Interesting Projects in 2020

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These are projects I find interesting from our Free Software Community in 2020:

Hardware

  • PowerPC Notebook – I want to see this project success to mass produce GNU/Linux as laptops.
  • Respects Your Freedom – I love to see every new free-software-compatible hardware from this certification by Free Software Foundation.
  • PinePhone – I dislike phones but since they mass produce Ubuntu Touch and KDE Mobile alongside the others, I am firmly interested.

Software

  • Jitsi – I use this everyday since last year to teach. It is the best video call solution for everyone.
  • Element – formerly Riot.im, I use this experimentally as alternative to Telegram for teaching.
  • GNU Jami – formerly GNU Ring, I also use this experimentally as alternative to Jitsi for teaching.

Solutions

  • Mastodon – finally social networking site for me. A place where I connect to people in computing field who are very supportive to software freedom. I cannot find such place elsewhere. I feel it is better than Reddit, and I believe it is already better than Facebook.
  • PeerTube – I love this YouTube-like free video sharing network. Now with central search engine.

 

My Position on Centralized Services

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I am not against centralized communication service and at the same time I don’t see decentralization as an absolute mandatory. I am against nonfree software, I accept free software, that’s enough. I do not reject centralized services. That’s why I use Telegram (GPLv3) and forget the fact that it is a centralized service. About the server program it does not affect mine and my people’s computing life as this communication is a service, so in other words, I am okay with it just like anybody else is okay with visiting any website without questioning its web server being free or not. Since 2014 I do all my communications especially my teachings over Telegram with thousands of people in Indonesia. I believe everybody will eventually find that Internet is in many respects centralized, whatever you do to decentralize it, and that’s acceptable for most people including me.

Teaching with Free Software

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I believe education should run with Free Software. I also believe that Free Software itself needs to be taught. So I started my own computer course in my country in 2017 by using nothing but Free Software. All of my classes done via the internet with an exception for some people who meet me in my village. This way, I can train people skills in computing as well as teach them software freedom at the same time. Among things I continuously convey to students are, the basic skills, such as: where to buy a computer, setup an operating system, and start computing life; and at the same time basic software freedom, such as: the definition, saying that nonfree software is bad and forbid them in class; saying that free software is good and encourage their use. My students are from all ages, from all regions in Indonesia i.e. Aceh to Papua, with total 1000 more people attended since the initial days, and many of them do not understand English nor have standard computing skills Westerners have. All students have LibreOffice, use it, learn to open and save as Open Document Format, and I give them assignments to submit also with it because LibreOffice is a requirement to join my course. If you want to know my equipment, please see My hardware, My software and My teaching (in Indonesian), they are so affordable I can run this course almost without money. I achieved success more than everything I initially imagined according to my own considerations and I will still continue this I hope for eternity. I love teaching. Of course I have shortcomings but I believe we are all still in transitions so I’d encounter challenges until it ends. I proof to you that teaching with Free Software is possible and practical. Finally, I invite whoever you are who have capacity, knowledge and patience, to start your teaching (whatever your education field is) with Free Software in your schools, your university, or like me, your own course. Good luck, I wish you and myself success!

New Things on GNU/Linux Community Recently in 2020

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There are a lot of things happened in Free Software Community since 2019. There are many new social things, new technology, and new plans. Some stuffs caught my attentions are:

  • The rise of GNU/Linux branded computers (I wrote article here)
  • The arrival of new ethical code hosting services namely Codeberg, Gitea.com, and Sourcehut (I wrote one)
  • PrivacyToolsIO starts providing ethical privacy services namely SearX, Mastodon, Gitea (I wrote one)
  • Hyperbola plans to use BSD’s kernel instead of Linux-libre (I didn’t write any)
  • GNOME names a city in Indonesia as official name of its latest release (I didn’t write any)
  • Debian joins Fediverse by providing Mastodon, Peertube, Pixelfed social services (I didn’t write any)
  • Debian successfully recompiles all packages with Clang instead of GCC compiler (I didn’t wrote any either)
  • UbuntuBuzz is now HTTPS and with new design (I wrote announcement here)

Perhaps I forgot many other events.


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Windows 10 EULA Text

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Please inform me if you have more copy of EULA text from Windows 10. This license agreement text is from Windows 10 and I converted the HTML version to PDF below using ‘Print to File’ feature from Mozilla Firefox. This post is one part of compilation of nonfree software license texts (“EULA”) and is not a support to nor a promotion of nonfree software itself.

Windows 10 EULA Text (PDF) (local copy) (last updated July 2017)

Windows 10 EULA Text (HTML) (from Microsoft) (last updated July 2017)

Windows 8.1 EULA Text

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Please inform me if you have more copy of EULA text from Windows 8.1. This license agreement text is from Windows 8.1 (aka Windows 9 aka Windows post-8.0). This post is one part of compilation of nonfree software license texts (“EULA”) and is not a support to nor a promotion of nonfree software itself.

Window 8.1 EULA Text (PDF) (local copy)

Windows 8.1 EULA Text (PDF) (from Microsoft)

Windows 8 EULA Text

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Windows 8 EULA Text (PDF) (local copy)

Windows 8 EULA Text (PDF) (from Microsoft)

Windows 7 EULA Text

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Windows 7 EULA Text (PDF) (local copy)

Windows 7 EULA Text (PDF) (from Microsoft)

Windows Vista EULA Text

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Please inform me if you have more copy of EULA text from Windows Vista. This license agreement text is from Windows Vista. This post is one part of compilation of nonfree software license texts (“EULA”) and is not a support to nor a promotion of nonfree software itself.

Windows Vista EULA Text (PDF) (local copy)

Windows Vista EULA Text (PDF) (from Microsoft)