Some were asking whether there is a Fediverse alternative to Facebook Events/Groups.

There is one on the way!

It's called Mobilizon, and it had a successful crowdfunding to cover development costs. The beta version is due out in October.

It will be free, open and federate with ActivityPub.

You can follow it on here:

@mobilizon

The website is here:

joinmobilizon.org

You can follow and help development here:

framagit.org/framasoft/mobiliz

Just to follow up on the recent post about ethical phone makers @Fairphone , a number of people asked if there was a more ethical OS on it too.

Fairphone comes with stock Google Android by default, but
Fairphone also make their own de-googlised version of Android called Fairphone Open:

code.fairphone.com

It doesn't come with the Fairphone by default, but because it's provided by Fairphone themselves it's relatively easy to install:

code.fairphone.com/projects/fp

You can greatly customise your Mastodon Notifications section by clicking on the slider icon in the top right corner.

Try the different settings, they're useful :blobsmile:

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You may know @nextcloud offers a free open storage system, but did you know it also has its own app ecosystem?

There are lots of extra apps you can add to your Nextcloud:

apps.nextcloud.com/

(Includes collaborative document editing, music streaming, video calling, calendar syncing, note taking, XMPP chat and lots more)

Getting very strong hints that the Fairphone 3 will be unveiled on Tuesday 27th August ๐Ÿ“ฑ

You can follow Fairphone on their official Fediverse account:

@Fairphone

...and on their community account:

@WeAreFairphone

Fairphone manufacture smartphones using as ethical methods and materials as possible, all the way through the supply chain.

As you may have noticed from recent boosts, @pixelfed now has "remote follows".

In case you're wondering what it is, is a free open alternative to Instagram, designed for privacy-friendly photo sharing.

You can now follow Mastodon accounts from Pixelfed, and Pixelfed accounts from Mastodon.

Some good servers to sign up on:
pixelfed.de
pixelfed.social

Remote follows mean wherever you sign up, you can follow people from other servers ๐Ÿ‘

If you're new to Mastodon and the Fediverse, you may be looking for ways to connect with people.

Here are some suggestions:

โœ… Do a post telling the world a little bit about yourself with the hashtag

โœ… Visit the opt-in community directory Trunk to find people to follow, it's organised by topic:

communitywiki.org/trunk

โœ… Use hashtags! These are the only way to search the fediverse, so they make your posts much easier to discover.

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Have you tried filling in your profile's metadata section?

You can add links, or even just random info, which appear as a table next to your public profile.

1. Click on "Edit Profile"

2. Go to "Profile Metadata" section and fill in one or more rows

3. (optional) To verify your ownership of a website, insert the verification code into your website's code. This will make verified links turn green on your profile with a tick next to them.

4. Click Save

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An official report for the Dutch government concluded:

โ€œ(Microsoft Office) systematically collects data on a large scale ... covertly, without informing people. โ€ฆ Microsoft does not offer any choice with regard to the amount of data, or possibility to switch off the collection.โ€

Don't use Microsoft Office, use LibreOffice instead ๐Ÿ‘

It's free, open and you can get it here:

libreoffice.org

You can follow them on here:

@libreoffice

The free open pro painting software has a PeerTube channel which has just become active :blobaww:

You can follow Krita's official PeerTube at:

@kritafoundation

You can follow their official Mastodon account at:

@krita

You can download Krita from their official website, it's available for Windows, Mac and Linux:

krita.org/en

(NOTE: PeerTube is part of the Fediverse, so you can follow its channels and comment on its videos from Mastodon etc. ๐Ÿ‘ )

Libre game fans,

and @Minetest are examples of good, well-maintained libre games.

Do you know any others you would recommend?

Developers and/or searx fans,

Anyone know if there's a Searx instance with a cleaner, more Google/DDG-like interface by default?

Or is anyone working on one?

I know there are other themes available but none of the current ones are as calm as DDG/Google/Bing etc.

Also, default themes are the only ones that non-tech people will ever see. If you want non-techies to use Searx, the default theme has to be aimed at them.

Wordpress people,

I need some advice: does anyone know why the page title on the "Simppeli" theme is forced into all capital letters?

I would like to use lower case for titles, but I cannot find the part of the "Simppeli" code that controls this.

Example in attached screenshot below.

On the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11's Moon landing today, a reminder that pretty much all of NASA's photo/video/audio archive is public domain:

images.nasa.gov

๐Ÿš€ ๐ŸŒ”

Do you like Mario Kart? Do you like Libre software?

Then you might like , which lets you race as various FLOSS mascots:

supertuxkart.net

It includes story mode, time trial, local multiplayer, online multiplayer and lots of mods too.

It's available for Linux, Mac, Windows and Android.

Wow ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

Libre activists in Albania ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฑ are doing their own version of switching.social (see photo) ๐Ÿ‘

Switching.social is available under a CC By SA licence, so if you want to do your own version in your own language, please go right ahead!

There are already versions in French, German, Italian and Turkish:
mastodon.at/@switchingsocial/1

Adobe Creative Cloud holds creative works hostage: if you stop paying the monthly fee or if Adobe's servers go down, you can't edit your work. Once you buy into the Adobe ecosystem, you're stuck there and forced to pay rent.

There are many free open alternatives which give you full control over your work without locking you down:

switching.social/ethical-alter

Design people,

Any suggestions for what could be the cover photo on switching.social's profile page?

It looks a bit messy with text on text ๐Ÿ˜•

Mastodon doesn't have a direct system to verify users' identities.

However, if you own a website you can verify your identity as its owner ๐Ÿ‘

1. Go to Preferences > Profile > Appearance

2. Scroll down to "Verification", copy the code and paste it onto the front page of your website

3. Add your website to "Profile Metadata"

4. Click "Save Changes"

That's it!

Your website address should now be verified in green on your profile ๐ŸŽ‰

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