The next time you find yourself using Microsoft or Facebook or Apple (...) products, ask yourself if there isn't an open source alternative - and if there is, go check it out. Most commercial software has readily available alternatives that were developed in the open source community.
If you talk to somebody about using open source products, they'll usually start talking about the different meanings of the word 'free'; e.g. free as in beer, free as in freedom, etc. At the same time, many will try to push products on you with licenses written by lawyers which dictate exactly what you can and cannot do with your 'free as in freedom' software. [I always found this amusing.]
But I think they are all missing the point. I develop and use open source software - and my reasons for using it have very little to do with 'free'; and have everything to do with the fact that open source is developed by definition in an environment that is open and transparent. I know a bit about software, and I also know that you can bury manipulative and deceptive algorithms inside software in order to control and influence the software "users". During my years of employment in the industry, I've been asked to create software with manipulative and deceptive intentions, and I've also been affected by manipulative and deceptive algorithms which were created by other companies to stifle competition by the very companies I worked for. You don't see these algorithms because they are tucked away behind a curtain and a veil of secrecy. But let's summarise: software tends to embody within itself the values and motives of the organisations who create it, both good and bad.
So I use open source software because ultimately it is an ethical and "trust" decision. I tend to put more trust into things which are open and transparent and developed by people and organisations who embody those values than things which are closed and manipulative and developed by people and organisations that embody those values.
Thank you for your time. Have a nice day.
Friendica 3.4.3-2 has been released
There were recently changes in the Diaspora* protocol which disturbed the federated communication between the projects. To compensate the changes Friendica 3.4.3-2 has been released
How to Update?
If you have an installation using the git repository directly, all you have to do is a git pull in the friendica directory. That will fetch the new version from the master branch and you are ready to go. The development branch of Friendica 3.5 Asparagus, has been updated as well.
Alternatively you can find a zip file of the released version of friendica at github.com for download. Just unzip it on your local machine and replace the files on your server with the new files.
remote: Counting objects: 9, done.
remote: Compressing objects: 100% (9/9), done.
remote: Total 9 (delta 1), reused 2 (delta 0)
Unpacking objects: 100% (9/9), done.
6109c66..709022d master -> origin/master
546e280..c14fcf0 develop -> origin/develop
* [neue Markierung] 3.3.2 -> 3.3.2
Dies ist Friendica, Version 3.3.1 die unter folgender Webadresse zu finden ist https://www.skrumbholz.de
$ git rev-parse 3.3.2
## ^ that's the old commit
$ git tag -d 3.3.2 #delete the local 3.3.2 tag
$ git fetch origin tag 3.3.2 #fetch tag 3.3.2 from remote 'origin'
$ git rev-parse 3.3.2
## ^ that's the correct commit