Check out FSFE volunteer Luca Bonissi's talk at @fosdem, where he will talk about his experience and other cases regarding the refund of pre-installed software and the right to install any software on any device.
New paper finds supposedly "open #standard" is impossible to implement as #OpenSource.
"We find that it is impossible to obtain licences from patent holders that would allow for implementation and use of the standard in open source software. The paper illuminates significant challenges related to conditions for use of the standard under (F)RAND terms and identifies that references to the standard in public procurement projects lead to anti-competitive effects."
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The F-droid app is undergoing major changes: Faster and smaller updates thanks to a new repository format.
For this, we needed to change the entire app database. To ensure that there are no regression we need your help: Please install the latest alpha version of F-Droid 1.16 and report anything unusual.
At #FOSDEM, @marcel_kolaja will present the #EU pilot project to look into open-sourcing the EU's apps and publishing them outside of #BigTech including on @fdroidorg. @eighthave will join, talking about how F-Droid will help pull the EU towards #FreeSoftware. Join us! https://fosdem.org/2023/schedule/event/eu_app_stores/
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#FDroid in an #EU "Pilot project — De-monopolized access to EU applications"... "The focus of the pilot project includes EU institutions releasing their apps on existing alternative app stores, including f-droid that aims at promoting apps released under open source licenses"
This level of vigilance is hard, so we have added another layer of defense in the upcoming #FDroid client v1.16 release, currently in beta. We've moved the database to be based on #Room and its built-in #security measures, then had that new code audited https://f-droid.org/2022/12/22/third-audit-results.html 2/2
If you want to see a real world attempt at adding a #SQL #injection #vulnerability to an #Android app via merge request, take a look at https://gitlab.com/fdroid/fdroidclient/-/merge_requests/889#note_506478642 1/2
The release of subfolders for iOS is experiencing a short delay. Apparently, Apple doesn't take kindly to referencing other "mobile devices" in the What's New section of an update.
To be clear, we included no mention of Android in this submission.
This type of overly restrictive behavior is unacceptable and is a clear example of why open source software is important. A single company should not have this kind of market control.
#Debian and #FDroid require signature verification, and #FDroid is built on top of #Android's APK signing. This improves things a lot but does not mean they are immune. Debian and F-Droid repos can still override packages lower priority repos. It could make sense to have a "no overrides allowed" setting, but that would restrict useful features. Maybe F-Droid could implement "no new signing keys when overriding" rule by default, I wonder how much that would break what people are doing now? 2/2
#Decentralized #software repository systems like #npm #maven #rubygems #pypi etc have key issues that make them hard to decentralize properly: solid verification is optional, one repo can override packages from another, and the tooling makes it hard to see which repo was actually used. #MavenCentral has additional measures which make it more trustworthy, but if devs add repos, those can still override it. #Gradle verification helps a lot when using Maven repos but does not solve everything 1/2
We are organizing an “Edit A Thon” event (in Persian). The goal is to create wiki pages for the political prisoners in Iran who are at the immediate risk of execution. We collect information about them and putting it in one place to make it easy for Human Right groups to work on their case.
If you like to join, please register here:
EU countries are stepping up the fight for digital sovereignty for their citizens, in their schools, and in government.
See how France, Denmark, the Netherlands, and Germany do this in our blog!
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