📺 VIDEO: "Verify GPG signatures with KGpg" by @njoseph

So, you downloaded the #FreedomBox software. What next? You should verify that the file has not been tampered with!

This screencast shows you how to use the KDE tool called KGpg to verify the GPG signature of a file downloaded from the internet.

Verifying GPG signatures ensures that the downloaded file isn't broken or tampered with. It also proves that the file comes from the expected source.


Australia's democracy is under threat when the police conducts raids against investigative journalists from ABC. We must keep fighting for our right to privacy, free speech and freedom of the press:

"Keep on hacking for a free world" - participants at the @fsfe web-a-thon, day 2.

(and btw: please also vote towards a free world)

#FreeSoftware #EuropeanElections

Erik Albers gives F-Droid workshop "Freedom to go" at Gulaschprogrammiernacht in Karlsruhe, Germany (2019-05-30) pretalx.entropia.de/gpn19/talk #fsfe #FreeSoftware #events #rssfeed

FSFE Booth at Corso Leopold Street Festival in Munich, Germany (2019-05-25 - 2019-05-26) corso-leopold.de #fsfe #FreeSoftware #events #rssfeed

Political satirist Christine Prayon was awarded the 10,000 Euro Dieter Hildebrandt Prize of the City of #Munich and donated the prize money to the Free Software Foundation Europe. She used her thank-you speech to put the finger on one of Munich's sore spots and criticised Munich's switch back to proprietary systems. You can watch here thank-you speech now here peertube.social/videos/watch/f (de) #LiMux #FreeSoftware #OpenSource #FSFE

RT @schiessle@twitter.com
All schools in Kerala/India will switch to Free Software:
"we feel the key advantage of going for free OS is the ability to study, share, edit and publish without restrictions. In the education sector, this dissemination value is more crucial than costs" financialexpress.com/industry/

RT @fsfe@twitter.com
Three conclusions to draw from #Google denying #Huawei access to software & the importance #FreeSoftware has for technology users, public bodies, and businesses alike: fsfe.org/news/2019/news-201905

Christine Prayon, bekannt aus der @heuteshow@twitter.com , zu Freier Software in München:


RT @fsfe@twitter.com
Christine Prayon, bekannt aus der @heuteshow@twitter.com , zu Freier Software in München:


@TheGnuMaster it is a steep learning curve, I have found replacement programs for linux, only need a courage to start once again, maybe this time it will be better. I have heard that sometimes are better with older linux not the bleeding edge one. Last time I had problems with nicotine (soulseek replacement ) but before that it was working perfectly but there was other problems. I'am very happy that you replayed. Will try to start the move today, I'm only afraid that UHD monitor will have proble

Three conclusions to draw from #Google denying #Huawei access to software & the importance #FreeSoftware has for technology users, public bodies, and businesses alike: fsfe.org/news/2019/news-201905

Three conclusions to draw from #Google denying #Huawei access to software: (1) The #FSFE urges users to use Free Software operating systems and applications on their computing devices. (2) Governments and especially the European Union should invest more resources in #FreeSoftware to gain independence from large enterprises and other states. (3) The FSFE urges companies to use as much Free Software as possible in their supply chains. fsfe.org/news/2019/news-201905 #pmpc

It's back—#jail4journalists under a new UK Espionage Act: theregister.co.uk/2019/05/20/e

Home Sec Sajid Javid proposes criminal sanctions for whistleblowers / theguardian journalists to stop any future Edward Snowden

I think microsoft makes file sharing programs to crash (except torrents) Soulseek is constantly crashing, airdc++ also. I think it will be the final push for me to move to linux mint, tried already to do that couple of times always had problems, to that extent that i needed to remove all but one ram and reset bios, but now after a recent windows crash, I had to load bios from usb to make it work again. Maybe someone can give me a helping hand moving all of 8TB music, programs to linux.

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QOTO Mastodon

Welcome to the QOTO instance

QOTO: Question Others, Teach Others

A Mastodon instance for scholars in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and all yearning to learn.

A free speech space. No censorship here.
We do not silence or block any instances.

Unique Features
  • Inline math Latex support - Use \ ( and \ ) for inline LaTeX, and \ [ and \ ] for display mode.
  • 65,535 character limit for toots (usually 500)
  • 65,535 character limit for profile bio (usually 160)
  • Full text searches - usually you can only search hashtags and usernames
  • Halcyon / Twitter clone front-end - Want the interface to look exactly like the Twitter interface? After you signed up just go here to login: https://halcyon.qoto.org.
  • PeerTube - We host our own PeerTube server with open registration for up to 100MB, but all of our active users get unlimited quotas. Sign up here: https://video.qoto.org.
  • Professionally hosted with nightly backups
  • light modern theme with full width columns (not fixed)
  • Several extra themes - including mastodon default and mastodon default with full width columns (not fixed)

Message to New Members

Welcome to the Qoto Mastodon instance, its like twitter but better!

Please don't hesitate to Direct Message me or tag me in Toots (what we call tweets here) if you have any questions or even if you just want to chat.

If you are new to Mastodon you may want to check out this official getting started guide: https://github.com/tootsuite/documentation/blob/master/Using-Mastodon/User-guide.md

We are a free speech, no censorship zone. Feel free to talk about whatever you want, say whatever you want, as long as it is legal you wont ever get banned from the server. With that said we do have a few rules: No spam, and no using multiple accounts to circumvent personal bans.

This server isnt a typical mastodon server either. I have personally modified the code on this server to give it several unique features you wont find on other servers.

If you are new to Mastodon here is some useful info.

First off, if your coming from Twitter and you'd prefer an interface that looks exactly like twitter, then just go here and login with your Qoto credential: https://halcyon.qoto.org/ No need to create an account there, your account on this server will work just fine. Just enter your username in the following format @[username]@qoto.org so for me it would be @freemo But personally I think our default skin here is way better.

Basically Mastodon is a decentralized twitter. That means anyone can run a server (like Qoto) that people can sign up to and use just like twitter. The unique part is how the servers talk to each other.

If you want to tag someone on the same server as you then you can just do @user however if you want to specify someone on a different server you can do @user@server. If someone follows you or mentions you on any server on the internet you'll get notified right here. So my full tag is @freemo@qoto.org.

So now a bit about the timelines, there are three (unlike twitter there is just one): Home, Local, Federated.

The Home timeline is just like what you'd expect on twitter, that is, everyone you are following.

The local timeline is any post made by anyone on your local server.

The federated timeline is what is cool. It combines the timeline of everyone on the server into one. This way you can see the posts of everyone that is followed by anyone on the server (assuming the post is public). So this timeline is a close representation of everyone on the internet who has Mastadon (though not really). Moreover we have a bot here that goes around and federates with everyone it can find, so our Federated Feed is rather robust covering thousands of instances.

Only other thing that is unique is listed vs unlisted posts. You have normal privacy settings like on twitter but you also can set a post to be listed or unlisted. If it is listed it acts just as i described. If it is unlisted then it acts just as a normal tweet would but it doesnt show up on local or federated timelines anywhere.

Also this goes without saying, but don't be racist, sexist, hateful, and don't harass people. Its a pretty shitty thing to do, don't be shitty!

The following is the list of QOTO administrators/moderators.
  • @freemo@qoto.org
  • @absolutus@qoto.org
  • @arteteco@qoto.org
  • @Surasanji@qoto.org
  • @hashtaggrammar@qoto.org
Note: The account @QOTO@qoto.org listed as the administrator is NOT an actively monitored account. It was selected so as not to show favoritism among our moderator group, we are a democracy and even our administrators and moderators are held to the same high standards of decency as the rest of the community.

***We will never advertise on QOTO or sell your information to third-parties***