Linux.Chat Communities was launched on 16 June 2023 as a Lemmy instance for people who are passionate about, support, or work with Linux®. Our community discussions aren’t limited to just Linux®-related or opensource-related topics, but we do require a reasonable ratio of content to be on-topic.
Posting in English is recommended for maximum conversation opportunities within the community. You will need to understand English in order to agree to our Community Code of Conduct.
This service was installed and is maintained by Linux.Chat with equipment, hosting and object storage sponsored by Conarx, Ltd located at OVH.
Please contact @admin@Linux.Community or email us on admin@Linux.Community with any moderation or administrative concerns. Additional information about reporting concerns related to the Community Code of Conduct can be found below.
For media and press-related topics please use contact@Linux.Community.
How to Thrive on Linux.Community
- Browse the Local Communities and get to know others in our community.
- Add respectful replies and conversation to others’ posts you find interesting.
- Report content that you find concerning, whether it’s from Linux.Community people or other servers.
- We like politics and religion, however, we find these topics tend to cause unnecessary friction and prefer to avoid them in our community.
- We’re all here because we want a fun, friendly, safe and enjoyable place to communicate, share and collaborate free of the toxicity encountered on other platforms on topics related to Linux®.
- We encourage everyone to steer discussions in a productive direction. For more details, review our Catalyst Guidelines
Linux.Community Code of Conduct
Our Pledge to Each Other
In the interest of fostering an open, positive, fun, friendly and welcoming environment, we as Linux.Community members, moderators, and admins (collectively known as Linux.Community members) pledge to make our participation in the Linux.Chat group of communities and the greater Fediverse a pleasant and harassment-free experience for everyone.
Diversity is Encouraged
Linux.Chat aims to provide a positive, safe environment not only everyone in its communities but also those who interact with us, regardless of:
- body size;
- gender identity and expression;
- level of experience;
- socio-economic status;
- personal appearance;
- religion (or lack thereof);
- sexual identity and orientation;
- tribe; or
- other protected status as defined by laws or the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Examples of behavior that contributes to creating an open, positive, fun, friendly and welcoming environment include, but are not limited to:
- Using welcoming, inclusive and friendly language.
- Being respectful of differing viewpoints and experiences.
- Gracefully accepting constructive criticism and respectively giving it.
- Focusing on what is best for the community.
- Showing empathy towards other community members.
Examples of unacceptable behavior by Linux.Chat community members include, but are not limited to:
- Insulting/derogatory comments.
- Statements or jokes that exclude based on the demographic groups in the above “Diversity is Encouraged” section.
- Deliberate intimidation, stalking, or following.
- Public or private harassment.
- Publishing others’ private information, such as a physical or electronic address, without explicit permission.
- Sexual language, imagery, attention, or advances towards others, or behavior that contributes to a sexualized environment.
- Violence directed against another person, including violent threats and violent language.
- Expressing support for such unacceptable behaviors by others.
Linux.Community prioritizes marginalized people’s safety over privileged people’s comfort. Linux.Community moderators and admins will not take action on complaints regarding:
- “Reverse”-isms, including “reverse racism,” “reverse sexism,” and “cisphobia”.
- The tone or writing style used when responding to harassment, racism, sexism, transphobia, or otherwise oppressive behavior or assumptions.
- Reasonable communication of boundaries, such as “leave me alone,” “go away,” or “I’m not discussing this with you”.
Linux.Community moderators and admins are responsible for clarifying the standards of acceptable behavior and are expected to take appropriate and fair corrective action in response to any instances of unacceptable behavior.
Linux.Community moderators and admins have the right and responsibility to remove, edit, or reject posts, messages, comments, commits, code, or any other contributions that are not aligned to this Code of Conduct.
Linux.Community moderators and admins have the right to take certain action in response to any Linux.Community member exhibiting other behaviors that they deem inappropriate, threatening, offensive, harmful or causes damage to the reputation of the Linux.Community or Linux.Chat group of communities.
Examples of such actions include, but are not limited to:
- Removal or limiting viewability of content posted to Linux.Community.
- A temporary, permanent or global ban from all the Linux.Chat group of communities.
- A temporary, permanent or global ban from applying for a Linux.Community account in the future or global ban across the Linux.Chat group of communities.
- A temporary, permanent or global ban from participating as a Linux.Community moderator or admin or global ban across the Linux.Chat group of communities.
This Code of Conduct applies to all Linux.Chat community spaces, including Linux.Community and Linux.social, herein collectively referred to as Linux.Chat:
- The Linux.Chat and Linux.Chat-related websites.
- The Linux.Chat public and private mailing lists.
- Any official public or private Linux.Chat forums or rooms on Matrix, IRC and Discord.
- Any Linux.Chat public and private git repositories.
- Any additional Linux.Chat project spaces or communities added in the future.
When Linux.Chat community members contribute in discussion in or from our services, they represent the Linux.Chat community and its reputation.
Therefore, this Code of Conduct applies to:
- Public communication between Linux.Chat community members in community spaces of Linux®-related, free software projects or non-profits who are also Linux®-related community members.
- Public communication between Linux.Chat community members at gatherings related to Linux.Chat and at Linux®-related events generally.
- Public Linux.Chat social media posts and comments by Linux.Chat community members on those social media posts.
- Private communication between Linux.Chat community members related to Linux.Chat communities or its members.
- Private communication between Linux.Chat community members and Linux.Chat admins or moderators.
This Code of Conduct also applies to official Linux.Chat communication, such as:
- Using an official Linux.Chat e-mail address.
- Acting as an appointed representative at an online or offline event.
- Posting via an official Linux.Chat social media account.
Representation of our community may be further defined and clarified by Linux.Chat admins and moderators.
If a concern about a past incident in any space is made known to a moderator or admin about a current Linux.Chat community member, Linux.Chat moderators or admins may take it into account when deciding whether the incident should have any consequences to the community member’s participation in the Linux.Chat community.
Instances of abusive, harassing, or otherwise unacceptable behavior may be reported by:
- Using the “Report” menu item on any post or profile in the Lemmy software (preferred).
- Contacting Linux.Chat admins directly through the @admin@Linux.Community account.
- Contacting Linux.Chat admins or moderator privately through their official Linux.Chat community account.
- Sending an email to abuse@Linux.Chat.
All complaints will be reviewed and investigated as quickly as possible, and will result in a response that is deemed necessary and appropriate to the circumstances. The Linux.Chat admins and moderators are obligated to maintain confidentiality with regard to the reporter of an incident. Further details of specific enforcement policies may be posted separately.
This Code of Conduct is adapted from the FLOSS.social Code of Conduct as of December 21, 2022 and the Outreachy Community Code of Conduct as of January 28, 2002, made available under the terms of the GNU General Public License, version 3, and this “Linux.Chat Community Code of Conduct” is published under those same terms. The Outreachy Community Code of Conduct was adapted from the Contributor Covenant, version 1.4.
DMCA Takedown Notices
DMCA takedown notices may be submitted to dmca@Linux.Community.
Please ensure your DMCA takedown notice meets the following requirements:
- The signature of the copyright owner or owner’s agent, in electronic form.
- Identification of the: (i) copyrighted work(s) infringed; (ii) the infringing activity; and (iii) the location of the infringing activity (by providing the URL).
- Contact information of the notice sender, including an email address.
- A statement that the notifier has a good faith belief that the material is not authorized by the intellectual property or copyright owner, its agent, or the law.
- A statement that the information provided is accurate and the notifier is authorized to make the complaint on behalf of the intellectual property or copyright owner.
Please also take note of the DMCA takedown procedure:
- A copyright holder files a takedown notice, under penalty of perjury, with Linux.Community claiming that the site is hosting infringing content owned by the copyright holder;
- Linux.Community will provide the posting party (24) hours to remove the content, should they fail to action this, we will remove the content within (24) hours;
- The posting party then has the right to file a counter-notification, informing Linux.Community that the content is not infringing; and
- If a counter-notice is filed, the service provider must re-host the content unless the original copyright holder files a lawsuit.
Linux.Community Inactive Account Policy
In an effort to free up a wide range of account names, we may delete inactive accounts and associated personal data.
An account is considered inactive when:
- no posts have been made on the account and it has been at least twelve (12) months since the account was last accessed; or
- it has been at least twenty-four (24) months since the account was last accessed
For purposes of this policy, “accessed” means you have interacted with your account through one or more signed-in session from any device.
In order to warn the users concerned, an email will be sent to the e-mail address on file for the account providing the user twenty-one (28) days to reply and request an appeal for the account to be restored. Once an account has been deleted and the warning period has passed, it can no longer be recovered. To use Linux.Community again, you’ll need to create a new account.
Server Policies and Information
Our server policies and information can be contributed to via our GitLab instance repository.
What information do we collect?
- Basic account information: If you register on this server, you may be asked to enter a username, an e-mail address and a password. You may also enter additional profile information such as a display name and biography, and upload a profile picture and header image. The username, display name, biography, profile picture and header image are always listed publicly.
- Posts, following and other public information: The list of people you follow is listed publicly, the same is true for your followers. When you submit a message, the date and time is stored as well as the application you submitted the message from. Messages may contain media attachments, such as pictures and videos. Public and unlisted posts are available publicly. When you feature a post on your profile, that is also publicly available information. Your posts are delivered to your followers, in some cases it means they are delivered to different servers and copies are stored there. When you delete posts, this is likewise delivered to your followers. The action of reblogging or favouriting another post is always public.
- Direct and followers-only posts: All posts are stored and processed on the server. Followers-only posts are delivered to your followers and users who are mentioned in them, and direct posts are delivered only to users mentioned in them. In some cases it means they are delivered to different servers and copies are stored there. We make a good faith effort to limit the access to those posts only to authorized persons, but other servers may fail to do so. Therefore it’s important to review servers your followers belong to. You may toggle an option to approve and reject new followers manually in the settings. Please keep in mind that the operators of the server and any receiving server may view such messages, and that recipients may screenshot, copy or otherwise re-share them. Do not share any sensitive information over Mastodon.
- IPs and other metadata: When you log in, we record the IP address you log in from, as well as the name of your browser application. All the logged in sessions are available for your review and revocation in the settings. The latest IP address used is stored for up to 12 months. We also may retain server logs which include the IP address of every request to our server.
What do we use your information for?
Any of the information we collect from you may be used in the following ways:
- To provide the core functionality of Mastodon. You can only interact with other people’s content and post your own content when you are logged in. For example, you may follow other people to view their combined posts in your own personalized home timeline.
- To aid moderation of the community, for example comparing your IP address with other known ones to determine ban evasion or other violations.
- The email address you provide may be used to send you information, notifications about other people interacting with your content or sending you messages, and to respond to inquiries, and/or other requests or questions.
How do we protect your information?
We implement a variety of security measures to maintain the safety of your personal information when you enter, submit, or access your personal information. Among other things, your browser session, as well as the traffic between your applications and the API, are secured with SSL, and your password is hashed using a strong one-way algorithm. You may enable two-factor authentication to further secure access to your account.
What is our data retention policy?
We will make a good faith effort to:
- Retain server logs containing the IP address of all requests to this server, in so far as such logs are kept, no more than 90 days.
- Retain the IP addresses associated with registered users no more than 12 months after last access of the account.
You can request and download an archive of your content, including your posts, media attachments, profile picture, and header image.
You may irreversibly delete your account at any time.
Yes. Cookies are small files that a site or its service provider transfers to your computer’s hard drive through your Web browser (if you allow). These cookies enable the site to recognize your browser and, if you have a registered account, associate it with your registered account.
Do we disclose any information to outside parties?
We do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your personally identifiable information. This does not include trusted third parties who assist us in operating our site, conducting our business, or servicing you, so long as those parties agree to keep this information confidential. We may also release your information when we believe release is appropriate to comply with the law, enforce our site policies, or protect ours or others rights, property, or safety.
Your public content may be downloaded by other servers in the network. Your public and followers-only posts are delivered to the servers where your followers reside, and direct messages are delivered to the servers of the recipients, in so far as those followers or recipients reside on a different server than this.
When you authorize an application to use your account, depending on the scope of permissions you approve, it may access your public profile information, your following list, your followers, your lists, all your posts, and your favourites. Applications can never access your e-mail address or password.
Site usage by children
If this server is used in the EU or the EEA: Our site, products and services are all directed to people who are at least 16 years old. If you are under the age of 16, per the requirements of the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), you are not permitted to use this site.
If this server is used in the USA: Our site, products and services are all directed to people who are at least 13 years old. If you are under the age of 13, per the requirements of COPPA (Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act), you are not permitted to use this site.
If this server is used in other jurisdictions: Privacy and legal requirements may differ if this server is used in other jurisdictions. For this reason our site, products and services are all directed to people who are at least 21 years old. If you are under the age of 21, ensure that you are familiar with your local legislation and that you are permitted to use this site. If not, you are not permitted to use this site.
- Adhere to our Community Code of Conduct.
- Use welcoming, inclusive and friendly language.
- Be respectful of differing viewpoints and experiences.
- Gracefully accept constructive criticism and give it - where needed - only respectfully.
- Show empathy towards other community members and focus on what is best for the community.
- No sexualized language, imagery, or sexual attention/advances.
- No trolling, insulting/derogatory comments, or personal/political/religious attacks.
- No public or private harassment.
- Do not publish others’ private information, such as a physical or electronic addresses, without explicit permission.
- Do not engage in conduct which could reasonably be considered inappropriate in a professional setting.
- No posting of commercial or business content (unless sharing your Linux®-related activities or experiences).
- No posting or boosting the same content repeatedly or frequently.
- No botting or cross-posting from other services if those posts include jargon or links to those services.
- Avoid political and religious topics, there are instances better suited to these topics.
- A reasonable ratio of posts must contain Linux®-related or opensource-related content.
All new accounts require an application to be submitted with a reason/motivation for requesting the account. Single word or low
quality reasons/motivation will be rejected.
Examples of low quality reasons and motivations:
- “because i want one”
- “i’m curious”
Examples of high quality reasons and motivations:
- “I’m a Linux® user for the last 1 year and I’m looking for a community where I can learn and make friends”
- “I wish to create a community myopensourcesoftware”
- “I’m a member of #linux on Libera.Chat with nickname examplecom”
- “I’m a Linux® sysadmin and want to register an account and join the community”
These are just examples, as long as your reason/motivation is reasonable it should be accepted.
If one disagrees with this requirement, there are many Lemmy instances which have open registration and your ability to browse our
content and interact with our community is not hindered.
We encourage the forming of new communities, however please remember this instance is Linux® and opensource software themed.
- Communities should be Linux® or opensource software related.
- Communities are required to have at least 2 active moderators.
- Community moderators are required to adhere to and enforce our Code of Conduct.
Unmoderated communities or communities with inactive moderators may be disabled/restricted/removed or re-assigned.