Android, FLOSS and end user support

I’ve been using Android based smartphones for a while, spent most of the time ever since the mid-1990s using GNU/Linux and SoftwareLibre applications and kept on trying to do the same on Android. While it generally works, thanks to a bunch of great Free applications available both in Google Play Store and independent software stores such as f-droid, one core issue remains: Support. I learnt quite some lessons on that,

Edge, Chromium and web monoculture?

The last few days it made the news that apparently Microsoft is about to ditch its latest browser approach, „Edge“, in favour of developing something new for the Windows desktop, on top of Google Chromium browser. This is interesting. And, as one should have expected, this caused quite an uproar throughout some of the media, with people talking about the web more and more heading towards a „browser engine monoculture“

LibreSaaS (revisited)

„With Microsoft acquiring github a few days ago, distrust in large platforms and platform operators in parts of the community once again gets even worse than it has been before, following events such as Facebooks Cambridge Analytica affair. Looking around in my tech filter bubble which is pretty much dominated by people from a FLOSS, security, privacy background, there seems only one valid way of dealing with such issues once and for all: Decentralize, at all costs. Run your own software, host your own data, keep everything you need under your own control. Plain and simple. And, same as plain and simple: I don’t think that’s going to work. …“

Years of Linux and FLOSS desktop?

Recently, and once again, I have stumbled across someone (more or less) claiming the Year Of The Linux Desktop (wonder whether the acronym YOTLD already made it through) might be in 2019. And I wonder…