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Re: [libreplanet-discuss] New GNU

From: Michał 'rysiek' Woźniak
Subject: Re: [libreplanet-discuss] New GNU
Date: Tue, 8 May 2012 14:49:50 +0200
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Dnia wtorek, 8 maja 2012 o 13:53:32 Ramana Kumar napisał(a):
> Thanks for mentioning Diaspora* - I actually hadn't heard of it
> before, and now I have requested an invite.

Happy you liked it - have a look at Pod Uptime:

There are many Diaspora pods, choose the one that suits you best. The one is just one of many. Most of the rest do not need 
an invite.

Once you're there, I'd love to get in touch - 
here. ;)

> It sounds like there are two actionable threads emerging from this
> discussion:
> 1. organise promotion of free social networks, especially switching
> away from proprietary ones together as a group of friends, and

Yes. This being used in some part as a "gateway drug" to the rest of 
the FaiF world.

> 2. organise promotion of free operating systems, possibly by
> introducing GNU to many people who haven't seen it or didn't know
> they were using it

I'd say "promotion of Free Software in general"; it's more vague and 
general, and thus harder, but nevertheless that is what is the clue 
now, with all the "cloud computing" stuff creeping in.

The OS is, unfortunately, more and more irrelevant these days. This is 
good in some small part (as you can use whatever to do what you 
need/want to do); but very bad in other (users' data on proprietary 
servers, in proprietary systems, with no way to export them 
conveniently). As I wrote already, vendor lock-in 2.0.

> These activities can of course be linked,
> because they share the underlying message that freedom matters.


> In the spirit of Free as in United <> I think
> these two projects should have a homepage or two so we can clarify
> plans and ideas and get people involved.

Yes. And I would see an IdeaTorrent installation for use in that:

> Who would like to host this? Remember the bystander effect: if you
> don't volunteer, maybe nobody will. So I am asking you to step up!

Me and my organisation is interested in helping, maybe coordinating 
this in some part. I had this idea a long time ago already, and I am 
quite eager to finally start bringing it to life.

However, we do not have loose funds, free hands and not much free 
infrastructure. We might be able to host the bare minimum (website, 
ideatorrent, wiki, maybe a mailing list should we need it), but we 
would need to have some help in administrative tasks.

> In the meantime, I commit to start a page on the LibrePlanet Wiki
> to collate ideas raised so far by Monday 14th. (unless someone
> beats me to it :P)

Go for it. Please send a link our way. We might also want to use a pad 
to help with editing by many people at the same time, for example:

Michał "rysiek" Woźniak

Fundacja Wolnego i Otwartego Oprogramowania

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