Nextcloud conference: Markus Feilner

September 03, 2019

Marinela Gogo

Meet Markus

Markus Feilner is a Linux specialist from Regensburg, Germany. His Linux roots date back to 1994, and since 1999 he has been running his own Open-Source-business as a consultant, trainer, author, presenter and host. Today, Markus is working as managing/senior editor at Heise iX, Hannover.

Presentation

Mythbusting Documentation – Saturday – September 14 – 11:30

“Sales and marketing people know they cannot sell products without documentation, but developers and managers often have a different view. The most common misconceptions about documentation are phrases like “everybody can write” or “documentation isn’t technical”, “no one reads it anyhow” and “good software doesn’t need documentation”. This talk also has a short look on “Agile Documentation” and what a perfect documentation writer should look like. And why the developer is the best equipped but least wanted “documentarian”. Trust me, I know what I talk about, I’ve managed documentation at SUSE for the last five years.”

How it all started

Since school times Markus has been interested in politics and his earliest engagement, a short time with Robin Wood, dates before the internet, in the early nineties. During his university studies of geography he got accustomed with Linux and the Open Source philosophy. This is what helped him get involved or interested in larger, long-term planning and solutions and gave him a more systematic approach to society or even planetary problems. “I guess that’s how it started, open source is known to spark contribution(s) and thought.”

Fighting for a better internet

I would like to see a basic human right to live an ad-free life and surveillance being punished much harder.
Markus believes that things break when corporate interest and advertisement break into new systems. To him, “A better internet” would be something like the 21st century tech, back to what the internet meant in the nineties. “For the conservative right-wing politicians, the internet seems to be a lawless zone, where they don’t have to bother about constitutional rights and privacy. If we build a new one, which I am convinced we will, the next gen internet aka plaNet will be like that. Well, at least if we manage to save our planet first.”

Current projects

Extinction Rebellion “Act Now We are unprepared for the danger our future holds. We face floods, wildfires, extreme weather, crop failure, mass displacement and the breakdown of society. The time for denial is over. It is time to act. Conventional approaches of voting, lobbying, petitions and protest have failed because powerful political and economic interests prevent change. Our strategy is therefore one of non-violent, disruptive civil disobedience – a rebellion. Historical evidence shows that we need the involvement of 3.5% of the population to succeed – in the UK that’s about 2 million people.” ActivityPub “Don’t you miss the days when the web really was the world’s greatest decentralized network? Before everything got locked down into a handful of walled gardens? So do we.” Check Markus Feilner’s talk at the Nextcloud Conference and grab your ticket here.
Contributors, app developers and all people who want to attend the conference but can’t afford to buy a ticket can shoot us an email to events@nextcloud.com and get a ticket free of charge.
See you in Berlin!

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