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mrbigmouth502

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So basically, Google realized they fucked up by tightly integrating their browser with their OS, and now they're doing what they should've done in the first place by uncoupling them.

It'd be badass if someone used this opportunity to make a ChromeOS fork based around Firefox.

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I'd love it if the KDE devs made Baloo and Akonadi optional. Their insistence on including them reminds me of Micro$oft's insistence on bundling Internet Explorer and integrating it into the OS shell in Windows 98.

AlmaLinux gives up being 1:1 RHEL compatible ( almalinux.org )

In case you missed it, Red Hat announced they will no longer be providing the means for downstream clones to continue to be 1:1 binary copies of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). Very quickly, both Jack and I shared some initial thoughts, but we intentionally took our time deciding the next right step for AlmaLinux OS. After much...

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2020 was such a shit year in computing. So many things got killed off. CentOS, Windows 7, Flash, and Python 2.x, off the top of my head, and probably some other things as well.

I mean yeah, most of these things were getting long in the tooth, but they were widely used and it would've been nice if they were all supported longer.

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I've heard of this before. Stupid question, but what's the risk of being banned from Discord for using it?

(Opinion:) You're So Vain, You Probably Think This App Is About You: On Meta and Mastodon ( micro.coyotetracks.org )

Those of you not plugged into the Mastodon community may not be aware of the predominant reaction to Instagram Threads. This started when it was merely rumored, reaching a crescendo with reports that Meta had been talking to a few of the larger Mastodon instances under NDA, presumably to encourage them not to “defederate”...

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So, is kbin.social not defederating from Threads then? I'll be really disappointed if that's the case.

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I'm a Linux user, but I like having control over my own hardware, and I don't want my next PC to be an underpowered thin client designed only to work with a commercial cloud OS. I hope this doesn't take off any time soon.

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Fuck Meta and fuck Threads. We should NOT federate with them.

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I'm OK with them. There's definitely such a thing as overusing them, but I think they can be useful for conveying tone.

Stupid Question, not an insult: Why is kbin written in PHP? ( kbin.social )

Is PHP still a relevant language in today's day and age? I know a LOT of languages and it just never occurred to me to learn this one, because anyone I've ever been aware of writing a backend these days would either choose Node or one of several compiled languages. Lemmy uses Rust for it's backend which is highly desireable,...

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As they say, there's nothing more permanent than a temporary fix.

mrbigmouth502 ,
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Agreed. I was hoping Reddit's in-joke culture wouldn't make it here. sigh

mrbigmouth502 ,
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Hot peppers. Whether it's jalapeno, cayenne, habanero, Thai chilis, ghost pepper, or even the milder ones like banana peppers, they're all great. :D

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I like the changes that have been made so far. It's neat having a positive reputation score for once. 😅

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I thought this was going to be a thread debating the merits of the two disc formats, and I'm disappointed that it's not. :(

I know that particular format war didn't last very long, but I wonder if there's anything HD-DVD ended up doing better than Blu-Ray.

As for the actual topic of this thread, I'm not sure if it's the right analogy. Blu-ray and HD-DVD were incompatible with one another, while Kbin and Lemmy are mostly compatible. I'm not entirely sure what to compare it to, maybe Linux vs. BSD?

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I've gotten used to adding extra drives in fstab, myself. I do wish adding permanent secondary drives was a more straightforward process though. I understand the Windows approach of making them instantly accessible has security implications, but I feel like that's something distros could implement as an optional setting.

I think little things like this hinder Linux adoption among end users. The purists may cry foul at this idea, but I think there should be more and better GUIs for system management tasks, so users don't have to use the terminal or muck around editing text files as much.

EDIT: Apparently gnome-disk-utility might be a solution if you're looking for something more straightforward than manually editing fstab. I don't know whether it can do permanent mounts or not though.

EDIT2: Turns out gnome-disk-utility can create fstab entries, but it can't remove them if you've used it to delete a partition.

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Can gnome-disk-utility set up permanent mounts? I've used it for other things before, but I've never used it to permanently mount a drive. If so, I wish I knew about that sooner.

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Neat! I usually edit things manually in fstab, but I'll have to keep this in mind for when I'm helping new users out, or if I just want to set up a drive quickly.

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Good thing to be aware of. I usually edit fstab manually anyway, but this is worth knowing if I'm helping someone out.

[Feature request] I want to be able to disable inbox reply notifications on specific articles and comments I've posted ( kbin.social )

This is a feature I really miss from Reddit. I'm not interested in getting inbox notifications on everything I post, especially if I've posted an article that's really blown up and I've already gotten the response I was looking for.

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mrbigmouth502 OP ,
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Unless you happen to use Rocky Linux, AlmaLinux, or Oracle Linux. It doesn't affect Debian, or Ubuntu, or openSUSE, or Arch, or anybody else.

So, stupid question, but would Fedora be affected at all? I know that's related to Red Hat, but I'm guessing it's not affected since it's not based on RHEL.

It's not a question of legality really, but more one of an ethical nature. It sort of depends on you, as to whether or not you're bothered by RedHat doing this or not.

I'd say I'm bothered by it, but there's not really anything I can do about it. I'm disappointed the GPL doesn't have stricter rules regarding the distribution of source code though. I feel like it kinda defeats the purpose if sources aren't freely available to anyone who wants to use them.

mrbigmouth502 OP , (edited )
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Not that this will ever happen, but I'd love it if the GPL were somehow retroactively amended to not allow what Red Hat is doing. I feel like not providing free access to anyone who wants to see or use the source code sorta defeats the purpose of an open source license.

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That makes sense. I thought it was upstream but I wasn't sure.

Does anybody feel like the quality of reddit has already dropped massively? ( kbin.social )

I see a lot of comments from bootlickers on how the protests are dumb and stupid and dont work and engagement metrics are still holding but the quality of posts and comments has noticeably depreciated imo. So much so that whenever I visit the site Im actually shocked at how bad it is.

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I felt Reddit's quality started going downhill around 2021, which is not long after they introduced the official app and started allowing Google logins.

EDIT: Looks like the official app's been around longer than I thought. :O

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It turns out it came out in 2016. I was thinking 2018, but I was wrong. https://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/official-reddit-app/

In a way, it's been even longer than that, since they bought out Alien Blue in 2014, according to Wikipedia

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It'd be nice to have that as an option to help ease in new users, though I personally prefer having the thread title take me to the thread and not the link.

Interestingly, when I started using Reddit years ago, I had a hard time adjusting to post titles taking me to their links and not their comment sections. I was used to how Slashdot did it, which is identical to how Kbin does it now. IMO, it feels nice going back to the Slashdot way of doing things.

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Don't start with Arch unless you're looking for a trial by fire. It's a distro intended for advanced users who already know a few things about Linux. I don't even use straight Arch, and I've been using Linux for years. I do use EndeavourOS as my daily driver though, and that's basically a pre-configured Arch with a GUI installer.

Ubuntu, or one of its variants like Kubuntu or Xubuntu, is a better pick for someone who's just starting out. Mint is supposed to be decent for new users too.

You made a wise choice picking a Radeon, btw. Nvidia support on Linux isn't the greatest. AMD, on the other hand, is nearly plug and play since the drivers are built into the kernel. You may or may not need to install extra drivers for proper Vulkan support though.

Another thing I should mention; if you decide to dual boot with Windows, it may seem like a smart idea to share your steamapps folder between OSes, but this doesn't usually work out well because of the way Proton uses symlinks. You're much better off having separate steamapps folders for each OS, even if it uses more disk space that way. (Proton is the compatibility tool Steam uses for running Windows-only games on Linux. It even works better than running Linux-native games in a lot of cases)

I mention the steamapps thing, because it's a common newbie mistake to try sharing a steamapps folder between Windows and Linux.

Linux is a pretty deep rabbit hole to dive into, and it's not for everyone. But don't let this discourage you; it can be rewarding if you're willing to learn how to use it.

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Truthfully, I think the amount of support Ubuntu has is a double-edged sword, because while it is easy to find resources for it, it's also easy to find outdated information that doesn't apply to newer versions. Similarly, with PPAs, they can be quite useful, but you also have to be careful not to hose your system with them.

If OP is willing to stick with Arch, and learn to work with it, then I say kudos to them. The main reason I don't encourage new users to dive right into it is because I don't want them to get discouraged and give up, People learn things different ways though, and for OP, this may just be the ticket for them.

mrbigmouth502 OP ,
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I haven't been getting them, but I just learned that there's a setting I need to enable that's disabled by default. ^^;

mrbigmouth502 OP ,
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Strange, I enabled the setting, but I didn't see that there was a new comment on this article until I saw the comment number go up under this article on my profile page.

EDIT: tbh, I didn't notice there were links for "notifications" and "messages" until I moused over my username. Would be nice if there was a Reddit-style inbox icon right on the top bar.

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When you hover over your username, is there a number next to "notifications" that you can see, or do you have to click it before you can see what you have? I don't see a number, in my case.

When I click it, it shows nothing, but I wonder if it's just doing that because I've already opened my article and seen the new comments.

mrbigmouth502 OP ,
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I actually just saw the number, so I know it exists now. It was next to my username.

mrbigmouth502 ,
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What determines how closely federated one instance is to another?

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Why am I still seeing posts from other instances on my front page when I have federation disabled? Is this a bug, or is it supposed to work that way?

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