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re: federated free software movement

From: Arthur Torrey
Subject: re: federated free software movement
Date: Sat, 13 Nov 2021 21:03:10 -0500 (EST)

I think that this would be a really good idea, as I see a great deal of overlap 
between the motivations and ideals of the groups...  It might also be worth 
reaching out to the 'maker' world as well since it also has a lot of 
overlap....  I don't do Bird-noises or Mastodon, but think it is a good idea in 

I think the only thing that might be an issue where the groups might need to 
have a significant level of willingness to compromise is on the 'purity 
requirements' (for lack of a better term)  I.e. both the OSHW and R2R folks 
don't necessarily have big issues w/ using proprietary software / binary blobs 
if it makes it possible to accomplish their ends of making cool objects (i.e. a 
gizmo that is based on a RasPI) or fixing a device (i.e using a Windows based 
proprietary programming tool)...  So while pointing out how Free software might 
make it easier to make / fix things, the FLOSS enthusiasts would need to not be 
hostile to the idea using software that we don't approve of...  This is sort of 
like my comment that the RYF cert would be more popular / desirable if it 
didn't prohibit mentioning compatibility w/ other non-free O/S's...


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Date: Sat, 13 Nov 2021 14:29:30 +0000
From: Leah Rowe <>
Subject: federated free software movement
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What if there was a combined Free Software, OSHW and Right to Repair 
group, providing ideological leadership in a peer to peer fashion via 
federated services (including Git-based code hosting) and an emphasis on 
teaching how to self-host your own federated hosting infrastructure?
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