Topic: Sharing information: About being believable!
it mocks me up when locking after free software these days. Not that we have problems in a whole with being left over with the phrase "open-source" - which is in fact a vague and just wrong description. There are also enough people and participants out there thinking they just can install som operating-system being free from most known proprietary packages and software, after that they are done with everything else.
No? Okay, you could use invidio.us for example. But where is the difference? Just another webinterface for video and audio hosted on centralized servers at Google. Yes, it is also one point about personal data like concurrent connection data is not officially given away and invidio.us is the main contact for Google, but it is clear that the mentioned company is just locking up some servers hosting the software and they won't stop when this becomes just too big or they even lock the concurrent API. And what about the next step to be taken if this happens? No further videos delivered. That's just the starting point because what about people even doing videos about GNU/Linux and other parts of free software, uploading this to centralized, proprietary services? What about this all-time comparisons? No, Gimp is NOT Photoshop and Audacity is NOT Wavelab. Those free, libre applications have their own standing, so they have to be handled like this and not with this on-going comparisons again and again.
If "we" really want to be believable we should stop sharing and caring content wide throughout centralized, proprietary services. Thinking further because what about such nice projects like LibreTube? What about others? And yes, we have also to think about "social services": Are those really "social" or is it again some escalation without real talking? I would like to call those more than "anti-social" and I'm also referring to Diaspora, Mastodon and others. Everybody is free to choose, of course. But when do we really start being "believable", not just talking about finding access to furthermore the same proprietary content and being afterwards more dependent than before? Some pictures with mentioned comparisons also DO NOT help!
Being believable means therefore being straight up and being friendly in combination with support. With all the examples above we should not wonder why some free projects standing up for "open, free culture" take more and more dependencies from outside. For example the nice project Blender integrating an unfree interface (CUDA) and has to be changed afterwards being therefore no risk for privacy and freedom. The main problem is the mix with "open-source", this pragmatic view: Yeah, using some distribution being about freedom and privacy, but also focussed on proprietary services with content bound to copyrights and no perspective for copyleft or permissive licensing. Let us make a difference for a better future including all residents of our nice, blue planet - and I know this is some kind of utopian view, but just also some idealistic view for the better!
Being believable also means information: So what do you think about making a collection of your used free, libre applications and services being open for everyone as demonstration that this is no illusion? You have found a nice application for the commandline helping? An interesting project? Get it here, perhaps we could also help Hyperbola itself - just to mention PKGBUILD-files for interesting toolsets and libraries from the member koszko: https://libregit.org/koszko/PKGBUILDs
Perhaps you've mentioned this, before but I think this needs to being mentioned straight up again. Oh and yes: Github should be included as proprietary service as projects like ScummVM use it being dependent from Microsoft itself - same problem as mentioned above with invidio.us and Google. Perhaps this is not their main repository? But that's just my perspective, open for discussion.
Certainly anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit injustices: For a life of every being full with peace and kindness, including diversity and freedom. Capitalism is destroying our minds, the planet itself and the universe in the end!