In case you missed it, you can follow people across the Fediverse even if you're using a different kind of site.
For example, here's a PixelFed account:
...here's a PeerTube account...
...here's a WriteFreely account...
...here's a Plume account...
...here's a Friendica account...
...and you can follow all of them from Mastodon.
Just click on the @ link to see their profile, and then click on Follow.
If you want to see this happen and are willing to get involved, please get in touch!
I went over some of the results of the controversy behind Librem One over here: https://linuxliaison.org/librem-one-the-dust-has-settled/
Seems that things are right again and that they did right by those who care about the cause :) Let me know what you think in the end.
Translate the Fediverse!
You can help translate lots of Fediverse projects into your own language.
Translating even one phrase helps a lot! 👍
Mast 1.6.6 is here! It’s a big one. 🥳
Just heard that China has now blocked all access to all editions of Wikipedia. Apparently Turkey has done this too.
Fortunately, there's an app called #Kiwix which lets people download, browse and search the whole of Wikipedia (and many other wikimedia sites) entirely offline on their computer or phone.
You can follow them here:
Their official website is here:
(Thanks to @Khrys for the China news)
99 sticker packs have been awarded so far in the Month of LibreOffice! Want to get some for yourself? Take 20 minutes this weekend to help our project and get your name on the list: https://blog.documentfoundation.org/blog/2019/05/01/starting-today-the-month-of-libreoffice-may-2019-get-cool-merchandise/
Folks, I’m seeing a lot of people recommend setting xpinstall.signatures.required to false to fix the Firefox extensions issue.
⚠️ DO NOT DO THIS! ⚠️
It disables signature checking on extensions which means that you open yourself up to malicious extensions if you install any new ones or if you have auto updates on.
Or go the officially recommended (but less private) route: https://mastodon.ar.al/@aral/102039553570119536
✅ Allow Firefox to send technical and interaction data to Mozilla
✅ Allow Firefox to install and run studies
(Don’t forget to turn these off right after your extensions show up again. I restarted the browser but not sure if that’s necessary.)
I've updated the switching.social poster, to make it as simple and easy to read as possible:
The idea of the poster is to go on community noticeboards, so that more people in real life realise there are alternatives to what big tech offers them.
Feedback on design and content etc welcome.
There's an indie search engine called Mojeek on the fediverse at:
You can try their search at:
I don't know much about Mojeek, but they seem to be using their own index rather than repackaging others'.
They also emphasise privacy and not tracking users.
They're a private company so it's unclear who owns them, but it's the same situation with DuckDuckGo.
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The main issue with LineageOS is that my phone feels like it's held together with duct tape. Stuff randomly breaks, it's awkward, and every few months when there's a firmware upgrade I have to factory reset and start all over again, which takes hours, and I'm always afraid I'm going to break something when I muck around in recovery mode.
Using Ubuntu on a laptop is really not that hard; I don't feel like I'm missing much compared to either macOS or Windows. Why are open-source phones so hard??
Almost the weekend, so let's have a #FollowFriday 🍣 🍵
🎧 @funkwhale Funkwhale: Open federated music storage and sharing
🎞️ @Chocobozzz Chocobozz: Lead developer of PeerTube, the open federated alternative to YouTube
💬 @prismo Prismo: Open federated alternative to Reddit
📱 @Fairphone Fairphone: Smartphone makers who try to use ethical raw materials
@timecowboy Jake Lawrence: Fantasy-themed webcomics
@switchingsocial Is there a free-software alternative to zoom.us for collaborative VOIP that might convince astronomers that you don't have to be a rocket scientist to use it? I'm constantly under pressure to use this from colleagues. Repeating the practical risks and the ethical problems ad infinitum gets tiring after some time...
Is there any Searx instance which uses a nice, friendly Google/DDG/Bing-style theme by default?
The default Searx theme is not so great for first impressions, it's a bit techy :/
(I know people can manually change to a different theme on Searx, but that is fiddly and doesn't help with first impressions.)
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.