Paul Sutton

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I love free software day 2021

14th of February is traditionally valentines day, however why not also celebrate our love for Free software.

I Love Free Software

#Love,#software,#freedom,

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Fosdem 21 Reminder

Fosdem 2021 takes place on the weekend of 6th and 7th Feb 2021.

FOSDEM is a free event for software developers to meet, share ideas and collaborate.

Will take place via Jitsi and Matrix

If you sign up to matrix via the link below the you can get access to all the chatrooms during the conference.

I am on there as zleap@zleap:fosdem.org

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#conference,#freesoftware,#freedom,#fosdem

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Solid (Social Linked Data) is a project by Sir Tim Berners-Lee. It aims to put data back in to the hands of end users, so they are in more control.

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Remote education

With the current Covd19 crisis in the UK, getting worse (again), Areas entering tier 4, (highest lockdown), Schools are closing and in some cases using remote education.

This brings up the prospect of them using non free tools, that when it comes to privacy may not be as private as first thought.

MScookie

There is a really good article here on the GNU website, that explains the problem.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation have an event coming up on privacy on campus

It would be great if there could now be a big push to promote free and open source tools, to help level up education, and actually safeguard children, young people and adults from data harvesting etc.

So what, free, open source and privacy / rights respecting remote tools can we use for teaching?

I am now involved in an effort to take the digital skills framework (UK) and look at how we can achieve this using free and open source software. This project can be found on Codeberg

#education,#privacy,#safeguarding,#data,#children, #youngpeople,#adults,#skills,#freesoftware,#dataprotection,#safeguarding,#freedom.

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FSF fights to secure software freedom for future generations

A message from Geoffrey Knauth, President, Free Software Foundation.

This year-end, we are focusing on growing the community with our year-end goal of gaining 500 new associate members before December 31st. The deadline is only two days away, and we are not there yet. We need your support to continue to grow, and to give strength to the Free Software Foundation's (FSF) mission to protect #UserFreedom. Below is a message from our president Geoffrey Knauth reflecting on the FSF's mission to protect software users everywhere.

The US government recognized that 2020 was a difficult year for people, and for charities like the FSF. Special tax law changes for 2020 now make it possible for deduction of cash donations, including becoming an associate member, of up to $300 made before December 31, 2020.

You can read the rest of the article here

#freesoftware,#fsf,#GeoffKnauth,#freedom,#fundraising, #campaign,#donations,#help,#softwarefreedom,

Emacs Conference 2020 Writeup

Emacs Conference Logo

This years Emacs Conference [1] took place on the weekend of 28th and 29th November. This is the online conference aimed at users of the stalwart text editor which is described as “An extensible, customizable, free/libre text editor” [2]

Emacs Terminal

Emacsconf this year had users from all different backgrounds, who use Emacs for a range of applications from basic text editing, writing documents in LaTeX, HTML or Markdown. Emacs is also popular with programmers and developers working on their latest project(s), but can also handle reading / writing email, chat, debugging software, and also has a built in calender and organiser to help you keep track of what you are doing. All this from a single interface.

Emacs GUI

Emacs is free software, and released under the GNU license, so has the usual 4 freedoms of use, study, share and modify. The more accurate name is therefore GNU / Emacs.

Talks this year were presented with Big Blue button [5] and live streamed with gstreamer [4] and other tools. This combination worked really well.

Talks were either longer with time for questions and answers or shorter lightning talks on quick subjects. Attendees could add their questions to a collaborative text pad, that everyone had access to. There was a big social presence using IRC (chat) [3] which was active during the conference.

Topics included development updates, a new users viewpoint, writing novels, Music and quite a few on Org Mode which is used for creating task lists and much more. Emacs, has a steep learning curve, but is very powerful and flexible to use. I am still learning the basics.

All talks are available to view here

  1. https://emacsconf.org/
  2. https://www.gnu.org/software/emacs/
  3. https://webchat.freenode.net/ #emacsconf
  4. https://gstreamer.freedesktop.org/
  5. https://bigbluebutton.org/

#conference,#emacs,#editor,#2020,#review,#writeup,#fsf, #freedom,#FreeSoftware,#irc,#BigBlueButton,#gnu, #FreeDesktop,#gstreamer,#live,#virtual,#freenode

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Adding CC Images To Photos

This is a re-post from December 2019

If you create lots of media such as photos or graphics. You may want to add information pertaining to the copyright (or ideally copyleft) of the image.

As I am interested in Creative Commons (CC) then it makes sense to be able to add one of the many creative commons license logos to an image.

I asked on Friendica about how to do this (having tried and failed before) and was provided with some help and a really useful shell script to automate the process.

Firstly we need an image to modify and a logo image to add to this:

cc-by logo

Example logo file to insert

cc-by logo

For the sake of this article, I am just using a random photo I took of Paignton Geopark. I have also reduced the image size to 640×480 to make it smaller for the website as per command below.

gm mogrify -resize 640×480 *.JPG

I also had to convert the jpg files to png files with the following

gm convert DSCF0182mod.jpg DSCF0182mod.png

So that this blog would display the images.

The next step is to create a folder structure to contain what we need to undertake the work.

What we need is a new folder

Inside this, we need another folder called out

mkdir out

we need some more files mostly the cc logos, these are available from a simple duckduckgo search.

Note if putting on a website or other media you need to properly include the creative commons license being used on here I have put

''' Licenced under Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) '''

Which should then link to the human readable license terms you want to use.

So what we should have is

\insertcc-logo\insertcc.sh

\insertcc-logo\out

\insertcc-logo\out\88×31.png

\insertcc-logo\out\88×31-sa.png

\insertcc-logo\out\cc-zero.png

etc

Put the SOURCE FILE in \insertcc-logo

MODIFY AND RUN the script below

Our script looks like ( save this as insertcc.sh or what you want to call this )

for p in *.JPG; do convert “$p” ./out/88×31.png -gravity southeast -geometry +10+10 -composite “out/$p”; done

What the script does is take each file with the JPG extension (or other extension), add the required logo, and save the modified file in

\insertcc-logo\out

As per :

cc-by logo

You need to make sure that the script points to the correct source files.

You also need to point the script to the correct file you want to insert in to your source image.

for p in *.JPG;

To use a different logo change this section of the script

$p” ./out/88×31.png

This article originally appeared on http://www.zleap.net.

#photo,#embed,#add,#creativecommonslogo,#linux #graphicsmagick,#editing,#manipulation,#bash,#commands, #media,#copyleft,#attribute,#share,#alike,#sharealike, #commons,#freedom,

You can find me on Friendica at zleap@social.isurf.ca


cc-by logo

Licenced under Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

International Day Against DRM (IDAD)

The fourteenth International Day Against DRM (IDAD) #DayAgainstDRM took place on 4th December 2020. The Defective by Design (DbD) campaign needs your help to spread the word. This year's annual day in protest of Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) will be on December 4th, 2020, and will focus on streaming services' unjust use of DRM.

https://defectivebydesign.org/dayagainstdrm/2020

Follow the DFD Free Software foundation account on Mastodon.

#fsf,#drm,#protest,#defective,#digitial,#rights,#2020, #freedom,#media,#music,#video, #idad,#DayAgainstDRM,#dbd

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PinePhone KDE Community

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PinePhone KDE Community Edition Is Now Available for Pre-Order from $149.99 – 9to5Linux

The PinePhone KDE Community Edition Linux smartphone is now available for pre-order featuring KDE’s Plasma Mobile UI by default. Announced two weeks ago, PinePhone KDE Community Edition is the latest limited edition of the PinePhone Linux phone powered by the KDE Project and featuring the gorgeous Plasma Mobile user interface by default.

Read More here

Read more at 9to5Linux.com: PinePhone KDE Community Edition Is Now Available for Pre-Order from $149.99 https://9to5linux.com/?p=5736

#phone,#freedom,9to5linux,#KDE,#Pre-order