# Promotion

## December 2, 2021

Collaborative editing

One of the really great things about the Fediverse is that others are willing to chip in and help. I was working on another article for the Beach Hut [1]. As this was about Mastodon and the Fediverse. I asked for help.

Pasting a draft in to a Disroot [2] pad and then pasting a link in to mastodon so that others could collaborate editing, within an hour the article was pretty much completed with others users connecting and editing.

This was real time collaboration using free software and also open source software tools. The article will now be submitted for hopeful publication in the January 2022 issue.

You can find out more about Mastodon at [3].

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## August 3, 2021

Freedom ladder – From the Free Software Foundation 5/8/2021

Introduction

The “freedom ladder” is a new method the FSF campaigns team has developed to help users get their first start in software freedom.

One problem with most guides introducing newcomers to GNU/Linux is that they stop them too soon on their “journey to freedom,” and end up suggesting that a partially nonfree setup is a desirable outcome. By contrast, our guides focus is to encourage users to not rest content with nonfree software, while at the same time recognizing that they have other pressures and obligations. We want to help them stay both motivated and determined in their gradual process to eliminate nonfree software from their lives.


Previous meetings have been excellent with lots to chat and think about.

Next meeting is Thursday 5th August 2021. 16:00 to 17:00 Eastern Time on IRC (chat) and will be looking at *Learning how to find help / Trying a free operating system *.

This is going to be 21:00 UK time I think.

## July 29, 2021

Freedom ladder – From the Free Software Foundation 3.0

Introduction

The “freedom ladder” is a new method the FSF campaigns team has developed to help users get their first start in software freedom.

One problem with most guides introducing newcomers to GNU/Linux is that they stop them too soon on their “journey to freedom,” and end up suggesting that a partially nonfree setup is a desirable outcome. By contrast, our guides focus is to encourage users to not rest content with nonfree software, while at the same time recognizing that they have other pressures and obligations. We want to help them stay both motivated and determined in their gradual process to eliminate nonfree software from their lives.


Second meeting was excellent, really productive with lots of ideas being put forward

Third meeting is Thursday 29th July. 16:00 to 17:00 Eastern Time on IRC (chat) and will be looking at Understanding encryption / Mobile phone freedom.

This is going to be 21:00 UK time I think.

## July 22, 2021

Freedom ladder – From the Free Software Foundation 2.0

Introduction

The “freedom ladder” is a new method the FSF campaigns team has developed to help users get their first start in software freedom.

One problem with most guides introducing newcomers to GNU/Linux is that they stop them too soon on their “journey to freedom,” and end up suggesting that a partially nonfree setup is a desirable outcome. By contrast, our guides focus is to encourage users to not rest content with nonfree software, while at the same time recognizing that they have other pressures and obligations. We want to help them stay both motivated and determined in their gradual process to eliminate nonfree software from their lives.


First meeting was excellent, really productive with lots of ideas being put forward

Second meeting is Thursday 22th July. 16:00 to 17:00 Eastern Time on IRC (chat) and will be looking at freedom replacements.

This is going to be 21:00 UK time I think.

## July 16, 2021

Freedom ladder – From the Free Software Foundation 2.0

Introduction

The “freedom ladder” is a new method the FSF campaigns team has developed to help users get their first start in software freedom.

One problem with most guides introducing newcomers to GNU/Linux is that they stop them too soon on their “journey to freedom,” and end up suggesting that a partially nonfree setup is a desirable outcome. By contrast, our guides focus is to encourage users to not rest content with nonfree software, while at the same time recognizing that they have other pressures and obligations. We want to help them stay both motivated and determined in their gradual process to eliminate nonfree software from their lives.


First meeting was excellent, really productive with lots of ideas being put forward

Second meeting is Thursday 22th July. 16:00 to 17:00 Eastern Time on IRC (chat) and will be looking at freedom replacements.

This is going to be 21:00 UK time I think.

## February 25, 2021

LibrePlanet 2021

REFERENCES

There is a poster designed by Garulfo Azules for the event below

LaTeX source code files on Debian Salsa

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## February 25, 2021

Fediverse Flyers

NEW VERSIONS 24/2/2021

These flyers are available in two versions of the flyer There is a US English and an Australia / en-gb version.

EN-AU Side A

EN-AU Side B

Currently all files, including the source svg are stored in a qoto gitlab repository

https://git.qoto.org/zleap/fediflyers/-/tree/master/24022021


Source file made in #Inkscape, and features alternate content, such as a #BugBounty (for those who wish to offer a compensation to any person who find, and fixes of course, major security flaws in selected fediverse infrastructures) and more. Please see note on BugBounty further down.

So this means you can share and translate the files yourself and even adapt and improve it! Of course, ShareAlike means the message and spirit of the piece cannot be changed."


REFERENCES

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NOTE ON BUGBOUNTY

At this time DSFGS doesn't recommend people advertise that that are offering a BugBounty in cryptocurrency online. Knowledge of the BugBounty can to be restricted to the physical flyer with a link to the provider's online presence. This provides some 'security by obscurity'. Not a recommended form of security, of course, but it adds up. An entrant would do well double-check that the provider really is offering the BugBounty, in a DM for example.


## August 11, 2020

University of costumed heroes

Software freedom is important as it gives users the power to be in control of the software they use and the hardware it is installed on.

GNU.org defines free software as :

What is Free Software?

Free software means the users have the freedom to run, copy, distribute, study, change and improve the software.

Free software is a matter of liberty, not price. To understand the concept, you should think of “free” as in “free speech”, not as in “free beer”.

More precisely, free software means users of a program have the four essential freedoms:


* The freedom to run the program as you wish, for any purpose (freedom 0). * The freedom to study how the program works, and change it so it does your computing as you wish (freedom 1). Access to the source code is a precondition for this. * The freedom to redistribute copies so you can help others (freedom 2). * The freedom to distribute copies of your modified versions to others (freedom 3). By doing this you can give the whole community a chance to benefit from your changes. Access to the source code is a precondition for this.

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The latest Free Software Foundation video hopefully helps illustrate what can happen when you put trust in closed source systems that cannot be subject to scrutiny through access to the source code.

Examples of common free software

You can follow the fsf on the federated social media networks such as Mastodon

Initiatives such as Tech Pledge are also a good idea for getting people to think about how they behave on line and starting to build better, more friendly, respectful communities.

## January 1, 2020

Advocacy – The barriers to effective promotion

I have just tried to follow some links at the following site

https://www.softwarefreedomday.org/

If I click 2020 and follow the link to https://www.documentfreedom.org/ then I get a page that gives me the date for 2018 (so kinda out of date)

The link for hardware freedom day goes to

https://www.softwarefreedomday.org/ so it seems some of the links just go back on themselves. Not really helpful.

On the tab for 2020 there is no direct link to software freedom day.

I am happy to promote all this, but unless people can find what they expect they will just stick to what they are using now and go away with a really negative idea of what this is about.

Stickers like this and another one are great for advocacy, but useless if they link to outdated information.

I just find it very frustrating, and people will point out to us that they don't get this with Microsoft.

This is what we are up against. I feel that we just need to be far more effective, update information and ensure it is kept up to date.

References

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

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