The Debian Project stands with the @GNOME Foundation in defense against patent trolls https://bits.debian.org/2019/10/gnome-foundation-defense-patent-troll.html
I get that financial software for enterprise level use is not really an itch for free software developers, and thus something like a system for filing expense reports is going to be proprietary.
However, does it always need to be annoying, irritating, and awul to use?
I've worked full time for about a quarter century. The only time expenses were easy was when I worked for my own company, and even then it was awful.
We're trying to defend #FOSS from patent trolls. Please help us: https://www.gnome.org/news/2019/10/gnome-files-defense-against-patent-troll/
♲ @email@example.com: Amnesty International: "At the stroke of midnight same-sex marriage & safe abortion will be legal in Northern Ireland. There is always more work to do, but this is a big leap forward for human rights.
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♲ @firstname.lastname@example.org: So I'm sure you're all familiar with the UN projection of the Earth that puts the Arctic at the center and shows all the land, but let me present to you the inverse of that, the Spilhaus projection, which centers the map on Antarctica and shows the world's ocean as the single, continuous mass of water that it is.
♲ @email@example.com: Free Software people. Why don't you work harder? My judgement is mainly coming from a place of already seeing so many of you lazy fucks spending your free time on things you enjoy. get off your lazy asses and write extensive documentation and tutorials. my favorite software (#react) has amazing docs and tutorials, why doesn't yours?
Genie: You have ONE WISH.
Me: Alright, I have one, but it's very detailed.
Genie: As long as it is only one wish, you're allowed to spend as much time as you want detailing it.
Me: Alright, here we go. *Grabs notebook and takes a deep breath* The key words MUST, MUST NOT, REQUIRED, SHALL, SHALL NOT, SHOULD, SHOULD NOT, RECOMMENDED, MAY, and OPTIONAL are to be interpreted as described in [RFC2119].
Genie: Wait, is that...?
Me: *Flips notebook* Chapter 1. Preamble.
One of the really difficult problems in computing is formatting HTML or other rich text into plain text, which can't use fonts and colours. How do I know this? After many, many years, Google is still unable to send calendar invites via email, where the plain text part is readable. Google is too big and too lucrative for them to not fix this, if it was feasible. It's clearly beyond human technology.
Two companies have begun a fight regarding GPL compliance, yet neither complies with GPL's most basic provisions. https://sfconservancy.org/blog/2019/oct/02/cambium-ubiquiti-gpl-violations/ #gplcompliance
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I'm wary of attempts to change free software / open source licenses to try to mandate users of the software or the code to not be evil or to harmful.
For one person, it's evil and harmful to promote atheism, and for others it's evil and harmful to promote religion. These are entirely contradictory positions, and clever people have argued (and are still arguing) for either position.
That situation would make the license pointless.
We need another way to make humanity better.
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