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Kilomet 109
About:
"Designer, artist and eco-entrepreneur, Van Thao is a leader among the pioneering group of young designers who have made Hanoi an emerging creative hub of the fashion world.
[...]
Thao’s vision encompasses every detail of the production process, starting with the natural materials that go into the garments she designs. In doing so she is helping to preserve the rich textile heritage of Vietnam.

Using organic fibers and traditional techniques of vegetable dying, Thao works with her team of local artisans to grow, spin, weave, color and print Kilomet 109 fabrics. After that the garments are hand-stitched in her studio in Hanoi.
[...]
The value of our pieces is about more than their design, it’s about the culture of the people who make them and the environmental issues that are so vital to our future.”

HAG
Startupinthecloud  Agrachina  Fashion  Designer  artisanal  Made-to-Order  ecological  vietnam  Fibres  dyeing  Organic  Organic_Fabric  Vegetables  Sustainability  eco_brand  sustainablecompany  sustainablefashion  Brand 
15 days ago by eocas
ISP Mail Tutorial
About:
"This tutorial explains how to set up your own e-mail server integrated with Nextcloud. You can have unlimited users and unlimited domains. Users will be able to use regular e-mail clients (IMAP) like Thunderbird, their smartphone or simply log in to Nextcloud and use an integrated Webmail app. The user database is unified. This means an e-mail account is also a Nextcloud account. You only have to login once, there is no additional webmail URL. There are also shared mailboxes, SPAM filters and other SPAM prevention measures like SPF and DKIM. Of course you also get everything that Nextcloud offers, i.e. contact and calendar sync via CardDAV and CalDAV and obviously all the file sharing. The base OS is Debian Stretch."

By Alexey Abel (https://github.com/PanCakeConnaisseur), who also created these two Nextcloud apps that increase the integration between the mail server and Nextcloud:
- https://apps.nextcloud.com/apps/user_backend_sql_raw
- https://apps.nextcloud.com/apps/auto_mail_accounts

HAG
Startupinthecloud  Agrachina  Tutorial  Messaging  Storage  Productivity  opensource  decentralization  Security  Privacy  Linux 
20 days ago by eocas
Why Open Source Failed – John Mark
Excerpts:
"I say that as someone who has built a career out of convincing companies to use open source platforms as a means of growing large ecosystems in order to establish and maintain hegemony over various industry segments.
[...]
not only did open source not stem or stall the redistribution of wealth and power upwards, but rather it aided and abetted the redistribution of wealth and power upwards.
[...]
Web App Loophole / Cloud Computing > GNU GPL version 2 or 3, is useless when it comes to prying open web applications written by Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Amazon
[...]
Before open source proliferation, when companies usually had to pay something for every line of software, that income was at least distributed through many parts of the economy, resulting in less concentration of wealth.
[...]
that programming is often in the context of making products for your employer, which you do not own the intellectual property of.
[...]
The dream of open source software was that democratization of software would result in shared ownership of its intellectual property. ... Unfortunately, this failed to take into account patent law and software's copyright. ... This failure strikes at the very essence of open source’s raison d’etre.
[...]
there has been a decided lack of enthusiasm by open source-friendly companies to tackle or confront our intellectual property laws.

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Reforming patent and copyright laws would be a good start. Reforming employee ownership of patents and intellectual property would be another. Mandating that web applications follow open source practices and allow more competition would be wonderful. Mandating that government agencies only use services that don’t lead to further consolidation of wealth from proprietary services would be a feather in the cap."

Note:
For whole context and differentiation between terms like Free Software, Open Source Software, FOSS, democratization of software don't miss the Comments section


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And here Mike Overby's counterplea to before article (by John Mark):

https://dev.to/lethargilistic/open-source-has-not-failed-dont-cover-up-corporate-abuse-of-open-source-3ffe

Excerpts:
"The engine of inequality Mark is trying and failing to address is corporate abuse of open source, and corporate abandonment of good business sense in pursuit of pure profit without consideration for the larger tech ecosystem of which they and open source project are parts.
[...]
Shame them for attacking the copyright system and lobbying to restrict our rightful access to works held within that system. The corporations made the establishment of open source as a counterculture a necessity in the first place.
[...]
The fact that these people are releasing their contributions for free use is not the driver of inequality, because their contributions are deserving and, in fact, demand support from users as part of the transaction. Corporations refusing to assist the groups on whose labors they build drives inequality—tithing some funds is but the most trivial of ways to rectify that situation.
[...]
Secondly, corporations have no right to devalue junior developers by not hiring them and outsourcing their training to open source maintainers without compensation.
[...]
filter for open source contributors today, you are filtering out women and people of color and share some direct responsibility for their under-representation in the field. None of this means open source is bad, or is even a reflection upon open source. Contrary to Mark's article, sharing free software is a public good.
[...]
Corporate abuse of the open source paradigm is one among so many other ways that corporations are engines of inequality in the world. We should condemn that abuse and seek accountability and reform. Blaming the exploited in this part of the scenario—the open source maintainers and contributors, and even non-contributors via discrimination—and declaring that they have "failed" when they have so clearly succeeded will not get us anywhere in the pursuit of a more equitable world."
Startupinthecloud  Agrachina  Lifesnippets  Legal  opensource  Governance  government  Intellectual_Property  democracy  Social  SocialEntrepreneur  CSR_Corporate-Social-Responsibility  Programming 
24 days ago by eocas
Data Transfer Project (DTP)
About:
"Formed in 2017 to create an open-source, service-to-service data portability platform so that all individuals across the web could easily move their data between online service providers whenever they want.

The contributors to the Data Transfer Project believe portability and interoperability are central to innovation. Making it easier for individuals to choose among services facilitates competition, empowers individuals to try new services and enables them to choose the offering that best suits their needs."

From LWM:
"Social networks are typically walled gardens; users of a service can interact with other users and their content, but cannot see or interact with data stored in competing services. Beyond that, though, these walled gardens have generally made it difficult or impossible to decide to switch to a competitor—all of the user's data is locked into a particular site."

Founding members are Google, Twitter, Facebook and Microsoft.

HAG
Startupinthecloud  Social_Networking  USA  open-data  opensource  decentralization  Cloud_Computing_Philosophie 
5 weeks ago by eocas
ubermix
About:
"The ubermix is an all-free, specially built, Linux-based operating system designed from the ground up with the needs of education in mind.
[...]
more than 60 free applications pre-installed
[...]
What we endeavor to do is configure a pre-optimized environment (reduced complexity), create a turn-key installation process (ease of deployment, scalability), build in a self-recovery mechanism (ease of management, reliability), and construct a custom interface that is as easy to use as a cell phone (easy-to-use, device-centric model). In short we compile a configuration and combination of applications that we believe to be ideal for a student in a learning environment.

Specific requirements include:

- Create an ideal mix of applications for student learning and creativity, while keeping the install as small as possible.
- Create a way for students to self-recover quickly in the event of a system problem
- Create a rapid installation mechanism for quickly deploying thousands (if not tens-of-thousands) of devices"

HAG
Startupinthecloud  Lifesnippets  Education  Linux  opensource  Software  Systems_Management 
6 weeks ago by eocas
Veyon (formerly: iTALC)
About:
"Veyon is a free and Open Source software for computer monitoring and classroom management supporting Windows and Linux. It enables teachers to view and control computer labs and interact with students. Veyon is available in different languages and provides lots of useful features:

- see what's going on in computer labs in overview mode and take screenshots
- remote control computers to support and help users
- broadcast teacher's screen to students in realtime by using demo mode (either in fullscreen or in a window)
- lock workstations for attracting attention to teacher
- send text messages to students
- powering on/off and rebooting computers remote
- remote logoff and remote execution of arbitrary commands/scripts
- home schooling - Veyon's network technology is not restricted to a subnet and therefore students at home can join lessons via VPN connections just by installing the Veyon service."

HAG
Startupinthecloud  Lifesnippets  Education  opensource  Linux  Monitoring  Management  Systems_Management  Software 
6 weeks ago by eocas
Sugar Labs
About:
"At Sugar Labs we make a collection of tools that learners use to explore, discover, create, and reflect.
[...]
It is a volunteer-driven member project of Software Freedom Conservancy, a nonprofit corporation. Originally part of the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project, Sugar Labs coordinates volunteers around the world who are passionate about providing educational opportunities to children through the Sugar Learning Platform."

HAG
Startupinthecloud  Lifesnippets  Education  NGO_NPO  opensource  Software  Platform  Python  Linux 
6 weeks ago by eocas
LVFS
About:
"The Linux Vendor Firmware Service is a secure portal which allows hardware vendors to upload firmware updates. This site is used by all major Linux distributions to provide metadata for clients such as fwupdmgr and GNOME Software. There is no charge to vendors for the hosting or distribution of content."

HAG
Startupinthecloud  Linux  Systems_Management  Platform  Security  Safety  Automation  opensource 
6 weeks ago by eocas
Remmina
About:
"Remmina is a remote desktop client written in GTK+, aiming to be useful for system administrators and travellers, who need to work with lots of remote computers in front of either large monitors or tiny netbooks. Remmina supports multiple network protocols in an integrated and consistent user interface. Currently RDP, VNC, SPICE, NX, XDMCP, SSH and EXEC are supported.

Remmina is released in separated source packages:

“remmina”, the main GTK+ application
“remmina-plugins”, a set of plugins

Remmina is free and open-source software, released under GNU GPL license."

For Linux-only, except a WSL subsystem port for Windows.

HAG
Startupinthecloud  Management  Linux  opensource  tools  sysAdmin  Systems_Management 
7 weeks ago by eocas
Python Fire
About:
"Python Fire is a library for automatically generating command line interfaces (CLIs) from absolutely any Python object.

- Simple way to create a CLI in Python.
- Helpful tool for developing and debugging Python code.
- Helps with exploring existing code or turning other people's code into a CLI.
- Makes transitioning between Bash and Python easier.
- Makes using a Python REPL (Read–Eval–Print Loop shell) easier by setting up the REPL with the modules and variables you'll need already imported and created."

Maintained by Google.

HAG
Startupinthecloud  development  Python  tools  Software_Engineering  Programming  CLI  opensource  Automation 
7 weeks ago by eocas
Poetry - Python dependency management and packaging made easy.
About:
"Poetry is a tool for dependency management and packaging in Python. It allows you to declare the libraries your project depends on and it will manage (install/update) them for you.
[...]
It only needs one file to do all (dependency management, packaging and publishing): the new, standardized pyproject.toml.

In other words, poetry uses pyproject.toml to replace setup.py, requirements.txt, setup.cfg, MANIFEST.in and the newly added Pipfile."

On Github they state examples why Poetry is better than Pipenv.

HAG
Startupinthecloud  Python  Automation  Programming  tools  development  Software_Engineering 
7 weeks ago by eocas
Pipenv: Python Dev Workflow for Humans
About:
"Pipenv is a tool that aims to bring the best of all packaging worlds (bundler, composer, npm, cargo, yarn, etc.) to the Python world.

It automatically creates and manages a virtualenv for your projects, as well as adds/removes packages from your Pipfile as you install/uninstall packages. It also generates the ever-important Pipfile.lock, which is used to produce deterministic builds.

Pipenv is primarily meant to provide users and developers of applications with an easy method to setup a working environment."

Pipenv obsoltes the need to use pip and virtualenv separately as they work together.

HAG
Startupinthecloud  Python  Programming  Software_Engineering  development  tools  Automation  opensource 
7 weeks ago by eocas
Five Tips to Efficiently Share Files in Your Company - ownCloud
Excerpts:
"In order to be able to work productively with increasing amounts of data, data exchange must be fast, simple, independent of devices and controllable.

EFSS solutions (Enterprise file sync and sharing solutions) enable exactly this;universal access to all files through a central file access layer, regardless of whether they are on premises, in the cloud or distributed within the existing architecture. Files can remain in their original location while the IT department gains authority of all data, including control of the entire life cycle of a file. The location of a file is always known, as well as, who has access to it, who has accessed it in the past and who has shared it with whom and when. Users can access, synchronize and share all files via a central interface from their workstation or mobile – whether the files are located in SharePoint, on a Windows network drive or in the cloud."

Important points:

1. Management Must be Involved
2. Every Cloud Needs its Privacy (ideally hybrid cloud infrastructure)
3. Version Control for the Best Possible Overview
4. End-to-End Encryption that Deserves the Name
5. Automation Through Classification (e.g. access groups)

Excerpts Conclusion:
"Enterprise file sharing is a modern way to manage unstructured company data in a more controlled, central and flexible way, while also meeting the growing need for the utilization of all available data. However, the safety factors should always come first. [...] Increased data security goes hand in hand with a significant increase in productivity."

HAG
Startupinthecloud  Storage  Management  Enterprise_Architecture  Data  Organization  IT  File  Filesync  Security  Safety 
7 weeks ago by eocas
Letter from Shenzhen
Article about the Chinese 山寨 (shanzhai) copycatting culture.

Intro by CB Insights:
"In her piece for Logic Magazine, Xiaowei R. Wang says that traveling to China is like time-traveling. Even in the most rural villages, technology is there.

Wang describes the ubiquitous WeChat and QR codes that can be used to pay for everything, from street food to train tickets to massage chairs.

She also describes the Shanzai economy, which Wang calls “open-source on hyperspeed.” It has evolved from knock-off Louis Vuitton bags and Friends on DVD to people creating original products — like a cell phone with a compass that points to Mecca — and building on each other’s work “in a decentralized way.”

Wang says this “extreme open-source” offers a glimpse into the future — and starkly contrasts American technology, which is becoming more and more proprietary.

It’s tempting to draw comparisons between tech in the US and China, but it might not really be an apples-to-apples comparison. Maybe technology is more cultural — and less universal — than we think."

HAG
Startupinthecloud  Agrachina  Business_Advisory_relevant  Culture  Technology  Legal  Rural_Development  China  shenzhen  Economy  Innovation  Ecosystem  opensource 
8 weeks ago by eocas
The 'New Open Source Licensing': Why the GPL's Heyday Is Over
The writer's conclusion:
"In short, the GPL's decline can be explained by the fact that choosing to join the open source ecosystem does not mean what it once did. Licenses other than the GPL offer an easy way for developers and companies to cultivate an open source image while avoiding the strong commitments required by the GPL.

If the GPL were still the only major open source licensing option around, it's hard to imagine open source software being so popular today. But, in an ironic way, the move away from the GPL is a reflection of just how successful the open source ecosystem has become: Open source is thriving so much that we no longer need the GPL."

Article by Christopher Tozzi who also wrote the book 'https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/fun-and-profit'.

HAG
Startupinthecloud  Lifesnippets  Legal  Marketing  Standardization  opensource  Policy  market  Trade  Software_Engineering 
8 weeks ago by eocas
Introduction to Git and GitHub for Python Developers
Tutorial about what Git is, how to use it for your personal projects, and how to use it in conjunction with GitHub to work with other people on larger projects. We’ll look at how to create a repo, how to add both new and modified files, and how to navigate through your project’s history so you can “get back” to when your project was working.

HAG
Startupinthecloud  Python  Git  Tutorial  Software_Engineering  Programming  Collaboration  File  Filesync  CLI  Project_Management 
8 weeks ago by eocas
Survival of the Richest – Future Human
Must-read opinion piece by author / futurist Douglas Rushkoff on the future of technology and human kind.

Excerpt:
"Of course, it wasn’t always this way. There was a brief moment, in the early 1990s, when the digital future felt open-ended and up for our invention. Technology was becoming a playground for the counterculture, who saw in it the opportunity to create a more inclusive, distributed, and pro-human future. But established business interests only saw new potentials for the same old extraction, and too many technologists were seduced by unicorn IPOs. Digital futures became understood more like stock futures or cotton futures — something to predict and make bets on. So nearly every speech, article, study, documentary, or white paper was seen as relevant only insofar as it pointed to a ticker symbol. The future became less a thing we create through our present-day choices or hopes for humankind than a predestined scenario we bet on with our venture capital but arrive at passively.

This freed everyone from the moral implications of their activities. Technology development became less a story of collective flourishing than personal survival. Worse, as I learned, to call attention to any of this was to unintentionally cast oneself as an enemy of the market or an anti-technology curmudgeon."

HAG
Lifesnippets  Startupinthecloud  Technology  Ethics  Philosophy  Ecosystem  Report  Economy 
8 weeks ago by eocas
Douglas Rushkoff
About:
"Douglas Rushkoff is the author of Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus: How Growth Became the Enemy of Prosperity, as well as a dozen other bestselling books on media, technology, and culture, including Present Shock, Program or Be Programmed, Media Virus, Life Inc and the novel Ecstasy Club. He is Professor of Media Theory and Digital Economics at CUNY/Queens. He wrote the graphic novels Aleister & Adolf, Testament, and A.D.D., and made the television documentaries Generation Like, Merchants of Cool, The Persuaders, and Digital Nation. He lives in New York, and lectures about media, society, and economics around the world."

HAG
Lifesnippets  Startupinthecloud  blog  Economy  Technology  Culture  Media  book  USA  Sociology  Philosophy 
8 weeks ago by eocas
用友 Yonyou
Beijing-based SaaS online software provider with focus on finance and also some ERP-like integrations.

HAG
Startupinthecloud  Finance  ERP  SaaS  Beijing  China  Software 
9 weeks ago by eocas
qutebrowser
About:
"qutebrowser is a keyboard-focused browser with a minimal GUI. It’s based on Python and PyQt5 and free software, licensed under the GPL.

It was inspired by other browsers/addons like dwb and Vimperator/Pentadactyl."

Similar alternative is Next Web Browser.

HAG
Startupinthecloud  Browser  Python  tools  Productivity  Editor 
10 weeks ago by eocas

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