Paul Sutton

freesoftware

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.

#fsf,#freesoftware,#video,#promotion,#software,#freedom

JioMeet

JioMeet is basically a completely free 1:1 copy of Zoom

Recent media reports point to some privacy / safeguarding concerns with regard to the popular video conferencing software – zoom.

I came across this recently, JioMeet is free clone of zoom. Look pretty interesting so am sharing here.

#zoom, #clone, #copy, #JioMeet, #freesoftware,#video, #conferencing

Online and remote learning : Lets not forget privacy.

This is an excellent article by the Free software foundation on the importance of maintaing user / learner privacy while they are learning online.

Some interesting points being raised and some serious concerns about privacy, use of webcams and monitoring of students during tests etc.

Learners need to ask questions and not just accept this as the new normal.

https://www.fsf.org/blogs/community/remote-education-does-not-require-giving-up-rights-to-freedom-and-privacy

#learning,#education,#online,#technology,#freedom,#privacy,#freesoftware,#fsf.

Libreplanet 2020 took place on the 14th / 15th March and the videos will be published in due course.

This years videos can be found at :

I intend to share these more widely and post comments on the videos where applicable.

#virtual, #conference, #libreplanet, #freesoftware, #talks, ,#videos, #2020


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As there are people who are probably stuck at home. due to CoronaVirus. I am sharing some videos from last years Emacsconf and Libreplanet

Libreplanet 2020 took place on the 14th / 15th March and the videos will be published in due course. Plans for the next EmacsConf are underway. Any help, speakers will be appreciated.

If you are able to login to IRC then you can join #emacsconf and #libreplanet respectivley to discuss further.

Everyone is welcome on IRC, however please be patient when asking questions, as not everyone is around, someone will respond in due course.

#virtual, #conference, #emacsconf, #emacs, #libreplanet, #freesoftware, #talks, #chat, #q&a,#videos,#help,#volunteers.


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Libreoffice 6.4.2

Libreoffice 6.4.2, is now available to download, Please see the latest announcement here This is an update to 6.4 that was announced in a [previous post] post](https://personaljournal.ca/paulsutton/libreoffice-6-4-released)

#libreoffice, #642, #released, #office, #freesoftware, #freedom, #writer, #calc, #impress, #draw, math, #base

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


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LibrePlanet 2020 3

Sunday 15th March. This years Libreplanet talk schedule will resume shortly. There is a embedded webchat for IRC under the video stream,

#fsf, #virtual, #conference, #libreplant, #freesoftware

LibrePlanet 2020 Update 2

This year LibrePlanet, is a fully virtual conference. This is due to the Corona Virus Outbreak.

Talks will be livestreamed.

Please join IRC chat

Details of the IRC channels being used can be found here

I am on IRC as zleap.

#fsf, #virtual, #conference, #libreplant, #freesoftware

LibrePlanet 2020 Update

This year LibrePlanet, is a fully virtual conference. This is due to the Corona Virus Outbreak.

Talks will be livestreamed. please join IRC chat

  • Freenode Web Chat

  • You need to complete a captcha as part of the sign in process, or use a software client.

For comprehensive support, with using software clients to connect to the Freenode IRC network, please check the knowledge base.

#fsf, #virtual, #conference, #libreplant, #freesoftware

I Love Free Software Day

February 14th is not simply valentines day. It is also an opportunity to show your love for free software and thank the world wide community who work hard to develop free software.

I love FS

Four Freedoms

Four Freedoms

Links

#freesoftware, #free, #gnu, #fsf, #fsfe, #4freedoms