Bits of Freedom
Bits of Freedom

Tinkerer and thinker on everything free and open. Exploring possibilities and engaging with new opportunities to instigate change.

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Bits of Freedom

Tinkerer and thinker on everything free and open. Exploring possibilities and engaging with new opportunities to instigate change.


Drone <3 Gitea = TRUE

Earlier this year, the FSFE set out on a project to rewrite our internal account management system (also responsible for managing donations and supporters). We've made big strides in that work since, and thanks to two dedicated interns, Lusy and Luke, who worked with us during the first half of the year, we're now at a stage where we can…

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My Debian Application (anno 1998)

Digging around in some files, in a dark corner of my hard drive, I found my application as a Debian Developer, sent the 18th of April 1998: Hi, this is a request for a registration as an official Debian developer. I'm currently working with the Sparc port of Debian and expect to make sure that all Debian packages compiles and is re…

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Something insightful, etc.

I had big plans to write something insightful (or equally likely something completely irrelevant) about free and open source software today, but something else has occupied a more significant part of this week: technology. As the FSFE's executive director, I'm also coordinating some of our technical work, an often overlooked but nonethele…

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My Kid Will Never Hack Linux

When I was a teenager, around 15-16 years old, I started to learn C programming by reading the source code for the Linux kernel. Mind you, the kernel was quite a bit smaller then and quite easy to understand. For any software over 25 years old, I think it's remarkable how legible and understandable the kernel still is. But there's no deny…

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We have passed peak GNU...

Sometime soon, I need to elaborate on why I feel we've passed peak GNU (actually, quite a few years ago) but it'll need to wait for next week or so. I'm now on the train heading for Denmark and Bogense. Wishing everyone a good holiday and talk more next week!…

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