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.

Ugh. I'm so frustrated to be continually asked to participate in talks & panels on Zoom specifically about tech ethics & . There are great systems for this. See @fosdem's successful use of solely FOSS solutions for over 30,000 participants.

We're so happy to introduce our newest staff member @pono ! Pono is joining us to as a Community Organizer and Nonprofit Problem Solver.


I'm trying to incrementally improve a large C++ architecture gone amok. I finally came up with the feeling that they used C++ objects as a single huge FORTRAN common block. ++asFORTRAN ++sucks

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!

I finally set up the hooks in to use visual line mode instead of auto fill mode, and turn off re-justifying paragraphs. Some will probably stop cursing me.

RT @floydian_sleep@twitter.com

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)

🐦🔗: twitter.com/floydian_sleep/sta

Due to the covid-prompted CARES act tax-deductible donations up to $300 even if you don't itemize. Support our remarkable students at the Institute for Computing in Research with what's left of your $300 before midnight today. Use this link:

RT @GMHikaru@twitter.com

is, without a doubt, the best portrayal of both the chess world and game that I have ever seen.

🐦🔗: twitter.com/GMHikaru/status/13

september 26+27 I teach my python+gnu/linux programming course for youth in santa fe. pass it on! sites.google.com/view/serious-

RT @anthrolog@twitter.com

[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 😉

🐦🔗: twitter.com/anthrolog/status/1

RT @anthrolog@twitter.com

[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 systems, or rely on proprietary ones instead? You can probably guess our take on this 🤔

🐦🔗: twitter.com/anthrolog/status/1

RT @anthrolog@twitter.com

[7/9] The key lesson is that promotes collaboration and helps ensure the longevity of software, including of results that rely on that software. When it comes to research as knowledge production + dissemination, everyone wins with software freedom 🏆

🐦🔗: twitter.com/anthrolog/status/1

RT @anthrolog@twitter.com

[6/9] We then present the Scientific Library (GSL) as a case study, discussing the landscape of resources for scientific computing in the '90s, when was created, and lessons learnt from it since. @markgalassi@twitter.com is one of the creators of 💾

👉 gnu.org/software/gsl/

🐦🔗: twitter.com/anthrolog/status/1

RT @anthrolog@twitter.com

[5/9] To help address the confusion, we provide a primer to all things , aimed at researchers and others in the academic community, and suitable for novices. We cover:

1⃣ terminology, common misconceptions
2⃣ copyright and software licensing 👇
3⃣ historical framing

🐦🔗: twitter.com/anthrolog/status/1

RT @anthrolog@twitter.com

[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 @github@twitter.com "open"? And what are you allowed to do with that code?

Informal poll --- is said code:

🐦🔗: twitter.com/anthrolog/status/1

RT @anthrolog@twitter.com

[3/9] The implication is that discussions about are relevant to anyone in the academic community concerned with , and research quality/culture more broadly --- including researchers, support staff, administrators, funders, publishers, and so on 🎓

🐦🔗: twitter.com/anthrolog/status/1

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