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  • FSF giving guide

    Krugor at 2017-11-27T16:33:19Z

    A new phone or computer can be the highlight of the holidays,but with proprietary software lurking under the wrapping paper,your thoughtful gift may be more naughty than nice…This guide introduces better devices from ethical companies,no creepy remote deletion of files or punitive and mean rules about copying and sharing.Just products and software that respect the freedom and privacy of your loved ones.

    via https://diasp.eu/posts/6350840 

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    The sad part is, very few of us would be happy with those gifts. What a depressing world we're making...

    Also, nobody should miss this list of proprietary software surveillance, linked there.

    JanKusanagi at 2017-11-29T16:08:55Z

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    » JanKusanagi:

    “The sad part is, very few of us would be happy with those gifts. What a depressing world we're making...

    Well, honestly I wouldn't be very happy with the "stay away" alternatives either: a phone or a laptop IMHO aren't a good fit for a christmas gift, unless the precise model has been agreed in advance with the person who is going to use it (and if somebody asks for the latest apple laptop, you may try to let them opt for something with similar features that is more freedom friendly, but an almost 10-year old refurbished laptop is probably not going to be very helpful as an alternative).

    As for media, at least this year they have added some DRM-free shops to the list instead of just of stuff you can get gratis off the internet, which in some cases is pretty good stuff, but has always struck me as something that in my culture would look pretty odd as a christmas gift (i.e. I wouldn't give somebody a book from archive.org for christmas, I would just recommend it to them at any time in the year when I stumble on it).

    Elena ``of Valhalla'' at 2017-12-02T14:31:36Z