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What is Mastodon?

The social network of the future: No ads, no corporate surveillance, free software and decentralization!

Read more over here:
docs.joinmastodon.org

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Oh, didn't realise automated deletions were added to Mastodon. Great that we don't have to rely on external services anymore.

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Snehal Shekatkar (@snehalshekatkar@scholar.social) will be taking an interactive session in the camp.

Below are the details:

Date and Time: 4-December-2021 18:00 IST

Bio: Snehal Shekatkar (webpage: inferred.co) is an Assistant Professor (DST INSPIRE faculty) at the "Department of Scientific Computing, modeling and simulation, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune, India".

Details of the talk: Snehal will be discussing in an interactive session on how he got his department switched to fully free software for education.
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We are planning to move our Mastodon account to another server: #Fosstodon You can follow it now: @funkwhale

Boosts are very welcome :)

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The Importance of Communities ravidwivedi.in/posts/the-impor

My article focused on free software communities but it should be applicable to all type of communities, I believe.

I use only free software. It wouldn't have been possible without the free software communities. Thank you all for making this possible :)

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Your personal blog is worth more than 10K followers on social networks.

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Local advocacy is essential to ensuring technology supports the intellectual freedom at the heart of a democratic society. Join the fight by connecting with our grassroots network, the Electronic Frontier Alliance. eff.org/fight

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Cool! Breakout rooms just landed in #Jitsi! Makes it suddenly a whole lot more interesting to use for schools & universities.
github.com/jitsi/jitsi-meet/pu #VideoConferencing #VideoCall

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Abhas @abhas will be introducing Free Software in the camp.

Title: Introduction to Free Software

Bio: Abhas(abhas.io) is a hacker, entrepreneur and free software activist. He runs a Free Software business DeepRoot GNU/Linux(deeproot.in/) , providing support and services for Free Software and Mostly Harmless (mostlyharmless.io), a ethical source for libre and liberated hardware products.

Date: 30th November 2021

Time: 18:00 hours Indian Standard Time

Meeting Link: meet.gnome.org/sof-gpf-pqi-qw7

All of you are invited.

Looking forward to see you there😀.
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re: explaining fediverse to people 

@duponin You're already on fedi, so I assume it wont tell you more than you already know, but the way I explain it using that method generally goes something like

Let's say you're on Facebook and a friend is on Twitter. You want to send them a message, but you can't send messages from FB to twitter, right? That'd just be weird right? (Generally people agree that this is indeed the case and would be weird otherwise)

Of course you can also call them on the phone. Let's say you're with a telephone provider BlablaFon. A friend also has a phone, but they are with another provider, namely Phonica (I'm using fake names here, typically I use existing names they know because that parses easier).
Now image that you're calling them, but it doesn't work and you get told that it's normal it doesn't work because they are with another provider. That be weird right? You both have a phone and a subscription, you should be able to call each other, right? Why would a provider not allow calls to another provider? (Generally they agree that this would indeed be weird)

Yet, when we want to contact each other from one social media account to another, we suddenly not only think it's normal that it doesn't work, we'd even think it's strange if it would work! But it works for phones, why would it not work for social media either? (Here I typically see in their facial expressions that something clicks for them)

So that's basically what the fediverse is. Just like you have several telephone providers, we have different social media platforms. But even if you're on a different platform, you can still talk to each other like you're part of one big network. Or better put, you *are* all part of one big network, namely the fediverse.
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congrats to #debian on a million bugs.

0.6% of them were filed by me ;)

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A simple sed magic can go a long way. Unix utils has (almost) all the answers ;)

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Today, the Tor Project is launching a new campaign to help censored users, and we need you. 🙌

How? Run a Tor Bridge! 🌉

Our goal is to add 200 new obs4 bridges to the network from November 18 - January 7, 2022, & we're offering prizes for running a bridge.

blog.torproject.org/run-a-brid

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Since mid-2021, we've seen the number of obs4 bridges decreasing & a subsequent overload of existing bridges.

Bridges are relatively easy / low bandwidth to operate, but they have a big impact. By running a Tor bridge, you help people bypass censorship.

community.torproject.org/relay

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If #Apple has to “allow” you to repair your #iPhone, #iPad, or #Mac, who really owns it? You or Apple?

#righttorepair #bigtech #smartphone #tech

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follow Mastodon accounts through RSS if you prefer:

1. Go to the profile page of the account you want to follow.

2. Click on the profile picture to open its public profile page.

3. Copy the public profile page's URL and add .rss to the end of it, then add this address to your feed reader.

For example, to follow FediTips via RSS, use the address mstdn.social/@feditips.rss in your feed reader.

(Note that this only works for that account's public @feditips - 2/3

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I have to come to the realization that if you have a custom email address (not backed by G or M) and/or you self host you're email, we're friends :)

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