Youtube-dl is a legitimate tool with a world of a lawful uses. Demanding its removal from Github is a disappointing and counterproductive move by the RIAA.

For most of this year, @zwol and I have been working on a pretty ambitious project:
* to make a fresh release of GNU Autoconf, a crucial #FLOSS build tool that hadn't had a new release since 2012
* to get paid for that
* to help put Autoconf on a more sustainable footing so it doesn't have to get rescued again a little while down the road

Autoconf 2.70 is due out next month, and you can read my fresh LWN story about the rejuvenation & what's next:

My college newspaper, the Spartan Daily, is a Pacemaker finalist ("the Pulitzer prize of college journalism")!

I wrote about what I think it took for us to get there:

Very excited that is making a 10k USD donation to fund further PeerTube development!

"We hope this unconventional gesture from the Debian project will help us make this year somewhat less terrible and give us, and thus humanity, better Free Software tooling to approach the future."

Taking Back Our Privacy
Great profile on Moxie and the much larger fight that Signal is part of.

calpol, sarcasm 

Okay so our insistence on paper ballots for auditing has a slight flaw:

But WTF.

I feel personally attacked by Politico repeatedly describing Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune as primarily watched by old people.

California : tomorrow (Oct. 19) is the final day to register to by mail:

I'm happy to help if you have any questions about the process or your ballot.

Note: if you miss this deadline, you can still do same-day in person voter registration.

We just watched Brazil for the first time, I'm still in shock from how trippy and freaky that was.

8/10, would recommend.

When I saw the “Open Letter to Apache #OpenOffice” by #LibreOffice developers, I felt for them:

Two days later, this “answer” suggests that #Apache is actively trying to harm the development of a free “office suite”:


Open Letter to Apache OpenOffice: Today marks 20 years since the source code to OpenOffice was released. And today we say, LibreOffice is clearly the future of the suite (see the timeline). Let's all get behind it, for the benefit of all users:

What's a Linux admin's favorite beverage? 

Root beer!

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