Jim Garrett | 25 Apr 16:36 2015
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Jim Garrett <jimgarrett001@...>

Hello, and setting up a server

Hi everyone,

This is my first post to this group.  I've been using GNU/Linux for about 15 years but attending LibrePlanet last month brought me to understand the full implications of Free Software.  I was expecting more technical talks, but was pleasantly surprised that the humane implications of Free Software were prominently visible.  I was particularly struck by the session on Gnu Health and two regarding libraries (Alison Macrina's and Jennie Rose Halperin's, the latter in the context of cultural heritage organizations, libraries being the most common).

As a side note, the library presentations made clear that librarians live at the intersection of information and freedom every day.  Our values overlap substantially, and they could be valuable allies, even though individual librarians may or may not be computationally sophisticated.  Befriend your local librarian today!

But I have a specific question.  I'd love to use Friendica and other Free social-network software, and invite my friends and relatives to join, but I feel I should set up my own server to support this.  I know there are nodes available, but I'd like to take responsibility if I'm inviting others to join me.  Furthermore, if we imagine a world where Free social networking predominates, it's a world in which lots of people are running their own servers.  But servers need to be on all the time.  So I'm imagining lots of people running low-wattage small servers, such as Raspberry Pi's (or other systems-on-a-chip) to support Free social networking.

However, I'm not an experienced system admin, and this world I envision involves people who are also not experienced sys-admins running servers.  Hence a few questions:
  1. Am I correct in thinking that running a server for this purpose requires a static IP address?
  2. Lots of inexperienced people running servers sounds like a large-scale security disaster waiting to happen.  Is there any way this could be managed?

Thanks in advance,

Jim Garrett

Ali Abdul Ghani | 25 Apr 00:50 2015
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The FSF Allows No Derivatives,

hi all
to day I find this  article
http://onpon4.github.io/other/fsf-no-derivatives/

RW. S | 22 Apr 09:16 2015
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Dr. Stallman Libreplanet 2015 Keynote?

Hello all,

Does anyone know if Dr. Stallman's Libreplanet 2015 opening keynote
was recorded, and if so, if it's publicly available online somewhere?
Or if it will be posted somewhere? Or if there's a transcript?
<https://media.libreplanet.org/videos> does not seem to have it (but
has Sandler's closing keynote).

Sorry if this was already asked, I couldn't find any public archives
of the mailing list?

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Mitar | 21 Apr 01:50 2015
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Come to Battlemesh v8 to Slovenia

Hi!

I am inviting you all to Battlemesh. This year it will be in Slovenia,
03-09 Aug 2015. We extended the early bird deadline to 24 April for
shared accommodation costs. But otherwise the event is free to attend.

See more information here:

http://battlemesh.org/BattleMeshV8

Battlemesh is an international annual developer conference and brings
together wireless community networks participants, WiFi wireless mesh
networking enthusiasts, developers from the most popular open source
mesh protocol implementations (Babel, B.A.T.M.A.N., BMX, IEEE 802.11s,
OLSR) and anyone else interested either in developing mesh networking
technologies or establishing such networks.

The week long event is organized around participant collaboration and
learning with a number of talks and workshops running in parallel
while performing experiments on a test network deployed just for this
purpose. There will be a number of interesting and new devices to
test, a setup of wireless optical system KORUZA and much more.

(The dates are close to Chaos Communication Camp so you can continue
to Germany afterwards.)

https://wlan-si.net/en/blog/2015/03/29/announcing-battlemesh-v8-in-maribor-slovenia/

Mitar

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Ali Abdul Ghani | 18 Apr 00:56 2015
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Bull Codes logo

Hello Coders!
These logos have been design by a fan of Bull Codes
make your choice and vote

license:CC BY-SA 2.0.
 author mail:
cteehayder@...

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sorry for the convenience to use the libreplanet mailing list
we will soon have our own
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Manuel Palomo Duarte | 18 Apr 00:17 2015
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Liberating software as corporate social responsibility

Hello everybody.

This is my first post to this list, sorry if my English is not very good.

I just wanted to share with you a scientific paper that makes a study on how the contributions to free software projects from companies can be considered as part of their corporate social responsibility.

We all know that there can be many reasons for a company to liberate software they have programmed (see "The Magic Cauldron" for example). But this proposed perspective could be interesting to foster these liberation plans. Of course accurately measuring the actual value of the software programmed remains an open issue ...

The paper is named "Sustainability and social responsibility reporting in open source software". It is available as Open Access in the journal site. I hope you enjoy it.

https://www.thecommonsjournal.org/index.php/ijc/article/view/503

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Charley Quinton | 17 Apr 15:45 2015
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Revolution in thinking

This is my first post to this list and I've been "out of the programming loop" for a long time, so forgive me for not following the expected behavior and practice.

I see a recurring theme in this list always having to deal with some compromising situation or conditional debacle stemming from the clash between market capitalism and the common good. I am amazed at the incredible power that people who can code have. The fact that a chosen few are willing to gift that code for the good of the planet and the human species is even more amazing. I don't have a very tight grip on the GNU system and its offspring nor am I familiar with the exact "battle lines" between Free Software and its relationship with/to the open source movement. I once followed license-discuss list but I've lost track of that, too.

So... let me just state things in general terms as laity:

"We need radical revolutionary solutions to dire and deadly situations. If you guys don't get it together soon, these monsters are going to take everything we have, - gag, tie and brand us and our public goods for sale as merchandise on the open market. They are going to use malicious methods and reprehensible ruthless tactics to take by force every last bit of freedom, liberty, advantage, comfort, integrity, ... associational, technological, political, and in every other realm."

OK, that's a bit alarmist. Pardon me for that. But we, the Libreplanet community, have things going our way. The emergence of cryptocurrencies, crowdfunding, and highly adaptive networking capabilities are enabling massive change within the public domain for content, context and conditions conducive to sweeping liberated expression across borders, boundaries and barriers. Even celebrities and states people like Russel Brand, Jill Stein, Bernie Sanders and many others are promoting the kind of liberated thinking it will take to combat the billionaires that are hijacking the democratic process world-wide.

I am myself a celebrity, on a very small scale within the Central Timezone of the US and I'm known in certain circles for my musical and organizational skills. As a communitarian and activist from way back (1977), I've watch the erosion of American "liberty" on every front. As a singer-songriter and band member, I understand the dynamics of the "bandwagon" from both literal and figurative standpoints and I'm willing to produce and release some very powerful and effective media products into the public domain that I believe will be capable of rendering a palpable model for the community-based infrastructure that is required for real revolution.

A Modest Proposal: If someone on this list has an old fully-liberated laptop in surplus with camera and robust audio resources and appropriate software for media production, I can create some pretty good original rock and roll, blues, country and folk music and a realtime platform for distributing it with clamped-on blockchain elements and licensing for viral dissemination of the raw truth people need. I want to host a "radio program" with segments like The Telepathic Rodent (patent-free inventions), Catwire (guerrilla networking) , The Terminal Digest (tech news) and others that is real-time, fully-staffed by humans 24/7, transparently automated, completely money free and gently unrestricted.

https://libreplanet.org/wiki/User:Tractorcq/rethink for a live copy of this letter. Please respond at https://libreplanet.org/wiki/User_talk:Tractorcq/rethink so we can be as transparent as possible.

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Aurélien DESBRIÈRES | 17 Apr 16:02 2015

Libremark


https://libreplanet.org/wiki/Group_talk:LibreMark

It seems that some people request for libremark ... we "really" need
help to improve it and make it powerfull.

Regards

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Advrk Aplmrkt | 16 Apr 22:22 2015
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What would be your response to these Free Software concerns?

Dear list,

I have recently learned of a charitable computer project on
Kickstarter called Endless Computers:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1381437927/endless-computers

It aims to bring a good and education computing experience to a wider
audience in the developing world. I perceive a lot of love and passion
behind this project. However, I was concerned about the software
freedom behind it, so I emailed the developers.

Apparently they have much of their code on GitHub, but is reluctant to
run this product on pure Free Software. I think they have
understandable concerns (listed in their response below), and I wonder
how the folks on this list my reply to those concerns? I don't think
just bashing them for not making the software free is constructive,
especially when they are actually very well-meaning. Are there
tangible examples of how those problems might be alleviated?Thank
you!!

Their response was:

I identify with your concern to make our OS completely free software.
We do make a lot of our software available freely at our GitHub repo (
https://github.com/endlessm/ ), but unfortunately currently not all of
it. The answer for why is complex, it involves a large combination of
business, strategy, community and legal reasons.

Not all of the content we've shipped on the computers is free data, we
sometimes partner with other organizations to get it. We've talked
about shipping the software freely available without the assets, but
it's not really viable from a legal perspective.

Finally, any successful free software project needs a thriving
community: our developers come from that world, and we really don't
want to do over-the-wall code dumps like Android does. When we open up
our software, we want to do it right.

We're currently focused on our target market and users, and that means
we change fast. We'd likely never accept any pull requests or patches
submitted to us. People could inspect and modify and redistribute the
code, indeed, but without the ability to contribute back upstream, it
seems like an empty promise.

As for business reasons, making more of our code free software can be
a business risk. We're a small startup with limited funding trying to
take on big players. Even big companies sometimes get in trouble with
free software. See the recent news about Cyanogenmod being funded by
Microsoft to take down Google's Android.

http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2015/01/microsoft-to-invest-in-cyanogen-hopes-to-take-android-away-from-google/

We're currently not willing to take on such risks right now.

I hope you'll understand that our goals might be different from yours,
and we have gave the question a lot of thought. As we grow and become
more successful, we'll be able to make more of our software free
software over time.

Thanks for the excellent question, and I hope I've given you some
perspective on our decision.

Rudolf | 8 Apr 16:42 2015
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slack alternative: kaiwa, a modern XMPP client

This is awesome: http://getkaiwa.com/

I've encouraged the use of Slack at the office in my last two jobs because despite it being proprietary it has a really nice interface and it did support IRC (and XMPP at some point). I viewed it as the lesser evil when the only choices were Google Hangouts, Skype or Lync.

Kaiwa is a web-based interface to XMPP and it looks modern and it actually looks very similar to Slack. The hard part now is convincing management to deploy an XMPP server ;)

It's nice to see good looking and easy to use free software; it goes a long way towards convincing others to switch.

I may have to deploy my own XMPP server just to check out Kaiwa. Anyone have recommendations for an easy to setup XMPP server? Something that takes under 30min to configure?

Rudolf
Andrés Muñiz Piniella | 28 Mar 10:06 2015
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Teaching Programming with Computational and Informational Thinking | Michaelson | Journal of Pedagogic Development

https://journals.beds.ac.uk/ojs/index.php/jpd/article/view/81

I think we discussed this at length with the 'esperanto' programming language. It goes over my head but in
case someone can find it useful.

The literature review was very interesting.
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