Why FOSS "community-support" doesn't work, strong opinions
FOSS projects powered by "good will", seem inevitably doomed to fail.
Last night I was starting to see more decay around my Windows OS installation. it has been many years since I've done a "refresh", and it is probably time. Part of that may include TRYING to use a *nix daily driver (but more as a VM host for Windows).
During my search, I immediately went to check on Salix, a Slackware-based distro which quickly became close to my heart for its "one application per task" ideology. Unfortunately Distrowatch has flagged the distro as "dormant" which, even if they are wrong, does not bode well.
My next immediate thought was to go back to Slackware proper. Because after all, I'd never really given the oldest Linux distribution much of a fair chance at life by trying to push kernel upgrades without RTFM. And this is where the frustration began to build.
Distrowatch (again, trusted with hesitation), has reported that the Slackware project has been having financial difficulties, and has been unable to keep its developers funded. Granted, it highlighted that a big part of the problem was their merchandise store being shitty (not handing over the right % of donations), but that can't be the whole story. Merchandising, in my thoughts, has a very finite amount of income. How many t-shirts for a given product have you really bought? Regardless. The point of the matter is that the project is suffering from a lack of income. And if it is unable to get sufficient funding from PayPal, or their new Patreon accounts. The OLDEST SURVIVING LINUX DISTRIBUTION, may die.
"But its Free Open Source Software!" I hear you cry. "The community will surely take over and keep it alive!". And I dearly want you to be right. But, therein lies the rub. Why is the project suffering if the community, out of the goodness in their hearts, has the ability to take over? Does it REALLY and truly, take a beloved project to completely die off before a sufficient quantity of folks would VOLUNTEER their time? Show me a FOSS project which is 100% volunteer run. How successful is it? How long has it been around? Do you think it will survive for 26 years, the same way that Slackware has limped along?
Fine. A lot of my bitterness comes from Aardwolf-social. Nearly everyone on the Fediverse seems to have a reason to hate Facebook. But so few have been willing to volunteer even a few ounces of time to work on an alternative. It is easy to say you are in support of something. It takes a huge amount of effort to actually follow through with your support.
A friend of mine who works at the Wikimedia Foundation wants to spread the word that they are hiring for two research positions:
Research Engineer: https://boards.greenhouse.io/wikimedia/jobs/2267741
Research Scientist (Disinformation): https://boards.greenhouse.io/wikimedia/jobs/2267633
Application deadline is Aug 31. You'd be working remotely in either case. I can put you in touch with my friend, if you have questions.
The Goth Librarian Podcast: 037 - Spanish Flu
Some may say the parallels between the 1918 Spanish Flu and COVID-19 are unsettling. You be the judge after hearing this special episode.
Mozilla Google budget screaming
Something is just wrong here... Mozilla just extended its deal with Google (making it the numero uno search engine) for something like 400 million dollars PER YEAR. For the next three years.
That is 1.2 BILLION dollars from 2020 to 2023.
If you cannot run a freaking NON-PROFIT on 400 MILLION dollars PER YEAR that means:
a) You are paying your executives too much.
b) You don't know how to manage a non-profit.
c) All of the above.
OpenOffice -> LibreOffice fork and transition seems particularly instructive here:
A huge, user-facing organization? ✅
Managing a bunch of connected, complex software projects? ✅
With a huge amount of documentation (wiki, etc) for both developers and users? ✅
Deeply engaged in open standards debates that affect everyone? ✅
It's not about the individual software projects. It's about all of the above. LibreOffice came out stronger after the fork. So could a fork of Mozilla.
Maybe this could be a part of the simple web:
Until we have an economic-layer replacement for advertising-based publishing models, the least we could do is get personal data tracking out of advertising. This company tried it and their revenue went up despite all of the claims in Google’s own research on the matter.
Alright, I fixed it. Protip, if you're gonna edit .profile to launch your favorite programs, make sure they start as separate processes so they don't block the rest of startup. XD
"Faster connections in themselves are not threatening the access to the internet. The problem is that most websites will adapt to the ever faster connections, which makes them gradually inaccessible for people with slower connections. Today, most websites are impossible to download with a dial-up connection, because they have become too corpulent."
plague, christians, joke but not really
Karen: Jesus, you're bigger than COVID-19! Why didn't you save me from it?!
Jesus: I did. I had all the doctors tell you to wear face masks.
Karen: ... ... But...
You don't need to speak English like a native
It's okay to have "weird" pacing when speaking. It's also okay to make sentences with correct meaning but uncommon phrasing
Don't allow yourself to pause because you're struggling to find the most native-sounding way to phrase what you mean
Just express what you mean in the most comfortable way to you
There's no "broken" English. English isn't owned by Americans or the British. For better or worse, it's become an international language.
"A Dutch public broadcaster got rid of targeted digital ads—and its revenues went up"
@peter ironically that link to wired has a whole range of trackers by ad networks that you can't switch off ('always active') which is illegal under the gdpr for which they show me the dialog in the first place.
Mens sana in corpore sano.
➥ Read more & lift heavier.
A bunch of technomancers in the fediverse. Keep it fairly clean please. This arcology is for all who wash up upon it's digital shore.