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"How to Live Without Google" - and getting it all wrong



In a failed attempt to improve users personal privacy, DuckDuckGo jumps from the frying pan straight into the fire. With the motto
Remove Google from your life? Yes, it can be done!
they give ten advices, most of them very bad. Also, they are using inexact wording by calling things free, when they are "free as in beer", but not necessarily "free as in freedom". I comment on their three worst recommendations:
Google Search -> DuckDuckGo (free)
Let's start off with the easiest one! Switching to DuckDuckGo not only keeps your searches private but also gives you extra advantages such as our bang shortcuts, handy Instant Answers, and knowing you're not trapped in a filter bubble.
I understand, that they advertise their own service here. And while I do believe, that DuckDuckGo does not cheat and keeps your searches private, as a user, one cannot prove it. In any case, one just replaces one centralised search machine with another one. Better use a decentralised service, such as meta search engine Searx.
Android -> iOS (paid)
The most popular alternative to Android is of course iOS, which offers easy device encryption and encrypted messaging via iMessage by default. We also have tips to increase privacy protection on your iPhone or iPad.
This is certainly the worst recommendation in their list. I had to check the date of the article, when I read this. Aprils Fool's Day? I'm certainly not a fan of Android and I'm not an Android user anymore, but going for a much more restrictive jail is just stupid. Android has at least relatively free versions, e.g. Replicant. iOS, in contrast, is a carcel with beautifully painted walls. Very high walls with perfectly styled barbed wire on top. Even the most proprietary variants of Android let you at least install free software from F-Droid.org.

If you don't want to use Android anymore, like myself, better go for a free alternative, e.g. support the Librem 5 crowdfunding, or the Pyra handheld or the ZeroPhone, all three running the free Debian operating system.
Google Allo -> Signal (free)
There are several services offering private messaging but, as we've mentioned before, Signal gets our recommendation. It offers free, end-to-end encryption for both messages and private calls. It's also recommended by Edward Snowden and renowned security expert Bruce Schneier, among others.
Again, they recommend to leave one centralised service for another one. And one, that even wants your phone number, otherwise you can't use it. And one, that does not yet have a decent client for Linux. There are messengers around that are federated or completely decentralised, that do not force you give them your phone number, and that have native clients for all major operating systems. My recommendation is XMPP. If you are on Linux, use e.g. Gajim, on Android the best app is probably Conversations, for iOS there is ChatSecure and so on. Alternatives to XMPP are Ring, Matrix and more recently Wire.

Benjamin Franklin wrote in 1755:
Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.
One should also not give up libre software, which is essential in many ways, to purchase a little perceived safety or privacy through non-free or centralised services.

#duckduckgo #google #searx #replicant #fdroid #librem5 #pyra #zerophone #debian #xmpp #gajim #conversations #chatsecure #ring #matrix #wire

How to Live Without Google

Google tracking is more pervasive than most people realize. We show you some alternatives to Google services to limit your exposure.
 

#dandelion announcement



GitHub | Translate (posted by @gsantner)

Thanks for your feedback on the previous post regarding app download source.
The results are obvious - 100% of votes for F-Droid.
Well, we expected a high percentage for F-Droid, but this is very clear.

Immagine/foto

Based on the results:

* We won't publish releases of dandelion* signed by our key anymore
* We will wait for F-Droid to build dandelion* and attach the app signed by them to our GitHub page
* This way there will be just one signing key used - for you users - this means you can update your dandelion* installation regardless if downloaded from us, or from F-Droid store
* If you download an *.apk telling a wrong key error at installation, you can be sure it's not done by F-Droid - so don't install
* In the last versions, there was an "secondlion*" apk attached on our GitHub Release page. This one has a different package id and can be installed beside dandelion*. In future updates this won't serve the only purpose - to just allow a second account - anymore. secondlion* will be our dandelion*-fresh/beta version from now on, signed by us, which can be installed alongside dandelion*.
* This will affect all future releases - we won't update or change previous releases
* It's up to you - you can go for the F-Droid release, the faster published secondlion* - or install both

Does this mean the project is dead?
Absolutely not.

What if my current installation came from the GitHub page?
Just uninstall the app, and install the latest build from F-Droid:
https://f-droid.org/repo/com.github.dfa.diaspora_android_12.apk

Who has access to future used signing keys

* dandelion*: Just F-Droid has access to the key
* secondlion*: Maintainers (@gsantner, @vanitasvitae)

Support the project



* Leave us a star on GitHub
* Provide Translations
* Send some Bitcoin to keep us motivated - contact us
* Report or fix bugs, send PR's

Credits



* Maintainers (@gsantner, @vanitasvitae)
* Contributors
* Blowball image

_________________________

Immagine/foto

Sharing welcome!



Tags: #dandelion #dandeliondev #diaspora #diasporaforandroid #diasporaandroid #diasporaapp #app #fdroid #freesoftware #opensource #app #android-dev #foss #freie-software #freesoftware #opensource #translation #translator #release #mobile

Diaspora-for-Android/dandelion

dandelion* - unofficial diaspora* android client
 

#dandelion announcement



GitHub | Translate (posted by @gsantner)

Thanks for your feedback on the previous post regarding app download source.
The results are obvious - 100% of votes for F-Droid.
Well, we expected a high percentage for F-Droid, but this is very clear.

Immagine/foto

Based on the results:

* We won't publish releases of dandelion* signed by our key anymore
* We will wait for F-Droid to build dandelion* and attach the app signed by them to our GitHub page
* This way there will be just one signing key used - for you users - this means you can update your dandelion* installation regardless if downloaded from us, or from F-Droid store
* If you download an *.apk telling a wrong key error at installation, you can be sure it's not done by F-Droid - so don't install
* In the last versions, there was an "secondlion*" apk attached on our GitHub Release page. This one has a different package id and can be installed beside dandelion*. In future updates this won't serve the only purpose - to just allow a second account - anymore. secondlion* will be our dandelion*-fresh/beta version from now on, signed by us, which can be installed alongside dandelion*.
* This will affect all future releases - we won't update or change previous releases
* It's up to you - you can go for the F-Droid release, the faster published secondlion* - or install both

Does this mean the project is dead?
Absolutely not.

What if my current installation came from the GitHub page?
Just uninstall the app, and install the latest build from F-Droid:
https://f-droid.org/repo/com.github.dfa.diaspora_android_12.apk

Who has access to future used signing keys

* dandelion*: Just F-Droid has access to the key
* secondlion*: Maintainers (@gsantner, @vanitasvitae)

Support the project



* Leave us a star on GitHub
* Provide Translations
* Send some Bitcoin to keep us motivated - contact us
* Report or fix bugs, send PR's

Credits



* Maintainers (@gsantner, @vanitasvitae)
* Contributors
* Blowball image

_________________________

Immagine/foto

Sharing welcome!



Tags: #dandelion #dandeliondev #diaspora #diasporaforandroid #diasporaandroid #diasporaapp #app #fdroid #freesoftware #opensource #app #android-dev #foss #freie-software #freesoftware #opensource #translation #translator #release #mobile

Diaspora-for-Android/dandelion

dandelion* - unofficial diaspora* android client
 
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Why we don't publish at the Play Store



We got some requests recently, asking, why we do not publish #dandelion at the #GooglePlay.So here are our main reasons, why we don't plan to uploadthe app there currently.

First of all, we do not comply with Googles terms of service. Having to pay ~25€ to Google who did not write the app and does not respect your freedom nor your privacy on its platforms (Youtube, GMail...) just doesn't feel right. We believe, that our userbase is well aware of the privacy concerns that come with using Google's Services, so many diaspora* users actually get their apps through F-Droid (which is great). Second, if a user that does not know about F-Droid yet wants to use dandelion* and searches for it, they'll hopefully find out about the F-Droid project and may get in touch with free software that way. So by not publishing to Google Play, we hope to get more people to understand, use and appreciate free and open source software.

If you find dandelion* on the Play Store, please be aware, that you likely just found a version built by someone else. We can not guarantee that such a version has not been tampered with in terms of #malware, so we highly discourage you to use it. It should be clear, that we'll never charge you any money for using, downloading, sharing or modifying the app. Note also, that we won't support those versions.

If you want to dontate to the project to support the developers, and keep them motivated, please feel free to contact us :D As always, you can help us by submitting bug reports, code and/or translations on github and crowdin.
PS: We maintainers (@gsantner and @vanitasvitae) will soon have more time again to actively work on the app. The last weeks we were distracted with educational work, so here is some background information:

@gsantner was working on another FLOSS app called Froody, which lets you share (naturally growing) food and other things with others. He hopes to enable people to live a more sustainable life. The main idea is to share to and help other people by e.g. sharing pears, which would rot anyway if unused.Everything is built with international use in mind. The app is available at https://github.com/froodyapp/froody-android, and is currently available in #English, #German and #Japanese. Also translatable on Crowdin. He also writes his bachlor thesis about Open Source and Android, which will be completed in summer and likely to be released in an appropiate free license.

@vanitasvitae is writing his bachelor thesis about an #OMEMO module for #Smack, a #XMPP library used by many free messengers like #Jitsi or #Kontalk.
He hopes to enable those messengers to #encrypt your communication end-to-end using the OMEMO protocol introduced by #conversations.
He'll also attend #FOSDEM in #brussels by the way, so if you are there you might meet him and chat a little ;)

Sharing welcome!



Immagine/foto

Tags: #dandelion #dandeliondev #diaspora #diasporaforandroid #diasporaandroid #diasporaapp #app #fdroid #freesoftware #opensource #google #play #store #app #android-dev #foss #freie-software #freesoftware #opensource #translation #translator #release #mobile #froody #froodyapp #omemo #security #sustainability #sustainable #thesis

Diaspora-for-Android/dandelion

dandelion* - unofficial diaspora* android client
 
I got some news for you, update v0.2.3 of Froody is now available.

Immagine/fotoFroody



New (Update v0.2.3):
* Load entries in a bigger range
* Load entries around the world if zommed out to world/country map
* Lot of new languages translated in
* Available as of today on G-Play | F-Droid expected on 11. Feb.

What's Froody?
* Lets you share (mainly naturally growing) food to others
* The main idea is to share to and help other people by e.g. sharing pears, which would rot anyway if unused
* Everyone can add entries (and delete them), no login needed
* Entries will be available 3 weeks
* Available in English, German and Japanese
* The server part is also Open-Source, available on GitHub (froody-server)

Immagine/foto Immagine/foto

How to support the project?

* Share the app and tell other people about it
* Leave a star on the GitHub Project
* Submit translations on Crowdin
* Supply artwork or vector icons for the different types of entries
* Tell things that could be improved

New screenshots










__________________________

Sharing welcome!



Tags: #sharing #food #foodfreedom #foodisfree #app #fdroid #freesoftware #opensource #android-dev #foss #freie-software #freesoftware #opensource #translation #translator #release #mobile #froody #froodyapp #sustainability #sustainable

froodyapp.github.io by froodyapp

froodyapp.github.io by froodyapp
 
I got some news for you, update v0.2.3 of Froody is now available.

Immagine/fotoFroody



New (Update v0.2.3):
* Load entries in a bigger range
* Load entries around the world if zommed out to world/country map
* Lot of new languages translated in
* Available as of today on G-Play | F-Droid expected on 11. Feb.

What's Froody?
* Lets you share (mainly naturally growing) food to others
* The main idea is to share to and help other people by e.g. sharing pears, which would rot anyway if unused
* Everyone can add entries (and delete them), no login needed
* Entries will be available 3 weeks
* Available in English, German and Japanese
* The server part is also Open-Source, available on GitHub (froody-server)

Immagine/foto Immagine/foto

How to support the project?

* Share the app and tell other people about it
* Leave a star on the GitHub Project
* Submit translations on Crowdin
* Supply artwork or vector icons for the different types of entries
* Tell things that could be improved

New screenshots










__________________________

Sharing welcome!



Tags: #sharing #food #foodfreedom #foodisfree #app #fdroid #freesoftware #opensource #android-dev #foss #freie-software #freesoftware #opensource #translation #translator #release #mobile #froody #froodyapp #sustainability #sustainable

froodyapp.github.io by froodyapp

froodyapp.github.io by froodyapp
 
I got some news for you, my new app is now available on F-Droid:

Immagine/fotoFroody



* https://f-droid.org/repository/browse/?fdid=io.github.froodyapp
* Lets you share (mainly naturally growing) food to others
* The main idea is to share to and help other people by e.g. sharing pears, which would rot anyway if unused
* Everyone can add entries (and delete them), no login needed
* Entries will be available 3 weeks
* Available in English, German and Japanese
* The server part is also Open-Source, available on GitHub (froody-server)

How to support the project?

* Share the app and tell other people about it
* Leave a star on the GitHub Project
* Submit translations on Crowdin
* Supply artwork or vector icons for the different types of entries
* Tell things that could be improved

__________________________

Sharing welcome!



Tags: #sharing #food #foodfreedom #foodisfree #app #fdroid #freesoftware #opensource #android-dev #foss #freie-software #freesoftware #opensource #translation #translator #release #mobile #froody #froodyapp #sustainability #sustainable

froodyapp.github.io by froodyapp

froodyapp.github.io by froodyapp
 
I got some news for you, my new app is now available on F-Droid:

Immagine/fotoFroody



* https://f-droid.org/repository/browse/?fdid=io.github.froodyapp
* Lets you share (mainly naturally growing) food to others
* The main idea is to share to and help other people by e.g. sharing pears, which would rot anyway if unused
* Everyone can add entries (and delete them), no login needed
* Entries will be available 3 weeks
* Available in English, German and Japanese
* The server part is also Open-Source, available on GitHub (froody-server)

How to support the project?

* Share the app and tell other people about it
* Leave a star on the GitHub Project
* Submit translations on Crowdin
* Supply artwork or vector icons for the different types of entries
* Tell things that could be improved

__________________________

Sharing welcome!



Tags: #sharing #food #foodfreedom #foodisfree #app #fdroid #freesoftware #opensource #android-dev #foss #freie-software #freesoftware #opensource #translation #translator #release #mobile #froody #froodyapp #sustainability #sustainable

froodyapp.github.io by froodyapp

froodyapp.github.io by froodyapp
 
| Translate | Gitter

Why we don't publish at the Play Store



We got some requests recently, asking, why we do not publish #dandelion at the #GooglePlay.So here are our main reasons, why we don't plan to uploadthe app there currently.

First of all, we do not comply with Googles terms of service. Having to pay ~25€ to Google who did not write the app and does not respect your freedom nor your privacy on its platforms (Youtube, GMail...) just doesn't feel right. We believe, that our userbase is well aware of the privacy concerns that come with using Google's Services, so many diaspora* users actually get their apps through F-Droid (which is great). Second, if a user that does not know about F-Droid yet wants to use dandelion* and searches for it, they'll hopefully find out about the F-Droid project and may get in touch with free software that way. So by not publishing to Google Play, we hope to get more people to understand, use and appreciate free and open source software.

If you find dandelion* on the Play Store, please be aware, that you likely just found a version built by someone else. We can not guarantee that such a version has not been tampered with in terms of #malware, so we highly discourage you to use it. It should be clear, that we'll never charge you any money for using, downloading, sharing or modifying the app. Note also, that we won't support those versions.

If you want to dontate to the project to support the developers, and keep them motivated, please feel free to contact us :D As always, you can help us by submitting bug reports, code and/or translations on github and crowdin.
PS: We maintainers (@gsantner and @vanitasvitae) will soon have more time again to actively work on the app. The last weeks we were distracted with educational work, so here is some background information:

@gsantner was working on another FLOSS app called Froody, which lets you share (naturally growing) food and other things with others. He hopes to enable people to live a more sustainable life. The main idea is to share to and help other people by e.g. sharing pears, which would rot anyway if unused.Everything is built with international use in mind. The app is available at https://github.com/froodyapp/froody-android, and is currently available in #English, #German and #Japanese. Also translatable on Crowdin. He also writes his bachlor thesis about Open Source and Android, which will be completed in summer and likely to be released in an appropiate free license.

@vanitasvitae is writing his bachelor thesis about an #OMEMO module for #Smack, a #XMPP library used by many free messengers like #Jitsi or #Kontalk.
He hopes to enable those messengers to #encrypt your communication end-to-end using the OMEMO protocol introduced by #conversations.
He'll also attend #FOSDEM in #brussels by the way, so if you are there you might meet him and chat a little ;)

Sharing welcome!



Immagine/foto

Tags: #dandelion #dandeliondev #diaspora #diasporaforandroid #diasporaandroid #diasporaapp #app #fdroid #freesoftware #opensource #google #play #store #app #android-dev #foss #freie-software #freesoftware #opensource #translation #translator #release #mobile #froody #froodyapp #omemo #security #sustainability #sustainable #thesis

Diaspora-for-Android/dandelion

dandelion* - unofficial diaspora* android client
 
| Translate | Gitter

Why we don't publish at the Play Store



We got some requests recently, asking, why we do not publish #dandelion at the #GooglePlay.So here are our main reasons, why we don't plan to uploadthe app there currently.

First of all, we do not comply with Googles terms of service. Having to pay ~25€ to Google who did not write the app and does not respect your freedom nor your privacy on its platforms (Youtube, GMail...) just doesn't feel right. We believe, that our userbase is well aware of the privacy concerns that come with using Google's Services, so many diaspora* users actually get their apps through F-Droid (which is great). Second, if a user that does not know about F-Droid yet wants to use dandelion* and searches for it, they'll hopefully find out about the F-Droid project and may get in touch with free software that way. So by not publishing to Google Play, we hope to get more people to understand, use and appreciate free and open source software.

If you find dandelion* on the Play Store, please be aware, that you likely just found a version built by someone else. We can not guarantee that such a version has not been tampered with in terms of #malware, so we highly discourage you to use it. It should be clear, that we'll never charge you any money for using, downloading, sharing or modifying the app. Note also, that we won't support those versions.

If you want to dontate to the project to support the developers, and keep them motivated, please feel free to contact us :D As always, you can help us by submitting bug reports, code and/or translations on github and crowdin.
PS: We maintainers (@gsantner and @vanitasvitae) will soon have more time again to actively work on the app. The last weeks we were distracted with educational work, so here is some background information:

@gsantner was working on another FLOSS app called Froody, which lets you share (naturally growing) food and other things with others. He hopes to enable people to live a more sustainable life. The main idea is to share to and help other people by e.g. sharing pears, which would rot anyway if unused.Everything is built with international use in mind. The app is available at https://github.com/froodyapp/froody-android, and is currently available in #English, #German and #Japanese. Also translatable on Crowdin. He also writes his bachlor thesis about Open Source and Android, which will be completed in summer and likely to be released in an appropiate free license.

@vanitasvitae is writing his bachelor thesis about an #OMEMO module for #Smack, a #XMPP library used by many free messengers like #Jitsi or #Kontalk.
He hopes to enable those messengers to #encrypt your communication end-to-end using the OMEMO protocol introduced by #conversations.
He'll also attend #FOSDEM in #brussels by the way, so if you are there you might meet him and chat a little ;)

Sharing welcome!



Immagine/foto

Tags: #dandelion #dandeliondev #diaspora #diasporaforandroid #diasporaandroid #diasporaapp #app #fdroid #freesoftware #opensource #google #play #store #app #android-dev #foss #freie-software #freesoftware #opensource #translation #translator #release #mobile #froody #froodyapp #omemo #security #sustainability #sustainable #thesis

Diaspora-for-Android/dandelion

dandelion* - unofficial diaspora* android client
 
#conversations.im #OMEMO #Gagim #encryption #messenger #FOSS #Fdroid

Setup Whatsapp-like chat messaging that respects your privacy [complete guide]

This guide helps using a chat messenger that works like Whatsapp or Facebook Messenger, but which respects your privacy and freedom.
 
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#Help us to update DiasporaForAndroids #translations for the upcoming release!



We're soon releasing the new version of #DiasporaForAndroid on #FDroid (link). Unfortunately not all #languages are fully translated yet. You can help us change that! Take a look at our crowdin project site and check, whether your language needs some love :) Can't find your language at all? No problem. Just let us (@gsantner and me) know, so we can add it to the list!

The following languages are incomplete at the moment: - #Dutch - #Kannada - #Malayalam - #Polish - #Portuguese, Brazilian - #Russian - #Spanish

#French, #German, #Italian, #Japanese are completed. Huge thanks to the contributors :)

We'll leave you with some #preview pictures of the new version ;) Resharing welcome ;) #DiasporaForAndroid #Diaspora #DiasporaAndroid #Diaspora-for-Android #DiasporaApp #mobile #app #translator #free-software #contribute
 
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#Help us to update DiasporaForAndroids #translations for the upcoming release!



We're soon releasing the new version of #DiasporaForAndroid on #FDroid (link). Unfortunately not all #languages are fully translated yet. You can help us change that! Take a look at our crowdin project site and check, whether your language needs some love :) Can't find your language at all? No problem. Just let us (@gsantner and me) know, so we can add it to the list!

The following languages are incomplete at the moment: - #Dutch - #Kannada - #Malayalam - #Polish - #Portuguese, Brazilian - #Russian - #Spanish

#French, #German, #Italian, #Japanese are completed. Huge thanks to the contributors :)

We'll leave you with some #preview pictures of the new version ;) Resharing welcome ;) #DiasporaForAndroid #Diaspora #DiasporaAndroid #Diaspora-for-Android #DiasporaApp #mobile #app #translator #free-software #contribute
 
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#Help us to update DiasporaForAndroids #translations for the upcoming release!



We're soon releasing the new version of #DiasporaForAndroid on #FDroid (link). Unfortunately not all #languages are fully translated yet. You can help us change that! Take a look at our crowdin project site and check, whether your language needs some love :) Can't find your language at all? No problem. Just let us (@gsantner and me) know, so we can add it to the list!

The following languages are incomplete at the moment: - #Dutch - #Kannada - #Malayalam - #Polish - #Portuguese, Brazilian - #Russian - #Spanish

#French, #German, #Italian, #Japanese are completed. Huge thanks to the contributors :)

We'll leave you with some #preview pictures of the new version ;) Resharing welcome ;) #DiasporaForAndroid #Diaspora #DiasporaAndroid #Diaspora-for-Android #DiasporaApp #mobile #app #translator #free-software #contribute
 
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