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"What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make." - Jane Goodall
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Transfer public links to real federated shares. One of the unique Nextcloud 10 features.

Help us now to test and finalize the Nextcloud 10 beta to make it a awesome release.
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Some thoughts about business models and how to build a diverse & healthy community around Free Software initiatives.
This discussion is really old. Since the first days of the Free Software movement people like to debate to whom the freedom in Free Software is directed? The users? The code? The developers? Often this goes along with a discussion about copyleft vs non-protecting Free Software licenses like the ...
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Nice way to response to the common statement "There is only one RedHat" if you talk about making money with Free Software.

I only want to point out, that the article is right regarding the fact that Open Source is not a business model. But it is also not a development model. Free Software is a way to license your software which can be combined with various business and development models.

http://www.cio.com/article/3067352/linux/you-cant-make-money-from-open-source.html
Is the open source ‘business model’ broken?
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„Wenn ich mir anschaue, was wir mit den Grünen in puncto Vorratsdatenspeicherung, bei Online-Durchsuchungen und anderen Präventivmaßnahmen in der Arbeitsgruppe vereinbart haben, dann ist das mehr als respektabel.“ Mit der FDP wäre das undenkbar, meinte Strobl

Für die einen Grund zur Anerkennung, für die anderen einfach nur traurig. Man sieht halt immer wieder das Bürgerrechte für die Grünen kein Kernthema ist, sondern im Zweifelsfall Verhandlungsmasse... Sogar als stärkste Partei. Es wäre an der Zeit, dass die #Grünen wieder mehr #Bündnis90 wagen!

http://www.stuttgarter-zeitung.de/inhalt.koalitionsgespraeche-trotz-konsens-gibt-es-noch-offene-streitpunkte.616e8af7-8392-4cc6-b67a-bfad93b7c0bf.html
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Ende der Woche soll in Baden-Württemberg der grün-schwarze Koalitionsvertrag stehen. Man kommt voran - doch einige Streitpunkte stehen noch auf der Liste. Darunter ist ein altbekanntes Thema.
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#WhatsApp enabled state of the art end-to-end encryption by implementing the #Signal protocol. That's a great improvement! But they still get all the meta data like your address book, a social graph of verified identities, geographic locations, etc. and share it regularly with various agencies. We know, that in many cases meta data are even more important than the actual content. Don't get fooled! Better use the original Signal Messenger!

https://whispersystems.org/blog/whatsapp-complete/
At Open Whisper Systems, our goal is to make private communication simple. A year ago, we announced a partnership with WhatsApp and committed to integrating the Signal Protocol into their product, moving towards full end to end encryption for all of their users by default.
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+Lars Marowsky-Brée I don't know if they used the existing library or if they implemented the protocol from scratch. But as the implementation was done in cooperation with WhisperSystems it could also be the case that they got some of the original code under a different license.
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It is a bit sad to see that TextSecure performs really well, is Free Software but is still not available outside of Google Play and without GCM dependencies. I Hope this will change soon.
Which apps and tools actually keep your messages safe? In the face of widespread Internet surveillance, we need a secure and practical means of talking to each other from our phones and computers. Many companies offer “secure messaging” products—but are these systems actually secure? We decided to find out, in the first phase of a new EFF Campaign for Secure & Usable Crypto.
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From a decentralized and open internet to a collection of centralized services and back - I wrote about the "History and Future of Cloud Federation"

https://blog.schiessle.org/2016/07/04/history-and-future-of-cloud-federation/

#Nextcloud #ownCloud #Pydio #federation
I'm now working for about two years on something called Federated Cloud Sharing. It started on June, 23er 2014 with the release of ownCloud 7.0. Back then it was simply called “Server to Server sharing”. During all this years I never wrote about the broader ideas behind this technology, ...
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Looking back to four awesome years at ownCloud and some upcoming changes http://blog.schiessle.org/2016/05/26/road-ahead/
I just realized that at June, 1 it is exactly four years since I joined ownCloud Inc. That's a perfect opportunity to look back and to tell you about some upcoming changes. I will never forget how all this get started. It was FOSDEM 2012 when I met Frank, we already knew each other from various ...
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Good luck with your next venture. I'm really curious what you guys are up to.
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Good ethical evaluations of code-hosting services by FSF but I'm missing some important criteria.

https://www.fsf.org/news/gnu-releases-ethical-evaluations-of-code-hosting-services

I would have given the criterion whether the server software is Free Software a higher prority. This is important to be independent, to have multiple providers or to self-host it. Therfore you should also be able to export all your data, so it is sad that this is only a "A+5" criterion. I'm also missing criteria like decentralization and federation. I think they are really important to avoid the next data silos.

As a follow-up for my arguments I recommend:

http://blog.schiessle.org/2016/02/12/the-next-generation-of-code-hosting-platforms/

https://userdatamanifesto.org/

#FSF #GNU #FreeSoftware #code #hosting
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GNU Emacs got a new homepage with a awesome description what it actually is:

"At its core is an interpreter for Emacs Lisp, a dialect of the Lisp programming language with extensions to support text editing."

https://www.gnu.org/software/emacs/
The features of GNU Emacs include. Content-aware editing modes, including syntax coloring, for many file types. Complete built-in documentation, including a tutorial for new users. Full Unicode support for nearly all human scripts. Highly customizable, using Emacs Lisp code or a graphical ...
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Im Handelsblatt wurden letzte Woche haarsträubende Vorurteile über Freie Software in Bezug auf IT Sicherheit verbreitet. Ein Leserbrief von mir blieb leider unbeantwortet, so dass man ihn jetzt auf netzpolitik.org lesen kann.
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Bei der Diskussion um das Thema IT Sicherheit erlebt man immer wieder, dass Freie Software als ein gesonderter Fall betrachtet wird. Oft werden hierbei Sicherheitsfehler in Freier Software fälschlicherweise dem allgemeinen Konzept der Software-Freiheit angelastet. Leider verfällt auch der Artikel "Open Source wird ein ernstes Problem" im Handelsblatt in ein ähnliches Denkmuster. Ein Leserbri ...
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I just played around with Kontact 4.3.13 on Kubuntu 14.04 in a VM. I tried to add a Google calendar resource. Under "Settings -> Configure Kontact -> Calender -> General -> Calendars" the new Akonadi resource is shown as "ready". But in the calendar view I still see the "personal calender" only. Also for example under "Settings -> Configure Kontact -> Calender ->Colors and Fonts" I can only chose the "personal calender" resource. What am I doing wrong? Any hints.
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Akonadi Configuration shows the resource also as "ready", but it is still not visible in the calendar and the calendar settings. Is it possible that the usage of Akonadi resources is somehow disabled?
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