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In general, I don’t like the idea of having flatpak, snapcraft and appimage, packages. First, and this is different between them, but in the end they all suffer the same one way or another, there are huge binary dependencies blobs, whether coming with the same app, or having to be installed from the package provider. At some point I tried to install Liri from Flatpak, and it was a nightmare of things having to be installed, when I already had most things natively built by the distro I used.

As opposed to opinions from Linus himself, I prefer SW to be built from the same system libraries and dependencies, rather than each app coming along with their own set of binary dependencies. Getting GNU/Linux to behave like MS-Win, where you can install whatever binary, from whatever source, and perhaps even duplicating a bunch of stuff you already have on your system is crazy. One thing that gets solves easier, when having contained apps, is when depending on same things but from different versions, and that to me is not ideal either. To me, as done by distros, one should avoid as much as possible having different versions of same SW, but if in need, then rename one including the version as part of the name, or something, but mainly avoid having a bunch the same thing with multiple versions all over. Guix handles that more elegantly of course, but I haven’t had the time, neither the guts to go for Guix yet (still in my ist of pending stuff).

The other thing, is that although now a days everything comes with a signature to check, on distros provided packages, which are built from source, besides minimizing the amount of stuff needed, one can always look at how the packages are built (arch and derivatives through the PKGBUILs and companions), tweak and build oneself (eg, currently fluxbox head of master, and from a while back, doesn’t play nice with lxqt, then with the help of fluxbox devs I found the culprit commit, revert it, and still apply the same distro recipe with my own patch, and moved on). No matter being signed, binary packages are not as flexible, that besides the fact several just proprietary, and one might not even be aware, since the move is to be more MS-Win like, even with auto updates and such…

Building having in mind minimal systems and ecosystems, and have mostly free/libre or at least open source SW, makes thing much better for me. One can end up with bloated huge systems, if wanted, but at least not with bunch of duplicates unnecessarily.

Ohh well, if only TOR exit nodes were not able to be used to spy on users, if government agencies would refrain to host exit nodes (and other nodes), and if exit noes wouldn’t allow for some exit nodes monopolizing (at times single user had been found controlling good amount of exit nodes), neither hijacking.

I’m really glad people investigates on how to protect privacy better, and TOR has contributed to that. But although the efforts to sanitize the TOR network, as a user, one really doesn’t know if one is getting the opposite effect. Agencies with resources are also able to deanonimize TOR users… So it’s really hard now a days, as a user, to go trust any internet mechanism intended to protect one’s privacy. VPNs are no better, perhaps even worse, since now it’s about trusting a centralized service which has it easier to spy on users.

Privacy on the net is near impossible now a days, :(

Easily removed through config. BTW, I don’t remember if at some point I configured that myself, but I don’t get any. On settings -> homepage, you can clean the box for “sponsored shortcuts”, and even clean further the homepage…

I use silence, :) With it I might block SMS from phone numbers, once I got them, but I was looking for something which would have prevented the SMS to reach me in the 1st place, hehe. Like what “Yet Another Call Blocker” is meant to do for phone calls. Yet, “Yet Another Call Blocker” still allows some phone calls I really would have preferred to be blocked, but it’s better than nothing I guess, it has blocked some calls…

DuckDuckGo? No thanks, its search engine based on blink, and now a browser app…

Better use Mull, or any other FF based browser…

$1500 the laptop: tomshardwate reference. Well, it’s been a while I don’t buy any laptop for personal use, but I’m wondering if there are $500 laptops, which are worth acquiring.

That said, please remember risc-v doesn’t mean open source CPU, it just means open source ISA. Actually there are many vendors now offering risc-v IP CPUs and others, such as Cadence, Siemens (in the past Mentor), and others, but those are not open source. And even if the CPU was open source, there are other components which might not be. And there’s the thing about firmware binaries requirements…

Looking for a fully open source, both HW and SW, without binary blobs also, it’s sort of hard this days. Hopefully that’s not way farther away…

If looking for risc-v though, Roma it is though, since there’s nothing close to it yet, :)

Octave is a drop-in replacement for matlab, which is different than mathematica, but might be consider an alternative. The “m” scripts one might code for matlab are supposed to work fine on octave. I’m all for octave, :)

I’ve been looking for a p2p alternative, which would allow a simple workflow. So I had some hope when noticing radicle. But it builds on top of the blockchain hype, I’m afraid. This cryptopedia post shows things I really don’t like.

It’s true git itself is sort of distributed, but trying to develop a workflow on top of pure git is not as easy. Email ones have been worked on, but not everyone is comfortable with them.

A p2p using openDHT would have been my preferred approach. But any ways, I thought radicle could be it. But so far I don’t like what I’m reading, even less with whom they are partnering:

Radicle has already partnered with numerous projects that share its vision via its network-promoting Seeders Program (a Radicle fund), including: Aave, Uniswap, Synthetix, The Graph, Gitcoin, and the Web3 Foundation. The Radicle crypto roadmap includes plans to implement decentralized finance (DeFi) tools and offer support for non-fungible tokens (NFTs). With over a thousand Radicle coding projects completed, this RAD crypto platform has shown that it’s a viable P2P code collaboration platform, one that has the ability to integrate with blockchain-based protocols.

Perhaps I’m just too biased. But if there’s another p2p, hopefully free/libre SW, and non blockchain, then I’d be pretty interested on it…

well, it seems soucehut will have a web based work flow, or so it seems from this postmarketos post:

We talked to Drew DeVault (the main developer of SourceHut) and he told us that having the whole review process in the web UI available is one of the top priorities for SourceHut

SourceHut is prioritising to implement an entirely web-based flow for contributors.

This things don’t happen in one day, so don’t hold your breath yet, but it seems it’s coming at some point…

From a technical stand point you’re right, particularly because of limitations imposed on cisc x86 instructions decoding, which given the complexity don’t tolerate as many concurrent decoders as opposed to risc, besides many other advantages of risc. But also, from a technical stand point, take into account that the current intel x86 implementations are really risc ones wrapped around to support cisc. However there are several limitations still, particularly while decoding.

I believe apple architecture and design decision, go just beyond risc, like sharing the same memory among different processors (cpus, gpus, and so on). That gains M1, M2, and coming SoCs an edge… So it’s not just about risc…

But my opinion was more about current sanctions, technology banning, and all that sort of artifacts used to restrict and constrain Chinese technology. SoCs are not as short term as one might think, since it’s not cheap investment. So to me, since several years back, they should have focused on risc-v, to avoid such non technical huge problems. They have all resources necessary to pursue a different path, than the more costly and limiting one. Of course changing takes time, but again, they have everything they need to do so. That’s why it was a surprise to see investment on x86 compatible CPUs. But hey, they know their business better than anyone else, :)

why developing a x86 compatible arch? Wouldn’t it be better for China to focus on Risc-V? They even had Loongson, but it’s MIPS based…

Not sure if intel will demand something, or if it actually licensed something (not their business model), so short term might help keeping some x86 SW, but mid term and long term, this doesn’t make much sense, does it?

Well, so far, DHT doesn’t seem to be avoidable on p2p (distributed) mechanisms… At any rate, there’s gnunet, which also depends on DHT, but it’s not developed by “Ethereum enthusiasts”.

Mark Zuckerberg has a $10 billion plan to make it impossible for remote workers to hide from their bosses
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True, but here it’s the thing which is somehow concerning… GNU has attempted to bring sel4, and other interesting ukernels to hurd, with so few hands, and no one really getting interested. And now that Google tries it, oh, how innovative…

I like the move to ukernels, and focus on clean by design. However as mentioned by others, it’s still Google… We’ll see. It’ll be interesting to see where this new effort leads. Will this take over Google’s mobile OS eventually, or chromeOS, or would there be a PC kind on Google OS?

Google rust OSs: Announcing KataOS and Sparrow

cross-posted from: https://lemmy.ml/post/542052 > Also [New semiconductor structure involving exciton pairs has implications for microchip technology](https://cosmosmagazine.com/technology/semiconductor-exciton-pairs)

I believe there’s a lot of misunderstanding of what’s freeSW, what’s openSW, and what debian repos have been providing all along.

Debian has been providing a “non-free” repo for all versions they keep in their repo servers (experimental, unstable, testing, stable) since I can remember.

And to me it’s important to make a difference of what’s freeSW vs. what’s not freeSW, and I prefer to use freeSW, unless I’m forced to use something it’s not freeSW and there’s no way to overcome that.

This is one of the things openSW movements (remember, IBM, MS, Google, and several other corps all are part of, or contribute to openSW fundations, but never had supported the idea of freeSW) have influenced to, and convinced most into. Now the value of freeSW means almost nothing, and most are just happy with openSW. I can’t judge anyone, but just say, this is really sad. And once again I see people treating those defending principles as 2nd class citizens, :(

cross-posted from: https://lemmy.ml/post/441646 > Also: https://bunatimes.com/technology/56403.html

Calibre has CLI as well, if the GUI is really offensive. On Artix, part of pacman -Ql calibre:

calibre /usr/bin/calibre
calibre /usr/bin/calibre-complete
calibre /usr/bin/calibre-customize
calibre /usr/bin/calibre-debug
calibre /usr/bin/calibre-parallel
calibre /usr/bin/calibre-server
calibre /usr/bin/calibre-smtp
calibre /usr/bin/calibredb
calibre /usr/bin/ebook-convert
calibre /usr/bin/ebook-device
calibre /usr/bin/ebook-edit
calibre /usr/bin/ebook-meta
calibre /usr/bin/ebook-polish
calibre /usr/bin/ebook-viewer
calibre /usr/bin/fetch-ebook-metadata
calibre /usr/bin/lrf2lrs
calibre /usr/bin/lrfviewer
calibre /usr/bin/lrs2lrf
calibre /usr/bin/markdown-calibre
calibre /usr/bin/web2disk
calibre /usr/lib/
calibre /usr/lib/calibre/
calibre /usr/lib/calibre/calibre/

Although ebook-convert shows on its man page as converting from one epub format to another, it can as well convert to pdf. I don’t know if it’s possible to convert from pdf to epub, but if the calibre GUI’s does it, perhaps some of calibre’s CLIs can do it as well.

Pandoc can also convert from epub to pdf, though my experience with pandoc as a very basic user is that the results, are not of the quality I’d expect, but again, that is without using special arguments, css, and stuff, perhaps advanced users can get the best out of pandoc…

[reddit](https://teddit.net/r/privacy/comments/wphpou/1900_signal_users_phone_numbers_exposed_by_twilio) Not a big deal though...


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Well sourcehut can be self hosted as well (ain’t it OS anyways?):

https://sr.ht/~sircmpwn/sourcehut https://man.sr.ht/installation.md

That said, sourcehut has privacy features, and libre oriented features gitlab doesn’t. But I understand, as of now, without webUI, as it is, it’s pretty hard to adopt sourcehut, and even when it finally does, having invested on gitlab (and even majority on github), which implies time and resources, might not be an easy thing to try sourcehut any ways.

The the central webUI would be key for major players adoption, and more time as well. It’s been not long ago that debian, xorg, and arch (still in progress), migrated to gitlab, for example. Those migrations are expensive in people resources, and time.

And for regular individuals adoption, besides enabling the webUI, it might be way harder, unless someone contributes to sr.ht resources to allow hosting projects, with no CI support, but for free. It’s hard to get individuals adoption at some cost, even if that’s really a low cost, when there are alternatives, which BTW violate SW licenses, for free, :(

Please do so. I think a jami community is really missing, :)

gnu screen not interwining tabs history on terminal
Hello ! I like gnu screen, however there's a behavior that really bothers me, and I haven't found a way to overcome. I do have on `~/.screenrc`: `termcapinfo xterm*|rxvt*|alacritty*|kterm*|Eterm* ti@:te@` So that I can use the mouse scroll to traverse history. However, when using multiple tabs, and you do traverse the history, by scrolling, or simple shift-page-down or shift-page-up, you'll see the history of all tabs interwined, all mixed up. Anyone aware of a way to prevent that? I would really like to see just the history of the current gnu screen tab, and nothing else, while "scrolling" up/down on the terminal.

Better? :)

See it all depends, as @Jeffrey@lemmy.ml mentioned, out of the box you can start easily mounting remote stuff in a secure way. Depending on the latency between the remote location and you, SSHFS might become more resilient than NFS, though in general might be slower (data goes encrypted and encapsulated by default), but still within the same local LAN (not as remote as mounting something from Texas into Panamá for example), I’m more than OK with SSHFS. Cifs or smbfs is something I prefer avoiding unless there’s no option, you need a samba server exposing a “shared” area, and it requires MS-NT configurations for it to work, and managing access control and users is, well, NTish, so to me it’s way simpler to access remote FS through SSH on the remote device I already have SSH access to, and it boils down to NFS vs. SSHFS, and I consider easier, faster and more secure, the SSHFS way.

But “better”, apart from somehow subjective, depends on your taste as well.

Ohh, this is truly sad. SSHFS is my preferred to share storage among different PCs. Hopefully someone with enough knowledge will take it over…

[reddit comments](https://teddit.net/r/programming/comments/v1c1tv/blockchain_the_amazing_solution_for_almost_nothing) There are several oversimplifications to watch out, but still interesting.

HTTPS-Only Mode in Firefox for Android | Firefox for Android Help
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Is this an impersonation of @dessalines
Hello ! I'm aware of the lemmy.ml [@dessalines@lemmy.ml](https://lemmy.ml/u/dessalines), and I'm not sure if this other other lemmy.tedomum.net [@dessalines@lemmy.tedomum.net](https://lemmy.tedomum.net/u/dessalines) is just an impersonation through another instance. Not sure, so asking...

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any IEEE 802.11ax wifi 6 USB devices supported by gnu+linux (even external dkms)?
I'm looking for upgrading to wifi 6 (802.11ax), but I'm not able to find gnu+linux supported usb devices. WPA3 seems a winner, and the fact devices don't interfere with each others (at least not as much as wifi 5 and lesser), plus perhaps better signal spectrum, perhaps getting where it was harder before, then I'm willing to upgrade, however, it seems only ms-windows and maybe some mac supported, usb devices can be found. Could it be it'll take even further to get them into gnu+linux? Thanks !

Any gnu+linux desktop application to sync remote web ics/ical calendars, and locally expose them as a davcal one?
I've been looking for a way to use Kmail + korganizer + kaddressbook + kontact, which is the alternative integrating Caldav client + Carddav client (address book) + Mail client + GPG signing/encrypting/verifying/decrypting, but it has NO support for remote web ics/ical calendars, since there's no way to sync them. Furthermore I want to set different sync intervals pet specific calendar. Whether one sets a file or a directory ics/ical calendar, using remote URL, the same app tells you it won't ever sync, and you'll soon find it out any ways... Thunderbird is no longer an option. I don't like its "newer" signing/encrypting support, it's not at all integrated with GPG, except for setting your private key, as it was for an external devide, since it's current "librnp" solution doesn't deal with external devices keeping private keys. As a work aorund for Thunderbird's decision, one can use "sequoia octopus librnp", however that is still a pain, since at times a Thunderbird update leaves the "sequoia octopus librnp" useless (a rebuild some time helps, but some times a new version is requires), and one has to revert thunderbird given the incompatibility. Perhaps distros officially supporting "sequoia octopus librnp", and building thunderbird altogether with it, might find this as a good work around, but not so for the ones not using such distros. I think kmail has way better GPG integration, but disastrous, and the worst ics/ical remote web calendar. However the later may perhaps be worked around, much better than working GPG integration support around. Maybe... Please let me know if you're aware of such app. I can perfectly use an user cron job if in need, but if there's something I can start when launching the desktop, that might be easier (kontact and company are desktop appas any ways). I don't use systemd, so those systemd user daemons and timers are really useless to me, sorry about that limitation. If it's plain text it's fine, if it uses a GUI, I o prefer Qt, but I can use a GTK one as well. Note, in other posts I've asked about separate applications, that would achieve some similar to kontact and company, but independent apps, like one serving a local dav, another one, or the same one serving a local ics/ical calendar, and another one serving local dav contacts, but all must sync with remote services, and then another app, being an email client which really integrates GPG, which and interacts with the local dav + ics/ical calendars and contacts. All apps cna have their own widgets, or better yet their own notification area/tray icons to interact with, and other applications can interact with them. Just like davdroid + icsdroid + etar, + lineageos contacts + openKeyChain + K9mail, do altogether on a phone. But I never got any alternative on the GNU+Linux desktop (and later on, on a GNU+Linux phone). So, AFAIK, kontact + company, although really bloated, installing zillions of stuff, is the closest, and oh well, they are Qt apps, :) Thanks a lot !

Arch Linux turned 20 years old today. It was released on 11/March/2002
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cross-posted from: https://lemmy.ml/post/182450 > [reddit comments](https://teddit.net/r/degoogle/comments/t3fydf/no_user_accounts_by_design_fdroid)

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