The Register: In the spirit of open government, France dumps 9,067 repos online to show off its FOSS credentials

The Register: In the spirit of open government, France dumps 9,067 repos online to show off its FOSS credentials. “Le Gouvernement de la République française – the government of France for Anglophones – has published a website containing 9,067 repositories of FOSS software created by 1,022 organisations and groups in the French public sector. After two years of work, the site hit version 1.0 on Wednesday.”

MakeUseOf: 6 Visio Alternatives for Easy-to-Understand Diagrams

MakeUseOf: 6 Visio Alternatives for Easy-to-Understand Diagrams. “While Visio is a great tool, it has some glaring shortcomings, like a steep learning curve, limited accessibility, and versioning issues. It also costs a lot for just personal use. There are many free options to replace Visio, but not all diagramming software are created equal. This article looks at the best free Visio alternatives you can use to create professional-looking diagrams.”

The Verge: Trump’s social network has 30 days to stop breaking the rules of its software license

The Verge: Trump’s social network has 30 days to stop breaking the rules of its software license. “The Software Freedom Conservancy (SFC) says former President Donald Trump’s new social network violated a free and open-source software licensing agreement by ripping off decentralized social network Mastodon. The Trump Media and Technology Group (TMTG) has 30 days to comply with the terms of the license before its access is terminated — forcing it to rebuild the platform or face legal action.”

Vice: Mastodon’s Founder Says Trump’s New Social Network Is Just Mastodon

Vice: Mastodon’s Founder Says Trump’s New Social Network Is Just Mastodon. “Mastodon is a piece of open-source software that people can use to create their own social networks. The platform has a timeline style similar to Twitter. Whereas some people have moved to Mastodon for a social network experience away from more established, Big Tech companies, Neo-Nazis and other extremists have also used the platform.”

Best speech-to-text software in 2021: Free, paid and online voice recognition apps and services (TechRadar)

TechRadar: Best speech-to-text software in 2021: Free, paid and online voice recognition apps and services . “…different speech-to-text programs have different levels of ability and complexity, with some using advanced machine learning to constantly correct errors flagged up by users so that they are not repeated. Others are downloadable software which is only as good as its latest update. Here then are the best in speech-to-text recognition programs, which should be more than capable for most situations and circumstances.”

The Register: ‘Apps for GNOME’ site aims to improve discovery of the project’s best applications

The Register: ‘Apps for GNOME’ site aims to improve discovery of the project’s best applications. “The GNOME project has created Apps for GNOME, a website to ‘feature the best applications in the GNOME ecosystem,’ according to creator Sophie Herold. The scope of the GNOME project is extensive and includes low-level system components, a toolkit for developers of GUI applications (GTK), a desktop shell and window manager, and numerous applications built with these technologies.”

PC World: This free Windows text tool will change the way you type

PC World: This free Windows text tool will change the way you type. “For a while, I used a program called PhaseExpress for text shortcuts. It didn’t always work reliably, and I got tired of its periodic nags to pay for unnecessary extra features. Earlier this year, I started looking for text expander alternatives, which led me to a brilliant app—with an even more brilliant name—called Beeftext.”

ZDNet: Does anyone really know what time it is? Facebook does

ZDNet: Does anyone really know what time it is? Facebook does. “Our technology can’t work worth a darn if the Network Time Protocol (NTP) isn’t keeping our servers and PCs coordinated with one another. Without it, backups would fail, financial transactions would go awry, and many fundamental network services wouldn’t work. To help with these issues, Facebook started making its internet clocks more accurate in 2020. Now, the social media giant is open-sourcing its technology, Time Appliances Project (TAP), and enabling anyone to turn a commodity server into a reliable NTP time appliance.”

The Register: Apologetic Audacity rewrites privacy policy after ‘significant lapse in communication’

The Register: Apologetic Audacity rewrites privacy policy after ‘significant lapse in communication’. “Open-source audio editor Audacity this week posted an apology on GitHub in response to the entirely predictable furore over the platform’s privacy policy. An updated privacy policy accompanied the apology, in which the team insisted it had just been misunderstood, and that a look at the source would have shown its intentions.”

Mashable: From kitten gifs to Minecraft modding, these online games make coding fun for kids

Mashable: From kitten gifs to Minecraft modding, these online games make coding fun for kids. “Coding games also give kids an opportunity to improve critical thinking and creative problem solving, and the latest spate of coding platforms is designed to appeal to kids with varying interests. There’s text-based coding for creating art and animation, and puzzle games instructing a robot to move crates.”

EurekAlert: Stanford researchers develop new software for designing sustainable cities

EurekAlert: Stanford researchers develop new software for designing sustainable cities. “New technology could help cities around the world improve people’s lives while saving billions of dollars. The free, open-source software developed by the Stanford Natural Capital Project creates maps to visualize the links between nature and human wellbeing. City planners and developers can use the software to visualize where investments in nature, such as parks and marshlands, can maximize benefits to people, like protection from flooding and improved health.”