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Free Software Is About Freedom, Not Price

I almost always call “free software”, “software libre” to avoid misunderstanding between price and freedom. Whenever I say free software, I should explain to people that by free software, I mean a software that respects freedom.

Free software is different with freeware. When we say free software, we mean free as in freedom. That’s why I call it software libre. But there’s still some questions for people.

One of the questions people ask me is that if a software is libre, how can we make money from it? My answer is always simple and short. You can make money from software libre the way you make money from proprietary software.

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Blackblogs Needs Your Help

About a couple of weeks ago, Blackblogs team announced with an email message that they are under a heavy DDoS attack and their great service is unreachable.

Now, after a while, Blackblogs service is still unreachable and they need help for switching their server and it’s a hard job as the new server probably will be the next target for attackers.

The attack targets the public facing side of blackblogs.org, not the “backoffice”. The public facing side is a reverse proxy, a “trafficker” of content not its source. No data is lost, modified or at risk – it’s only unreachable!

They are also evaluating automated tor hidden services, but there are technical details which might spoil any attempt in that direction.

If you can help Blackblogs in any way, please send an email message to blackblogs [at] blackblogs.org.

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FreeCulture Society

Google Is Helping China to Censor Internet

Two days ag, Palmer Luckey reported on Twitter that Google (YouTube) is deleting his comments about a Chinese propaganda.

YouTube has deleted every comment I ever made about the Wumao (五毛), an internet propaganda division of the Chinese Communist Party. Who at Google decided to censor American comments on American videos hosted in America by an American platform that is already banned in China?

Palmer Luckey
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Please Donate Part of Your Taxes to Autistici/Inventati

I received this email message just now.

If you file taxes in Italy, you can donate to Autistici/Inventati via the so-called “5 per mille”, an option to donate 0.5% of your taxes to a non-profit organization.

To do so, on your “Modello CU Unico” and Form 730, in the section called “5 per mille”, you will have to sign your name ad insert the tax code (codice fiscale) 93090910501 where it says:

“SOSTEGNO DEL VOLONTARIATO E DELLE ALTRE ORGANIZZAZIONI NON LUCRATIVE DI UTILITA’ SOCIALE, DELLE ASSOCIAZIONI DI PROMOZIONE SOCIALE E DELLE ASSOCIAZIONI E FONDAZIONI RICONOSCIUTE CHE OPERANO NEI SETTORI DI CUI ALL’ART. 10, C. 1, LETT A), DEL D.LGS. N. 460 DEL 1997”

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Use Software Libre OS on Your Phone

Using software libre is always important, no matter what kind of computer you use. Whether it’s a laptop or a mobile phone, our computers should do our computing the way we wish.

Using proprietary software makes corporations and computers do what they like, not what we want. However, software libre gives us the power to control our computing and own our systems.

One kind of computers we use daily is our mobile phones. Mobile phones are also computers so they should also run software libre. An important part of our mobile phones’ software is the operating system.

Now, Android itself is software libre but usually phones come with a Googlized Android. Googlized Android is no longer software libre but there’s something you can do, use LineageOS.

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Hello Again, Pixelfed

I created, changed, moved, and deleted a lot of accounts on fediverse, I’m not going to lie. Some of them were Pixelfed accounts. Since 2018, Pixelfed is bringing photo sharing to people without violating their rights. Pixelfed is software libre and has much better privacy settings than Instagram.

I’ve had quite few Pixelfed accounts before but photo sharing was not my thing but since I’m trying to be more socialized and connected to people, I try to keep this account. I’ve explained about fediverse before, here’s a small note about Pixelfed.

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I’m Switching From Fedora to Ubuntu

I’ve been a user of Fedora for a long time but I recently noticed a statement on Fedora download page:

By downloading Fedora software, you acknowledge that you understand all of the following: Fedora software and technical information may be subject to the U.S. Export Administration Regulations (the “EAR”) and other U.S. and foreign laws and may not be exported, re-exported or transferred (a) to any country listed in Country Group E:1 in Supplement No. 1 to part 740 of the EAR (currently, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan & Syria); (b) to any prohibited destination or to any end user who has been prohibited from participating in U.S. export transactions by any federal agency of the U.S. government; or (c) for use in connection with the design, development or production of nuclear, chemical or biological weapons, or rocket systems, space launch vehicles, or sounding rockets, or unmanned air vehicle systems. You may not download Fedora software or technical information if you are located in one of these countries or otherwise subject to these restrictions. You may not provide Fedora software or technical information to individuals or entities located in one of these countries or otherwise subject to these restrictions. You are also responsible for compliance with foreign law requirements applicable to the import, export and use of Fedora software and technical information.

I believe this statement is an obvious violation of freedom of software. They didn’t talk about Fedora trademarks, they have only said that some people who are determined by U.S. government won’t have the right to use Fedora “software”.

This is the end for me and Fedora. I do encourage you to move away from Fedora (if you’re using it) and install an other libre distro. There’s a good list of free (libre) distors on gnu.org/distros/free-distros.html.

I’m very disappointed. Fedora was one of my favorites. I should mention that I continue to use QubesOS.

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Make Software Libre Special Again

“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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Microsoft Build: Same Old Recycled Stuff, No Upcycling

This note came from FSF regarding request for upcyling Windows 7 and making it software libre.

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.

Greg Farough from FSF
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Patent case against GNOME resolved

Patent case against GNOME resolved