Our first donor interview is up with @markgalassi We talked about how free software fits into academia, what got him interested in FOSS and where he sees @conservancy in the software freedom movement.
We're so happy to introduce our newest staff member @pono ! Pono is joining us to as a Community Organizer and Nonprofit Problem Solver.
Today we're kicking off the #GNU Assembly!
This is a new umbrella for GNU people seeking transparent decision-making and built around consensus. It's the result of a decade of struggle to make #GNU inclusive, transparent, and community-driven.
#GNU contributors: consider joining!
#FreeSoftware activists: help us spread the word!
What is something that seems like a common thing to have done but you haven't done yet?
I'm 25 and I've never flown (not even domestic)
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The sexism in chess goes right to the top. Full article: https://lichess.org/blog/X9i1gRUAAJzOKpd0/invisible-pieces-women-in-chess
#QueensGambit is, without a doubt, the best portrayal of both the chess world and game that I have ever seen.
There is simply no place for patent trolls in government-funded research. #OAWeek https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2020/10/open-access-must-be-rule-not-exception
Pretty good chance of a cancellation now I'd think. https://twitter.com/MikeBalsamo1/status/1318337004220915713?s=19
has anyone updated the graph from 2015: https://github.blog/2015-03-09-open-source-license-usage-on-github-com/ ?
september 26+27 I teach my python+gnu/linux programming course for youth in santa fe. pass it on! https://sites.google.com/view/serious-programming/
[9/9] What do you think? Let us know! The preprint is now under review, so comments are welcome 🙏
Personally, I hope students in particular find the primer helpful --- below are some of the books I consulted in the process, so you don't have to read them 😉
[8/9] This raises questions about the digital infrastructure around research, e.g. software for management of teaching content, research funds. Should we as a community insist on #FOSS #FLOSS systems, or rely on proprietary ones instead? You can probably guess our take on this 🤔
[7/9] The key lesson is that #FOSS #FLOSS promotes collaboration and helps ensure the longevity of software, including #reproducibility of results that rely on that software. When it comes to research as knowledge production + dissemination, everyone wins with software freedom 🏆
[6/9] We then present the #GNU Scientific Library (GSL) as a case study, discussing the landscape of resources for scientific computing in the '90s, when #GSL was created, and lessons learnt from it since. @firstname.lastname@example.org is one of the creators of #GSL 💾
1⃣ terminology, common misconceptions
2⃣ copyright and software licensing 👇
3⃣ historical framing
[4/9] It can all be very confusing, though 🤯 For example, what's the difference between "free software" and "open source"? Is code hosted in a publicly accessible repository on @email@example.com "open"? And what are you allowed to do with that code?
Informal poll --- is said code:
[3/9] The implication is that discussions about #FOSS #FLOSS are relevant to anyone in the academic community concerned with #reproducibility, and research quality/culture more broadly --- including researchers, support staff, administrators, funders, publishers, and so on 🎓
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