Vote to get Mediagoblin on Bitnami

I’m a fan of GNU Mediagoblin, the media publishing platform that anyone can run. You can think of it as a decentralized alternative to Flickr, YouTube, SoundCloud, etc. It would be great to have it packaged for Bitnami so more people can run it easily. Vote for Mediagoblin! https://bitnami.com/product/mediagoblin/widget

The cloud of spies

Microsoft is not hiding the sad and cruel truth: you’re not safe from being spied when you put your data in the cloud. Any data which is housed, stored or processed by a company, which is a U.S. based company or is wholly owned by a U.S. parent company, is vulnerable to interception and inspection…

“Bump” and your data go to the cloud

When investigating the design of the FreedomBox app to exchange keys and establish trust between two people I looked at how the Bump App for iPhone and Android solves the issue. From their FAQ: Q: How does Bump work? A: There are two parts to Bump: the app running on your device and a smart…

MediaGoblin project brings GNU into the cloud

GNU MediaGoblin is a new software project that will enable people to publish, share and distribute their photos, video and other media in the cloud. Think of it as mix of social sites like Flickr, YouTube, DeviantArt or Facebook but better. Being a GNU project, it respects users freedom will be licensed under the GNU…

Eben Moglen’s Freedom in the Cloud Talk

I watched Eben’s speech but now I can quote it too thanks to the transcript done by the friends at Software Freedom Law Center. Talking about the problems of the cloud services, Eben hits Facebook hard with his rhetoric: The human race has susceptibility to harm but Mr. Zuckerberg has attained an unenviable record. He…

The cost of monopoly in the cloud

Reading of the latest cyber attacks against South Korea and USA digital systems, I remembered a rather old post from Gen Kanai @Mozilla, the cost of a monoculture. It’s about monopoly, government decisions and security in the cloud. [South Korea] is also a unique monoculture where 99.9% of all the computer users are on Microsoft…

Locked devices, GPLv3 and the path to mobile freedom

In a recent discussion with friends I realized that tivoization is a sub-optimal world to describe the problem that the Free Software community has with freedom being controlled by those that control the hardware.Β  The word clearly targets one specific company, so the problem gets somewhat reduced in scope. The real issue is not limited…

Mobile phone markets are designed to split our community

Apple’s iPhone biggest innovation is its mobile app store: for the first time it allowed installing software on the mobile device with the convenience of any modern GNU/Linux distribution. Like in Debian, Fedora, Ubuntu, installing software is just a matter of browsing a repository and click on a button. It’s such a good idea that…