#OSM needs a preset based contribution tool and map. Too many things are common and we end up entering the same details over & over.

Eg. ATMs are split into SBI, HDFC etc. We should have a preset for SBI ATM and another for HDFC ATM. We could keep different icons, contact numbers, operators etc.

This can be applied for banks, chain stores, aavin/ponlait, govt offices, BSNL etc.

The 'vision' back then was to create realtime editing for OCR'd texts and convert them into ebooks on the fly. Thus I decided to use pgsql.

πŸ˜“ I can't promise any code any time soon.

The command for tess4 is
`tesseract {path} stdout --oem 1 -l tam`


I use #Archlinux, thus I have tess4 on the #AUR. I download their LSTM models from github.com/tesseract-ocr/tessd and replace them at /usr/share/tessdata/

Integrated Development Environment KDevelop 5.3 is released today with support for the Qt analyzer Clazy plus improved C++, Python and PHP support.


@haitch @kritafoundation why Gimp and not Krita though? A lot of artists I've spoken with strongly prefer Krita to Gimp, sometimes even to PS.

Do you know that in Krita you can make a vanishing point guidelines to help you with the perspective? You cannot do that in pure PS.

Krita is much better for drawing, Gimp for editing.

Beyond commons, map making has become part of my daily activity. I enjoy marking places to OpenStreetMap, primarily because it gives me a purpose to go out instead of spending hours in front of my laptop screen and also it helps me learn more about my locality which was invisible to me even though I use the same tracks often.

Cycling + Map Making is a good combo.

Thinking of hiring one fulltime developer for Kaniyam Foundation.

What are the projects you want like to develop for tamil?

Let us build a list of software that tamil wants, so that we can plan the works for that full time developer, at least for a year.

We still have a tech position open at the Freedom of the Press Foundation (a nonprofit): a Sr. Software Engineer position to work on SecureDrop, the open source whistleblower platform used by 65+ media organizations, originally developed by the late Aaron Swartz.

You get paid to work
βœ… from anywhere in the world
βœ… on a world-changing project
βœ… that's open source,
βœ… stewarded by a small team
βœ… that's led by a woman.

Help spreading the word is much appreciated:


Intern report! Read about what our intern, David, has been doing to improve the Free Software Directory: https://u.fsf.org/2pe
Job opening at the FSF! We're looking for a web developer who is comfortable with keeping free software platforms up-to-date and working, and customizing them when necessary. Details for application: https://u.fsf.org/2pj

In the spirit of the alternatives listed, switching.social's text is now available under a CC BY-SA 4.0 licence.

As long as you credit switching.social and use the same licence, you can use the site's text on your own site, incorporate it into your own projects or translate it into your own language.

A number of people have asked over the last few months if they can do a version in their own language. The CC licence makes this possible.

Licence details:

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Free S/W, H/W communities have contributed more to generative art and computation aided design tools - and such tools are completely being developed. This makes free software hardware ecosystem more scientific.


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Trunk has opt-in lists of people to follow, organised by topics. (If you want your name added to a list, go to the site and follow the instructions.)

Mastodon Bridge:

If you're a Twitter user, you can find Twitter friends who have moved to Mastodon by using Mastodon Bridge. Just sign in with your Twitter account and Mastodon account to start.

The FSF is hiring! We're looking for a full-time program manager, who will take charge of, among other things, the #LibrePlanet conference, and our twice-annual fundraisers. If you're a talented communicator & care about #freesoftware, see details here! https://u.fsf.org/2ou

The @GetTogetherComm project is making an open source federated alternative to MeetUp.com.

You can already use their first instance (gettogether.community) but they need help with building the federation side of things, so that instances can link together and with the rest of the Fediverse.

If you're a coder and interested in helping, you may want to take a look at this post:


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Write Freely is free and open source software for starting a minimalist, federated blog β€” or an entire community. writefreely.org

Running a small homeserver with chat, data sync and maybe email should be a small appliance everyone should have.

If you cannot admin it yourself consider projects like #freedombone.

Care for your loved ones online too, protect their data...
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