Guest post: Free as in Freedom
I wanted to start a discussion about software licencing used for the Encyclosphere project. I think the whole project should run on Free software. If somebody finds some non-Free code used, it should be flagged as a bug and an alternative sought. I shall provide two examples below of what I have in mind: Slack At the moment, Encyclosphere is using Slack as a platform for discussion. Though this is a widely used platform, it is proprietary. There are strong, Free alternatives, and we should consider using these instead. Here are a few suggestions which might be worthwhile: [matrix] https://matrix.org/ (Very popular on IRC) Aether https://getaether.net (Distributed, ephemeral) RocketChat https://rocket.chat/ This blog site uses Gravatar, which I believe is also proprietary. An alternative could be: https://www.libravatar.org/
In order to facilitate oversight and scrutiny, it might be worthwhile establishing a live table which categorizes and lists the software used in various parts of the Encyclosphere project, alongside their purpose, licence and when and whether this information was verified.