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    Why schools should use Free Software.

    ericbuijs – / open-source-software – Wednesday, 20 March - 09:40 edit

My sons college is forcing students to use proprietary Adobe products like Illustrator and Photoshop and this really pisses me off. Any school should offer their students the possibility to use free and open source software and with #Inkscape, #GIMP, #Krita and #Blender there are excellent alternatives available.

#FLOSS #Adobe

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    Create animated GIFs from MP4 with FFmpeg

    ericbuijs – / open-source-software – Tuesday, 5 March - 13:52

The versatility of #FFmpeg is incredible not to mention all the software that relies on it. In this blog post I explain how to create and optimize an animated GIF with FFmpeg.

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    News about the Fediverse

    ericbuijs – / open-source-software – Thursday, 28 February - 15:55

Development of Osada, a federated social network, will be abandoned and the instance will close on March 15th. I believe that Mike Macgirvin has choosen to focus on the zot protocol given that his latest endeavor will be based on zot6 without support for any other protocol.

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    EU Copyright Directive daydream

    ericbuijs – / open-source-software – Thursday, 21 February - 10:17 edit

My blog post about the proposed EU Copyright Directive where I make a comparison between #Article13 and #DRM and search for a possible solution how to get out of this mess.

#Copyright #Directive #EU

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    EU Copyright Directive daydream

    While Big Tech and Big IP holders are fighting the EU citizens are caught in the middle and are in danger of becoming the victim of this fight.

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    Movim, FLOSS Alternative for Hangouts

    ericbuijs – / open-source-software – Thursday, 31 January - 10:14

Looking for a FLOSS alternative for #Hangouts reignited my interest in #Movim. If only I can convince my friends to use Movim or any other #XMPP client. Anyway here is a short blog post of mine about Movim.

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    Movim, FLOSS Alternative for Hangouts

    News is spreading that Google will replace classic Hangouts with Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet. Since Google had already decided to close G+ forcing me to look for an alternative this was a good moment replace Hangouts with a FLOSS alternative. I’m pretty happy with the Fediverse social networks as a replacement for G+ but … Continue reading "Movim, FLOSS Alternative for Hangouts"

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    XMPP support on Nerdica.Net

    ericbuijs – / open-source-software – Tuesday, 29 January - 13:12 edit

Recently all users of the Nerdica.Net, a #Friendica server, are able to use #XMPP. I hope that more Friendica servers will follow increasing the number of potential XMPP users.

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    XMPP for all Nerdica.Net Users

    !Nerdica Forum As yesterday already pointed out, I worked on enabling XMPP for all Friendica.Net users. A short test showed that this was successful, at lea...

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  • 29 January Timothée Jaussoin

    Welcome to the XMPP party :) !

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    1 February Adam

    I've had XMPP enabled for my users on since I started in last May. Until integrated chat functionality is sorted out in Friendica, though, it's a fringe feature.

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    Free and open source software to create a forum or a community

    ericbuijs – / open-source-software – Friday, 25 January - 16:13 edit

I wrote a blog post about #FLOSS software to create and maintain a community or a forum. It's an extended version of my earlier post on this topic.

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  • 25 January ericbuijs

    That's correct I expanded on the orginal post and replaced it with the one on my blog.

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    26 January Adam

    Interesting article - the words "This is a link to a Movim community" does not appear to be a link.

    Also kind of interesting that a whole slew of OSS forum software is not touched on, though they are still heavily developed & used - phpbb and all it's deriviates/lookalikes?

    However, sorry, not wanting to be too negative. The summaries aren't bad, but could use some fleshing out I think.

  • 26 January ericbuijs

    @Adam, thanks for the criticism which I think is fair.

    First, I'm currently struggling to get the blog post updated just when I was working on the Movim section. Something wrong with my WordPress server I'm afraid. I'll try again to get the link in tomorrow.

    The blog post was intended to provide G+ refugees with options to build a forum or community with FLOSS software. Since a lot of G+ users are making their choices right now I thought it was important to get the word out. So I only mentioned the software that I'm familiar with. I intend to make it a living document by adding information when I have the time to further study the existing options.


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    28 January Adam

    As I run a Friendica node, I've been watching the G+ "refugees" (heh, have to laugh at that every time) move over to "the fediverse" in a couple of bursts. I imagine there must be numerous posts out there that make suggestions on 'where to go next', but I'm also sure it's interesting the little pockets of exposure each would get depending on the communities one's involved with.

    Anyhow, as previously mentioned I didn't want to be sounding too critical - wanted to give the quick suggestion I saw in case it hadn't been noticed. You're the one who took the time to write the article and I commend anyone who's doing that - I'm not enough of a writer myself to (generally) want to publish those kinds of things (though I have plenty of opinions on them! heh).

  • 28 January ericbuijs

    I'm one of those G+ refugees myself and having seen a lot of people running off to another centralized social network I was pretty motivated to help people understand the possibilities and benefits of distributed networks.
    As it happens I also ended up using Friendica ( so it intrigues me that you have some kind of XMPP addon running on your server. Perhaps I can convince Michael Vogel to do the same or else set-up a Friendica server myself.

  • 28 January racuna

    Thanks. G+ is still my main source of boxing and mma news. I'm looking for an alternative.

  • 28 January ericbuijs

    @racuna, with so much options it's hard to choose right. One thing I've learned is not to settle too easily and take my time to see what really fits for me. I also found it better not to search for a G+ copy (because there isn't) but instead look for what I want from a social network. If your interested in the Fediverse I wrote a guide for GPlus refugees to choose a new social network in the Fediverse:

    BTW: what me made come back to Movim is that it's a social network on top of XMPP which potentially brings me in contact with all the users of XMPP clients out there. Given the uncertainty around Hangouts I thought I might as well be looking for an alternative for that too.

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    FLOSS software for forums or communities

    ericbuijs – / open-source-software – Thursday, 3 January, 2019 - 10:32 edit


With the demise of G+ a lot of community owners are suddenly looking for a new home. Since a lot of G+ users despise FaceBook (and rightfully so) other social networks are mentioned. The problem with a lot of these networks is that they are centralized and proprietary making the users depending on the whims of the owner of the network. Below I summerize the FLOSS options for people interested in setting up a community. This is not an exhaustive list. I encountered these options after discussions often on G+ and I experimented with some of these options during the last couple of months.

Self-hosted or not

An important decisions is whether or not to host the forum or community yourself. If you want to host it yourself you'll keep full control of the server however the maintenance is considerably more than with a non-selfhosted solution. You also need to install the software on a server and configure it.

Friendica, Osada (self hosting possible)

Both are macroblogging social media networks that offer the possibility to create a forum. I found the Osada forum particularly easy to set-up and maintain. The UI of both doesn't look very modern but the functionality needed to use and maintain a forum is all there.

Movim (self hosting possible)

Movim is social platform that let you share and chat. But it's also possible once you've created an account to create a community. The UI looks modern but some forum admin features are missing (or I couldn't find them). As an example as an owner I couldn't ban someone from the community.

Flarum (only self hosting)

Open source forum software that is currently in beta. Nice, modern UI. I've read some concerns about the beta status and the stability of Flarum.

NodeBB (self hosting possible)

Open source forum software with a modern UI. You can either self host for free or use a NodeBB hosting plan that comes with a price tag.

#Friendica #Osada #Movim #Flarum #NodeBB #social