Free Software, Free Society

“Necessity is the mother of invention” is probably the best way to start a business. If your product is new to people, you need to make a sense of need for it. I believe in that sentence, however, I believe when we say need, we shouldn’t only think about the need for product.

People have different needs. For example, many people like to be famous, many people like to be rich, many people want political power, etc.

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Windows box from FSF

Often, a proprietary software company’s silence can speak as loudly
as their latest campaign against a computer user’s right to freedom.
This is the case with Microsoft’s developer-centric “Build” event.
While Microsoft announced a few more welcome additions to its free
software output, it missed the opportunity to demonstrate a real
commitment to user freedom by upcycling its recently abandoned Windows
7 operating system under a free software license.

The predictable failure here fits together well with the
corporation’s complex history of mixed messaging on freedom,
which once compared copyleft to “a virus that gobbles up intellectual
property like a Pac-Man,” and yet now would have you believe
that it “loves [free software].” Our Upcycle Windows 7 petition
has given Microsoft the perfect opportunity to take the next step in
its promotion of free software, to show that its “love” was real. We
are disappointed, but not surprised, that they have ignored this call
from us and thousands of potential users.

Although the petition signatures and “special gift” were signed,
sealed, and delivered safely to their Redmond, WA headquarters, the
FSF has not received any response from a Microsoft representative. Of
course, the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the operations of even the
largest companies, but as of yet, we haven’t heard anything from
Microsoft suggesting this was the reason for the lack of response.
They certainly seem to have had the resources to put on a 48-hour
video marathon about proprietary software.

We can only take this to mean that it’s “business as usual” as
far as the corporation is concerned, but things don’t have to remain
that way. And while Microsoft has failed to live up to its own words,
we (and all of our petition signers) aren’t just shouting into the
void. 13,635 free software supporters from around the globe signed the
petition, and the initiative saw more than 6,000 newcomers subscribe
to the monthly Free Software Supporter newsletter.

Of course, this small setback is just another bump in the road in our
fight for a world in which people can use their computers to work,
hack, and play in complete freedom. In this vein, we encourage
everyone Microsoft has left in the lurch to give a fully free
operating system a try. Your friends, colleagues, and loved ones
might be surprised by how free software’s elegance and ease-of-use
continues to improve each day, and you might get your first glimpse of
participating in a collaborative digital community: one in
which your contributions, whether they’re in the form of code,
translations, graphic design, or bug reports, can benefit the
experience of users everywhere. And unlike a certain operating system
from Redmond, we can assure you that GNU/Linux isn’t going anywhere
anytime soon. After all, it powers the Internet!

There’s still time for Microsoft to step up and show its respect for
user freedom, and if they do, we’re ready to give them all the
assistance that they need. We’ll continue to welcome the contributions
Microsoft has been making to various free software programs. It’s not
that we don’t appreciate those. Rather, it’s that they still exist in
a context where the company appears to be trying to get the best of
both worlds — proprietary and free — and they just passed up a huge
opportunity to show their commitment by ending the waffling. But if
they still choose not to, we and every other free software activist
can take consolation in the fact that to deny users freedom is to be
on the wrong side of history.

(original post)

How VPN works

A lot of VPN services advertise their service talking about things that are not true. Or, at least, has been given more importance than it should be. For a lot of people, VPN is useless and they only buy it because they have been targeted with false advertisement.

Here’s why you shouldn’t, or probably should, buy a VPN.

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I, personally, don’t read blogs that don’t provide RSS feeds. I think RSS is not still out of date and well, it’s still the best standard for subscribing to blogs.

RSS feeds make following blogs much easier. You just subscribe to a feed and it’s done. You open your favorite RSS reader and read your favorite blogs.

Please add a RSS feed to your blog. One of the reasons that social networks are popular now is that they provide a way of subscibing to people or topics. You can make your blog popular by providing such ability and that ability is for sure RSS.

I personally use Nextcloud News as my RSS reader but there’s a lot of popular and great tools. Mozilla Thunderbird, for example, is one of the bests I think.

Sample PDF pages

Humans tried their best to get rid of papers. We can do almost anything we did with papers, with our computers.

It’s uncommon for me to buy a printed book now. Since I started forcing myself to only buy digital books, I happen to read more digital books.

Having digital books is much better. Not only you can carry it everywhere with yourself, you can also help the nature. Nearly 4 billion trees worldwide are cut down each year for paper, representing about 35 percent of all harvested trees.

One of the best ways to read books, or any other type of document you read, is to have PDFs of them. PDFs are so useful now. PDF books, PDF articles, PDF statements, PDF presentations, etc. are now a big part of our lives.

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Search Englines Sample Photo

It’s needless to say that Big Tech are tracking everything you do. They know what you like, what you dislike, what you need in life, where you come from, where are you going, and many other details. They probably know about you more than you yourself. One of the biggest parts of GMAFIA, is the G, Google.

Google is one of the biggest parts of our lifes. People are depending on Google more than anything. They use Google Search to find stuff, GMail for their email service, they use Googlized Android OS, Google Maps for navigation, Google Drive for cloud storage, and other privacy-violating stuff. This is wrong.

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Riseup announced that its fundraising campaign for year 2020 is done successfully. This doesn’t mean you can’t donate. You can still donate to help Riseup increase its service quality

Our fundraising campaign has been a little nontraditional this year. We are wrapping it up with this email and want all of the people and movements that use Riseup’s services to rally and appreciate the things that we are accomplishing together.

So far, 2020 has proven to be a pretty intense year… It is heartening to see people come together and engage in mutual aid and solidarity. We see a silver lining in these difficult times. In a time where most of us are being left behind by the rich and powerful, we hear serious talks of a general strike. Together, people are moving to stand up to them.

We know this comes at a hard time for many people and some of you need to keep your own efforts alive. Riseup would not be possible without you all, or without the hard work that our communities do in movements around the world. We want to thank you all for your dedication and focus on making the world a better place in all the various ways that you do. If you are someone who is less affected, please consider helping keep activism alive as the daily struggle becomes more difficult.

Our goal to reach 600 monthly donors by the end of March not only succeeded, but we made it to 650. A heartfelt thank you to the folks who have committed to sustained support throughout the year. Our goal to enhance our VPN services succeeded. All in all, we raised 25% of the funds it requires to keep Riseup’s lights on.

It’s never too late to donate! The funds you send us are directly used to increase our services’ quality and help the activist community.
https://riseup.net/donate

Thanks to the people who mail nice letters when they send in money, you spread joy in our collective and inspire us to keep going.

Thanks to the people who are making recurring donations, you help us know that the servers will keep running.

Thanks to the people who run services like ours, we are in this together.

Thanks to the people who manage mailing lists, you spread the word.

Thanks to you! (Except the spammers, nobody likes you…)

Riseup’s email message – May 13, 2020

It’s not a long time that I’ve been using Nextcloud. Before that, I had to host everything locally on encrypted drives. Google Drive (and apps) were available all the time but I didn’t want to use them because not swimming at all is much better than swimming in pool full of shit.

The situation remained the same until I found out about Nextcloud. Nextcloud is a complete solution for people like me who are careful about the software they use and how their privacy is affected.

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