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25 years after its initial ratification, the Debian project has voted to amend their Social Contract to allow proprietary firmware in the installer
* https://www.debian.org/social_contract * https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Debian_Social_Contract
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Videos from the recent Community Leadership Conference are now online for anyone interested in learning about interacting with or integrating into Free and Open Source Software communities.
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The Commission and Nextcloud have awarded EUR 5,000 to a software developer based in Austria. He contributed a map-sharing application to Nextcloud that makes it easy for users to collaborate on geographic maps, and then share these with others.
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Fork(s) of or alternatives to Frost?
I've noticed that, unfortunately, Frost is becoming less and less functional. More pages give error, and the chat isn't working properly either. It seems like it's finally puttering out from inactive maintenance as FB continues to grow and change. Are there and active forks of it that work? Are there any good alternatives to Frost? Note: I'd prefer not to use FB at all, but I have to in order to stay in contact with family and others who cling to it. I'm sure you understand.
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There is no “software supply chain” — iliana.fyi
> This is where the supply chain metaphor — and it is just that, a metaphor — breaks down. If a microchip vendor enters an agreement and fails to uphold it, the vendor’s customers have recourse. If an open source maintainer leaves a project unmaintained for whatever reason, that’s not the maintainer’s fault, and the companies that relied on their work are the ones who get to solve their problems in the future. Using the term “supply chain” here dehumanizes the labor involved in developing and maintaining software as a hobby.
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"Exploring a New Way to Contribute to Open Source" - research data on GitHub Sponsors from a 2022 scientific paper
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What is the state of open source hardware for SBC’s?
Last I knew, all SBC’s had processors with proprietary ISA’s, closed source microcode, and manufacturer-signed bootloaders. GPU’s were universally using binary blob drivers and the attempts to reverse engineer open source drivers were in very early days. What progress has been made? Do I still need nearly 20-year-old computer to run Linux without closed source code running at some point in the boot sequence? I don’t have any practical reason for this, frankly. Just makes me feel good and it’s interesting work.
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