Thanks to all @kde contributors out there for your work for #SoftwareFreedom ! Keep up your "cool" work, even if it meanwhile not in your name anymore ;) #nt #ilovefs

Während meine Timeline so schön voll von Hysterie wegen der Ministerpräsidentenwahl in #Thüringen ist, hat die NZZ einen wesentlich sachlicheren Beitrag:

Die meisten tun so, als ob die AfD jetzt in Thüringen regieren würde.
Das finde ich schon etwas seltsam 🤔

Sind dagegen und kaufen die billigen Lebensmittel doch...

Tagesschau (inoffiziell)

Dumpingpreise bei Lebensmitteln verbieten ja oder nein: 73 Prozent der Befragten sind laut ARD-DeutschlandTrend dagegen, Lebensmittel unterhalb der Herstellu...

@tagesschau 🔗

SPD und Grüne könnten den Druck aus dem politischen Kessel in schnell rausnehmen - indem sie über ihren Schatten springen, mit FDP und CDU kooperieren und die AfD so ins wünschenswerte Abseits schieben.

Stefan Brink (LfDI BW) lässt (noch) auf Twitter verlauten:
"#ByebyeTwitter #Twexit

Ab März 2020 betreiben wir eine eigene Instanz des dezentralen Social Media Netzwerks #Mastodon

Damit werden wir künftig nicht nur Beiträge „tooten“, sondern auch anderen Behörden in #BaWü einen Zugang anbieten können.

#Socialmedia geht auch #fair"


Mit Fokus auf und Ressourcenverbrauch ist es übrigens sehr zu begrüßen, dass junge Frauen jetzt massenhaft die alten, übergroßen Kamelhaarmäntel ihrer Großväter auftragen!

The French government switched to Matrix, the German government evaluates free, open and federated messaging solutions, Nextcloud Talk became a great Slack replacement, public authorities in Germany consider a mass exodus from Twitter & Co after EuGH ruling, next stop Mastodon... Seems like we have both, the (political) momentum and the technology to make 2020 a great year for the free & open internet!
#Matrix #XMPP #Nextcloud #Mastodon #Germany #France

I hear regularly that people see #Matrix / #Riot as a IRC client similar to IRCCloud but not as a independent messenger and protocol. This also has the effect sometimes, that they leave Matrix again as soon as IRC become less important for them. Bridges are great but sometimes I have the impression that it would help Matrix if they would talk less about the Bridges and more about the strength of Matrix as such. I'm the only one with this impression? #nf

So I was recently asked why I prefer to use free and open source software over more conventional and popular proprietary software and services.

A few years ago I was an avid Google user. I was deeply embedded in the Google ecosystem and used their products everywhere. I used Gmail for email, Google Calendar and Contacts for PIM, YouTube for entertainment, Google Newsstand for news, Android for mobile, and Chrome as my web browser.

I would upload all of my family photos to Google Photos and all of my personal documents to Google Drive (which were all in Google Docs format). I used Google Domains to register my domain names for websites where I would keep track of my users using Google Analytics and monetize them using Google AdSense.

I used Google Hangouts (one of Google’s previous messaging plays) to communicate with friends and family and Google Wallet (with debit card) to buy things online and in-store.

My home is covered with Google Homes (1 in my office, 1 in my bedroom, 1 in the main living area) which I would use to play music on my Google Play Music subscription and podcasts from Google Podcasts.

I have easily invested thousands of dollars into my Google account to buy movies, TV shows, apps, and Google hardware devices. This was truly the Google life.

Then one day, I received an email from Google that changed everything.

“Your account has been suspended”

Just the thing you want to wake up to in the morning. An email from Google saying that your account has been suspended due to a perceived Terms of Use violation. No prior warning. No appeals process. No number to call. Trying to sign in to your Google account yields an error and all of your connected devices are signed out. All of your Google data, your photos, emails, contacts, calendars, purchased movies and TV shows. All gone.

I nearly had a heart attack, until I saw that the Google account that had been suspended was in fact not my main personal Google account, but a throwaway Gmail account that I created years prior for a project. I hadn’t touched the other account since creation and forgot it existed. Apparently my personal Gmail was listed as the recovery address for the throwaway account and that’s why I received the termination email.

Although I was able to breathe a sigh of relief this time, the email was wake up call. I was forced to critically reevaluate my dependence on a single company for all the tech products and services in my life.

I found myself to be a frog in a heating pot of water and I made the decision that I was going to jump out.

Leaving Google

Today there are plenty of lists on the internet providing alternatives to Google services such as this and this. Although the “DeGoogle” movement was still in its infancy when I was making the move.

The first Google service I decided to drop was Gmail, the heart of my online identity. I migrated to Fastmail with my own domain in case I needed to move again (hint: glad I did, now I self host my email). Fastmail also provided calendar and contacts solutions so that took care of leaving Google Calendar and Contacts.

Here are some other alternatives that I moved to:

Gmail → Fastmail → Self-hosted (via Cloudron)
Google Contacts → FastmailNextcloud Contacts
Google Calendar → FastmailNextcloud Calendar
Google Search → BingDuckDuckGo
Google Maps → Bing MapsOpenStreetMaps and OsmAnd
Google Analytics → Matomo Analytics
Google Drive → Nextcloud Files
Google Photos → Nextcloud Files/Gallery
Google Docs → Collabora Office (Nextcloud integration) and LibreOffice
Google Play Music → Spotify / PlexSpotify / Jellyfin
Google Play Movies/TV → PlexJellyfin
Google Play Audiobooks/Books → Audible/Kindle
Google Play Store (apps) → F-Droid / Aurora Store
Google Android → Lineage OSUbuntu Touch on PinePhone (coming soon?)
Google’s Android Apps → Simple Mobile Tools
Google Chrome → Mozilla Firefox
Google Domains → Hover
Google Hangouts → Matrix and Nextcloud Talk
Google Allo → Signal
Google Podcasts → PocketCastsAntennaPod
Google Newsstand → RSS
Google Wallet → PayPal and Cash App
Google Voice →Ting Mobile

Migrating away from Google was not a fast or easy process. It took years to get where I am now and there are still several Google services that I depend on: YouTube and Google Home.

Eventually, my Google Home’s will grow old and become unsupported at which point hopefully the Mycroft devices have matured and become available for purchase. YouTube may never be replaced (although I do hope for projects like PeerTube to succeed) but I find the compromise of using only one or two Google services to be acceptable.

At this point losing my Google account due to a mistake in their machine learning would largely be inconsequential and my focus has shifted to leaving Amazon which I use for most of my shopping and cloud services.

The reason that I moved to mostly FOSS applications is that it seems to be the only software ecosystem where everything works seamlessly together and I don’t have to cede control to any single company. Alternatively I could have simply split my service usage up evenly across Google, Microsoft, Amazon, and Apple but I don’t feel that they would have worked as nicely together.

Overall I’m very happy with the open source ecosystem. I use Ubuntu with KDE on all of my computers and Android (no GApps) on my mobile phone. I’ve ordered the PinePhone “Brave Heart” and hope to one day be able to use it or one of its successors as a daily driver with Ubuntu Touch or Plasma Mobile.

I don’t want to give the impression that I exclusively use open source software either, I do use a number of proprietary apps including: Sublime Text, Typora, and Cloudron.

Wenn euch diese ständigen #Cookie Warnungen / Hinweise auf diversen Webseiten genau so nerven, dann kann ich euch die #Blacklist hier empfehlen: www.i-dont-care-about-cookies.…
Diese einfach bei uBlock Origin hinzufügen und schon ist das surfen in diesem Internet wesentlich angenehmer.
Leider funktioniert diese Liste nicht mit dem #Pi-Hole da kein unterstütztes Format.
Aber die meisten hier arbeiten vermutlich sowieso mit #ublockorigin . 😀
I don't care about cookies

Super exciting that the German Government’s trial of Matrix for use in the Bundeswehr (Ministry of Defense) and elsewhere is now public news!!

Das soziale Netzwerk Twitter soll künftig nur noch Client eines offenes Standards sein. Dafür sucht das Unternehmen Entwickler, obwohl die Technik längst als W3C-Standard
Open Web: Twitter will offenes Protokoll für soziale Netze -
#Twitter #JackDorsey #Microblogging #Internet #OpenSource

Möchte, aus einer Laune heraus, mit nachfolgendem Text nochmal eine Lanze für das #fediverse brechen.

Auf #Twitter folgt man als unbedeutender Niemand größeren Konten, teilt deren Inhalte, liked deren Beiträge. Konversation untereinander ist, wenn sie stattfindet, häufig streiterfüllt und unsympathisch.

Im #Fediverse folgt gefühlt jeder jedem. Der Austausch ist mannigfaltig, häufig sachlich und der Umgangston grundlegend freundlich. Hoffentlich bleibt es noch lange so.

Ich wünschte, die Mastodonten würden verstehen, dass Fediverse so viel mehr als nur Mastodon ist.


Vortrag über das Fediverse von Tobias…

Zum Ende der Sommerpause der Salonabende im Schätzchen, dem Café für Schöne Dinge & Salonkultur, war ich am 10. August eingeladen, einen Vortrag über das Fediverse und Friendica als Alternative zu den kommerziellen Plattformen wie Facebook, Instagram und zu halten.

Das Fediverse ist ein Netzwerk von unterschiedlichen Social Media Plattformen, die alle als Freie Software umgesetzt sind. Die Knoten des Netzwerks, also die einzelnen Installationen bzw. Dienste, kommunizieren dabei über offene Protokolle mit einander, ähnlich wie man es von E-Mails her kennt. Damit können die Nutzerïnnen der einzelnen Dienste im Fediverse, über die Grenzen der jeweiligen Dienste hinweg, mit allen anderen Nutzerïnnen interagieren

#Fediverse #Deutsch #Vortrag #Friendica #Pleroma #Hubzilla #PeerTube #Funkwhale #Diaspora #SocialHome #Mastodon #GNUSocial…

Konnte dem Problem auf den Grund gehen: Da mein Account in Mastodon nur nach Bestätigung folgbar ist und ich meinen Hubzilla-Account eben noch nicht bestätigt hatte, kamen meine Mastodon-Posts natürlich auch nicht bei Hubzilla an. Mittlerweile funktioniert es.

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