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Hi Fediverse πŸ‘‹

today, our site swiso.org joined the initiative to keep .org-domains non-profit.

We host our site on a .org domain. Furthermore, we heavily rely on services hosted on .org domains - as for example @codeberg

Please consider supporting the initiative by spreading the word or signing the letter:

savedotorg.org/

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Hi Fediverse πŸ‘‹

let me sum up the situation around

Around September 20th, the original (anonymous) author of switching.social shut down its website and all related Social Media accounts, including mastodon πŸ€”

This info reached me (@tobias ) the next day via my German version @swisode .

As there hasn't been any sign of life since then, I restored the website and created this new account. Right now I'm out of spare time to work on it, but that'll change in a few weeks πŸ™‚

Hi Fediverse πŸ‘‹

think about this awesome space, enabling us to share what we care about in a non-profit & pleasant way πŸ™ƒ

Powered by Free & Open Source Software, it strongly depends on a large variety of diligent individuals, that dedicate their work to the public - to us.

Yet, this "large variety" truely isn't large & variegated enough - especially on programming. If you have an idea on how to change this, you might be interested in the πŸ™‚

gnome.org/challenge/faq/

@gnome

I want to make Linux more accessible to everyone, but also make the complicated and ever growing field of distros easier to understand.

That's the goal or my new project, Try Linux.

trylinux.today

πŸš— I'm involved in organising a hackweek in April for trustroots.org - kind of an open source and free alternative to couchsurfing etc, that came out of the hitchwiki project (so lots of hitchhikers on it...).

πŸ‘­ it kind of represents a bit of a reboot of the project, to get more active team again. and we're keen to make it more community-driven...

❓ feel free to ask me questions!

πŸ’» you can register your interest here --> trustroots-hackathon.survey.fm

πŸ‘ pls boost!

Hi Fediverse πŸ‘‹

a Happy Valentine's Day to all of you! πŸ™‚

Sending out our love to all the admins, artists, bloggers, coders, designers, donators, moderators, promoters, translators, writers and further contributors to Free and Open Source Software and/or Copyleft Content - you are amazing ❀

Whose project, work or contribution did you enjoy the most recently? Let them know you care πŸ™‚

For me, these are @fsfe for inspiring and @inkscape for enabling me to create this image πŸ–Ό

Hi Fediverse πŸ‘‹

a Happy Valentine's Day to all of you! πŸ™‚

Sending out our love to all the admins, artists, bloggers, coders, designers, donators, moderators, promoters, translators, writers and further contributors to Free and Open Source Software and/or Copyleft Content - you are amazing ❀

Whose project, work or contribution did you enjoy the most recently? Let them know you care πŸ™‚

For me, these are @fsfe for inspiring and @inkscape for enabling me to create this image πŸ–Ό

Hi Fediverse πŸ‘‹

our main domain is now being moved and therefore temporarily offline. You can still reach our website via swiso.org though πŸ™‚

What is your preferred option to donate to an open source project?

PS: "Move" as in "moving from one server to another while also updating the design of the website" - the domain/URL stays the same! πŸ™‚

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Hi Fediverse πŸ‘‹

we keep on preparing the launch of our new website. And I'm happy to tell you that we will be sponsored by the hosting provider Greenhost.

greenhost.net

They are one of the few providers being privacy-friendly, running on renewable energy and supporting ".software" domains. Additionally they embrace free and open source software πŸ™‚

PS: As often mentioned before, the preview of our new website can be seen here:

pages.codeberg.org/swiso-en/in

Hi Fediverse πŸ‘‹

we keep on preparing the launch of our new website. And I'm happy to tell you that we will be sponsored by the hosting provider Greenhost.

greenhost.net

They are one of the few providers being privacy-friendly, running on renewable energy and supporting ".software" domains. Additionally they embrace free and open source software πŸ™‚

PS: As often mentioned before, the preview of our new website can be seen here:

pages.codeberg.org/swiso-en/in

So I was recently asked why I prefer to use free and open source software over more conventional and popular proprietary software and services.

A few years ago I was an avid Google user. I was deeply embedded in the Google ecosystem and used their products everywhere. I used Gmail for email, Google Calendar and Contacts for PIM, YouTube for entertainment, Google Newsstand for news, Android for mobile, and Chrome as my web browser.

I would upload all of my family photos to Google Photos and all of my personal documents to Google Drive (which were all in Google Docs format). I used Google Domains to register my domain names for websites where I would keep track of my users using Google Analytics and monetize them using Google AdSense.

I used Google Hangouts (one of Google’s previous messaging plays) to communicate with friends and family and Google Wallet (with debit card) to buy things online and in-store.

My home is covered with Google Homes (1 in my office, 1 in my bedroom, 1 in the main living area) which I would use to play music on my Google Play Music subscription and podcasts from Google Podcasts.

I have easily invested thousands of dollars into my Google account to buy movies, TV shows, apps, and Google hardware devices. This was truly the Google life.

Then one day, I received an email from Google that changed everything.

β€œYour account has been suspended”

Just the thing you want to wake up to in the morning. An email from Google saying that your account has been suspended due to a perceived Terms of Use violation. No prior warning. No appeals process. No number to call. Trying to sign in to your Google account yields an error and all of your connected devices are signed out. All of your Google data, your photos, emails, contacts, calendars, purchased movies and TV shows. All gone.

I nearly had a heart attack, until I saw that the Google account that had been suspended was in fact not my main personal Google account, but a throwaway Gmail account that I created years prior for a project. I hadn’t touched the other account since creation and forgot it existed. Apparently my personal Gmail was listed as the recovery address for the throwaway account and that’s why I received the termination email.

Although I was able to breathe a sigh of relief this time, the email was wake up call. I was forced to critically reevaluate my dependence on a single company for all the tech products and services in my life.

I found myself to be a frog in a heating pot of water and I made the decision that I was going to jump out.

Leaving Google

Today there are plenty of lists on the internet providing alternatives to Google services such as this and this. Although the β€œDeGoogle” movement was still in its infancy when I was making the move.

The first Google service I decided to drop was Gmail, the heart of my online identity. I migrated to Fastmail with my own domain in case I needed to move again (hint: glad I did, now I self host my email). Fastmail also provided calendar and contacts solutions so that took care of leaving Google Calendar and Contacts.

Here are some other alternatives that I moved to:

Gmail β†’ Fastmail β†’ Self-hosted (via Cloudron)
Google Contacts β†’ Fastmail β†’ Nextcloud Contacts
Google Calendar β†’ Fastmail β†’ Nextcloud Calendar
Google Search β†’ Bing β†’ DuckDuckGo
Google Maps β†’ Bing Maps β†’ OpenStreetMaps and OsmAnd
Google Analytics β†’ Matomo Analytics
Google Drive β†’ Nextcloud Files
Google Photos β†’ Nextcloud Files/Gallery
Google Docs β†’ Collabora Office (Nextcloud integration) and LibreOffice
Google Play Music β†’ Spotify / Plex β†’ Spotify / Jellyfin
Google Play Movies/TV β†’ Plex β†’ Jellyfin
Google Play Audiobooks/Books β†’ Audible/Kindle
Google Play Store (apps) β†’ F-Droid / Aurora Store
Google Android β†’ Lineage OS β†’ Ubuntu Touch on PinePhone (coming soon?)
Google’s Android Apps β†’ Simple Mobile Tools
Google Chrome β†’ Mozilla Firefox
Google Domains β†’ Hover
Google Hangouts β†’ Matrix and Nextcloud Talk
Google Allo β†’ Signal
Google Podcasts β†’ PocketCasts β†’ AntennaPod
Google Newsstand β†’ RSS
Google Wallet β†’ PayPal and Cash App
Google Voice β†’Ting Mobile

Migrating away from Google was not a fast or easy process. It took years to get where I am now and there are still several Google services that I depend on: YouTube and Google Home.

Eventually, my Google Home’s will grow old and become unsupported at which point hopefully the Mycroft devices have matured and become available for purchase. YouTube may never be replaced (although I do hope for projects like PeerTube to succeed) but I find the compromise of using only one or two Google services to be acceptable.

At this point losing my Google account due to a mistake in their machine learning would largely be inconsequential and my focus has shifted to leaving Amazon which I use for most of my shopping and cloud services.

The reason that I moved to mostly FOSS applications is that it seems to be the only software ecosystem where everything works seamlessly together and I don’t have to cede control to any single company. Alternatively I could have simply split my service usage up evenly across Google, Microsoft, Amazon, and Apple but I don’t feel that they would have worked as nicely together.

Overall I’m very happy with the open source ecosystem. I use Ubuntu with KDE on all of my computers and Android (no GApps) on my mobile phone. I’ve ordered the PinePhone β€œBrave Heart” and hope to one day be able to use it or one of its successors as a daily driver with Ubuntu Touch or Plasma Mobile.

I don’t want to give the impression that I exclusively use open source software either, I do use a number of proprietary apps including: Sublime Text, Typora, and Cloudron.

https://www.kylepiira.com/2020/01/09/why-i-quit-google/

Just confirming that the #Glimpse project is moving to @glimpse

Make sure you update the account you're following to keep up-to-date with the latest news about us. πŸŽ‰

We will be exporting our account archive from here so we have a backup for posterity.

Hi Fediverse πŸ‘‹

what do you think of this new landing page design? ✨

pages.codeberg.org/swiso-en/in

Feel free to leave your feedback here πŸ™‚

Hi Fediverse πŸ‘‹

what do you think of this new landing page design? ✨

pages.codeberg.org/swiso-en/in

Feel free to leave your feedback here πŸ™‚

Hi Fediverse πŸ‘‹

we want to propose another alternative, this time to "year 2019" users:

πŸŽ† #2020 πŸŽ†

It shall be more open, more easy-to-use and more fun than the previous versions πŸŽ‰

2020 was released today, so make sure to give it a try! So we can have a great time enjoying and improving it together. πŸ™ƒ

Happy New Year Everyone! πŸ™‚

Hi Fediverse πŸ‘‹

@LemmyDev is a reddit alternative and currently looking for contributions. They want to join the Fediverse, so there is a lot of work ahead of them πŸ’»

If you are intrigued: With experiences in and/or , please offer a helping hand. Without these, feel free to spread the word πŸ™ƒ

Thread on Mastodon πŸ’¬
radical.town/@felix/1033712210

Issue link πŸ”§
github.com/dessalines/lemmy/is

Either way, we are excited for your arrival πŸ€—

@switchingsoftware Any good alternatives to google translate? Particularly for translating an entire web page?

Hi Fediverse πŸ‘‹

as a little christmas present, let me tell you that we successfully migrated all content to the new beta version of the website 🎁

pages.codeberg.org/swiso-en/in

Feel free to have a look around and leave some feedback, thoughts and ideas πŸ’¬

Next steps will be to improve the start page and thinking about where to host the new site. πŸ†•

Furthermore, we wish you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas. Have a peaceful timeπŸŽ„

Yours
switching.software

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