Richard Stallman’s site

I've been checking Stallman's site to see what he will say about his resignation from the Free Software Foundation, as I think it is curious that on the site he mentions his resignation from CSAIL at MIT but nowhere mentions his resignation from FSF. That's true till today, though a week has passed. I suppose he'll get around to mentioning it eventually, but it does seem a little odd. For now, there is only the notice on the FSF website to rely upon.

What is new on Stallman.org is an explanation of his talk at Microsoft, which is interesting.

It's amusing that some people are only now noticing his "Political Notes" and the topics that concern him, and have concerned him for years. I don't know whether he composes all of those notes himself, but I have always found that work impressive and helpful, a kind of compendium of news stories that we should be paying attention to; as concise as one could wish for. I think at least some of the people who scorn his "embarrassing behavior" and obvious sexism are actually made more uncomfortable by his unyielding positions and radical politics.

Revisiting Gnu Social and liking what’s there

Gnu Social had grown a bit quiet the last time I used it. I changed identities a few times after trying twice to establish my own instance, and people got tired of trying to re-follow me and I can't blame them (that's one thing that works better on Hubzilla).

In general, because of its core users, GS brings a different and sometimes hopeful way of looking at many of the issues that concern me. I find views and opinions here that are hard to find on Twitter or Google+. The commercial networks have vast numbers of people, and still they worry about $.  On GS there is confidence regardless of the number of users and shaky platform it's all built on.

Now Mastodon seems to be having a good effect on the rest of the federation, and brings in some new voices, some of them more mainstream. Eventually, I think that federated social networks will prevail over the mega-capital dinosaurs.

installed Debian Linux

Installed Debian Testing (Jessie) Linux on my Dell Vostro V130.  This is the first time I am trying a "plain vanilla" Debian distribution.  I found that everything works before adding Debian's non-free sources, so this means essentially that the only thing that is non-free about this laptop is the Bios.  I'm not so strict personally, and I did eventually install the non-free repositories and additional software.  I need things like Flash and Skype in order to work.

I find Debian Testing to be quite polished - as much as Ubuntu 14.4, which exists along-side it on another partition.  I installed the Gnome 3 desktop.  Unfortunately this is not quite as fast on my Intel i3 / 4 GB RAM machine as Ubuntu's Unity interface, not to speak of XFCE or the even more lightweight desktops.  However it is serviceable.  I think Gnome 3 is more elegant than Unity, though I know some people still despise it. I'm a little tired of that aging Windows 95 look and the Mac knock-offs.  I might try replacing Nautilus with PCMan, for greater speed.

I came around to this installation after working quite hard to find a Puppy Linux style RAM distribution that I can use on both my laptop and Netbook.  Puppy itself is a shade too clumsy for permanent use, but it's still the best distribution of its kind.  I will be leaving Puppy Slacko on my netbook.  I treated the latter to a new battery during my recent state-side visit, as well as an antireflective screen protector.  I installed the latter rather clumsily, but it beats staring at my own reflection.