What can you use instead of Google and Facebook?

Just found this on the bbc website

What can you use instead of Google and Facebook?

Has some interesting suggestions, not much in the way of suggestions for the fediverse, but at least it gets people talking about the topic.

● NEWS ● # ☞ New Report Offers Blueprint for a 'Clean Slate' for Workers to Fight Economic # and Strengthen #
This is 2020. why is this still happening? Time for the corporates to grow up and treat the people, who generate the profits, for your over inflated salaries, to be paid properly.

As a person coming from a # background, information about # and # often feels alienating. Some things I'd really like to see:

1) # web pages (re: structure and language).

2) Reasonable # (re: hardware, OS's, firmware, etc.) -- NOT the same as conflicting compromises (i.e. Google).

3) # information -- e.g. freedom to revise code is irrelevant to most people, rather it's a matter of transparency.

4) # behavior -- i.e. not a boys' club.

Bring our railway into public ownership now!

If you’ve ever taken a train in the # , you know that rail # has failed - leaving you with rip off fares and shoddy services.

Now the private rail companies are failing one after another. This is our chance to take back our railway!
  • Transport Secretary Grant # has said that South Western Railway is “not sustainable” and it’s the “end of the franchise” for Northern
  • Boris Johnson says the "bell is tolling" for West Midlands Trains
  • The East Coast line is already in public ownership after Richard Branson and Stagecoach failed to deliver
Keith Williams is carrying out the biggest review of the railways since 1994. Tell the government to put passengers first!

Grant Shapps and Keith Williams: bring our whole railway into public ownership!


# # # # # # # # # # #

RT @gold_lgold
Community out again on # in Maynooth. Week 59 (I think!) # # #.

We all need to get out and canvass now!

@MaynoothTT @trocaire @MaynoothCycling @GreenCampus_MU @gretathunberg @DeptIntDevMU

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● NEWS ● # # ☞ # Global Summit: Call for Proposals and Scholarship Applications
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NFL Championship games

NFL Conference Championship games

With Superbowl LIV two weekends away. Sunday 19th January sees the 4 contenders battle it out for their place in NFL History.

Debian desktops

Further to my previous post. I am in an email conversion with someone who wants to simply download Debian and wants to try out the various desktops first.

The choices at are pretty confusing if you are not sure which desktop is good for your needs.

Finding the non free version seems to be even harder, I can understand the reasons for this as Debian is a free software OS but this issue could be a barrier for people trying out Debian.

What I have been asked is, is there a live iso that can be downloaded with all desktops on, that one can choose which desktop they want at login. My response is more if you install all the desktops you can choose from the login screen, which is not really the ideal solution.

I am not sure what else to suggest here.

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I think this is the plan, so the question is, should this process be made easier or less painful and like a huge barrier for others, do we as a community need to step down to the beginner level and have some sort of liaison system between end users, new users, and more experienced users and the developers at the top.

I never really understood how to collect all the info needed to submit bug reports, I can't even get people to confirm something is happening (or it is very hard to). before getting to that stage. Rule out user error my end before submitting a report would save people a lot of time too.
Or use tasksel from the debian terminal / console to install addition desktop front ends.

Free software contributions



Is there any reason why the get involved page at

is not linked to the helper site at!/progornoprog/infra/learn

This would make it easier for people to decide if and how they can contribute to projects ?

I will do a follow up post to this, as this question, has been prompted by issues trying to figure out which Debian desktop choice should be downloaded.

still waiting for 32bit support to come back.
LibreOffice mastodon (AP)
Hi Paul, the "What can I do for LibreOffice" website was developed by volunteers as an extra way to get involved, on top of the main "Get Involved" page that you linked to. Perhaps we should consolidate them into a single page, when we have the time – any help would be appreciated! 🙂 👍

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Since when was mocking people acceptable, it tells us more about Boeing than anything else.

Ocean temperatures hit record high as rate of heating accelerates | Environment | The Guardian

#, #, @rate_acceleration
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Sorry about not updating my posts on this. I have now made a blog post that updates and provides links to results for the post season.

That galaxy seems to have an odd shape despite the angle it is presented at there seems to be a long arm going off to the right of the picture.

Are newspapers a citable resource of information

Not sure if anyone such as @Dr. Roy Schestowitz (罗伊) can advise here. Just been sent an newspaper article (website) via a local group the article is on the current human rights situation for children in the UK, However the article was in the Independent newspaper.

I have sent the group a link to the page on the United Nations website that their reports can be downloaded from.

This got me thinking that if wikipedia is not an acceptable source for citations, and academic information, what about newspapers as they do tend to read more official reports and or academic papers and try and interpret them. So if researching more information is it best to search for where the newspaper (or media report to that matter) got their information from?

it seems the media never actually cite any sources, anyway making it harder to rally fact check or draw ones own conclusions, no wonder we get reports that seem to suggest that food x is safe one week then causes cancer the next.

Just thought I would ask
oh, sorry, i dont know where that would be.
I found a link on the UN site to the report on ther UKs policy with regard to the rights of the child.
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