project.org

#qt #oss #qtproject #floss


Heard about #commonvoice (commonvoice.mozilla.org/)? This is an easy way to contribute to #FLOSS. Such projects need contributors (e.g. people who give data samples or review data).
We used this for teaching statistics (#rstats). Students should find out if there are gender differences by counting male vs. female contributors. There were significantly more men in our sample. Bad for unbiased #AI! If more use such projects, we can also grow the open datasets faster and fairer. #genderinequality


Alright, my open sourcerors and glitch witches: I need your help :boost_rainbow:

@tidelift – my employer whose rallying cry is Pay The Maintainers! – has launched its second ever Open Source Maintainer Survey.

If you're a maintainer, can you boost and take a few minutes to complete the ~15min survey?

If you're maintainer-adjacent, boosts appreciated!
blog.tidelift.com/take-the-202… #OpenSource #FreeSoftware #FLOSS #PayTheMaintainers #Maintainers


40k users, 50k projects. We're providing service to so many, this was unbelievable four years ago when #Codeberg was founded.

Thank you for supporting our mission. Together we fight the monopoly of proprietary platforms, and work towards a future where websites are hosted by non-profit associations and federate with each other.

Learn how to help: docs.codeberg.org/improving-co…

Big thanks to: #Gitea + #Forgejo, #Debian #GNU/#Linux and all these nice people in the #FLOSS community. You rock! 💙


Tired of your weather app violating your privacy, e.g. by instantly collecting your location data?

Worried because it has tracking software included?

You may try out the privacy-friendly #TinyWeatherForecastGermany , available at #fdroid :fdroid: :
f-droid.org/packages/de.kaffee…

This is a #floss #android #weather #app using precise and detailed #opendata from the #dwd (Deutscher Wetterdienst).

Supports #forecasts for over 5000 places worldwide, a rain radar and weather warnings for Germany.


And its happening in Germany too after France banned it last week! #Microsoft355 has finally been banned from schools!

#FLOSS #Privacy

bestofprivacy.com/eu/germany-f…


blog.opentechstrategies.com/20… Reminder that Open Tech Strategies can help you #migrate off of #Phabricator now that it has reached end-of-life. Their #FLOSS tool: code.librehq.com/ots/forgerie


Karrot is a free open source online platform for organising community volunteering and initiatives such as food sharing etc. You can follow at:

➡️ @karrot

To use Karrot, you can join an existing Karrot-powered site or start your own.

There's a flagship Karrot site at karrot.world with many existing community groups on it.

If you want to start your own site, you can get the code at github.com/karrot-dev

#Karrot #Community #Activism #NGOs #CoOp #FOSS #FLOSS #Libre #FreeSoftware