Discover 5 free software projects that you can support with Flattr

Flattr FOSS LogoThe Free Software community is not only composed of software projects, so this month I’ll include two projects whose goal is not to develop software (at least not directly).

  1. Dizzy.js (Flattr link) is a small javascript application to build nice animated presentations like those of Prezi.com but instead of being Flash-based, they combine SVG (for the content) and javascript (for the animations/transitions). JessyInk is similar but doesn’t use Flattr.
  2. AdBlock for Google Chrome (Flattr link) is the famous extension used to hide all the advertisements on the web.
  3. The Chakra Project (Flattr link) is an Arch Linux derivative focusing on KDE. They are also experimenting with an “Half Rolling Release” meaning that the core/base packages are only updated from time to time once they are know to be stable while the rest is frequently updated.
  4. TuxFamily (Flattr link) is a non-profit organization providing (free) hosting services to Free Software projects. Web hosting of course (with PHP/MySQL/PostgreSQL to be able to run various web applications) but also VCS repositories, mailing lists, DNS and plain email accounts.
  5. pdfreaders.org (Flattr link) is a not a software but a campaign organized by the Free Software Fundation Europe to stop promoting Adobe’s PDF reader on government websites. Instead they are encouraging people to put a link to this website promoting open-source PDF readers.

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Discover 5 free software that you can support with Flattr

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  1. The Board (Flattr link) is a sort of digital scrapbook. You can quickly paste and mix notes, pictures, videos, audio recording, … all on virtual pages. The result is very nice and it’s a GNOME application.
  2. Knights (Flattr link) is a chess game for KDE. It’s nice to see some KDE applications on Flattr!
  3. Syncany (Flattr link) is dropbox-like service (file synchronization between multiple computers) except that you can choose where to host your data. It’s a recent project but it looks very promising!
  4. JDownloader (Flattr link) is a java application that simpliefies download of files from One-Click-Hosters like Rapidshare.com or Megaupload.com. It offers downloading in multiple parallel streams, captcha recognition, automated file extraction, and much more.
  5. Ball and Paddle (Flattr link) is an extensible ball and paddle game that lets you script the events and attributes of the objects (balls, blocks, powerups, etc.) with GNU Guile, the official GNU extension language. It’s a GNU project: Flattr seems to be popular among GNU authors apparently. :)

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Discover 5 free software that you can support with Flattr

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  1. Psychosynth (Flattr link) is a modular synthesis framework. I’m not into music but this user interface looks really different from what you could expect from this kind of software. Watch out the video on its home page!
  2. JS Beautifier (Flattr link) is a very handy tool to beautify javascript code that has been packed to save size (or to obfuscate it)… it’s available as a online service but there’s also a command-line variant.
  3. Bombono DVD (Flattr link) is a DVD authoring tool which aims to be really easy to use. It has a slick user interface and relies on the well known ffmpeg program for the low level tasks.
  4. Key-mon (Flattr link) is a small utility that monitors and displays the status of the keyboard and the mouse in a little non-intrusive window. It’s useful when you record screencasts: you want to show keyboard combinations that have been used, and the viewer should be able to notice that some clicks were made with modifier keys (like CTRL/ALT).
  5. Libre Graphics Magazine (Flattr link) is a publication devoted to people who are working with Libre Graphics software, both professionals and hobbyists. The magazine is a community work and is thus useful to share experience. It’s also a great tool to promote free software in circles where proprietary software is still the norm. The magazine is licensed under the CC BY-SA license so it’s truly free… well worth a few Flattr IMO.

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Discover New Free Software to Flattr

Flattr FOSS LogoYou’re getting used to it by now, a new month comes with a new set of free software projects that are using Flattr.

By the way, the number of free software projects accepting donations via Flattr might quickly increase now that Flattr dropped the requirement to put money in the system to be able to receive donations (see the announce here).

  1. Remuco (Flattr link) lets you control your Linux Media Player remotely from your mobile phone (via Bluetooth or Wifi). It supports a wide range of media players. It can run on any mobile phone supporting Java (J2ME) but there’s also a dedicated Android client.
  2. GNU SASL (Flattr link) is an implementation of the Simple Authentication and Security Layer framework that is used by many network services (e.g., IMAP, SMTP) to request authentication from clients, and also to respond to those authentication requests.
  3. Bley (Flattr link) is an intelligent greylisting daemon for Postfix. It triggers the greylisting only on suspicious clients listed on common black lists (RBL) thus avoiding the delay for most legitimate mails. I like this setup but I have been using whitelister to achieve this.
  4. OpenStreetGame (Flattr link) is a little educative game that you can play in your browser. It gives you a city (a capital of a country) and you have to click on its location on the map. If you’re too far, you won’t be able to complete the levels of increasing difficulty. It’s a simple way to learn some geography…
  5. Debian Administration (Flattr link) is a website with lots of articles about the administration of Debian systems. It’s run by Steve Kemp (a former Debian developer) but the articles are contributed by many volunteers. Free software gives its best when it comes with good free documentation.

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Free and Open Source Software Projects to Flattr

Flattr recently launched FlattrChattr, a blog featuring news about what’s happening in the Flattr ecosystem. I hear that they might do an article about Flattr FOSS… and it’s not an April fool’s joke :-)

Anyway, here are 5 suggestions of free software related “things” that you can support with Flattr.

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  1. Libre Office via The Document Foundation (Flattr link). This is the fork of the famous OpenOffice.org that all major distributions (including Debian) are using. The foundation runs a fundraising challenge to cover the expected costs in terms of marketing, hardware, infrastructure and so on.
  2. Greenshot (Flattr link) is a nice Windows application to take screenshots.
  3. Debian Packages that Need Lovin’ (Flattr link) is a web interface where you can easily browse the list of Debian packages that are in need of some help, or a new maintainer. It’s much more usable than the corresponding entry in the bug tracker (see wnpp) or even than the corresponding page on the official website (see here).
  4. Patchage (Flattr link) is a modular patch bay for Jack audio and Alsa Midi. Patchage provides a graphical interface to connect jack and midi inputs and outputs. Each application is represented as one box with inputs on the left and output on the right. Boxes can be moved around and arranged to have a clear display of the current setup. (Description copied from the corresponding Debian package because I’m not familiar at all with any of this stuff)
  5. Seif Lotfy (Flattr link) is one of the leading developers behind the Zeitgeist framework used by modern desktops to provide more “contextual awareness”. The framework logs your activity, establishes relationships between your documents based on many criteria, and makes all the information available to applications. They can use it to make it easier to find your documents, to provide improved contextual suggestions, etc.

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5 Free Software To Support With Flattr

Flattr FOSS LogoAnother month and thus another issue of Flattr FOSS. Time flies but Flattr’s usage seems to remain relatively strong.

I was fearing that people get bored after some time but that does not seem be to the case, my Flattr income does not really drop (it doesn’t take off either ;-)). I get a bit less for dpkg than at the start but a bit more for my blog.

Enough babbling, let’s go straight to the 5 projects to flattr this month:

  1. Linux Mint (Flattr link) is a Linux distribution based on Debian and Ubuntu that targets home desktop users. I have never tried it (I’m too much of an hardcore Debianer) but I’ve read several good reviews saying that it works well out of the box with good multimedia support. If you try it out, be sure to pick Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE). :-)
  2. Network Block Device (NBD) user-space support tools (Flattr link) is the set of tools to setup a block device whose content is really on a remote server. It requires support of NBD in the kernel of course. The user space tools are maintained by Debian developer Wouter Verhelst.
  3. Tahoe LAFS (Flattr link) is a filesystem that implements a cloud storage. The data are distributed across multiple servers in such a way that it can continue to work even if one of the servers fails.
  4. Gajim (Flattr link) is a full featured and easy to use Jabber client. If you don’t need support of multiple instant messaging protocols, this Jabber client might be a good fit for you.
  5. Aurélien Gateau (Flattr link) is a KDE developer who takes one day per week off his work to work on KDE. He seeks support from the community to compensate for the loss of revenue. Much like me, he has a support page with a complete history of the amount of donations received. I can only sympathize with people who try to live true to their passion… good luck Aurélien!

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5 Free Software projects to support with Flattr

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  1. GNU Wget (Flattr link) is the famous command line utility used to download files over HTTP. Nice to see some GNU projects on Flattr!
  2. Pingus (Flattr link) is a nice Lemmings clone. It’s a game where you have to guide a group of penguins through dangerous levels to reach an exit.
  3. Download Statusbar (Flattr link) is a Firefox extension that replaces the download window by a small status bar embedded in the main browser window.
  4. PCSC-Lite (Flattr link) is a middleware to access a smart card using SCard API (PC/SC).
  5. Mathomatic (Flattr link) is general-purpose Computer Algebra System.

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16 Debian contributors that you can thank

I put 5 EUR in Flattr each month and I like to spend those among other Debian contributors. That’s why I keep a list of Debian people that I have seen on Flattr (for most of them I noticed through an article on Planet Debian).

Directory of Debian contributors that you can thank

I thought this list could be useful for others so I put it on a web page. Then I realized that limiting this to Flattr was not a good idea, and indeed several developers already propose multiple ways to be thanked.

I went back through my list and looked up each developer’s website to identify a “Thank me” page (it can be “Donate”, “Support me”, “Amazon Wishlist”, etc.). Obviously this means that Debian contributors who are not on Flattr do not appear on the initial list even if they have some “Thank me” page… please help me fix this and send me the missing entries if you know of any.

Click here to view the directory. The initial listing contains 16 developers and 8 of them have an additional (non-Flattr) “Thank me” link.

Please note the warning I put on the page: the inclusion in the directory should not be taken as an endorsement of the amount or quality of the work done for Debian. You are supposed to make up your own judgment when deciding who you want to thank (but the links can help you learn more about what each contributor is doing).

Flattr subscriptions explained

Since this article replaces the traditional Flattr FOSS issue for this month, I wanted to introduce a new Flattr feature I recently discovered.

With Flattr you have to click on some things every month or your monthly fee is given to a random charity. Now you can avoid this pitfall by “subscribing” to some things that you like. A subscription acts like an automatic click during a period of 3/6/12 months.

If you want to subscribe to something, you just have to click a second time on the Flattr button and you will see this:
Screenshot with Flattr subscription choices

Once you clicked on the desired duration, the subscription is recorded and the button will appear like this:
Screenshot with a subscribed flattr button

Easy, isn’t it?

PS: I installed a WordPress plugin to make it super easy to share my articles on the most common social networks.

What’s annoying with Flattr buttons on Planet Debian?

Dear Planet Debian readers, a significant number of people have expressed concerns over the presence of Flattr buttons on Planet Debian. The concerns were expressed in a thread on the debian-project mailing list and they were quite diverse.

While the discussion brought some of the issues into light, it’s not really possible to find out whether a specific concern is widely shared or not. That’s why I set up a poll on selectricity.org.

Please take a few minutes and rank the various options: put the most important concern first in the list, and sort the others by decreasing importance. If there are concerns that you do not agree with, put them below the entry named “Special: I don’t share the concerns quoted below”. And to prove that you have read through all the options before voting, put the other special entry last (it’s named “Special: I know how condorcet voting works and thus I put this item last”).

Click here to go to the poll. You need only one minute to vote and no login is required.

PS: The discussion on debian-project is the reason why I changed the footer in my RSS feed to contain only plain text (in a smaller font). I also improved the wording to be more neutral.

Support 5 free software with Flattr

Flattr FOSS LogoA new month means new free software projects to support with Flattr FOSS. I’m happy to see that it’s gaining traction outside of the Debian world as well. I saw quite a few new entries for free software projects so that I don’t have to fear running out of suggestions in the next few months. :-)
Let’s go over the 5 projects that I recommend you for December:

  1. Getting Things GNOME (flattr link) is a GNOME task manager. Its name is a play on David Allen’s Getting Things Done (GTD) but the software doesn’t enforce the GTD methodology. You can implement GTD however since the software is very flexible and lets you organize the tasks with arbitrary tags. It’s a promising software and it can be extended with many plugins.
  2. The W3C validator (flattr link) is used by thousands of web developers to verify that their HTML pages are well formed. But did you know that it was free software? Yes you can contribute code, or you can help them with a flattr.
  3. Bitlbee (flattr link) is a gateway between IRC and many other instant messaging protocols. Geeks are known to be IRC addicted (at least I am using it for Debian development) and with bitlbee it’s one reason less to watch something else than the IRC client. :-)
  4. Arch Hurd (flattr link) is a port of the ArchLinux distribution to the GNU Hurd kernel.
  5. Paste.debian.net (flattr link) is a simple website where you can share some textual content for a limited amount of time (you usually paste the content from some other applications, hence its name). Very handy when you want to quickly show something to others on IRC. This service is run by Debian developer Alexander Wirt.

That’s it for this month. A quick question to finish this issue: I count at least 15 Debian contributors using Flattr currently, would you be interested by a small directory listing them?