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I am not going to lie, launching package repository support is likely going to appeal to a lot of people, since NPM is a for-profit, fiasco embattled organization.

Not that isn't, but it's definitely a lot more 'professional' than NPM. This will likely lead to an even greater centralization of FLOSS dev than we already had and far beyond what SourceForge ever was.

Nonetheless, there are alternatives, (like is also a good example.

why does English spelling suck?

"As noted earlier, in the 16th century, some scholars of Greek and Latin literature tried to make English words look more like their Graeco-Latin counterparts, at times even erroneously. They did this by adding silent letters, so det became debt, dout became doubt, sithe became scythe, iland became island, ake became ache, and so on.[7][8] Some spelling reformers propose undoing these changes. "


twitter leftists: branding and marketing is used to manipulate our perceptions against our self interest

also twitter leftists: wont use mastodon because the word "toot" is silly

Can anyone recommend a good book introduction to x64 assembler language (Ideally: targeted at Unix-like platforms and not Windows or OSX) which isn't full of mistakes and does a decent job at introducing the language instead of pointing to other reference manuals?

Ugh, is upping the centralization game with package hosting. I suspect an Azure-powered CI is next.

Nice to see getting in on some action too!

Can't wait until JS/TS is not a thing I have to worry about anymore.

Microsoft has released their new Terminal application to GitHub, marketing it as another demonstration of their commitment to "open source". While the project is MIT licensed, did you know it is inextricably linked and dependent upon numerous proprietary SDK tools, headers, and the Visual C++ ATL.

Do not be fooled, see through the mirage of feigned support to undermine and sabotage the original ethics of the free software movement!

Jeb Bush on a horse, saber flashing, eyes glittering with wild hearted passion, “please charge?”

Coming to Plasma 5.16: a new notification system with a fresh look and feel and updated, user-friendly settings.

Say hello to Telephant!

I've written a little Mastodon client for the Desktop - called Telephant - and am currently looking for beta testers!

Want to help out and don't mind compiling the app yourself? (Don't worry it's fairly straight forward and I've added detailed instructions to the README!)

Join me here:

Looking forward to hearing your feedback!

Communities make free software happen! Last weekend, the German LibreOffice community met to discuss the project, exchange ideas – and have fun:

We are happy to announce the #beta release of #LimeSurvey 4!

To #download it, please check this link:

You can check the attached screenshots to get an idea about how LimeSurvey 4 will look like.

We also published a #blog post about the new #features that will be introduced in the new release:

#Forum post:

For any questions & issues, please do not hesitate to write us back. We are looking forward to hearing your inputs!

Very exciting call for research:

Mozilla has an interest in potentially integrating more of Tor into Firefox 🔥

Tor has never been deployed at this scale, so there are a lot of considerations to research before giving this a try.

Learn more & apply for Mozilla's Research Grant:

For anyone who finds the 'new' Gmail design too cluttered and busy, ex-Gmail designer Michael Leggett has put together a browser extension to create a much cleaner, stripped-back interface. There's no trackers, or much JS at all, and all the code is on GitHub to inspect if you're so inclined.

Normally don't go in for single-site redesign extensions but this one seems suitably lightweight. Anyway, if you want to check it out:

After several weeks of no time for side projects, am finally back to working on fediQuest, more ActivityPub work.

Listening to in the background makes it go a lot faster. 🎵 😃

Nice touch. Mozilla has also deleted Telemetry data for that period as some users had to enable Telemetry to get the hot-fix.

"In order to respect our users’ potential intentions as much as possible, based on our current set up, we will be deleting all of our source Telemetry and Studies data for our entire user population collected between 2019-05-04T11:00:00Z and 2019-05-11T11:00:00Z."

#Firefox #Privacy #Respect

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Hi there! I am a free software developer. I enjoy working on useful software, as well as advocating for software freedom and the use of open standards, promoting data ownership, decentralization and privacy. If this is important to you, I may be worth following. If you like Go, Rust, or Swift, it may be worth following me as well. Besides computing, I enjoy metal, a good read and occasionally some gaming, (not much time for that these days).