Links

This is a collection of links I stumbled across and found worth sharing. Also see the blogroll for links to blogs I regularly read.

Awesome Personal Blogs

You’ve probably come across Awesome lists already. This one is quite similar to Personalsit.es, which I linked to recently. It’s nice to have such a long list full of personal blogs to explore. Exploring other’s personal blogs always offers the possibility to learn and discover new things and get to know new people who share interesting stuff.

I also have a blogroll, to which I regularly add new links which I find worth featuring. If you have a personal blog too, feel free to send me a link to it via a webmention (I will soon add a form to this blog for easier submission) or the contact form.

Just as I type this, the PR I created to add my blog got merged. 😄

What is Fedora Silverblue?

On my new PC, I use Fedora Silverblue since the beginning. It’s different than your normal distro, but I actually learned to love it, especially for it’s atomic updates.

The fedora magazine gives the following reasons to use Silverblue:

Because it allows you to concentrate on your work and not on the operating system you’re running. It’s more robust as the updates of the system are atomic. The only thing you need to do is to restart into the new image. Also, if there’s anything wrong with the currently booted image, you can easily reboot/rollback to the previous working one, if available. If it isn’t, you can download and boot any other image that was generated in the past, using the ostree command.

I completely agree with that.

Personalsit.es

Personalsit.es is a really nice idea featuring personal sites. Sites listed there have information about whether they have an RSS feed and what categories the site fits into.

If you have personal site too, you might want to submit it. I have submitted my own site, but I also like exploring new sites and maybe discover new people to follow because they share similar interests.

Ads are broken and we need different funding models

In February Mozilla posted that they started searching for alternative funding models for the web and working together with Scroll, a service that let’s you visit selected news sites without ads in exchange for a few dollars per month.

I believe the ad business is broken. Publishers sacrifice their visitors privacy while increasing dependency on monopoly companies like Google. Additionally providing everything for free and using ads to monetize content leads to quantity and clickbait over quality. It also means that visitors get used to the fact that everything is free and lose the willingness to pay for good content.

I’m excited what Mozilla decides to come up with in the future! They currently tease a “$5-per-month ad-free news subscription”.

Aptoide is right, but wrong too

James Fenn published a blog about Aptoide’s campaign against Google’s “anti-competitive behavior”.

It is definitely true that Google’s monopolistic practices were unfair, and Aptoide was right to take action against them.

However, Aptoide does not have a clean slate of its own. They use wrong statistics to prove their own position being a safe app marketplace and allow copyright infringements, because anyone can upload any app to their platform.

James has found some of it’s own apps on Aptoide too, which he hasn’t published there and found that they contain malware.

On a personal note, I’ve recently discovered several of my own apps being hosted on Aptoide without my knowledge, […].

Like James, I clearly recommend against using Aptoide but use F-Droid, which only publishes free software (free like free beer and free speech), which they inspect before and compile themselves, ensuring there is no proprietary, malicious or tracking software included.