Comment #1 posted on 2017-05-10 12:38:02 by Brenda J. Butler
I was glad to hear your podcast about being a more conscientious free software user. I was very impressed to hear you started out alone, without peers to talk to and help.
Have you heard of vrms? It's a debian package (maybe available on other platforms) - "virtual RMS" - it checks what you have installed on your machine and sends you a monthly email with a list of non-free software. So it could help with your goal of moving more towards the free software ideal.
I'm not all they way there myself, but I'm always trying to be more free.
Re: the tracking/EULA/DMA stuff, for your Android software you can use the fdroid repo instead of google play. It is all open source packages, and the installer will let you see the required permissions before you install. So even though it is all "open source" it is not all desirable and you do want to check the required permissions before you install.
I find I am limited in what I can install on my phone, but like you, I have a bit of patience.
Comment #2 posted on 2017-05-14 18:08:15 by dodddummy
Thatnks for the tip
It was rough going for me in the early years without forums and chat rooms but the hardest part was me being an idiot.
I hadn't heard of virtural rms. Will give it a go. I'm just now installing some FSF approved distros. I think I'll give each a week and chose one.
Comment #3 posted on 2017-06-15 14:57:26 by rtsn
Good episode! I'm looking forward to hearing more from you on this interesting project.
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