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Hixie's Natural Log: The Spectrum of Openness


Fabio Manganiello (@blacklight@social.platypush.tech)


Browsing projects on #Sourcehut reminds me of what FLOSS development looked like 15-20 years ago. Ugly interfaces that were just thin layers above the code, barely any README (let alone wikis, or any form of easily accessible and structured documentation), and let's not mention accessibility on mobile.

How are we supposed to build the foundations of tomorrow's FLOSS if we use tools that look even more outdated than Craigslist? How are we supposed to have any credibility when we tell people "stop using Github, try Sourcehut instead"? How do we expect to create user engagement? How do we expect somebody who's not a developer to use software that doesn't even come with an easily accessible documentation?

And the discussion is good. The endless discussion about SourceHut's UI+UX! My opinion: UI is good, UX not so. But I use it nevertheless!


Give Up GitHub - Software Freedom Conservancy


This article made numbers on the fedded verses. It encourages everybody to ditch GitHub. The message makes sense. I've been reducing my GitHub presence. This article wasn't the trigger for me, but it was for many people. Maybe it will be one for you!


The Gift of It's Your Problem Now


Beware Offers of "Help" with Your Projects


A specific someone in disguise says that accepting help to your software projects often leads to destruction.


We need more of Richard Stallman, not less


RMS was right with the four freedoms. Copyleft was the solution all along. Then Ploum lists the freedoms and a new obligation:

  • The right to use the software at your own discretion

  • The right to study the software

  • The right to modify the software

  • The right to redistribute the software, including with modifications

  • The obligation to keep those four rights, effectively keeping the software in the commons.