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  • betterbird tray solution doesn’t work on wayland, given a bug on common code (affects both, Firefox, Thunderbird and derivatives). Just in case that’s one of the motivations of using betterbird. That by the way was the only feature that really made me look at betterbird, and as it didn’t work, I went back to TB. And if you’re wondering, birdtray doesn’t work on wayland, 😑.


  • Thunderbird is working on enabling exchange, and meanwhile you can combine it with TBSync plus its provider for exchange AcriveSync extensions. And given TB hadn’t care so far about tray, to at least avoid TB dying by mistake, you can also add Minimize on Close extension. Mail would still be IMap, so it’ll work as long as the outlook provider enables IMap support, but for the company I work it’s enabled. But such support is coming up on TB. Not sure if its solution would be 100% open source, but I hope it is, otherwise, I’m not sure if everyone will want to have a blob proprietary binary inside TB…




  • Not true, FF comes with few binary blobs which are removed from Librewolf. Also there are some things disabled entirely at build time, so they are removed from being an option. So it’s not just the settings, and it’s not plain re-branding. Some distros has gotten it wrong, believing that it’s just a matter of settings, but at least on the case of Librewolf and the Tor browser that’s not the case.

    That hey depend on FF continuous development to exist is true, that doesn’t mean they just rebrand.


  • kixik@lemmy.mltoLinux@lemmy.mlNostalgic Distros?
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    Yes SMGL is still active. You can try joining one of their channels. There are still people looking for source based distros, not sure while Gentoo is the only thing that pops up for them. I used it for some time, and it’s fantastic. Sadly having to build stuff takes too much time, particularly on old, and not performance oriented HW. They had support for binaries, and actually include a binaries grimoire, so you could install binaries that used to take too much time, like Firefox for example. Still it takes too much to keep a source based distro. And if you go all the way, then when changing parts of the building toolchain, like gcc, the recommendation was to build everything so that everything would be built with the more up to date toolchain, that was cool, since SMGL has tools for it, but those fancy stuff take as well a lot of time. There I learned 1st about ccache, hahaha.

    Sooo fun, :)





  • kixik@lemmy.mltoPrivacy@lemmy.mlTox.chat security
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    I has improved quite a bit. The phone app still requires navigating over its settings to get less battery consumption, and having ntfy or any other unifiedPush notification provider available in the phone. But with the default configs, you get Jami working at least. I tried it before, and I found before synchronization between devices was a mess. Currently it just works. I still find it hard on immediate/urgent calls or messages, which might not happen when you expect, but other than that it’s working.

    On the desktop, the default configs are pretty sane.

    And the best part, it’s being actively developed. And the UI is undergoing through lots of improvements. So if usability is your concern, it’s getting better, and each release improves over the prior one…



  • kixik@lemmy.mltoPrivacy@lemmy.mlTox.chat security
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    Have you read it’s github front page?

    This is an experimental cryptographic network library. It has not been formally audited by an independent third party that specializes in cryptography or cryptanalysis. Use this library at your own risk.

    BTW, if you look at its issues (including closed ones, which most probably aren’t really closed) you’ll find pretty interesting discussions about its crypto not being right. That said, I’m not sure what irungentoo brings to the picture…

    At any rate, if you’re looking for distributed messaging, I’d look into Jami. It also uses DHT and something similar to torrents mechanism. Jami is my only option so far for distributed messaging. There’s also Briar, but I don’t like it for regular messaging, particularly on phones (too much battery usage), neither its underlying technology, but if it’s to your liking, then that’s another option for distributing messaging.






  • IT might be, but librelinux for example really removes all binary blobs, although there’s some tooling around doing that, so new cases might be missed without human inspection, but they are careful about binary blobs… So from the whole spectrum of open source stuff, if you care about binary blobs, chances are better on the libre/free SW side.


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    Probably Guix, and GNU endorsed distributions. Binary blobs are not allowed on free/libre distributions, or not on their official repos. That said, most gnu + linux distributions don’t care about those. Most will take care, if they get to realize it, about distribution licenses, so if something has some sort of legal issue to be distributed, that will get purged from its repos most probably…




  • I’m not systemd user, and I generally see this absorbing as much as possible as a terrible practice. I don’t usually comment on systemd stuff, since I’m happy just not being forced to use it.

    However, even though I don’t use it, the decision of people managing systemd really affects non systemd users. See by succeeding in getting all major distros into become systemd distros (somehow now governed by RH, if anyone cares), everything systemd absorbs tend to leave alternatives sooner or later deprecated, or abandoned.

    Even autofs is no longer part of some official repos, given systemd has its own auto mount/unmount functionality… And there are several other examples…

    At any rate, hopefully the more bloated systemd, doesn’t make it the more vulnerable. And also hopefully, doesn’t make life worse and worse to non systemd distros and users…

    BTW, before sudo there was su, so a life without sudo is possible, :)