Category Archives: Postmortem

Why the command line is not usable

A number of FLOSS tools require users to do work at the command line in order to set them up or operate them. With Linux and its applications, this is often expected. Very few Windows, Apple, or even Android applications expect anyone to do this anymore. Expecting this of end users is problematic (as I’ve […]

CTF IconLocal: Rough sketches

At the Circumvention Tech Festival in Valencia in early March, we held an IconLocal — an event to develop graphics as a community, in the style of the Noun Project. Digital security trainers (and trainers of trainers) who have worked in Africa, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Latin America, and Russia joined forces with software […]

Notes on Linux: Harry Potter and the System of Privilege

This is hopefully the last in a series of posts about my experiences diving deeper into Linux, the first ones being about Mac being too pretty, Linux being too buggy, and the learning curve being too steep. As I was going around a few weeks back hyperbolically screaming that open source software was a tool […]

Notes on Linux: The Learning Curve and the Command Line

This is the third in a series of posts documenting my first month or so using Linux. The first one was on Macs as “shiny jewelry;” the second was on the difficulty of relying on Linux as your day-to-day work operating system (it doesn’t work). So, OK, maybe I’m not being totally fair by saying […]

Notes on Linux: It Doesn’t Work

This is the second part of a series of thoughts of my first month trying to work in a Linux environment. The first post dealt with a theme that kept coming up as I was negotiating to use a different OS: that people want Macs because they are “pretty” and “shiny.” The “pretty” accusation is […]