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Towards federated forges

Presented by: Anthony Wang

Anthony Wang is an MIT student and decentralized web developer. He is a maintainer for the ForgeFed protocol, Forgejo, Fediverse Enhancement Proposals, and a few other decentralized web projects.


Free software needs free tools! We’re making software development collaboration and hosting websites (a.k.a forges) talk to each other using shared protocols, hopefully allowing the free software community to create a decentralized network of self-hosted forge websites powered by fully free software, and whose UX design is geared towards filling human needs rather than company profits. We’ll explore this vision, talk about (and see) our latest development progress, examine the challenges, and present our roadmap for realizing this dream.


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7 months, 3 weeks ago

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This talk was presented at LibrePlanet.


LibrePlanet is the Free Software Foundation's annual conference. The FSF campaigns for free/libre software, meaning it respects users' freedom and community. We believe that users are entitled to this; all software should be free.


We do not advocate "open source".

That term was coined to reject our views. It refers to similar practices, but usually presented solely as advantageous, without talking of right and wrong.


Richard Stallman launched the free software movement in 1983 by announcing development of the free operating system, GNU. By 1992, GNU was nearly operational; one major essential component was lacking, the kernel.


In 1992, Torvalds freed the kernel Linux, which filled the last gap in GNU. Since then, the combined GNU/Linux system has run in millions of computers. Nowadays you can buy a new computer with a totally free GNU/Linux system preinstalled.


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