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It's a guide for non-technical people who are concerned about protecting their privacy online. It only lists easy-to-use sites and apps that are ethical and privacy-friendly.
You can find out more at https://switching.social
If you know someone who might benefit from this guide, please share the link with them!
#LimeSurvey is a free open alternative to Google Forms.
They've just joined the Fediverse, you can follow them here:
You can find out more about LimeSurvey on their official website:
It's free of charge for people who want to self-host it, and there's also a paid service for people who want managed hosting instead.
When I started pixelfed, stuff like blocks or mutes wasn't even on my radar.
I have never experienced abuse or harassment online. I've never blocked an account on twitter. It was naive to think those should not be a priority based on my own experiences.
I've learned so much this past year, and strive to build a safer alternative to IG for everyone.
It might take a bit longer, but it sure is worth it!
Public Service Announcement:
"uBlock Origin" and "uBlock" are two different privacy plugins for web browsers.
✅ uBlock Origin is the one switching.social recommends
❌ uBlock is NOT recommended
For more information on why they have such similar names but are so different:
p.s. Switching.social recommends installing both uBlock Origin and Privacy Badger (https://www.eff.org/privacybadger) alongside each other.
ICYMI: ZDNet published an exclusive story by veteran journalist Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols about the launch of the Pioneer Edition #FreedomBox.
"We can, in short, rebuild the internet so that we, and not multi-billion dollar companies, are in charge," says Vaughan-Nichols.
Read the full article:
Here are the full details on our open developer position:
We're looking for #Go developers, but welcome anyone with similar web development skills to apply! There's plenty to be done around #WriteFreely, and lots of opportunity to learn Go, if you're interested.
#SuperTuxKart is a free open game similar to Mario Kart, featuring open source mascots as the main characters.
The latest version (1.0) was released a couple of days ago, and introduces online multiplayer 🌐
There's also a story mode, single player, local multiplayer, various game types and lots of mods.
It's available for Linux, Mac, Windows and Android:
@ChrisWere did a detailed video about it a while ago, which includes gameplay footage:
Hello, @switchingsocial , do you know a cheap and privacy-friendly web hoster ?
@switchingsocial Asked pcpartpicker on reddit if their new framework will be open source. Got downvoted and they said 'NO." So any alternatives? I tried alternativeto.net but they didn't have any good ones.
Google walkout organizers say they're being retaliated against for demanding ethical standards — Cory Doctorow
Allright, our new website is now up and running at https://funkwhale.audio/ 🎉 🎉 🎉
- Cute illustrations drawed by @robin
- Cleaner, mobile-first design
- More accurate and accessible explanations about the project
- A brand new #Funkwhale pod selector
- A brand new "Applications" page listing Funkwhale-compatible apps
- Internationalization-ready content, so we can translate the site in many languages!
Many thanks to testers, proof-readers, designers and everyone who helped!
BREAKING NEWS: SALES OF FREEDOMBOX HAVE LAUNCHED
If you enjoy using apps from @fdroidorg you might want to try the alternative client G-Droid:
G-Droid is F-Droid but with a more discovery-oriented interface. (For example, they've just added a "recently commented" panel, so you can see what people are talking about.)
You can download G-Droid from F-Droid itself.
(If you're new to F-Droid, here's a beginner's guide to installing it: https://switching.social/ethical-alternatives-to-google-play/)
This would be remote, contract-based work for now, with a chance to go full-time later in the year (assuming all continues going well). You'd be creating free / open source software.
SuperTuxKart 1.0 Release http://blog.supertuxkart.net/2019/04/supertuxkart-10-release.html
You can now download Ubuntu 19.04 Disco Dingo! 🍾 https://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2018/11/ubuntu-19-04-release-features #linux #ubuntu
Easy-to-use privacy-conscious apps and sites for non-technical people:
mastodon.at is a microblogging site that federates with most instances on the Fediverse.