Free & open source software articles

Apr
9
2017
Dave Darby

Dump Skype, switch to Jitsi: non-corporate, open source, nothing to download, no harvesting of your data

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Here’s a free, open source programme for online chat / video chat: Jitsi. The corporate equivalent is Skype, which is now owned by Microsoft. Read more …

Mar
8
2017
Dave Darby

Low-impact & the city 11: buying a laptop without Windows – with Linux or with no operating system at all

2

This is the last in a series of articles to help you to jettison Windows and corporate software generally. Read more …

Mar
6
2017
Dave Darby

Low-impact & the city 10: how to install Linux on your hard drive (alongside Windows)

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This is the latest in a series of articles intended to help you become Windows- and corporate-software-free. Read more …

Feb
16
2017
Dave Darby

Low-impact & the city 9: learning to use Linux

0

Remember the previous two blog articles about switching to open source / free software? The first was about switching to free / open source programmes whilst still using Windows, and the second was about downloading the Linux operating system onto a datastick so that you can play with it and familiarise yourself with it, but keep Windows in the mean time. Read more …

Jan
17
2017
Dave Darby

Low-impact & the city 8: how to test drive Linux from a datastick, but keep Windows for the time being

13

A while ago I blogged about the various open source programmes I’m using. I’m absolutely non-techie when it comes to IT. I have no interest in the technical underpinning of what I want to do with my computer, and this makes it difficult for technical people to explain things to me. Read more …

Jan
3
2017
Dave Darby

Reasons not to buy from Amazon

0

In 1983, Richard Stallman launched the GNU free software project, on which many people could collaborate, and in 1985 he founded the Free Software Foundation, to promote and assist the development of free software. Here is a page from his website Read more …

Oct
12
2016
Dave Darby

Low-impact & the city 5: if a non-techie like me can switch to open source, so can you

8

I’ve found that learning about how to change to open source software can be difficult for non-techies. Yes, you can easily find the websites that contain the information you need, but it’s almost never written in a style that non-techies can understand. Read more …

Mar
15
2016
Jonathan Gordon-Farleigh

Thinking of starting a community enterprise? Win a free place on a three-day workshop

0

Our friend Jonathan at Stir to Action (incorporating STIR Magazine) is hosting a three-day workshop for people who are interested in starting a community enterprise, rather than joining the corporate rat-race.┬áHe’s offering one place on this workshop for free Read more …

Feb
21
2016
Dave Darby

Mutualism: a philosophy for changing society with a difference – it’s implementable

11

There are lots of ideas for changing the world – from voting to demonstrations, petitions, lifestyle change, incremental change, revolutionary change, or more of the same, only harder. The problem with many of them is that they are either ineffective or not implementable. Read more …

Jan
29
2016
Dave Darby

Nationalising assets does not mean that ‘we’ then own them. Let’s hold things ‘in common’ instead

1

Nationalising something doesn’t then mean that it’s owned by ‘the people’ – i.e. by us. That would only be true if states weren’t controlled by the corporate sector. Read more …

Nov
20
2015
Dave Darby

Beware the ‘sharing’ economy – back door for a more rapacious form of capitalism

3

Something that’s been troubling me for a while. The ‘sharing’ economy must be a good thing, right? I’ve been trying to see the good in it for a while. Sharing anything must mean that fewer resources are used, less waste produced, people get to know each other in their communities. All sounds great, doesn’t it? Read more …

Jun
24
2015
Dave Darby

Low-impact & the city 1: introduction – how possible is it to live in a sustainable, non-corporate way in a city?

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I lived at Redfield Community for 13 years – it’s where Lowimpact.org was born – but now I live in London, and so I’m assessing my options for living as low-impact a life as I can. Read more …

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