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  1. Comment on The zen of KISS Linux in ~comp

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    Well, I want to install OS on an encrypted partition, the problem is that this partition does not take the whole disk, and in my understanding installers are usually not too happy about that,...

    Well, I want to install OS on an encrypted partition, the problem is that this partition does not take the whole disk, and in my understanding installers are usually not too happy about that, since it's less safe, apparently. Anyway, I'll check it out

  2. Comment on The zen of KISS Linux in ~comp

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    The thing that stopped me from installing it on my laptop is the hard drive encryption. I'm not sure, but I believe it's quite cumbersome to install Void to an encrypted partition (as opposed to...

    The thing that stopped me from installing it on my laptop is the hard drive encryption. I'm not sure, but I believe it's quite cumbersome to install Void to an encrypted partition (as opposed to encrypted hard drive as a whole: I use dual boot with Windows and my laptop does not have a slot for a second drive). Do you have any experience with that?

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  3. Comment on Sad state of cross platform GUI frameworks in ~comp

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    Complex -- sure. But difficult to learn? I don't know about that, in my experience -- not really. I can see the benefit of that, kind of. Though I'm not sure how much of an overlap in code there...

    Because one thing the author is dead right about is GUI frameworks generally being complex, idiosyncratic, and difficult to learn.

    Complex -- sure. But difficult to learn? I don't know about that, in my experience -- not really.

    If your team can share knowledge, share code, and run the same tests across multiple platforms then it reduces the surface for bugs and removes a lot of opportunities for documentation, functionality, and fixes to go out of sync.

    I can see the benefit of that, kind of. Though I'm not sure how much of an overlap in code there would be, and if that possibly small overlap in code and tests is enough to justify huge additional efforts on the developers of the framework itself.

    For me, there are three key distinctions: pointing device vs touchscreen, size and orientation of screen, and user expectation

    But that last one is where the major difference between behaviour of mobile and desktop apps lies, isn't it? Personally, I would much prefer if we had two different cross-platform frameworks, with one striving to give the best desktop experience, and the other -- the best mobile experience. It's not "I'm not considering mobile" for me, rather that I don't want to mix two worlds that are so different in my mind.

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  4. Comment on Sad state of cross platform GUI frameworks in ~comp

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    I've also seen a bunch of people using Godot for that. The engine itself or, rather, the IDE part of it is written in Godot itself, so it has a lot of UI controls that are working out of the box...

    I've also seen a bunch of people using Godot for that. The engine itself or, rather, the IDE part of it is written in Godot itself, so it has a lot of UI controls that are working out of the box (and are also themeable)

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  5. Comment on Sad state of cross platform GUI frameworks in ~comp

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    I did (well, still do), and I chose JavaFX. Our team is pretty small, so the idea of first writing and then supporting two different apps was quite daunting. And it would have been two different...

    I did (well, still do), and I chose JavaFX. Our team is pretty small, so the idea of first writing and then supporting two different apps was quite daunting. And it would have been two different apps, since no-one wanted to touch C++ with a ten foot pole, so to be native we'd have to write in C# for Windows and use something like Rust/Go and GTK on Linux, and you can't really keep your business logic intact and separate UI that way (well, you can, but it would be not that trivial).

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  6. Comment on Sad state of cross platform GUI frameworks in ~comp

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    Does the lack of good alternatives make bad thing less bad? It's still bad and there are no good alternatives, which makes bad thing optimal, but not good.

    Does the lack of good alternatives make bad thing less bad? It's still bad and there are no good alternatives, which makes bad thing optimal, but not good.

    5 votes
  7. Comment on Sad state of cross platform GUI frameworks in ~comp

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    Haven't heard about revery before, seems like a cool idea (though I don't like JS, but what can ya do). Hope it gets to stable version soon.

    Haven't heard about revery before, seems like a cool idea (though I don't like JS, but what can ya do). Hope it gets to stable version soon.

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  8. Comment on Sad state of cross platform GUI frameworks in ~comp

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    Personally, I can't think of any non-trivial GUI app that can be designed in such a way, as to be convenient to use both on desktop and on phones. Desktops can use tabs, windows, tables, dropdown...

    The icing on the cake is the casual dismissal of mobile applications towards the end. I spent the whole article thinking that "cross platform" in 2020 can't reasonably exclude iOS and Android, only to find out at the end that he did so intentionally.

    Personally, I can't think of any non-trivial GUI app that can be designed in such a way, as to be convenient to use both on desktop and on phones. Desktops can use tabs, windows, tables, dropdown menus, etc. Mobiles use activity screens, sidebar menus and need to worry about battery and tons of different screen sizes. So, since you have to re-design your app anyway, what's the benefit of being cross-platform between desktop and mobile? I see benefits being cross-platform between Mac, Windows and Linux. I see benefits being cross-platform between iOS and Android. But all that together? Why?

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  9. Comment on Sad state of cross platform GUI frameworks in ~comp

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    Huh, that's exactly what I was ranting about today in another topic here (that I posted)! Though his style of writing is a bit nauseating, I agree with the general premise: there is no solid...

    Huh, that's exactly what I was ranting about today in another topic here (that I posted)!

    Though his style of writing is a bit nauseating, I agree with the general premise: there is no solid solution when it comes to cross-platform GUI, and it's not great that Electron is considered de-facto standard now.

    3 votes
  10. Comment on The zen of KISS Linux in ~comp

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    That's what I figured, but it's nice to see a confirmation

    That's what I figured, but it's nice to see a confirmation

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  11. Comment on Nim 1.2.0 released in ~comp

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    I haven't used Nim yet, but it looks like a cool language, I think I'll try it out. However, as with all these new-ish (well, Nim isn't "new", but you get it) systems programming languages, my...

    I haven't used Nim yet, but it looks like a cool language, I think I'll try it out. However, as with all these new-ish (well, Nim isn't "new", but you get it) systems programming languages, my biggest pain point is still not resolved.

    What I want from them is a stable, fast GUI framework. I like GUI. I like writing desktop apps. Most of us use desktop apps. So why isn't there a good solution out there? Why are developers forced to resort to Electron shenanigans? I look at Rust, Go, Nim and the first thing I do is search "lang name GUI" and I all I find is libui/Win32/Qt bindings with "most of the stuff should work" clause made by the community and not by the developers of the language. And it saddens me greatly, but I guess there's no real need for it? (and it's also extremely hard to make)

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  12. Comment on The zen of KISS Linux in ~comp

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    I'll be honest, I can't read this with a straight face with the amount of defence manoeuvring the author does. Uh-huh Mm-hmm Sure, buddy, just put the knife down

    I'll be honest, I can't read this with a straight face with the amount of defence manoeuvring the author does.

    Let’s take my own experience, for example. One of the initial few software I used to install on a new system was dunst—a notification daemon. Unfortunately, it depends on D-Bus, which is Poetterware; ergo, not on KISS. However, using a system without notifications has been very pleasant.

    Uh-huh

    Another instance, again involving D-Bus (or not), is Bluetooth audio. As it happens, my laptop’s 3.5mm jack is rekt, and I need to use Bluetooth for audio, if at all. Sadly, Bluetooth audio on Linux hard-depends on D-Bus. Bluetooth stacks that don’t rely on D-Bus do exist, like on Android, but porting them over to desktop is non-trivial. However, I used this to my advantage and decided not to consume media on my laptop.

    Mm-hmm

    I’m slowly noticing myself favor low-tech (or no-tech) solutions to simple problems too. Like notetaking—I’ve tried plaintext files, Vim Wiki, Markdown, but nothing beats actually using pen and paper.

    Sure, buddy, just put the knife down

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  13. Comment on The zen of KISS Linux in ~comp

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    How's Void treating you? I've been meaning to try it, but it kind of spooks me, since I only used simple to install distros like Fedora/Ubuntu. I mean, I did build my own rootfs with Buildroot,...

    How's Void treating you? I've been meaning to try it, but it kind of spooks me, since I only used simple to install distros like Fedora/Ubuntu. I mean, I did build my own rootfs with Buildroot, but that was for an embedded project, not for daily use. Do you use glibc or musl version?

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  14. Comment on Tildes' Backlog Burner Event: Shrink your unplayed games list this April! in ~games

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    I've just begun playing Arx Fatalis for the first time, so it counts! But I won't be able to clear all of my backlog by any means, it's bloody huge

    I've just begun playing Arx Fatalis for the first time, so it counts!
    But I won't be able to clear all of my backlog by any means, it's bloody huge

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  15. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    In addition to Animal Crossing, I finally decided to try Doom Eternal. I had my doubts, as the critical reception has not been as unanimous as it has been for 2016. And as it turns out, for a good...

    In addition to Animal Crossing, I finally decided to try Doom Eternal.

    I had my doubts, as the critical reception has not been as unanimous as it has been for 2016. And as it turns out, for a good reason.

    Now, anything that relates to you actually killing demons is absolutely fantastic. I can't remember any other shooter that had me make meaningful decision every second and forced me to keep moving just to stay alive (I'm playing on Ultra Violence and I think it's perfectly balanced). But everything else is just... why? Boring-wannabe-epic cutscenes, laughable lore that tries very hard to both present itself seriously and be aware of its silliness at the same time -- why? Platforming sections with literal yellow poles yanked straight out of Sands of Time -- why? Abhorrent menus, lots of boring upgrade options, again -- why? Huge ship that serves as a hub that you sometimes get forced to rummage in (apparently) just to unlock some costumes for the multiplayer and/or some weapon upgrade -- why?

    I will be finishing this game just for the sheer adrenaline rush that the combat provides, but it's not a coherent experience that Doom 2016 was, not even close. And it's kind of sad. I will be even more wary of the sequel, when it comes.

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  16. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    I'm also a bit sad that most of the time I can only play in the evenings... And the dang shop is closed! And some of the tenants are already sleeping! And I really don't want to change system...

    I'm also a bit sad that most of the time I can only play in the evenings... And the dang shop is closed! And some of the tenants are already sleeping! And I really don't want to change system time! But that's the way it goes, I suppose.

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  17. Comment on What browser do you use? How have you customized it? in ~tech

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    Definitely Firefox. As for customisation: the most important one is Tree Style Tab and removing horizontal bars from the header. It's a game changer, boys, trust me. On top of that I added Vimium...

    Definitely Firefox. As for customisation: the most important one is Tree Style Tab and removing horizontal bars from the header. It's a game changer, boys, trust me.

    On top of that I added Vimium (although more often than not I forget to use it), uBlock Origin, HTTPS Everywhere and Speed Dial 2. That's about it

  18. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    Well, Animal Crossing, of course! :) This is my first exposure to the series, and I find it extremely calming and soothing. I don't like some aspects, like a LOT of icons are just an icon of a...

    Well, Animal Crossing, of course! :)

    This is my first exposure to the series, and I find it extremely calming and soothing. I don't like some aspects, like a LOT of icons are just an icon of a leaf (come on, you couldn't hire a junior artist to make some more icons?) and I don't like repetetive dialog for batch actions (crafting, asking Blethers about an animal, etc), but other than that -- I think I'll sink a lot of hours into it. It also kind of saddens me that I mostly get to play in the evening, but hey, on the upside the stars are pretty!

    I've also begun playing Unavowed. I don't know why, but Wadjet Eye's games have a very distinct atmosphere for me, I like it. I'm not necessarily into this particular setting (cheesy demons and a shadow organization that deals with them), but the same atmosphere is still there

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  19. Comment on Twitter starts testing its own version of Stories, called "Fleets," which disappear after 24 hours and can't receive likes, retweets, or replies in ~tech

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    It's a type of post, consisting entirely of pictures/videos in a chain that gets deleted after some time. Sometimes it's just a long video split into several parts (because Stories usually have...

    It's a type of post, consisting entirely of pictures/videos in a chain that gets deleted after some time.
    Sometimes it's just a long video split into several parts (because Stories usually have limit on how long one part can take and they automatically advance to the next step)
    Usually pictures also have text labels on them (since you can't attach proper texts) or some stickers.

    On Facebook/Instagram I usually see it used for something like "heyyyy I'm at this bar right now, having such a good tiiiime" or "look at this dog, it be vibin, totally me"

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