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Is there any scientific evidence Esperantano is more efficient, has significantly superior user experience/usability? What about that in the context of using it for software engineering? People seem to have developed it in the 1800s; so outdated. Also many issues https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Esperanto#Criticism like bias and the gender non-neutrality; I would discard it. I would suggest to come up with a better language for the 21st century. This one seems better https://www.globasa.net/eng

Also, isn’t this an XY problem? The problem is that many people do not know the current dominant language that people use in science, technology, so on. So you propose Esperanto. Well, now you gatekeep it to people who know Esperanto, which is a way less demography than English. But since learning languages that are more close to one’s native language is easier, that would allow people from Latin/Roamance/Germanic-based languages to possibly learn it faster? That would not be true to Asiatic languages, …

Why another language is the correct solution? Why not improve current education systems? Why not machine translation? Why not improve translations? If the US switches its official language to Esperanto, wouldn’t it be imperialist as well? Language dominance is linked to socioeconomic development. You need countries like US to actually adopt it; otherwise it would be just another language to learn besides English. You are just making it harder.


Silence? That used to happen before you used to listen to music? Or did your brain just got so used to listening to music while working?

I know music is powerful in shaping human emotions. I find it distracting however. So I try to avoid it.



No. This leads to the commercialization/capitalization of accounts and “karma farming” in general. Increases numbers of bots, decreases content quality. It will become yet another Reddit. If Lemmy implements that I will be out of here.

Hope you devs can see the issues with it @nutomic@lemmy.ml and not become liberals. Stop the gamification!


Fixing issues, adding features, hard forking when I disagree on some fundamental aspects including both technical and social/governance, collaboration…

You question should be towards the free software community in general. Specifically to Linux, I like learning from its documentation and development process, compiling custom kernels, looking at the source…


An issue I see is that public instances are not properly announced/listed.

and for sourcehut, i could not find anything.


What are the signs? Gitea federation is being worked on. The Gitea fork is needed to address the Gitea for-profit issue.


We have Codeberg. So there is no need in recommending sourcehut if the priority is promoting democratic services.


He generating a job for himself is not what I criticize. I criticize promoting an undemocratic service for something so crucial that needs to be democratic which includes free service by default (otherwise you do not stand a chance against moving people out of GitHub and the like). I would never recommend to people in general a commercial and thus undemocratic service for key development (vcs).

And did it occur to you it is a “one guy” show probably because he wants it that way? That is prone to authoritarianism, and prone that sourcehut maintainer to make it a very profitable business just like GitLab and now Gitea unless founding a proper non-profit organization? A blog post about not being driven by profit is not enough; make it a proper non-profit registered organization.

In any case OP explicitly asked for a free service (which sourcehut in the future won’t be).


https://codeberg.org which is a non-profit organization. It is free of charge, so it is democratic enabling people to use its services. You can even join the foundation https://join.codeberg.org/

BUT it uses Gitea, which registered two for-profit companies in Hong Kong… Codeberg is soft forking it because the now Gitea shareholders / trademark owners made it clear they want to maximize profits.

If you care about promoting a democratic platform for everyone, do not use sourcehut. They will charge later on; their current free model enables both gathering users (potential clients) and making you a free tester/qa for them. I believe “financial aid” is undemocratic; free should be default. If anything, it should just require commercial, for-profit entities to pay; because then by default there is no processual need for “financial aid”. We should not trust any for-profit, commercial organization anyway for such important services/platforms (version control system hosting is crucial).

From the beta onwards, unpaid accounts will be limited to read-only access to their own projects. Affected users will be emailed at least 60 days in advance of the transition. Users who host their own instance of Sourcehut, on their own servers, will be unaffected by this. Additionally, financial aid will be provided to those who cannot pay; no one is going to be priced out.

https://sourcehut.org/alpha-details/


Nix and Guix are already reproducible and have immutable store; no need for images in that case, and they more flexible. I’d need to read the article more throughfully for the deployment argument



Done that. But important free software projects won’t, which forces to keep using it.


in the most free license there is (GNU AGPL version 3) as GNU/FSF defines, declining trademark usage is allowed as an additional term; it still is free software.

Notwithstanding any other provision of this License, for material you add to a covered work, you may (if authorized by the copyright holders of that material) supplement the terms of this License with terms:

e) Declining to grant rights under trademark law for use of some trade names, trademarks, or service marks; or

https://www.gnu.org/licenses/agpl-3.0.html


Indeed, that is what CPC calls historical nihilism. China is doing very well economically, so they are doing something right. Too bad on socio-economic inequality and illegal profits like tax evasion though; they seem to be doing something about it… https://www.msn.com/en-xl/money/other/china-e2-80-99s-xi-jinping-sends-e2-80-98warning-signal-e2-80-99-to-the-wealthy-as-he-opens-new-front-in-e2-80-98common-prosperity-e2-80-99-push/ar-AA139N4Z

Let’s see if it will not make capitalists get very angry.


But why not inform people about US involement then without further censorship? Latin American countries that have gone trough military dictatorships do not censor their crimes including torture and murder, and also publish information on US involvement on it.

So it seems you agree China/CPC censors historical events.


I see. For a concrete example, does China/CPC censors or not Tiananmen Square events? Some context https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/1989_Tiananmen_Square_protests_and_massacre#Censorship_in_China

Within China, censorship in recent weeks increased as the country prepared for the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square uprisings, a series of student protests that were violently suppressed by the army, leading to more than 10,000 civilian deaths, according to some estimates.

Prior to the anniversary, on June 4, Chinese internet users reported widespread censorship on social media websites. On popular messaging services such as Weibo and a streaming service run by the company YY Inc., users were prevented from entering search terms such as “Tiananmen incident,” “candlelight vigil,” “repression,” and “student movement.”

China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs did not respond to a request for comment. —https://theintercept.com/2019/06/07/china-bans-the-intercept-and-other-news-sites-in-censorship-black-friday/


That was not what I asked. What is your view on China/CCP on historical nihilism in specific?

We can all agree about the factual bad things west does.


What do you think about https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Historical_nihilism

(I did not read the whole context but it is impossible to ignore this)


indeed avantguard. fedora/rh is where Linux got many of its innovative ecosystem: systemd, pipewire, flatpak, … coreos, and now silverblue.


Innovative operating systems including Linux distributions, specially those which are usable?
In my experience, the most innovative distributions include [NixOS](https://nixos.org/) and [GNU Guix System](https://guix.gnu.org) (Nix influenced it): determinism/correctness, pure functional paradigm, declarative, atomic, departing from FHS for good, ... And they are pretty useful currently: [Nix has the most packages](https://repology.org/repositories/statistics/total), both are declarative so can easily reuse the configuration and apply in infrastructure as code, can rollback, can use for development (basically a way better alternative to Docker), can use in other distributions and Nix even on MacOS... Nix community being generally more practical, agile and flexible, while the GNU Guix community enforcing more correctness (building everything in their repositories from source including all transitive dependencies) and software freedom as GNU/FSF defines. Other distributions I could include are musl based ones, Clear Linux, Fedora SIlverblue, OpenSUSE MicroOS, and projects like sel4, Theseus OS, but I don't have much experience with them to describe them fairly. So please lets discourse about innovative distributions and operating systems, those which you have experienced, which you may be excited about.
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The Problems of Open Source
cross-posted from: https://beehaw.org/post/113521 > cross-posted from: https://beehaw.org/post/113520 > > > Some quotes > > > > > Twenty years ago, the phrase 'open source' had a definite meaning in computing which is quite different from the sense it has now... > > > > > Why is Free Software so Bad in Quality? > > > > > > Most free software is poor or unusable. This is heavily disguised because protagonists like to use the isolated points fallacy to sell the idea FOSS is great. > > > > > > ... > > > > > > ...if you're lucky enough to attract such a team you need to keep them together. And for that you need capital and that is exactly where FOSS falls down. This is the main reason why so much FOSS is of poor quality.1 > > > > > FOSS was Built Out of Corporation and Tax Money > > > > > > Open Office was derived from Star Office which was the product of StarDivision and Sun Microsystems. It was not put together by a hacker living in his mom’s spare bedroom... > > > > > > Emacs was supported financially by people working at the MIT AI Lab, which means that it was funded by Uncle Sam... > > > > > > Linux is...mostly a copy of Unix, despite howls to the contrary it is deeply unoriginal, being based on ideas going back to the time of the Vietnam War. These ideas were in turn evolved within Bell Labs by its creators who were also well-paid professionals. Linus Torvalds really copied an idea whose basis had been funded by university and corporation money and without that basis there would have been no Linux. > > > > > Free Open Source is not often Innovative > > > > > > ...lot of FOSS is poorly written reverse-engineered copies of existing commercial software. Innovation is hard; it requires time and brains. Reverse engineering is a powerful disincentive to innovation since anybody who does spend R&D capital in innovation, can have their ideas reverse engineered. > > > > > > ...
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The Problems of Open Source
cross-posted from: https://beehaw.org/post/113520 > Some quotes > > > Twenty years ago, the phrase 'open source' had a definite meaning in computing which is quite different from the sense it has now... > > > Why is Free Software so Bad in Quality? > > > > Most free software is poor or unusable. This is heavily disguised because protagonists like to use the isolated points fallacy to sell the idea FOSS is great. > > > > ... > > > > ...if you're lucky enough to attract such a team you need to keep them together. And for that you need capital and that is exactly where FOSS falls down. This is the main reason why so much FOSS is of poor quality.1 > > > FOSS was Built Out of Corporation and Tax Money > > > > Open Office was derived from Star Office which was the product of StarDivision and Sun Microsystems. It was not put together by a hacker living in his mom’s spare bedroom... > > > > Emacs was supported financially by people working at the MIT AI Lab, which means that it was funded by Uncle Sam... > > > > Linux is...mostly a copy of Unix, despite howls to the contrary it is deeply unoriginal, being based on ideas going back to the time of the Vietnam War. These ideas were in turn evolved within Bell Labs by its creators who were also well-paid professionals. Linus Torvalds really copied an idea whose basis had been funded by university and corporation money and without that basis there would have been no Linux. > > > Free Open Source is not often Innovative > > > > ...lot of FOSS is poorly written reverse-engineered copies of existing commercial software. Innovation is hard; it requires time and brains. Reverse engineering is a powerful disincentive to innovation since anybody who does spend R&D capital in innovation, can have their ideas reverse engineered. > > > > ...
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