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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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Graduated computer scientist. Software engineer @ownCloud. Free Software and Open Standards activist at @FSFE.
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"What is in the long term project interest often conflicts with quarterly corporate interests"

And: "what is in the short term quarterly interests is often not even in the company's long term interest"

Communities have often a far longer view and balancing their interest with enterprise needs leads to a more long term sustainable combination.
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"Once again we've seen how FOSS is more than just software – it's a way for people to write software, and when the people and philosophy behind the project fall out of step with their community, the project dies. Or gets forked."


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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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"True open source solutions can offer the best feature, performance and value for most companies, but unfortunately there are so few pure open source companies providing them. I applaud Nextcloud and look forward to working with them for years to come."
Last weekend, OpenNMS-er extraordinare Ronny Trommer was at a conference where he met Jos Poortvliet from Nextcloud. I've been following Nextcloud pretty intently since I recognized kindred souls in their desire to create a business that was successful and still 100% open source (and not, ...
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The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) fighting for your rights for over 15 years. Join us now! https://fsfe.org/join
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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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