libreleah

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libreleah wrote (edited )

I find this question difficult to answer. I tend to look only at the work/accomplishments themselves, while being indifferent towards the individual, since a person is never perfect, and they are not what they do. It will take me time to come up with a list.

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Major political figures who I admire: Jeremy Corbyn, current leader of the UK labour party. I like him because not only is he principled, and willing to stand up for his beliefs even in the face of adversity (he was arrested several times for protesting in anti-apartheid marches, in the 1980s), he didn't want the job of being leader of the party. He was just asked to stand in the initial party leadership contest, because no other leftwing candidate was available (the contenders in the contest were all centrists). He wasn't even expecting to win, and doesn't care about power, he just wants to do the Right Thing. People like that are the ones who deserve leadership, because they think for the collective, not themselves.

Chelsea Manning: Despite horrendous treatment in prison, she is still campaigning strongly even now. Getting out of prison, she didn't use it and escape to lead a "comfortable" life. She is straight back into politics. She's also a left winger. She has the exact personality type such that I think she might run for president, one day. I really liked the article she wrote in the guardian, about how Obama wasn't leftwing enough during his tenure: I can't find the link at the moment, but it was spot-on. Perhaps one of you can find it. She was talking about how he was too timid, or something like that. All this, after just being released from prison, thanks to the very man she was criticizing. That takes guts, and strength of character. I agreed with most of what she was saying aswell.

As a fellow trans woman, she has my respect.

Those are political figures, though I'm not currently sure who else to write about.

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libreleah wrote

UEFI isn't really a "problem", just an unnecessary piece of bloatware (in my opinion). All you really need is basic hardware initialization and some kind of bootloader (in libreboot we use GRUB. on non-libreboot systems, uboot etc are common). The issue is much lower level than UEFI. Nowadays, it's common for systems to not allow modified firmware at all, making libreboot impossible. It goes beyond just UEFI, which is a limited application, and by no means universal. Most of the features on modern Intel systems preventing Libreboot (ME/CSE, intel boot guard, etc) have nothing to do with UEFI

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libreleah wrote (edited )

Close future for libreboot? Coreboot recently added a few new motherboards that are libreboot candidates, for next release. Swift Geek and Andrew Robbins have been working very hard on the project over the last year (I haven't been as active lately). We might be able to do a new release at some point during 2018.

Other projects: Transit

Libreboot is the only software project that I'm involved with, at present.

I have very little time for projects these days, so I'm mostly just focusing on my own things and not starting anything new at the moment.

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libreleah wrote

He's one of the most crucially important figures in the history of free software. Without his contributions, most notably the GNU project, it's unlikely that we'd have such a vibrant community as we do now.

Libreboot probably wouldn't exist either, if it wasn't for the hard work put in by RMS and others, in the early days. Free software is always iterative, building upon previous work.

Most notably, I believe that Copyleft was crucial in bringing about the current free software community. Without it, we would have ended up with a fully proprietary world, where only the "reference" code is free, if at all.

I have no strong feelings one way or the other about RMS as a person, outside of his contributions to Free Software.

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libreleah wrote (edited )

Logically, I know that there are certain things which I cannot control. I do what I can but beyond that, I have a life to lead.

The attitude that I have is: do what I can to improve things, and don't worry about the rest. Each person has their own inherent worth, and at the end of the day, you have to remember: you're just as worthy as anyone else.

I actually run a transgender info/support site, if you're interested: https://transit.org.uk/

EDIT: Actually, in the free software community there is a huge support for trans people, in my experience. I say this, as someone who came out as transgender to said community, having previously presented as a cis guy to it. To answer the question directly: No, I've never considered switching to a new field of study. To do so would only validate bigotry. You have to continue doing what you do regardless of what other people think of you.

I don't really know what to do about mysogyny or anything else, since bigotry/bias is very hard to undo in people. We just have to keep being visible, and keep focusing on educating people properly, so that one day it won't be a problem. Some people's minds won't be changed overnight. I have to keep a rational view of things.

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libreleah wrote

I'm a democratic socialist; I believe in public healthcare, the welfare state and so on. I'm also actively involved with the Labour party in the UK, where I live. Labour is a socialist party. I've always been leftwing, for the most part.

How it relates to Libreboot and free software: I believe that resources and knowledge should be universal to everyone, whether it be healthcare, education, food, transport, basically anything. I even believe in things like universal living wage and so on. I believe in free software for the same reason I'm a socialist: I think that everyone should have the "means to production" so to speak, when they use their computers. I believe that knowledge should be shared.