I have been using #Ubuntu for more than 12 or 13 years. Sadly, this week I have decided to stop using it for good & the main reason is forcing us to use #Snap packages. I want to be in control of what runs as a snap package & what runs as a deb from a disto repo. Being in control is why I use #Linux. I moved to #Debian today and despite some minor difficulties during installation I have a happier & cleaner setup. I use #Flatpak (much faster than Snap) with Debian for proprietary apps like Zoom.
If you're used to centralised networks like Facebook, you may be wondering why Mastodon and the Fediverse are spread across thousands of sites. Why not just have a single site where people sign up?
There are many important reasons, but maybe the most important is this:
Networks on single sites tend to be bought by bad people when they get popular 😠
It happened to Instagram (bought by Facebook), it happened to Whatsapp (bought by Facebook), it happened to YouTube (bought by Google). It can happen to ANYTHING built entirely around one site.
No matter how much you trust the people who run a site, when someone offers them billions of dollars they may just take the money.
Decentralised networks, where there is no central site, are much more resistant to buyouts.
No one owns the global email network, thousands of indie players like @Tutanota and @protonmail are able to offer alternatives, and if one provider behaves badly you can switch to a different provider.
Today, we join forces with our friends and allies around the world in calling for the immediate release of our friend, blogger, technologist and activist Alaa Abd El Fattah, from prison: https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2021/09/eff-stands-savealaa-calls-release-alaa-abdel-fattah-activist-and-friend #FreeAlaa #SaveAlaa
Facebook-owned Whatsapp being down is a reminder that you and your friends should probably be using a more private, non-profit alternative like @Signalapp anyway (or another open-source app of your choice).
It's just as free, and takes like 30 seconds to switch.
RT @Baraka18@twitter.com: 600 Egyptian doctors dead since start of the pandemic: Egypt's Medical Syndicate https://t.co/7Fu5XeUiB1
The Framework laptop is the first laptop to ever score a 10/10 from Ifixit for repairability. But it's no thick-as-a-brick throwback the size of a 2005 Thinkpad - it's approximately the same dimensions as a MacBook.
Facebook algorithm boosts pro-Facebook news
صديقنا @Alaa أمضى وقتاً طويلاً وراء القضبان، ومن دون أيّ اتّصال بالإنترنت. ومع ذلك، لا يزال الأمل يصدح في كتابات #FreeAlaa https://twitter.com/EFF/status/1438933271988117504
#FreeAlaa RT @email@example.com: Yesterday @alaa lost his cool & spoke desperate words. For the first time in TEN YEARS. Alaa is outspoken, sympathetic, a man of strong passions & convictions. It’s a measure of his broad vision, his reasonableness & his intelligence that it has taken so long to get him here.
#FreeAlaa RT @firstname.lastname@example.org: Alaa has been arbitrarily arrested and detained for prolonged periods over trumped-up charges since 2011. He spent most in prison under president #Sisi, in extreme conditions. His family issued a statement warning that his life has become in danger: https://facebook.com/freealaa2013/posts/4664156566969284
#FreeAlaa RT @minathabet1: Prominent #Egyptian activist and blogger @email@example.com
is facing a life-threatening situation as he admitted reaching a breaking point after continued harassment by national security officers in jail. He has been arbitrarily imprisoned for almost 2 years pending trial.
#FreeAlaa RT @monasosh: جاءوا بعلاء فى حراسة مشددة، وكان المفروض التقى به فى القاعة وليس غرفة المداولة، لكنهم أدخلوه للغرفة، وبدأ علاء بالحديث عن وضعه فى السجن وحرمانه من كل حقوقه وقال (أنا فى وضع زفت، ومش هقدر أكمل كدا مشونى من السجن دا، أنا هنتحر، وبلغوا ليلى سويف تاخذ عزايا)
#FreeAlaa RT @sharifkouddous: Alaa’s conditions continue to deteriorate. During his detention renewal he said “My situation is horrible and I won’t be able to continue like this. Get me out of this prison, I will kill myself” - he repeated the phrase several times acc. to Khaled Ali
Psychiatrist based in Egypt.
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