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@jackyan I would appreciate your thoughts on this article: quillette.com/2018/10/08/googl

I realize the focus is on the U.S., so if there are possible implications to the rest of the Westernized world, I would welcome and be glad of such insights, too.

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Github is now a fully owned, proprietary tool of Microsoft.

It's time to decide.

Do we as a community allow our future to depend upon commercial interests of a company that to this day spreads FUD and minimizes our impact when it suits their plans?

Or do we step up, do what we do best and take our code to somewhere created by the us for us and the good of the community?

This isn't about hating Microsoft. It's about loving our own sovereignty and controlling our *own* future.

Please Boost.

NOTE: I make this Random FYI as a public Toot, but a protected tweet. Mostly, I am curious to see if I get a train wreck on Mastodon the way I'd expect to get a train wreck on Twitter. (Yes, I'm still skeptical about the overall "friendliness" of Mastodon- at least on the .social instance.)

Random FYI for the day: I don't support equality of outcomes, nor identity politics.

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As much as I'd like to blame capitalism, I'm not sure that's the whole thing here.

Microsoft is an abusive company, but they go in cycles so that every 5 years of so there is a fresh set of users who think they have "changed", only to get bitten once MS has them in a corner.

I've lived through at least 4 generations of this. Almost nobody learns.


@switchingsocial @jackyan I don't think this is any different from our discussions on and - indeed, with some friends of Jack's, I helped Jack get situated with Ubuntu. He is right to point out that production software can be a bit lacking in GNU/Linux and F/LOSS, even if it's more on a "pro" level than an "everyday" level. I don't think Mastodon need be exempt from any similar feedback, whether it be political, or not.

@switchingsocial I do not need solutions. You are aware, I'm sure, that professionals receive feedback for which there are seemingly no solutions. I need people to listen; this is why I am still at that place you and others call "The Bird Site": there are yet people there that listen to me, for better or for worse. This is also why I came back to Mastodon: @jackyan is a friend, and he listens. I think this is worthy feedback; will you listen to it?

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Do you have a friend or relative running #Windows on their PC?

Do they use it mainly for everyday things like surfing the web and word processing? Maybe it's starting to slow down a bit?

You might want to suggest to them that they try #Linux instead, as it runs more smoothly and is more respectful of their privacy.

There are lots of #Linux versions that are easy to use, our guide is based around #Ubuntu as it's the best-supported for beginners:



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Many "leaders" within social justice communities and movements have absolutely no interest in changing anything because that means they are out of power :)

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