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Some ads I really enjoy though. They’re not ALL bad. But it’s the quantity and how they’ve just become omnipresent. Especially with these god damn smart phones. Constantly trying to get our attention.


I doubt it. Regular folks are ignorant about those issues and what the technology involved implies. AI sounds cool until you realize every single action you take on your computer, every single word you say, everything you look at, is collected and sent to some machine which does god knows what with it.

That plus the ads. The fucking ads. I’m so god damn tl saturated of seeing ads everywhere. But apparently most folks have grown some kind of immunity to it??


That is fucked.

I’m already starting to transition to full Linux on my devices with the arrival of Windows 11 and Windows 10 reaching end of life in October next year. I never thought I’d see the day of this happening.


Sure, let’s go back to the middle ages and ride horses and whittle our spoons and forks and knives. 🙄

I mean you’re right about the world population being too big. But birth rates are already decreasing all over the globe. The problem is this capitalism that’s always trying to produce more and keep this continuous growth.

But we can still find balance with the environment with the technology we have. We just don’t have the will power from our governments because of their attachment to capitalism.


Not that way. War takes a heavy toll on the environment and we can’t afford to fuck it up any further right now.


All Iran needs to do is hit an American target for supporting Israel and that would be it. Then everybody’s gonna get involved.


Yeah well considering how Russia and Iran are buddy buddy, that makes sense. But I would say Russia vs Ukraine is the oil, and Israel was the spark as soon as they deliberately hit the Iranian embassy in Syria.



It’s just so easy to use. Supports many devices and has lots of documentation.

Whatever system I’ve found. Whatever the scenario. I install Ubuntu and it just works ootb. It supports practically all hardware with some rare exceptions. It has great documentation and a large community of users to help fix problems. And when problems happen it’s mostly because I fucked up doing something wrong.

And I like that is backed by a company that takes Linux seriously and works hard at making it an actual solution for both desktops and servers. Fedora would come as a very close second in my opinion.


I’m not a big fan of snaps myself. While it’s being used for desktop apps, it was originally intended for system or server apps. And I don’t like that it automatically updates applications. I’m sure there are scenarios where using snaps make sense, but I prefer to be in control of my servers and what’s running in them.

FlatpaksI think are more practical. It’s easier to install desktop apps with flatpaks. However there are some technical limitations apparently. You can lose some functionalities due to how it’s implemented.

But for everything else, yeah. Ubuntu works ootb with practically every hardware out there and there is a huge library and community of support.


I still use it. With all its faults, I still think it’s the best distro out there.


I don’t know about that. If I use Google to sign in to different separate services, if my Google account is compromised, then so are all the other services, no?

If they’re all independent services then it becomes a hassle. Having to have multiple apps or accounts to manage.

You make a valid point, but I think there should be some kind of middle ground between the two.


I’m on the opposite of that opinion. I’d love it if proton had a whole suite like Google drive and Google keep all bundled into one secure and private service.



Well for example, I work as a DevOps specialist. I need to install certain tools on my system like Docker, kubernetes, virtual machines, etc. Those kinds of tools often require admin privileges to use in development. I may need to modify some files related to those tools in /etc but I shouldn’t have access to all files. For example I would want to prevent users from modifying apt or yum repo sources.


I hear you. But if we want Linux to seriously become the next desktop OS, I think it’s important to find something that gives large organisation some kind of way to manage their large IT inventory and users securely.


Yeah that’s what I was thinking also. And what about SUSE? Could they have something similar?


That’s the thing. They need some admin access. Especially if they’re working in IT and need to do certain tasks that require that privilege.


Not really. I want users with some admin privileges. As someone pointed out, a properly configured sudoers file can allow that with sudo.


Well that’s exactly the kind of thing I was looking for!


Granted most open source free software don’t have licenses that limit usage like many commercial software. You might want to keep track of the commercial software. Or look for versions that have important vulnerabilities.


Reproducing a Microsoft corporate environment on Linux.
Most companies I've worked at where employees had a Microsoft work computers. They were under heavy control, even with admin privileges. I was wondering, for a corporate environment, how employees'Linux desktops could be kept under control in a similar way. What would be an open source or Linux based alternative to the following: - policy control - Software Center with software allow lists - controlled OS updates - zscaler - software detection tool to detect what's been installed and determine if any unallowed software is present - antivirus - VPN I can think of a few things, like a company having it's own software repos, or using an atomic distribution. There's already open source VPN solutions if course. But for everything else I don't really know what could be used or what setup we could have.
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This happens often. There’s a lot of documentation on line on this topic. You can probably fix it with a bootable Linux USB key, mount your Linux partition, chroot into it and run grub to reinstall it in your efi partition.


Take a chill pill.

All I’m saying is whatever the service, be careful what you post online. We assume the people hosting fediverse services have a code of ethics or that they have our best interests or privacy at heart. Or even that they have the time and know how to protect our data.

But we should still consider the opposite and take the necessary precautions.



Well you shouldn’t trust a public, decentralized, open source personally hosted service either.

I don’t really know who’s hosting the Lemmy or other fediverse services I use and what access they have to the data that we post on there.

Basically, you shouldn’t trust any online service with your data and your posts.


Hey man. I failed two classes and today I’m a software engineer earning 6 figures. Don’t sweat it. If you fail a class you can always retake it. It’s not the end of the world.

Just do your best and take care of yourself. The most important part is eating well, drinking enough water and getting enough sleep. Sleep is very important.


I’m trying really hard to get my family to use something else for communication but they won’t. It’s a fucking drag.


Elementary OS would look right at home on a Mac.



How do you recover that? How the hell are they going to recover what is essentially multiple time the sum of the wealth of all the top 10 richest individuals on earth???



I still have my 2010 Mazda 3. The only tech it has is Bluetooth connectivity for phone and music and some voice commands for calls.

The day I will change cars will be the day my car completely dies and there’s nothing I can do about it, or it becomes illegal to drive, or it gets wrecked in an accident.

I don’t ever want the new cars. I hate hate hate the stupid touch tablets they’ve put to control everything instead of physical knobs, and now this fucking crap where your car spies on you and rats you out to you insurance company.


Well it was a quick and dirty solution that would’ve been easier to implement.

What kind of computer is it?

I have a OG Surface Pro tablet and the Bluetooth and WiFi will often fail because they’re too close to each other and causes some kind of interference or something. Maybe there’s something causing interference in your case? Wireless phones? Something else that uses a frequency in the same range?


Get a USB cable that can extend outside your cupboard and plug in a USB Bluetooth adapter.


We simply clean it with a mix of vinegar and water and a rag.



I’ve been to Cuba and I gotta admit that Cubans were generally pretty skinny. The only few overweight people I’ve seen were mostly older people in their 50’s-60’s.




How did you get to that preference dialogue? I’m dumb.

I found how to do it. Yeah you can totally disable the floating feature. It’s much better.


Evaluating some distros
Hello all, Just to provide some background, I've been using Linux since 2000. My distro experience is somewhat limited as I've only used RedHat-based and Debian-based distros like RedHat 6, Mandrake, Ubuntu (and its various flavors), CentOS and pure Debian. Over the years I've used multiple desktop environments, starting with KDE 2 and 3, Windowmaker, then Gnome 2 and MATE, XFCE and finally KDE 5. I've used KDE 4 when it was released with Kubuntu, but it was a complete disaster. Unity was really not my cup of tea either. And I've tried using Gnome 3, but it feels more like a tablet-oriented UI than anything else. Lately with the rise of Linux gaming, people are asking around about what's the best distro for a newbie gamer. A lot of people have been recommending Fedora, or even OpenSUSE tumbleweed for their more up to date software packages. Ubuntu less so because a lot of people are disgruntled about Snaps or the telemetry data sent to Canonical. But, a few that stood out to me were POP! OS, Endeavour OS and Elementary OS. So I decided to try them out. I started with Endeavour OS because it is based on Arch which gained a lot in popularity. Endeavour OS is supposed to be more user-friendly and stable compared to Arch which is more for power users with bleeding edge software packages that can often contain bugs. I've never used Arch or any Arch-based distros before. The installation was simple and I really liked that it offered to select which desktop environment to install with a pretty big list of options. I also liked the welcome app and all its options including links to Arch-specific documentation like the package management system with video tutorials. I picked KDE for the desktop which is pretty standard. The OS was very snappy in my VM which was set up with 16GB RAM and 12 cores in Qemu. I was able to change resolution pretty easily without any issue and could get right to work. However, Endeavour might not be suitable for a Linux beginner. A lot of the tools and configurations are command-line based which is not the most user-friendly. I also find the packaging system to be a bit complicated with Pacman and Yay compared to others, but I haven't messed around with it too much. I was disappointed in the lack of a UI tool for browsing and managing software packages. Then I tried POP! OS. This distro is Ubuntu-based which I'm already pretty comfortable with and is very popular. It has a lot of existing documentation and a huge community behind it. The installation was also pretty simple. The deskop is Gnome 3 with a custom theme, extensions and dock. I personally never really liked Gnome because everything takes so much space on the desktop. Window title bars and other controls seem too big. POP! has this same issue in my opinion. Everything looks big and kind of cartoon-y. Like it's a desktop meant for kids. But since this distro was aimed at gamers, I guess it supposed to look fun in that way. One thing I like about Gnome 3 however, is that there aren't a lot of customizations available out of the box, which ensures everyone has the same experience. Too many customizations, like with KDE, can be a big overwhelming and if you mess around too much you can end up with a broken UI. I really like the POP Shop app as well which gives a good list of top picks. And the presentation is very nice and clean with a beautiful design. Most tasks can be done through a graphical app. I think the only app missing here would be something like Synaptic or Muon to manage Debian packages without using the command line. Overall it's a very simple and easy to use OS for any beginner, although new Linux users might be confused by the desktop environment that is very different from Windows and not quite like the Mac OS. It could probably use a welcome app like Endeavour with a couple of tutorial videos to guide new users around the UI. Finally, I tried Elementary OS. This was my favourite out of the three, even though it had some issues out of the box. This is another Ubuntu-based distro, so again I'm very familiar with it. The people behind Elementary OS wanted to provide an experience as close to the Mac OS as possible without getting sued. And I gotta say, they really achieved that goal. The installation was very easy. And when I logged in for the first time, I was very pleased with the desktop environment. The desktop is basically highly customized Gnome 3 desktop. But, they made some tweaks to the UI that make it look a lot more elegant. Unlike in a default Gnome 3 desktop or the POP! desktop mentioned above, the various UI elements don't take as much space. The dock is clean and very easy to use and very reminiscent of the Mac OS dock. Anyone who ever used a Mac before will be in their element with this distro. I love the overall simplicity. The file browser is awesome and has the same column-based browsing as in the Mac OS, which is something I always envied. There's also a bunch of keyboard shortcuts like the Mac OS. You can get a list on screen just by pressing the META (Win) key by itself, which is great for new users. The system tray is simple with a practical notification area. The App Center reminds me of the POP Shop. Actually I think they're both kind of the same with a bit of re-branding and different suggestions. However, I was not able to install Muon or Synaptic out of the box to manage Debian packages and repos. The default browser out of the box is Gnome Web (Epiphany) and it had issues rendering pages right away. I had to install Flatseal through a Flatpak using the command line to modify permissions to make it work. I immediately installed Firefox through a Flatpak afterwards, though the browser was available in the AppCenter. Another bug was with the docker, which hides by default when you maximize a window. When moving the pointer to the bottom of the screen, the dock wouldn't pop up as expected. So I had to make it show at all times through the system settings. Speaking of the system settings, I love its simplicity. There's practically no way you can mess up your desktop but you can still tweak a few elements. Honestly, Elementary OS is what Gnome 3 should look like out of the box. It's so clean and beautiful. I honestly fell in love with that environment. I am highly considering using it as a daily driver.
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