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  1. Comment on What is the difference between Linux distros? Why do you use the one you use? in ~comp

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    I think people have already explained the reasons why there are different distributions so I'll instead talk more precisely about why I chose my distribution : Fedora Silverblue. Some of the...

    One thing I've never understood about Linux is all the different distributions - their different reputations and why they have them.

    I think people have already explained the reasons why there are different distributions so I'll instead talk more precisely about why I chose my distribution : Fedora Silverblue.

    I also know that people are quite opinionated on their choice of distro, I wondered what reasons people had for their choice.

    Some of the reasons are that Fedora is not scared to experiment with things, they were one of the first to ship Wayland (a new way to display things which replaces the very old and insecure X11 protocol), they also plan to ship Pipewire (a new way to do audio which tries to handle security and multiple types of audio systems).

    They ship GNOME without any modifications by default which is my favourite desktop environment, I like the workflow and how it looks and how the project has evolved.

    They don't ship proprietary software at all, that's important to me because I believe that Free Software is good for people.

    The governance of the project is good too, they're elected by people and I think that makes sense to handle a community.

    What things are easier or harder for you in your distro of choice?

    Rollback and upgrades are trivial. Everyone gets basically the same thing and the differences can easily be tracked so it makes certain kinds of problem solving much easier.

    In SB (Silverblue), there are three main ways to install software. This might sound convoluted but it makes a lot of sense.

    First, there's rpm-ostree, it's essentially just used for the core system and you generally don't touch it, it just takes care of that.

    The second is toolbox, this creates a mini distro so you can just develop and not be worried about destroying everything, you can just reinstall if you mess up anything.

    The third is flatpak, Flatpak is this cool new way to make desktop applications work on any distro which is something I really like because I believe that this kind of distribution makes it easier for developers to support people. It also sandboxes the application so it can only access what it realistically needs and people can give it further access or less access if they want, I think that's good.

    Is it mainly day-to-day tasks that are important or more how the OS works underneath? How much difference does your preferred distro make?

    I could probably adapt to any other distro but I really like how it works underneath. Maybe I'd get frustrated with choices that I don't like if it were another distro of the changes they make to software, I'm not entirely sure because I've not gone away from Fedora in the last few years now, I guess?

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  2. Comment on What is the difference between Linux distros? Why do you use the one you use? in ~comp

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    Personally, it's the security aspects. For example, PulseAudio will load any modules you throw at it which might be fun and cool but can also be malware. Do I think this actually gets used by...

    why is pipewire important to you? i've heard it's still quite experimental

    Personally, it's the security aspects. For example, PulseAudio will load any modules you throw at it which might be fun and cool but can also be malware. Do I think this actually gets used by malware? Not really but I like that it's there.

    Also, Pipewire has much better bluetooth audio support from my understanding. It can also offer permissions for audio/video so we could finally easily allow/disallow camera access for example.

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  3. Comment on What is the difference between Linux distros? Why do you use the one you use? in ~comp

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    I also think a lot of people who were interested back in the day were also people who adhered to Free Software ideals. As much as people have memed it, GNU software (and by extension the GNU...

    I also think a lot of people who were interested back in the day were also people who adhered to Free Software ideals.

    As much as people have memed it, GNU software (and by extension the GNU Project and Free Software Foundation) was a really important part of Linux in the early days.

    3 votes
  4. Comment on What is the difference between Linux distros? Why do you use the one you use? in ~comp

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    Well, small addition, dnf/rpm would be more accurate because using rpm by itself is generally not something you should do. (although the point remains the same)

    Red Hat and Fedora use rpm

    Well, small addition, dnf/rpm would be more accurate because using rpm by itself is generally not something you should do. (although the point remains the same)

    3 votes
  5. Comment on Anyone using a lightweight browser with Linux? in ~comp

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    I just tried my website on NetSurf... it doesn't work. I don't even use any JS for rendering.. I wonder what breaks it. If you can figure it out, feel free to send a PR, I mean, as long as it...

    I just tried my website on NetSurf... it doesn't work. I don't even use any JS for rendering.. I wonder what breaks it. If you can figure it out, feel free to send a PR, I mean, as long as it doesn't require mind bending tricks, haha. Although tbf, it also doesn't work on IE either.

    Surprisingly google does work. Wikipedia too, Youtube is definitely completely broken as I imagine most everything is..

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  6. Comment on What do you use for email? in ~tech

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    No, the alias only goes on the same domain unfortunately. You could set-up forwarding though, I think.

    No, the alias only goes on the same domain unfortunately. You could set-up forwarding though, I think.

  7. How do you convey emotions in text?

    It's something I've struggled for a long time to do in text conversations. People will often think I'm mad when talking in a way that I think is perfectly normal or that I'm a brick wall while...

    It's something I've struggled for a long time to do in text conversations. People will often think I'm mad when talking in a way that I think is perfectly normal or that I'm a brick wall while discussing disagreements and well, that can't be fun. I often have to reassure certain people that it's not the case.

    Sometimes I try to show how I'm feeling through emotions or more "fluffy" language but I feel like that's too excessive and feels kinda fake to me?

    It's also something I've more recently struggled with because I'm trying to write personally on my blog and I'm not exactly sure how to convey my feelings other than stating it like a robot like "This makes me mad" or "That's depressing" or "It makes me feel great".

    It feels off to me and maybe it's just a me problem but I think that's also because I write the same way I speak and so, it just sounds strange.

    I don't know, this post is rambly and I've been wanting to write something like this in the last few days but I just have to push enter at some point.

    10 votes
  8. Comment on What do you use for email? in ~tech

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    I really wish I could use Hey, I'm not going to lie. The workflow seems really nice to me but I can't swallow the price and even if I did, I've committed myself to only pay for open source...

    I really wish I could use Hey, I'm not going to lie. The workflow seems really nice to me but I can't swallow the price and even if I did, I've committed myself to only pay for open source services. :(

    2 votes
  9. Comment on What do you use for email? in ~tech

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    You can do this actually. You just need to setup aliases instead of a mailbox for each. Setting up a mailbox for each would be such a nightmare.

    You can't do this with Migadu Webmail at least since they currently use Rainloop, which only lets you view a single e-mail address inbox at a time.

    You can do this actually. You just need to setup aliases instead of a mailbox for each. Setting up a mailbox for each would be such a nightmare.

    2 votes
  10. Comment on Why I don't believe in encrypted mail providers anymore in ~tech

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    Well, Matrix != Riot nor Element. Also, encrytpion has been turned on by default for Element and Riot since I believe late 2019? Nope, mid-2020, source. At the time, it would've been fair to...

    but leaving out Matrix (still called Riot here, the name of an old messaging client which is no longer developed) because, I guess, encryption is not turned on by default, is a little suspect.

    Well, Matrix != Riot nor Element. Also, encrytpion has been turned on by default for Element and Riot since I believe late 2019? Nope, mid-2020, source. At the time, it would've been fair to discard it for not having it on by default though imo.

    I would say that Signal is generally a good choice right now for the majority of users and threat models, but Matrix is the one to watch.

    I agree with the recommendation (assuming you are comfortable with people having your phone number) but they wanted long form communication which unfortunately (and this is why I didn't say anything previously) is not really a thing..?

    1 vote
  11. Comment on Is Firefox still a good (enough) browser for privacy? in ~comp

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    Well, that's true, hahaha. It's just that I don't also really see a benefit in having these extensions when it's ephemeral in the first place, I guess?

    Well, that's true, hahaha. It's just that I don't also really see a benefit in having these extensions when it's ephemeral in the first place, I guess?

    3 votes
  12. Comment on Is Firefox still a good (enough) browser for privacy? in ~comp

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    I'd personally actually disable them in private to look as much like any other Firefox browser as possible unless the goal is simply to remove ads then fair enough.

    I would say so, it's definitely my browser of choice. I'd add uBlock Origin and Privacy Badger as add-ons, as well as enable them to work in private mode.

    I'd personally actually disable them in private to look as much like any other Firefox browser as possible unless the goal is simply to remove ads then fair enough.

    5 votes
  13. Comment on Why I don't believe in encrypted mail providers anymore in ~tech

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    Well, the thing that isn't a standard is the way Protonmail does key discovery, it's still manual like any old OpenPGP client and well, that's not very good. It means most people will likely not...

    Protonmail supports OpenGPG, like you mention in your post, which IS an open standard for encryption. I agree that it’s not one that’s easy to grok or use for folks that aren’t pretty technically literate, and that’s a shame, because it’s a great tool. I’d love to see a larger effort to create better systems around supporting everyday computer users understand and use tools like OpenGPG, but I don’t think moving away from one of the only email providers that supports it will accomplish that goal.

    Well, the thing that isn't a standard is the way Protonmail does key discovery, it's still manual like any old OpenPGP client and well, that's not very good. It means most people will likely not use it. OpenPGP still lacks what I think are important like perfect forward secrecy which otherwise means that one key leak and your whole mail is unencrypted but that's more so a problem with OpenPGP itself. I wish they worked on making key discovery and key management more accessible to people but really, it's probably best to just scrap OpenPGP altogether if we want that because it still leaks the subject line.

    Furthermore, the biggest problem is that the webmail can leak your key at any point in time and most people simply won't bother so all the email in your mailbox could be secretly kept unencrypted.

    For what it’s worth, Protonmail does also support the interface you describe with Tutanota, where you can email someone an encrypted message, and they get a link asking for a password.

    Yeah, It's not ideal, I really dislike it personally.

    I think by now there’s a pretty good cultural awareness of the kinds of harms that come from a large corporate entity having access to things like a user’s web browsing history.

    Well, OpenPGP leaves all the juicy metadata for all to see.

    Your email inbox is akin to your web browsing history, at least for most people. Almost every website you make an account with ends up sending at least one verification email to you. In many ways this is an even stronger signal than just browsing history; it shows a much clearer intent than just visiting a link.

    I really agree, it's one of the most important parts of the modern digital life and it's the premise to this article.

    If Protonmail is my email provider, then at the very least I can know that the contents of my inbox are being stored in a way such that they simply cannot be read by anyone who isn’t me. As someone who isn’t particularly concerned about a specific person or entity targeting my communications, but is frustrated by and concerned about largescale corporate spying on individual browsing habits, this is what I’m looking for in an email provider. I pay them money, they store my emails, and they give me a key to access them, but don’t keep a copy for themselves. I think this is how all cloud storage should work, always.

    But the thing is, this interface is either the bridge which might be safe if it doesn't auto-update, the webmail which does auto-update so it could be change at any point and get your key. The mobile client I'm not sure but Tutanota's clients are all based on the web code so I believe it could be changed and poisoned. There is some cultural value, I suppose but it's not really worth imo if we made the new standard something which actually isn't very good.

    One more minor quibble: running Protonmail Bridge doesn’t remove “all of the benefits of encryption”, it specifically allows you to continue to use your encrypted email service through a client that knows nothing about encryption. If you receive an email while running the bridge, encrypted or otherwise, it will be decrypted by the bridge, using your key, before being sent to the client you’re using. That way the email only lives unencrypted on your machine, but is still encrypted on Protonmail’s servers.

    Well, okay, I did exaggerate a bit there. What I meant is that 1) It's incredibly inconvenient and potentially insecure because you become the IMAP provider at least from my understanding and 2) you can't use their E2EE feature and you risk using a client which will just siphon all your data. It's not the worst solution but I really don't think it's how it should be.

    3 votes
  14. Comment on What do you use for email? in ~tech

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    They host your email on the domain(s) you want. They offer a webmail and admin interface to setup aliases, mailboxes, etc. There's definitely more work required because they require a domain and...

    I’m not quite sure what it is they do?

    They host your email on the domain(s) you want. They offer a webmail and admin interface to setup aliases, mailboxes, etc.

    Would you say it’s a direct replacement for Gmail/ProtonMail or is there some more work or setup required?

    There's definitely more work required because they require a domain and have no first-party clients. However, they guide you through the DNS records setup required, the webmail is good enough and setting up outside clients is as easy as any IMAP+SMTP setup can be.

    2 votes
  15. Comment on What do you use for email? in ~tech

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    Worth mentioning that plus notation is not supported by all providers so it could be problematic when switching.

    Worth mentioning that plus notation is not supported by all providers so it could be problematic when switching.

    3 votes
  16. Comment on What do you use for email? in ~tech

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    Honestly, for me it was more 2010s and just wanted gratis services while not considering the implications. I was young and naive and jumped on a lot of things just because they were free.

    I feel this. In the '00s, Google felt like the one business that was able to reconcile being for-profit while also being a champion of ethics, open software, and the open internet.

    Honestly, for me it was more 2010s and just wanted gratis services while not considering the implications. I was young and naive and jumped on a lot of things just because they were free.

    3 votes
  17. Comment on What do you use for email? in ~tech

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    What email provider do you use? I went hotmail -> gmail -> protonmail -> tutanota -> migadu. Quite the trip. I used hotmail when I was a kid since that's all I knew then gmail because I was in...

    What email provider do you use?
    I went hotmail -> gmail -> protonmail -> tutanota -> migadu. Quite the trip. I used hotmail when I was a kid since that's all I knew then gmail because I was in love with Google at the time. Then protonmail when privacy became a concern for me and didn't really like how they handled encryption so I went for tutanota and now I'm on migadu because I've decided to give up on encryption and use my own domains (which is possible on tutanota but shh)

    What clients do you use?
    I'm currently using Migadu's webmail (Rainloop), Geary and I'm not sure on android, I might try pEp's k-9 fork, ltt.rs if there was JMAP support in Migadu or maybe just AOSP's email client, I'm not sure.

    How do you treat your email?
    I used to filter it heavily but I think I'll start using it in a more basic manner and handle as it comes and archive when done. Search mostly removes the need for folders, I feel for now.

    Anything else you want to share in relation with this?
    I really wish encryption was plausible with email but there's no interop manner to do it, really. OpenPGP's UX is just bad and I think pEp could work nicely but it lacks specification for other implementations to exist AFAICT.

    I really also wish JMAP was more popular, it feels like a major improvement compared to IMAP.

    3 votes
  18. Comment on What do you use for email? in ~tech

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    Yeah, according to themselves, the free tiers used up as much as 80% of the infrastructure, it's kinda insane to think about.

    I'm more sad they offered it in the first place since it was always questionable whether it was sustainable (which it clearly wasn't).

    Yeah, according to themselves, the free tiers used up as much as 80% of the infrastructure, it's kinda insane to think about.

    1 vote
  19. Comment on What do you use for email? in ~tech

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    I can relate to being locked out. One of my old gmail is permanently locked because it had an old phone number.. I might actually try to contact the person who has the phone number now to make it...

    I can relate to being locked out. One of my old gmail is permanently locked because it had an old phone number.. I might actually try to contact the person who has the phone number now to make it work.

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