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Autistic technology nerd into electronic music, FOSS, and retro gaming, among other things. I try to stay open-minded and rational, and encourage others to do the same.

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Cake day: Nov 25, 2022

An introduction to open-source games (crosspost for Lemmy)
Here's a blog post where I talk about some well-known open-source games: [libranet.de/display/0b6b25a8-7…](https://libranet.de/display/0b6b25a8-7063-cc8c-7f9f-116272113110) I was originally going to post it directly to this group, but for some reason whenever I tried it the message got stuck "pending" and removing the mention fixed it.

@TechGuru_007 Honestly, since Invidious is an unauthenticated webapp that stores very little, and I’m guessing piped is too, which instance you pick matters a lot less. Just pick a reasonably fast and up-to-date one.

The Invidious website has an auto-picker, but it seems to be down right now, so I’ll just link invidious.garudalinux.org/feed… since it seems reasonably fast from where I am.

PineTime first impressions
[@opensource](https://lemmy.ml/c/opensource) Yesterday, I received a PINE64 PineTime smart watch as a late Christmas gift. I had asked for it mostly out of curiosity, and because considering that it was fairly cheap at around $35, if I fall out of using it, it's nowhere near as much of a loss as buying a laptop I never use. I've never used a smart watch before, except for a FitBit and GameBand very briefly, so I can't compare the PineTime to other smart watches easily. I probably would have gone on without a smartwatch, too, were it not for the selling point of it being hackable, open hardware at a low price. Overall, it seems to be a perfectly fine watch. The build quality is good; it feels durable, and the wristband isn't the most comfortable thing out there but it does the job. The default OS was InfiniTime 1.6, which I soon upgraded to InfiniTime 1.11. It's not Linux, as Linux couldn't run on the cheap hardware used in the PineTime (64KB RAM). Rather, it is a derivative of FreeRTOS, with a custom UI made specifically for the PineTime, and by far the most actively developed of all OSes for it. InfiniTime is a pretty good OS, usable enough, but without installable apps or a proper text input method, it's no watchOS replacement. The alternative OS, Wasp-os, seems to support installing apps specifically written for it, but I have yet to try it. On first boot the watch seemed stuck at the Unix epoch and there seemed no way to set the time. I had to pair it with my phone, so I installed Gadgetbridge, one of the recommended companion apps, from F-Droid. It asked for tons of permissions including restricted ones, and I had to unpair the device in the normal settings to pair it again via Gadgetbridge - annoying, but eventually I got the time to sync up with my phone. With that out of the way I could look around and see how everything worked, and it didn't take long to get used to the OS. I checked the InfiniTime GitHub for updates, and installed the latest version to get, among other things, an AWESOME terminal-style watch face. I also found some documentation, albeit woefully incomplete and scattered, of the update process and some features I'd not been able to find myself. Among the features: notification sync with the phone (no text input though), step tracking, heart monitor, accelerometer, metronome, drawing pad, music controls, navigation, one alarm, a stopwatch, and clones of Pong and 2048. Pong and 2048 are nice distractions that are probably a bit healthier than playing similar games on my phone while walking, but the novelty wore off very quickly. Pong in particular feels like a game developers put on obscure hardware just to prove they can. The drawing pad is not very usable, and I'd honestly rather have something like a calculator in its place. I was charging PineTime for most of the first night I had it, and I was initially concerned that the battery drained by almost 15 percentage points when I removed it from the charging base for 15 minutes, but when I got to spend a full day with it, it only dropped from 84% to 67% over the course of a day without charging - quite reasonable. It just discharged at a very inconsistent rate. Overall, besides using free software, the PineTime is a good enough watch that fills a solid niche in between something high-end like the Apple Watch, and a cheap digital watch with a couple games on it. I would recommend it to someone in need of that and I could see myself carrying this on my wrist for a good while. However, the default OS is poorly documented and the apps aren't fully featured yet, so expect some small difficulties.

@LemmyPistolero Expect a learning curve either way - Fedora isn’t the easiest distro out there - but you’ll likely find Fedora Workstation easier to use than Silverblue. Silverblue is experimental, and will make it impossible to follow some online guides, and possibly limit the software available to you.

@kromonos @shreddy_scientist Debian usually sticks to the default themes provided by desktop environments. The Debian theme is just the backgrounds for the desktop, GRUB, and login screen, plus a boot animation, and banners for the installer and Debian websites.

@VanchoPilla Yeah, I checked the mailing list and it was because nobody was available to run a contest. I realized that and edited my post but I don’t think the edit federated through

@shreddy_scientist Sad I missed the vote, but I saw that result coming from a mile away. Juliette Taka won 8, 9, and 11, and had her submission for 10 included with the release as an alternative (which IMO should have won the vote). She just doesn’t have any competition when it comes to Debian-themed wallpapers.

@3xQfQhvj File explorer is one of those categories of app I really don’t care about. Nemo and PCManFM might be the nicest I’ve used though.

@SudoDnfDashY I actually really like GNOME, it’s the most polished desktop out there with the most complete set of apps designed for it. I like the libadwaita look and feel. It is a bit slow on older machines, though.

LXDE is my second choice - I like the modularity and the efficiency on older machines, but I’m afraid it won’t survive the death of GTK 2, or GTK 3 down the road. KDE is third, since it’s quite polished, more customizable, and oddly lightweight, but also buggy at times and its first-party apps are inconsistent in design (though I guess that’s a problem with Windows too, lol).

@TheKernalBlog Of course it’s not a strong daily driver, it’s not meant to be that. It’s meant as something you can temporarily plug in and use for ultra-private web browsing, like when you’re in a repressive regime and need to safely access LGBT or dissident resources, or just are really paranoid about something you’re doing online.

@RecycledAnonymous This seems to be a rewrite of the tor client (i.e. the command-line utility), not the tor browser. Eventually Tor Browser will use it, and Firefox (which it is based on) is itself slowly importing more Rust code from the Servo project.

@RecycledAnonymous From Arti’s GitLab repository:

We expect to be providing official binaries soon. But, for now, you need to obtain a Rust development environment, and build it yourself.

@serenity Minor point, but of course the VTuber dev would make an ultra-optimistic, cutesy writeup full of wave dashes and sparkle emojis.

It’s starting to look like running the Debian Linux family on an Apple Silicon Mac will become a top-tier option in the future. Asahi’s really exceeding expectations.

@yogthos Hopefully this brings GNOME closer to implementing it too. I’m tired of having no middle ground between doubling the size of everything (and causing screen crunch) and keeping it the same (and needing to squint or lean in to see some things).