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  1. Comment on Debian 10 "buster" released in ~tech

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    Well, typing this from firefox (Nightly) on wayland which works wonderfully, I'd say so long as you use nightly (or maybe a newer beta? not sure how often they get released) firefox should be...

    Well, typing this from firefox (Nightly) on wayland which works wonderfully, I'd say so long as you use nightly (or maybe a newer beta? not sure how often they get released) firefox should be comparable to the experience on X. Xwayland performance (using gnome, which should carry over to sway but ymmv) is usually on par with regular X, with a couple notable exceptions - for example, games (which do seem to work in general with mouse grabbing and such for me, maybe it's a gnome/wlroots discrpency?) can't always set a displays resolution like they can on X (i.e. display/desktop at 4K, game at 1080p), but otherwise perform just as well. Copy-paste also seems to work well here (again, on gnome wayland), though I also use a clipboard manager, which may have something to do with it.

    1 vote
  2. Comment on Reddit is testing a paid monthly membership on a per subreddit basis for core features. in ~tech

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    Huh, interesting to know. I hadn't heard of saidit before, but a quick glance shows it seems to be similar to early voat (in that the UI is old reddit, possibly derived from older source code?),...

    Huh, interesting to know. I hadn't heard of saidit before, but a quick glance shows it seems to be similar to early voat (in that the UI is old reddit, possibly derived from older source code?), and the content doesn't look as overtly, for lack of a better word, 'unappealing' voat's front page does. Is it a recent creation or has it been around for a while?

    1 vote
  3. Comment on Got any new electronics? Tell me about them! in ~talk

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    I've got most of them too! I never grabbed a DMG specifically though given I had a GBC & a GBA, so I could still play all my games - just not in pea-soup green :). But I couldn't pass up a clear...

    I've got most of them too! I never grabbed a DMG specifically though given I had a GBC & a GBA, so I could still play all my games - just not in pea-soup green :). But I couldn't pass up a clear DMG in such good condition, I'm a sucker for clear casings.

    1 vote
  4. Comment on Got any new electronics? Tell me about them! in ~talk

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    Well, it isn't really new (new to me I suppose?) but I just got a Gameboy (DMG, the original model) to replace my childhood one which got lost moving a long time ago. Came across it at a yard sale...

    Well, it isn't really new (new to me I suppose?) but I just got a Gameboy (DMG, the original model) to replace my childhood one which got lost moving a long time ago. Came across it at a yard sale in my neighbourhood and got it for a few bucks, and it's even the same colour as my old one! (it's clear, so not actually sure if that's a colour) I've already tested it (Still have a GBA around, so all my cartridges are handy) and everything seems like it's in working order. Looking forward to playing some of my old favourites when I get a chance!

    3 votes
  5. Comment on Reddit is testing a paid monthly membership on a per subreddit basis for core features. in ~tech

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    I wouldn't be too surprised if something based on matrix/mastodon (more likely the latter) pops up - for example, a subreddit mod could spin up a mastodon server, and invite their community to...

    I wouldn't be too surprised if something based on matrix/mastodon (more likely the latter) pops up - for example, a subreddit mod could spin up a mastodon server, and invite their community to come join them there. If enough communities do this, someone could create a central instance that aggregates posts from all other instances like an /r/all surrogate (disclaimer: I don't know much about mastodon and have no idea if this is possible).

    As an afterthought, this could also create some separate/competing 'central' instances, i.e. one that doesn't include the former /r/t_d's content and one that does. Could also lead to some good things though, with certain instances with topics grouped together for people just interested in that topic (just books, just news, just gaming, etc.).

  6. Comment on What is your personal preference and why: vim or emacs? in ~comp

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    Can confirm, Spacemacs is wonderful - I've been sticking with neovim lately for simplicity though, as spacemacs loads a ton of extra things I don't need on a daily basis but it's definitely useful...

    Can confirm, Spacemacs is wonderful - I've been sticking with neovim lately for simplicity though, as spacemacs loads a ton of extra things I don't need on a daily basis but it's definitely useful every once in a while.

    1 vote
  7. Comment on Reddit Terminal Viewer development is shutting down, owner citing burnout and disillusionment with Reddit as a platform in ~comp

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    I was/am for a few subreddits - I find it nicer on my laptop, its easier to pick fonts/colours than the website and it barely uses any resources.

    I was/am for a few subreddits - I find it nicer on my laptop, its easier to pick fonts/colours than the website and it barely uses any resources.

    9 votes
  8. Comment on Antergos Linux Project Ends in ~tech

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    Not completely sure about security, but you should/need to update an Arch install fairly regularly to avoid potential conflicts and issues. I'm not too sure why or what causes them, though, I...

    Not completely sure about security, but you should/need to update an Arch install fairly regularly to avoid potential conflicts and issues. I'm not too sure why or what causes them, though, I haven't run into any problems myself (yet)

  9. Comment on Antergos Linux Project Ends in ~tech

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    That... actually seems pretty cool! I'd heard about nix a while back but never looked too closely at it before, I'll have to take a look when I get a chance. Thanks for letting me know!

    That... actually seems pretty cool! I'd heard about nix a while back but never looked too closely at it before, I'll have to take a look when I get a chance. Thanks for letting me know!

    1 vote
  10. Comment on Antergos Linux Project Ends in ~tech

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    Those are all solid points - I wasn't really taking a user new to Linux into account, so that part was lost on me originally. I've been sticking with Arch for a while mostly because I like pacman...

    Those are all solid points - I wasn't really taking a user new to Linux into account, so that part was lost on me originally. I've been sticking with Arch for a while mostly because I like pacman & makepkg, which aren't things a user new to Linux would likely consider at all.

    Lately though I've been running Arch on top of Bedrock Linux which allows the user to have multiple 'strata', each the bare minimum install of a distribution, and use/run programs from all of them (for example, I'm currently using a Debian kernel with an Arch system with some software installed via dnf and portage) - so now I'm wondering if an install disk with some stable base distro with some bedrock-like functionality might be good for new users, for example maybe an install based on Ubuntu with a centOS/Fedora stratum for compatibility with enterprise software. At this point it's probably getting far to complex/hard to maintain, but I still think it could be interesting.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on Antergos Linux Project Ends in ~tech

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    I'm curious why you wouldn't recommend Arch? Generally I've thought it was fairly well regarded, though that could be my own bias (as I use it) so perhaps there's some stuff I'm overlooking

    I'm curious why you wouldn't recommend Arch? Generally I've thought it was fairly well regarded, though that could be my own bias (as I use it) so perhaps there's some stuff I'm overlooking

    3 votes
  12. Comment on Which smartphone and carrier are you using? (USA only) in ~tech

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    A Galaxy S7 with LineageOS, on Bell. with a pretty ok plan. No complaints so far, since I got it + installed lineage everything's worked without issue, battery life's pretty good, build quality's...

    A Galaxy S7 with LineageOS, on Bell. with a pretty ok plan. No complaints so far, since I got it + installed lineage everything's worked without issue, battery life's pretty good, build quality's solid. Can't ask for much more - and KDE Connect almost makes me feel like I've got a mac with the integration I get from it.

    2 votes
  13. Traditionally I've used dark themes for everything I could on all of my devices, as I found it easier on the eyes when I'd usually use my computer (evening - night). Recently, I made the switch...

    Traditionally I've used dark themes for everything I could on all of my devices, as I found it easier on the eyes when I'd usually use my computer (evening - night). Recently, I made the switch back to light stuff as I've been using my computer more for notes and assignments I'd normally hand-write, and I find I get drowsy less and have an easier time using the computer in a bright room than before - I just switched my theme on a whim one morning, so I wasn't expecting that at all!

    So now I'm rethinking all my previous bias about dark themes being 'better' regardless of the situation, and I'm curious if anyone here had any thoughts and/or could point me to some reading on the subject (the subject being the effects of light/dark colours in work or concentration). It's something I realize now might be fairly important, as I'm looking at my screen for most of the day, but never really gave much thought before outside of tracking down the 'Dark' theme switch.

    35 votes
  14. Comment on Technology is Heroin in ~tech

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    Most distributions have downloads as a disk image file - this'll be a .iso or similar. Once you have it, you can use a variety of programs to write it to a USB drive with enough space (usually 4GB...

    Most distributions have downloads as a disk image file - this'll be a .iso or similar. Once you have it, you can use a variety of programs to write it to a USB drive with enough space (usually 4GB is more than enough, but it depends on the distro). My goto is usually rufus (https://rufus.ie/), but there's a ton of ways to do it. Once you have it, plug it into your computer while it's off and while turning it on, you should be able to press a key to get a boot menu - this differs based on computer/motherboard, but searching for (your computer name here) boot from usb should yield instructions. Sorry for the super late reply, hope it helps!

    4 votes
  15. Comment on Technology is Heroin in ~tech

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    It's pretty dang hard to brick any computer these days, but there's a lot of guides out there for installing linux on computers in general, and probably your specific model too (depending on which...

    It's pretty dang hard to brick any computer these days, but there's a lot of guides out there for installing linux on computers in general, and probably your specific model too (depending on which one, but it's likely been documented somewhere). The way I had this explained to me way back when is "It's as simple/complicated as reinstalling windows if you have an issue with it, expect the new OS isn't windows".

    All that said, the best way to approach it initially is probably from a live usb (the OS boots from a usb drive and doesn't touch any of your internal data unless you tell it to) which'll let you get a feel for the OS and how it runs on your particular machine. It also won't screw up anything you have now if you decide it isn't for you, so not much downside to trying

    7 votes
  16. Comment on People of Tildes, what apps and programs do you use regularly on your PC? in ~tech

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    It does suck, yeah - When I used it though, I used a program called crouton which let me run a regular linux environment in a tty (in my case xfce and firefox) which made it pretty useful, but it...

    It does suck, yeah - When I used it though, I used a program called crouton which let me run a regular linux environment in a tty (in my case xfce and firefox) which made it pretty useful, but it was an ARM machine so I was stuck without some other sutff I'd have liked to have.

    2 votes
  17. Comment on People of Tildes, what apps and programs do you use regularly on your PC? in ~tech

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    Chrome is basically the whole OS - recently (some? all?) ChromeOS machines gained the ability to install .deb packages (from debian & derivaties) and I think some can do android apps as well, but...

    Chrome is basically the whole OS - recently (some? all?) ChromeOS machines gained the ability to install .deb packages (from debian & derivaties) and I think some can do android apps as well, but for the most part it's just the Chrome browser, a simple file browser, and chrome extensions.

    As I write this, I realize that probably given the recent ability to install debs, it's probably possible to install a firefox .deb, but performance probably wouldn't be great as I think linux stuff goes through some container stuff & whatever display server Google uses (ChromeOS doesn't use X) to work & most Chromebooks aren't too powerful to begin with (Take that last with a grain of salt though, I haven't read much about it since I passed my chromebook on to family a while ago)

    1 vote
  18. Comment on People of Tildes, what apps and programs do you use regularly on your PC? in ~tech

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    Onenote is fantastic for sure, my only issue with it is lack of linux support. I still use it on my surface (which is almost an exclusive onenote device these days, and it's fantastic) but my main...

    Onenote is fantastic for sure, my only issue with it is lack of linux support. I still use it on my surface (which is almost an exclusive onenote device these days, and it's fantastic) but my main work machine runs linux so until it exists there I can't switch entirely (I'm also starting to like Zim better, but we'll see if that holds). Hopfully, though, given MS's recent official linux offerings (VS Code got an official linux release a little bit ago) it might be possible Onenote on linux could be a reality

    1 vote
  19. Comment on “Just Switch to Linux” Is The Loser’s Game in ~tech

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    Can confirm, Bedrock user here with no less than 4 package managers (including dpkg/apt and portage) installed & running.

    Can confirm, Bedrock user here with no less than 4 package managers (including dpkg/apt and portage) installed & running.

    5 votes
  20. Comment on Survey: 83% of US teens have an iPhone, Android 9% in ~tech

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    Wait, for real? I've never had this happen, despite being the odd one out in my group (with an android device) since we all got our first phones, I never even heard this was a thing until years...

    Wait, for real? I've never had this happen, despite being the odd one out in my group (with an android device) since we all got our first phones, I never even heard this was a thing until years later, and I've never heard of anyone else make a big deal about this (though, granted, I don't really know anyone who'd be likely to). Is this really common in this US? I live in Canada, so maybe it's an American thing that didn't make it's way to up here?

    2 votes