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The breathtaking image from the #EventHorizon telescope is a real achievement for science, and a nice demo of the power of collaboration. Also nice to see (in a behind-the-scenes video shared on the bird site) some laptops involved were running #Ubuntu!

Thank you, #Microsoft, for sharing how many #Google services are looming in the #Chrome/#Chromium browser. I hope all projects that use Chromium take note and also start removing these. (slide was presented at BlinkOn conference)

We are happy to announce the release of #YunoHost 3.5 \o/ ! 🎉

Many fixes and improvements as always, but one highlight in particular is the introduction of a theming mechanism for the user / SSO portal ! You can now customize its appearance (including the YunoHost logo/branding !) to make it really feel like your home :blobcatcoffee: !

In parallel, we are also reworking how we handle "official" apps !

Check out the release note for all the details 😘

forum.yunohost.org/t/yunohost-

If you're looking for people to follow on here, try :

communitywiki.org/trunk

It's an opt-in directory of users who are looking for followers, organised by topic. (People are only listed if they actively ask to be listed.)

Just go to the list you want (e.g. communitywiki.org/trunk/grab/M ) and click on people to see their profiles. To follow them, click on "follow".

To be added or removed, message one of the admin accounts listed on Trunk's front page.

Fun fact: By licensing your work as Creative Commons, people won't be able to lock it away again using DRM.

creativecommons.org/faq/#is-cr

Have you been thinking about making an app for the Librem 5 but didn't know where to start?

I wrote a tutorial blog post for getting started with designing apps for GNOME mobile (and desktop too).

blogs.gnome.org/tbernard/2019/

If you want to have a Medium-style text-based blog that people can follow on the Fediverse, you might want to try these:

Plume:
joinplu.me

Write Freely
writefreely.org
writefreely.org/instances

You can either join an existing instance, or set up your own.

They federate with ActivityPub-based networks such as Mastodon, Pleroma, Friendica etc. so you can follow their blogs the same way you would follow a person.

So I finally got around to setting up #Yunohost on my VPS. I don't know why I didn't do it sooner! The project is top notch and so much more than I thought. Like one click SSL certs from #LetsEncrypt, plus they auto renew. :bongoCat:

It just feels good finally self host some projects I have been looking at for a long time.
Like #Wallabag, #Gitea, & #FreshRSS

Yunohost is definitely worth checking out if you have even a remote interest in self hosting. (☞ ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)☞

yunohost.org/

Now the #WriteFreely Instances page shows whether or not instances are up-to-date 👍

writefreely.org/instances

CryptPad is a free open online document editing system, and a much more private alternative to Google Docs.

It's designed around privacy, with a "zero knowledge" system where no one except the document owner knows what is in a document.

Their site is here:

cryptpad.fr

You can follow them on the Fediverse here:

@cryptpad

You can use their service, or host your own instance.

@switchingsocial can you recommend any lightweight Nextcloud alternative? I really enjoy Nextcloud but it runs too slow on my netbook, so I'm looking for something that doesn't need much hardware to work.

Skype is owned by Microsoft and all its calls pass through MS servers. No one knows what MS does with the data it gathers.

Jami is a free open alternative with no servers at all, calls connect directly between users. It's very easy to use, and a good privacy-friendly replacement for Skype.

Their website is at:

jami.net

You can follow Jami on the Fediverse at:

@Jami

The app is available for all major platforms including Android, iOS, Windows, Mac and Linux.

I'm looking for photo transfer/management apps to replace my reliance on Google Photos. I tried Shoebox but it's not quite doing it for me as I can't easily share images from it. PhotoSync likewise is certainly doing what it's intended to, but it won't replace my need entirely. I don't mind using a couple apps - for exaple, photosync for the syncing bit and something else for organizing.

What I want is to be able to:
- back up photos from my phone so I can clear space
(This can be cloud based or to my pc)
- share photos with either a direct hotlink, copying the image, or with easy access to the file directory
- organise photos into albums or groups

Any recommendations? @switchingsocial I'd welcome your thoughts or boosts :3

Would someone be willing to help me review the best fediverse clients for mobile?

Linux is a really good privacy-friendly alternative to Windows, and nowadays it's easy for anyone to use. Modern Linux works just like Windows or Mac, you do not need tech skills to use it.

If you want to buy a computer with Linux preinstalled, there's a really good site that lists vendors around the world:

linuxpreloaded.com

(One of the major vendors, @Purism , is on the Fediverse.)

See also:
switching.social/ethical-alter

Google Inbox shut down, so it's time to make the switch.

But...is there an :android: email app that's open-source, supports threading, and still looks nice? 🔍 🤔

Asking for email passwords to "verify" new accounts is obviously a bad idea. So why did Facebook do it? eff.org/deeplinks/2019/04/face

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Mastodon

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