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My Linux Mint set up in my garage loft office. This is where I do my dev, sysadmin, and writing for the OER Foundation. That's a Thinkpad X1 Carbon, gen 3 with hires LED and 4k external screen. 16GB Ram, running lots of dev containers right now, and logged into a bunch of external servers as far away as Germany via SSH.

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"For the last 12 years, my main development machine has been a Mac. As of last week, it’s a Dell XPS 13 running Pop!_OS 18.04 ... Take note: this is the first operating system I’ve used that is simpler, more elegant, and does certain things better than macOS."


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I'm going to write a lot more about this in the coming days but the most important takeaway from my first few days of switching my main development machine to Linux (Pop!_OS 18.04)?

I. Do. Not. Miss. The. Mac. One. Bit.

Everything Just Works (tm), including my USB-C-only LG external monitor (which doesn't even work with Laura's older MacBook Pro), Magic Trackpad, etc. And there are things I actually enjoy more about the experience. Never thought I'd be writing this about Linux. Exciting times!

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I built a head-mounted LiDAR array that lets you see the world like a dolphin through vibrations sent through you jaw.

Bonus: you look absolutely ridiculous wearing it.

Also - the public corporate model is fundamentally opposed to the open model. Maximising shareholder value is the only corporate priority, which inevitably leads to creating and exploiting monopolies. The open model - for tools, and Creative Commons for forms of expression - exist to make monopoly impossible. Open and corporations are simply incompatible and we must stop trying to pretend otherwise. And we must work to fundamentally alter the corporate model before it's too late.

A focus on without being fully committed to is like being willing to plant beautiful hybridised seeds... in fallow soil. We have to look at the whole educational ecosystem in order to avoid undermine all of our investment in open.

Apologies, all - looks like we've had enough content (particularly media files) added to our Mastodon instance, that we filled the disk...

Room is rapt as Sam Muirhead tells us about open source art and his yearofopensource.net. Brilliance.

I feel very fortunate to be working with this visionary, principled, and agreeable fellow, @mackiwg: opensource.com/education/11/3/ and even more chuffed that, slowly but surely, we're achieving the extraordinary goals he's been quietly but relentlessly - and radically openly - working towards for quite a long time. + + the world

I should clarify: the reason MSFT would kill is because it's the unexpected force that's quietly knocking it from its global monopoly perch. Without , MSFT could've continued exploiting its monopoly for much longer without innovating, thereby more successfully doing what it exists to do: maximise shareholder value (albeit at the expense of everyone else).

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@lightweight For the incompatibility, most definitely. For the EEE, it sure looks a lot like it but we don't know for sure yet, until someone from inside leaks it.

If you think it'd be cool to have "virtual unconferences" so you could discuss interesting things with your "tribe", without having to travel or limit participation to those who can afford to... you might want to look at this /gratis tool: Unhangouts: unhangout.media.mit.edu/ the short vid provides a good overview of what it looks like in action!

@ChameleonScales Interesting - thanks for your thoughts on it... MSFT have tens of thousands of employees all over the world. The "" contingent seem to be concentrated in the US. (I'm in NZ but from the US) Other "arms" of MSFT around the world don't seem to have got the memo about love. There's still plenty of patent aggression, anti-FOSS PR, and a concerted campaign to kill copyleft FOSS (notice, MSFT people *never* talks about Free and open source software, only ever "OSS").

If you haven't seen it, here's a description of some of MSFT's efforts at undermining to date: youtube.com/watch?v=-YdL7Hch78

Let's face it. Microsoft would kill all free and open source software if it could. But it can't. So it's pretending to like it (even to the point of hiring "open source ambassadors"). It's biding its time until it can gain enough influence on FOSS to either kill or co-opt it into something it can exploit to forward its own aim: maximising shareholder value. Think I'm wrong?

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RT @crazyKiwiClare@twitter.com: A big shout out to our wonderful bespoke battery builder extraordinaire Chris Forne. Thanks for these little Li-ion beauties that mean we are now going battery powered at Cacophony.

🐦🔗: twitter.com/crazyKiwiClare/sta

More heartbreaking injustice in the world. ft.com/content/f0d3223a-7f4d-1 Knowledge and truth can be painful... but we act if possible, and at least must bear witness.

People should listen to this from @ninetonoon@twitter.com about hypercapitalism - many pearls of wisdom in there. radionz.co.nz/national/program