@tootbrute @jaranta it should work with Jitsi, which uses WebRTC meaning video calls are p2p between participants so don't need a server (well technically a server is used for signaling, but not for audio/video traffic)
@mplouffe @tootbrute @jaranta

I like your thinking! :) And I'm sure lots of people on fedi would be happy to help. When proprietary software is shit anyway, better to put effort into improving the use (whether in design, code, or documentation and user guidance) of decentralised free software!
@jaranta @tootbrute @mplouffe

IMO Riot's UX can always be improved, but it is pretty good already. Skype UX is pretty terrible anyway, especially since Microsoft took over.

And most of my issues with Jitsi have to do with limitations of WebRTC and browsers implementations rather than the software itself.
@tootbrute @mplouffe yeah, it uses https://jitsi.org/ for video, so Riot is great if you need chat+audio/video, otherwise you can use Jitsi directly

Does anyone have experience with Todoist's Twist?

I'm looking for some communication options for communicating with co-authors on different continents as well as a potential replacement for Skype-based thesis supervision meetings.

Turns out Skype Business is a pain in the ass if students aren't using their university accounts.

Boosts/suggestions very welcome!

#Communication #Software #IHateSkype

Was talking about Mastodon with an old-school sysadmin guy. We reached the realization that defederating from instances with no/bad moderation is essentially the same thing as blocking open relays back when you ran your own email server: open relays always end up getting used for spam, you block 'em to protect your users.

Email was and still is the first federated social network, so it already faced a lot of the same problems; we should study its solutions (and its failures).

Hypothesis: There is a level of wealth that it is impossible to reach without exploiting others in a morally indefensible way; and even if one could, the effects of a person with that amount of power over others would be incompatible with a meaningfully free society

Hypothesis: Anything a philanthropist can give the world as a gift, the world should have had by rights

Hi @aral !

We've almost completed the crowdfunding of #Mobilizon (our not-so-secret project to get our events off Facebook!)

I think Mobilizon fits perfectly with the #smalltech concept.

However, as you know, we are struggling to make our actions known outside France, so - now that we don't need more money (we won't do "more" with "more money") - we need help to make the project known to non-French-speaking activists.
Can you help us?



Our stance on Gab, nazis, fascists and harassers in general 

The last funding goal of @Framasoft 's project for an ActivityPub-enabled event coordination software is nearly reached!

It needs less than 200€ a day in the 16 days to go until the end of the campaign to be fully funded.

Worried about the sustainability of the solution? Framasoft already funded (and developed) #PeerTube, which was released in v1.0 in October 2018. The last release was one week ago, and they're still working on it.


For any concerned webdevs my advice is:

1. Most importantly: Test in multiple browsers
2. Avoid JavaScript, there's too much bloat there for new browser engines to afford. If you must use JS discuss how new web standards can help you move away from it
3. Use progressive enhancement/graceful degradation, this will help new browsers get started quickly
4. Don't worry about your pages looking the same everywhere, only care that they look good everywhere
5. Related to (2), try out Intercooler.js

Seeing the calls to switch to Safari or Firefox from Chrome (hey, have I told you about Odysseus?) I want to say once again that we should be developing new browser engines to fight the collapse in browser divirsity! We need the web to simplify!

Who's interested? I've developed a CSS engine to help you: git.nzoss.org.nz/alcinnz/styli

And I've just gotten around to blogging about it: odysseus.adrian.geek.nz/misc/2

@codewiz @karen @Tusky @fedilab @mayel @fuzzylynx If the goal is to forbid anyone "unpleasant" from using code, then ultimately proprietary is the only way. And that serves the Fascists' purposes, because we're rolling back our commons to stop them licking it.
However, developing libre with countermeasures does serve a purpose: it imposes maintenance and publishing burden on them. [ctd]

FLOSS without politics is just open source. I still think that open source is better than nothing, but the goals of the free software movement are inherently political.

To say that one can separate F/LOSS and politics is to be under a gross misunderstanding of what F/LOSS. It IS a political movement. You might as well go back to binary blob land with that obtuse logic.

#floss #foss #FakePeopleClaimingToBeFreeSoftwareAdvocatesButRestrictTheConceptOfFreedom

"Smart" and networked proprietary devices should be very much called what they are: dystopian junk.

If you want a less polemic term, use "automated surveillance devices," but really all of these TVs, home assistants, toasters, fridges, smoke detectors, etc. are dystopian junk.

We need "low tech" appliances, and we need personal computing devices that are, by design, fully controllable by the people using them.

As we now have 100+ level 7+ apps in #yunohost , we need to know on what application you want/need/care about, to let packager package them with love.

Please vote only for apps you really would like to install.


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