2020 that I’d be looking forward to

FSF Survey has this great question, so I thought that I’d share my answer.

Imagine it’s 2020 and people are more free and empowered as computer users, due to the efforts of the free software movement and the FSF. Describe some things that we have accomplished to reach this point.

My phone is able to run software completely of my choice without so much effort as it was needed back then in boring 2016. It’s the place I store my personal information, completely encrypted and I do most of my work on it. Just go somewhere connect with the screen, display keyboard on the table and work. Big, old machines and those abominations called laptops were moved back to the server rooms again! I’m able to get one for myself from local store, set it up in minutes, connect and talk safely with my family,friends and coworkers and those who were so retarded that they still need this thing called “the cloud”. Distributed everything. Everyone’s talking right now with everyone with no spying from those governments and companies giving you their servers to talk through.

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Canonical is doing it wrong. Again.

Looks like Canonical, creators of Ubuntu had a great idea to implement new multi-device Linux distro – one code base for all, but development takes too long. Results?

  • Desktop users left with almost nothing to be happy about in each release for some time now. Even package manager called “Software Center” isn’t working properly anymore for independent devs.
  • Mobile users can try to think positive about upcoming Ubuntu Phone releases, but they have to try really hard
  • Ubuntu will probably grow independent from Debian and deb packages, but not yet, so no new defaults in upcoming releases and no changes in present set of apps.
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WordPress is not privacy friendly anymore

WordPress nowadays isn’t as privacy friendly as I thought (connection with gravatar services, hardcoded google fonts references). It almost looks like WP devs doesn’t care anymore, business is winning over handy tool event for activists working under extremely dangerous conditions. I’ve on the other hand noticed this problem while having troubles with proper display of national letters on clean WP instance. Nevertheless: WordPress instance after clean installation shouldn’t try to connect to any server apart from its host.

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