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#proprietary

Paolo Redaelli
2 weeks ago

@jimmac their stubborness toward USB2 is easily explained because they don't want to ditch their #proprietary connector. It is comprehensible since USB3 has far too many variants. @marcan

Paolo Redaelli
2 weeks ago

@hackernews that's an INCREDIBLY good reason to avoid #iOS and its #proprietary #software. How can we be sure that they won't use our voice to betray us?

Vivian "Bigou"
3 weeks ago

@atomicpoet@mastodon.social Still present-the problem of the #proprietary front-end/UI mentionned by @Turbo_Steve@k8s.social is still present and a #valid_concern. (See #Android & #ChromeOS.)

@lexd0g @j0

1. those were just 6.

2. If you have one app that does all, then it does nothing at all good.

3. Considering the fact that #Discord is a #proprietary #SingleVendor & #SingleProvider "solution" one cannot even #SelfHost or get #ManagedHosting from a provider of choice and that inacceptable #ToS then I'd say that's pretty clearly a "can't use" & "won't use".

But then again there are masochistic people out there using Adobe Reader and Microsoft Office in 2023...

@czottmann

Yes, #openSource codebase can be used in commercial and non-commercial projects.

But it can't be sold/bought like the #proprietary codebase with restrictive copyright.

I don't think anyone is doubting their need to make a decent living, but when you're oriented towards profit and capital growth - a.k.a. #forProfit, it's more likely you'll make decisions to benefit your investors, over the needs and wellbeing of your users.

#WhatsApp implementing #KeyTransparency is pretty nice, and definitely an excellent step in the right direction against shadow accounts and the service provider trust problem. However, without the client being #OpenSource, it is not that meaningful. Yes, of course somebody could implement an independent monitor for the transparency log to check keys registered for an identity, but what percentage of the user base will actually do that when the only realistic way to use the service is to rely on the #proprietary client, which can still be used to maliciously target (groups of) users to break #E2EE?

Secure messenger clients should both use identity security protections like #KeyTransparency and have a *default* implementation that is #OpenSource and, ideally, be distributed with #BinaryTransparency and verified through #ReproducibleBuilds. Oh, and allow other identifiers than just phone numbers (still looking at you, @signalapp - which is otherwise ticking a lot of the right checkboxes).

davey
3 weeks ago

Product #Testing
A senior colleague whom I respect highly commented that when he hears "#Proprietary Information" from a challenged manufacturer, it feels a lot like pleading the 5th at a #Fraud investigation.

I feel similarly, but the right to avoid self-incrimination is extremely important. I remember HUAC. Think about all the cases where defendants who don't have the resources of white-collar crooks are persuaded to plea-bargain in order to put some kind of closure to their limbo.

3 weeks ago

IMHO the TRUE difference between free software and open source software is not what it means, but how it's framed.

For free software, we argue based on principle; we think #proprietary software is an injustice we want to end. It's about #freedom.

For open source, often only supposed "practical advantages" are used as arguments, in a desperate appeal to please capitalists. In "open source" circles, proprietary software is sometimes explicitly accepted. Which sucks!

#FreeSoftware #OpenSource

@chillbruh again: #Discord is a #proprietary, #SingleVendor / #SingleProvider "solution" and thus equally shit as #MicrosoftTeams, #Slack & #WhatsApp.

i'm finally balancing #proprietary and #libre & #opensource stuff!

I feel good again
​:blushing:​

That's a shitty ad for a shitty, #proprietary solution that doesn't even work for most people and depends on a #SingleVendor / #SingleProvider approach, which makes it incompatible with the #security and #dataprotection requirements I've to abide EVERYWHERE.

#Twingate is not a #VPN-Killer, it's not even a good replacement for #AnyDesk in that regard...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYmXPF3XUwo

1 month ago

@freedo I always think the work done for #Linux-libre is very unglamouros, but it's so important. Truly unsung #heroes of the #FreeSoftware movement, constantly reminding us how #proprietary software and #BLOBs sneak into *everything*. Even Linux.

I imagine the work for Linux-libre must be so exhausting, as it doesn't generate shiny headlines. Which is even more reason to appreciate the work for it.

Thank you for your service! 👍

I wish that one day, #Linux would be completely BLOB-free.

1 month ago

It has been claimed by one user that in order to view a post on fosstodon.org, they were required to fill in a #CAPTCHA based on #proprietary #JavaScript. I was unable to reproduce this claim. 😨

❓Dear #Fosstodon and #Mastodon users: Can anyone confirm this claim?

Because I rather not have a website that literally has "#FOSS" in its name require to run any proprietary software from its users. 😕

2 months ago

The #FOSS community at large needs to cure its addiction to #proprietary services like #GitHub, #Discord, #Steam, #Transifex and whatnot.

We can do better than this!

Hey #Calckey! As promised, I'll do my introduction here (I'm mainly copying and pasting my intro from my #Mastodon account to save some time ​:blobcat_mlem:​ )

I'm Asahi 95, the 95 in my name refers to
#Windows 95 ​:windows95_internet:​ (I'm not entirely sure why I chose that, the name just stuck ​:blobcat_meltmelt:​)

I'm a person who is a tech enthusiast
💻 and loves #Linux and #FOSS, although I still use some #proprietary #software from time to time

I'm currently learning how to code,
#Python at the moment, so at some point I can start contributing to FOSS 🧑‍💻

I joined the
#Fediverse ​:fediverse:​ mainly because I wanted to get away from centralised services 🔒 and also want to interact with an open and diverse community ​:blobcat_huggies:​

I'm a person who is bisexual and wants to supports the
#lgbtq+ in any way possible ​:blahaj_pride:​

That's pretty much it about me, I hope I can interact with everybody on the Fediverse and beyond!
​:blobcat_happy:​

Vijay Prema
2 months ago

Interesting hearing news of several governments talking about banning #tiktok.

I already banned it on my home network using #AdGuard DNS weeks ago.

IMO it's even worse than #spyware (practically all #proprietary software today) or even a computer #virus. It's a very carefully engineered mind-virus!

Time for another #introduction ​:verified:​

I'm Asahi 95, the 95 in my name refers to
#Windows 95 ​:windows:​ (I'm not entirely sure why I chose that, the name just stuck ​:blobcatmeltcry:​)

I'm a person who is a tech enthusiast
​:ms_computer:​ and loves #Linux and #FOSS, although I still use some #proprietary #software from time to time ​:linux:​ ​:opensource:​

I'm currently learning how to code,
#Python at the moment ​:python:​, so at some point I can start contributing to FOSS ​:programmer:​

I joined the
#Fediverse ​:fediverse:​ mainly because I wanted to get away from centralised services 🔒 and also want to interact with an open and diverse community ​:blobcathug:​

I'm a person who is bisexual and wants to supports the
#lgbtqa+ in any way possible ​:philly_pride:​

That's pretty much it about me, I hope I can interact with everybody on the Fediverse and beyond!
​:blobcat:​

2 months ago

Problem 2: There is still a HUGE amount of things about Twitter that is kept secret, kept proprietary. What they released is backend stuff. But what is relevant for users even more is e.g. the frontend code, things the user *actually* execute on their machine. Can they actually trust this code? Who knows? Can they legally copy and share it? Hell no, because it is #proprietary. The whole Twitter #algorithm nonsense is a farce.

#opensores #Twitter

2 months ago

#Twitter continues to be and always has been #proprietary software. The fact that they've recently published a bunch of hand-picked code snippets that they claim "run Twitter" ("The #Algorithm") changes absolutely nothing about it. It's a distraction from the real issue: That Twitter as a whole is proprietary.

🧵

Today is World Proprietary Software day! Let's celebrate by paying $199.99 to legitimately activate your Windows license! #proprietary

@Linux_in_a_Bit @austin @runarcn While true, people should at least just let people use what they want to use, they don't need to comment that it's #proprietary #software :blobcatglare:

@austin Exactly, sometimes so #proprietary solutions work better than #FOSS solutions and also the opposite

People can use whatever works for them, alone not let people dictate you for what you should use and stuff

Georgy Samoilov
2 months ago

@der_istvan But popularity is not the only goal to achieve. Think about #softwarefreedom, it all started that way. #GNU was supposed to be a free replacement for UNIX, GNOME for #KDE (KDE used to be based on a proprietary library), and so on. Instead of letting the proprietary Trojan horse in, we should develop free replacements for #proprietary software and make newcomers aware of them before they start installing the proprietary software to which they are accustomed.

Georgy Samoilov
2 months ago

It's a little frustrating to see the direction #GNOME is taking. And I'm not talking about technical changes, but about politics. The "the developer must have full control over his applications" approach promoted on #flathub is unique to #proprietary software, plus the promotion of other people's #proprietarysoftware there as well.

Michael :donor:
2 months ago

Imagine for a second that the hype around #gpt4 and #AI is not overblown. Imagine a world where you own a fair share of the profits made from the AI that is either replacing your job, or increasing the output of your work. Imagine you wouldn't have to compete against AI, but instead advance with it at your side.

Oh no, that's not how it is supposed to work. The #proprietary AI models will be privately owned, the additional #profits will go to those that don't need it, and you can enjoy being the training data, or becoming obsolete.

#capitalism #neoliberalism #artificialintelligence

I use both #proprietary and #foss services on a daily basis 🙃

I still use #Discord, I rather be with my friends than to lose them. I still use #Instagram in order to message others and stay up to date on my friends. I use #Twitter as a backup to #Mastodon. I use #YouTube as it's still one of the most popular video platforms out there. I sometimes use #Windows due to software reasons.

Judge me if you want but I like to use what suits me best ✊

What's the point of commercial open source software when people can just compile it and call it theirs. #proprietary

Dear #Monotype,

The #publishing world demands (mostly) that #manuscripts be formatted in #TimesNewRoman. I can't change the pub industry, but you could help #authors by freeing up some #proprietary #typefaces. You've made your money 1-billion-fold. Set them free!

Dear #Microsoft #Google #Apple,

Pick a handful of high-quality, open-source typefaces & include them by default in your OSs. Work w/ the #Fedora & #Ubuntu communities to settle on the set.

#fonts #opensource #writingCommunity

Graphic demoing the Time New Roman typeface a bit.

@libreoffice personally, I refuse to use #OOXML as well as any #proprietary and/or #SingleVendor / #SinglePeovider solution.

Linux ☑️
3 months ago

:: Is open source software SECURE compared to proprietary❓

The short answer is YES❣️

....Obscurity is not security.

Open source software is the forefront of tech transformation - anyone can utilize the resource.

An opportunity to develop functionality / products that would have been infeasible without free access.

What are YOUR thoughts about this?

Ubuntu Blog on more => https://ubuntu.com/blog/does-open-source-software-have-the-same-safety-as-proprietary-software

#OpenSource #Free #versus #proprietary #closedsource #software #development #security #obscurity #Linux #progress #accessibility

@atomicpoet @rberger Both should've never existed in the first place.

#Silverlight - like #Flash - deservedly died as all #proprietary #rentseeking technology should!

I sincerely hope proprietary shit like #MAPI & #OOXML will soon die out with #Win32 / #Win64 / #WinRT APIs.

Because the only sustainable tech is FLOSS...

@husbandpanda @knittingknots #ProtonMail is also a shitty #proprietary platform and they have not only the capability to snitch on users but have done so without due diligence in the past already.

Like not even faking to say "come back with a warrant" and then "here's the encrypted mailbox - have fun trying to crack it cuz we can't!" because they shure as hell can!

Proper #E2EE means ONLY THE END USER has the Keys.

Same for any other "solution" like Tutanote, Threema, etc.

@ProPublica Is there an #API for filing online or is there some kind of law that says all tax filing software has to be #proprietary? I still file my snail mail, largely b/c I'm afraid if I look behind the curtain I'll learn that there's no other ethical (i.e. free software) way.

Is het iemand gelukt om met vrije #opensource software (dus zonder #proprietary app) #eHerkenning level 3 werkend te krijgen?

#OpenSource #FOSS #Linux #DigitalSovereignty #Librem5

@team #Discord not only is literally based on constant #COPPA violations but is inherently bad because it's a #proprietary #SingleVendor / #SingleProvider solution that is made by and for problematic people!

What I really can't understand, is that open source projects often use #proprietary #Discord @elk you build an open source client for the open source #decentral network #Mastodon . Why do you not offering a decentral chat room like @matrix #Matrix #redecentralize

It is *real* pity to witness how #proprietary #ActivityPub apps and tools are cheered and embraced by so many fedizens.

I guess this must be people who don't care about the #Ad-infested Corporate Web™ and its #SurveillanceCapitalism or the dominant role of #BigTech and detrimental effects on #Society by toxic #SocialMedia oligopolies.

With corporate takeover ongoing your best bet to keep the fedi inclusive, open and for-the-people is choosing #copyleft #FreeSoftware. The #FOSS-first #Fediverse

Mike Melanson
4 months ago

When Pebble shut down in 2016, a group of developers formed Rebble.io to keep the devices running.

Do you know of other instances where open source software saved something from the early grave?

https://github.com/pebble-dev

#opensource #proprietary #pebble #rebble

Aral Balkan
4 months ago

@cancel Let’s take this moment to really appreciate the fact that free and open operating systems like Linux distributions release the latest versions of their source code every day.

#closed #open #proprietary #free #foss #freeSoftware #freedom #corporatocracy #monopolies #capitalism #mac #linux

@Julia @Mer__edith the problem with #Signal and all #centralized, #proprietary & #SingleVendor / #SingleProvider "solutions" is that they are not only regulated like #Telcos but can be effectively #banned and forced under threat of indefinite jailtime and shutdown to integrate #Govware #backdoors - espechally within the #backend.

Whereas true #E2EE setups like #GnuPG & #OMEMO really are unbannable and uncensorable, as attacks against them don't scale at all!

5 months ago

@JxckS
No, youtube is not a solution!

Get out of twitter, facebook, youtube, instagram, etc... platforms "offering" private solutions and monitoring people through #BigData.
Always choose #FreeSoftware solutions as #PeerTube, #Mastodon, #Diaspora...

https://joinpeertube.org/

Avoid #proprietary tools... use tools respecting #freedoms & #privacy which is a #HumanRight.

Free software, free press, free world.

#DataAnalysis #Privatsphäre #FreedomToShare #FreieSoftware #LibreSoftware #FreePress

John Stritch
6 months ago

Hi,

I live in #houston and am guardian of two #mastocats.

I'm #retired from a career as a #proprietary #software #developer. Solutions I release now are #opensource.

I enjoy learning about #ancient #petroglyphs, #uap, #tarot, and other subjects.

#introduction, #introductions, #newhere

#AdobeFlash died because it was owned by #Macromedia and later on #Adobe. It was #Proprietary, and so when Adobe dropped it, significant portions of internet culture fell into deep obscurity over night. A real tragedy for the culture of our era. For years after, volunteers worked to reverse-engineer the #Flash format, allowing us to preserve such important works into the future. The open source nature of this work secures its long-term accessibility.

Aral Balkan
6 months ago

Having a chat with the @Vivaldi folks about some of my concerns regarding the integration of Mastodon into the Vivaldi browser (and potentially having it extended by features only available in the Vivaldi browser; the first of which is sign in with your Vivaldi account, which only works on vivaldi.social).

What are your thoughts?

Thread: https://mastodon.ar.al/@aral/109347194681015674

#mastodon #vivaldi #foss #proprietary

Devs who are hosting their projects on #GitHub should allow people to report issues with an alternative way (by email for example).

Because I can't contribute to project I like because I don't want to create an account on a fucking #Microsoft #proprietary service. I already have an account on @codeberg and it is fine for me. And I think other people have the same problem.