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:

supertuxkart.net

@ChrisWere did a detailed video about it a while ago, which includes gameplay footage:

share.tube/videos/watch/fd83f1

PixelFed is a free open federated alternative to Instagram.

There are lots of different instances you can sign up at, for example:

pixelfed.de
pxlfd.me
pix.diaspodon.fr
shared.graphics
pixelfed.fedilab.app

It is part of the ActivityPub-powered Fediverse, so you can follow PixelFed accounts from Mastodon etc. For example: @earth

You can follow the project's latest news at @pixelfed

The web browser Brave is marketed as a privacy-friendly ad-free alternative, but that's pretty disingenuous.

Brave exists not to protect privacy, but to make money from selling ads.

Brave is a commercial company funded by venture capital. Its business model is selling advertising and cryptocurrency investment.

One of Brave's owners is Peter Thiel's Founders Fund. Thiel is also the head of Palantir (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palantir) and on the board of Facebook.

I do not recommend using Brave.

Bad news about , the copyright directive (which includes Art 13) has passed the council of ministers.

Interesting footnote: if the UK gov had simply abstained (or voted against), the directive would not have passed. Britain represents enough population to form a blocking minority.

However, the British government voted in favour.

The law can still be stopped in the European courts (which is what happened to the data retention directive), but this is much messier and more difficult.

Friendica has just been updated to version 2019.03

If you haven't tried Friendica lately, this might be a good time to take a look.

Some places to sign up:

nerdica.net
libranet.de
social.isurf.ca

It's the Fediverse's Facebook alternative, with a similar interface and features (photo galleries, events, groups etc).

You can follow people on ActivityPub (Mastodon etc.) and RSS feeds too.

You can also use it through the the Fedilab app (@tom79).

is a free open alternative to Google Keep. It includes text, images, audio, todo lists and syncing features.

It's currently available for Android (on Google Play and F-Droid), Linux, and NextCloud.

You can follow it here:

@Carnet

You can find out more and contribute on its git page:

github.com/PhieF/CarnetDocumen

The lead developer is here:

@PhieLaidMignon

There's an alternative to Reddit on the Fediverse, it's called Prismo.

The first instance is here, and is open for sign-ups:

prismo.news

prismo.news/auth/sign_up

The project's Mastodon account is here:

@prismo

Federation is still being worked on, but you can already follow Prismo users and comment on their posts from elsewhere on the Fediverse.

For example, here's the lead developer's Prismo account:

@mxb

Thanks to reader @attac_hl for pointing out the customisable route planning site OpenRouteService:

maps.openrouteservice.org

It uses OpenStreetMap data, but offers more options for routing and vehicles.

You can very easily browse hashtags on the Fediverse by going to a large Mastodon instance and using the address (instance)/tags/(hashtag).

For example:

mastodon.social/tags/recipe

This page includes public posts from the Fediverse using that hashtag. You don't need to be logged in to view the page.

Click on a post date to see it enlarged with replies.

Different instances show different combinations of posts, depending on who people follow on that instance.

You can follow multiple hashtags on Mastodon very easily:

1. Search for a hashtag
2. Go to the search results column, open its options and select "Pin"
3. On the pinned column, open its options and select "Include additional tags for this column"
4. Add all the hashtags you want to follow to "Any of these"

This pinned column will then show results for the tags you add to it.

It allows you to follow topics in a single column the same way you would follow people.

In case you missed it, the "off-the-grid" app Manyverse now has a Fediverse account for announcements and questions:

@manyver_se

Manyverse works on Scuttlebutt, a distributed social network without any servers, where people connect directly to each other:

manyver.se

scuttlebutt.nz

Scuttlebutt lets you have complete control over your data (it's stored on your computer or phone) and over who sees it (only people you connect with).

Mastodon users,

If you want to protect your followers' privacy, you can make your follower lists private:

1. Go to Settings
2. Go to Preferences
3. Tick the "Hide your network" box
4. Select "Save Changes"

You will still see your list of followers, but others won't.

(This also hides the list of who you follow.)

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Did you know there's a proposed logo for the ?

commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Fil

(Unfortunately I can't find the creator's details, if anyone knows please reply!)

is a distributed social network. There are no servers at all, just you and the people you know.

Anything shared with you on Scuttlebutt is sent to your computer or phone. Anything you share with another is sent to theirs.

It's still in its early days and tricky to use, but there's a good attempt to get it into the mainstream at:

manyver.se

It's available for Android (through Play and @fdroidorg ) and on the way for iOS, Windows, Mac and Linux.

Ok, a slightly different kind of ethical alternative today:

GFW is a small independent clothing maker who don't use sweatshops and don't classify people by gender.

They are having free shipping to anywhere in the world for the next two weeks, plus 10% off with the discount code "firstorder".

genderfreeworld.com

They use a sizing system which works by body shape, not gender:

genderfreeworld.com/pages/our-

They cost more, but that's because they pay a proper wage (they manufacture in the UK).

is currently under construction, and will be a free open federated alternative to Reddit.

You can follow the project here:

@prismo

There's a demo instance at:

prismo.news

If you're a developer, you can contribute to the code here:

gitlab.com/mbajur/prismo

If you want to support the project financially, you can donate here:

patreon.com/mxbx
liberapay.com/mxbx

Apologies to people in the US who clicked on the Switching Social book and saw a rather walmart- centric login page.

I didn't know about this :blobfrown:

1) Kobo login in the rest of the world is totally different (see attachment). I'm outside the US, this is the login I saw.

2) Even in the US, one of the login options should be Rakuten Kobo which is the bookshop itself, you don't need to use Walmart or Google or Facebook

3) I wanted to use a more "indie" site but they all needed paypal :(

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Mastodon

mastodon.at is a microblogging site that federates with most instances on the Fediverse.