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> End-of-life systems are called “end-of-life” for a reason

Yes, the reason is that the cheapskate vendor has abandoned the device long before its useful life is over. I'd love to see regulation that obliges vendors to either a) continue software support for devices until none of them are in use, or b) provide technical specs at EoL, with enough detail that the community can take over software support.


Are you working on any blockchain-related projects at present @matslats ? If so, an interview on theBlockchainSocialist podcast could well be worthwhile.

@theblockchainsocialist Here's an example of Matt presenting (starts 1:30 into the video):

@mike_hales @

@selea Indeed, I didn't know there were any (gratis) alternatives until you introduced me to Buypass :)

@sunquan Indeed. There is plenty of work being done on community-driven use cases for decentralized tech, by projects like Scuttlebutt, Holochain, @snikket_im (using XMPP), and the various fediverse projects using ActivityPub like Mastodon. If we are talking about blockchains specifically, there are all sorts of community-driven projects making use of those too, check out the @theblockchainsocialist interviews:

Another example is @Jami :

Jacobi goes on:

"... the Agreement provides new facilitation for investment but does not provide what some may regard as the infamous mechanism for investor state dispute settlement."

This is a silver lining at least. Allowing offshore capitalists to sue governments for loss of potential income in dodgy "free trade" tribunals has a massive chilling effect on the regulation needed to prevent businesses externalizing their costs onto people and our environment.

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As for the claim that we need more "investment capital", the cancerous growth of the corporate tech platforms is evidence that not all injections of capital lead to positive outcomes. As folks in the Greens (and TOP) have been pointing out for a few years now, NZ needs policy to discourage speculation on house prices and encourage investment in the real economy. That would make capital available to businesses without allowing offshore capitalists to vampire tap our economy.

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Accusing critics of "free trade agreements" of xenophobia is tired and lazy, as is the claim that they are necessary to bring skilled labour into Aotearoa, when it's well established that progressive immigration policy can be crafted to achieve the same thing. Outsourcing service jobs to overseas companies risks starving out our local capacity to perform or afford them. Just look at what "free trade' has done to local manufacturing and food prices.

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"Some of a xenophobic ilk may not like this, but it is clear that the supply of specialist skills needs to be increased, as does the flow of investment capital ..."

- , 2021, Executive Director of New Zealand International Business Forum and APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC).


@lightweight I haven't used any of them, at least not enough to give any solid recommendations. I'd be very interested in a blog post on your experiences with trying various options for multimedia production :D

... or

"KXStudio is a collection of applications and plugins for audio production. KXStudio also provides Debian (and Ubuntu) compatible repositories."


@ubuntustudio @lightweight

... or for a Francophone flavour ...

"LibraZiK version #3 is made of free-software and is based on Debian GNU/Linux Stable codename "Buster"."


@ubuntustudio @lightweight

Another @ubuntustudio replacement:

"AV Linux is a versatile, Debian-based distribution featuring a large collection of audio and video production software. Additionally, it also includes a custom kernel with IRQ threading enabled for low-latency audio performance. AV Linux can be run directly from a live DVD or a live USB storage device, though it can also be installed on a hard disk and used as a general-purpose operating system for everyday tasks."


@selea I saw that, thanks a lot. Might be a good idea to mention it on the Trisquel forums too.

Great to hear @ademalsasa . Delta Chat on my Android 6.x isn't currently working with @disroot , due to some SSL issues involving Let's Encrypt:

@selea Unless I'm mistaken, it's already EoL time for Ubuntu 16.04, which Flidas is based off. That's why it's time for a new install. Perhaps these TLS problems are not connected to the unsupported OS, but I'm not getting them on Etiona on my other laptop, and it needs doing anyway

A situation where users have time to react would also benefit from the normalization of OS and user data residing on a hardware key (eg a USB stick or sdCard), which could be removed from the device and concealed in an emergency. Even better if the device has a dummy OS that boots up without the key.

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