One of the things I've realized lately is how, even if you don't want to self-host your services, how incredibly cheap it is to have private communication- email, instant messenger, calendar, file hosting, etc.

All without tracking and without ads for less per month than people pay for streaming services.

🎂 It's been one year since switching.social posted its #Introductions, so cake for everyone! 🍰 🍰 🍰 :blobcheer: 🎉

Wow. On the one hand it seems like just yesterday, but on the other it feels like a *lot* has happened since then.

Thank you for all the suggestions and feedback, and thank you to those who make #Alternatives that give us back our privacy. You are all heroes 👍

p.s. Just to make clear: the idea isn't to clone switching.social in other languages.

The idea is to have resources in other languages that help people. The resources listed may depend on what is available in your language (for example Framasoft has many French-only resources).

Also, if you disagree with my approach/style but would like to use material from switching.social, that's also fine.

The idea of the CC By-SA licence is to allow forking of content to create new works.

In the past couple of months I have been using Replicant on a Galaxy S II phone as my daily driver and I'm impressed that it is actually usable. The best part: It comes with @fdroidorg as a system app by default so you don't need to manually update your apps all the time 😀

The only drawback with S2 was its incredibly small battery. So today I freed up my new smartphone with a faster SoC and a battery two times as big: Galaxy Note II 😀

I woke up to the drama about in the fediverse.

As I said before in [1], while I think removing local and federated timelines from their fork of is a weird (but bold) decision, I think disabling reports is outright problematic for the rest of us in the fediverse.

Now I am glad to see this move 😀. I hope @purism continues to innovate and at the same time, continues to consider feedback from the community.

[1] aleph.land/@masoud/10203425661

Eight months ago I switched from Ubuntu to Manjaro-i3 on my main laptop because:

1. I really don't need a full blown DE. Even most of my time in Ubuntu 16.04, I was using i3.

2. I am interested in latest packages. So point release is getting outdated too fast.

3. Most importantly, because Ubuntu switched to Gnome 3.

The more I think about it, the more I like the idea behind LibremOne from @purism. We, the decentralized internet advocates, are quite far with the tech. What we desperately need is a touch of marketing, bundling, and consumer-friendliness. is doing exactly that. Bravo, and I hope them the very best of success.

I just finished Walkaway from Cory Doctorow, and it was great 😀 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walkaway

This is how I'd like to read my books in 2019: on paper, on any mobile app, and on any number of devices that I want. Say no to !


Even 5 years ago when I first started playing with , I was amazed by its polish and seamless functionality. By creating a single account on the box, you immediately get access to a personal blog, wiki, chat account, feed reader, VPN, and much more.

It is not perfect I know, but it has a solid offering across a broad range of applications that I haven't seen anywhere else.

If you look for a polished and capable personal home server, I highly recommend FreedomBox.

I wish @freedomboxfndn a lot of luck and success. Keep up the great work, please!

BREAKING NEWS: SALES OF FREEDOMBOX HAVE LAUNCHED

@olimex is selling the first commercially available FreedomBox. In other words, they are selling the ability to democratize the internet. #BeAPioneer and buy a #FreedomBox today.

Order: olimex.com/Products/OLinuXino/

Say hi to #nextcloud 16 🤗

New & better:
🧮Machine learning protects logins
🔎Smart recommendations
🔑ACLs in Group Folders
📝Projects to relate info across apps
🗣️Talk 6 with Commands
🛡️Privacy Center to keep you in control
✅much more!

Share the news!

nextcloud.com/blog/nextcloud-1

Habe mit @WDRdigitalistan@twitter.com über die unendlichen Vorteile Freier Software für die öffentliche Verwaltung gesprochen. Mit dabei ist auch @KonstantinNotz@twitter.com. Fazit: Es ist ein Rätsel, warum das nicht längst Standard ist: www1.wdr.de/mediathek/video/se #FreierCode #Publiccode

And you thought translating *digits* would be the easiest algorithmic part of what online translators do. Well...
twitter.com/MasoudAbkenar/stat

Today is the 50th anniversary of RFC-1, which in a sense means that programmers have now been chatting and arguing about the internet for 50 years. write.as/365-rfcs/50-years-of-

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For people who are looking for a sign for tomorrow's demonstration, here is what I made, under CC0. If you can find a printer by tomorrow noon, feel free to print and take it with you.

SVG (you can edit it in Inkscape): mega.nz/#!5IlGnCiY!7YQIcACLqwA
PDF (A3-sized): mega.nz/#!wA80nSAT!yh0JhT1f5w-

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