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The thing with Wayland, is that if you don’t use gnome/kde/tiling-compositors, your options are pretty limited, actually the closest to an independent stacking compositor would be wayfire.

You can make things work, but with a lot of nuances here and there, to the point you get tired of dealing with them… gtk4 not paying attention to GDK_DPI_SCALE, no file manager recognizing gvs except for nautilus, which guess what, it’s already gt4, electron apps built on top of latest (22) electron and gtk3, not paying attention to GDK_DPI_SCALE either, wf-shell doesn’t offer tray, and waybar does, but waybar doesn’t offer a launcher button, but wf-shell does, and so on…

I actually recently got around a week trying to make myself comfortable with wayland, but for me it lags behind from Xorg.

But perhaps the author is right, and if Xorg would have been dropped altogether, wayland would be in better shape, but that we won’t ever know… On the other hand who knows if someone would have forked it, or revive it after noticing too many users complaining. It’s been many years since its introduction, and wayland is still not up to being a workable replacement for Xorg for a good amount Xorg users (usually not considered in the bulk numbers though). Every now and then I try it, when reminding myself of this “the register” post, but haven’t gotten to the point of really wanting to migrate…

Hopefully things will change, but till then, I really hope Xorg keeps it up.

X.Org is now pretty much an ex-org: Maintainer declares the open-source windowing system largely abandoned
Old, and most probably already seen. To me Wayland, for those not using gnome/kde and are not into tiling compositors, things are not quite stable yet. I hope Xorg is here to stay for long.
X.Org is now pretty much an ex-org: Maintainer declares the open-source windowing system largely abandoned



In general, I don’t like the idea of having flatpak, snapcraft and appimage, packages. First, and this is different between them, but in the end they all suffer the same one way or another, there are huge binary dependencies blobs, whether coming with the same app, or having to be installed from the package provider. At some point I tried to install Liri from Flatpak, and it was a nightmare of things having to be installed, when I already had most things natively built by the distro I used.

As opposed to opinions from Linus himself, I prefer SW to be built from the same system libraries and dependencies, rather than each app coming along with their own set of binary dependencies. Getting GNU/Linux to behave like MS-Win, where you can install whatever binary, from whatever source, and perhaps even duplicating a bunch of stuff you already have on your system is crazy. One thing that gets solves easier, when having contained apps, is when depending on same things but from different versions, and that to me is not ideal either. To me, as done by distros, one should avoid as much as possible having different versions of same SW, but if in need, then rename one including the version as part of the name, or something, but mainly avoid having a bunch the same thing with multiple versions all over. Guix handles that more elegantly of course, but I haven’t had the time, neither the guts to go for Guix yet (still in my ist of pending stuff).

The other thing, is that although now a days everything comes with a signature to check, on distros provided packages, which are built from source, besides minimizing the amount of stuff needed, one can always look at how the packages are built (arch and derivatives through the PKGBUILs and companions), tweak and build oneself (eg, currently fluxbox head of master, and from a while back, doesn’t play nice with lxqt, then with the help of fluxbox devs I found the culprit commit, revert it, and still apply the same distro recipe with my own patch, and moved on). No matter being signed, binary packages are not as flexible, that besides the fact several just proprietary, and one might not even be aware, since the move is to be more MS-Win like, even with auto updates and such…

Building having in mind minimal systems and ecosystems, and have mostly free/libre or at least open source SW, makes thing much better for me. One can end up with bloated huge systems, if wanted, but at least not with bunch of duplicates unnecessarily.

$1500 the laptop: tomshardwate reference. Well, it’s been a while I don’t buy any laptop for personal use, but I’m wondering if there are $500 laptops, which are worth acquiring.

That said, please remember risc-v doesn’t mean open source CPU, it just means open source ISA. Actually there are many vendors now offering risc-v IP CPUs and others, such as Cadence, Siemens (in the past Mentor), and others, but those are not open source. And even if the CPU was open source, there are other components which might not be. And there’s the thing about firmware binaries requirements…

Looking for a fully open source, both HW and SW, without binary blobs also, it’s sort of hard this days. Hopefully that’s not way farther away…

If looking for risc-v though, Roma it is though, since there’s nothing close to it yet, :)

SerenityOS author: “Rust is a neat language, but without inheritance and virtual dispatch, it’s extremely cumbersome to build GUI applications”
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Privacy and freedom should be the legacy we leave, not the opposite — Free Software Foundation — Working together for free software


cross-posted from: https://lemmy.ml/post/441646 > Also: https://bunatimes.com/technology/56403.html

[reddit](https://teddit.net/r/privacy/comments/wphpou/1900_signal_users_phone_numbers_exposed_by_twilio) Not a big deal though...

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I don’t think the concern raised is a technical one though, and some people think there’s a lock-in strategy, which you might or might not overcome depending on your skills.


Though it’s clear technically you can always look for ways to overcome those, whether totally disabling secure boot, when possible, or looking for using 3rd party certificates. Whatever it is. Definitely not as straight forward as it used to be.


Just disregarding the lock-in strategy, because there are ways, doesn’t seem fair. But in the end it’s up to anyone to agree or not to agree.

My suggestion for those not looking for dual boot computers, is to go for gnu+linux pre-installed computers, that might save you some time, and frustration before being able to get your computer to do what you really want.

Don’t worry, I checked on BiglyBT before. It does the dual function, it does hook to i2p trackers, which are special, and can as well hook to clear internet trackers, and whatever is being downloaded can be shared and exposed on both. It’s a specialized i2p torrent client, like vuze.

That’s what I was trying to avoid using, :( I’m looking to see if I could use any torrent client, and just tunnel its traffic into the i2p router, like if it were a VPN or ssh tunnel. But so far, it seems you need a specialized torrent client, which can connect as a minimum, to i2p trackers, and use the different i2p file sharing protocols…

If I’m mistaken, let me know, but it seems that’s the only way. At least what I’ve read. Oh well, dI don’t trust VPNs, and I don’t like the idea of using something I don’t trust, unless forced to do it…

Thanks a lot !

ohh, so I can use any torrent client (rtorrent for example), as long as I only use i2p sort of trackers, or so I understand from your post, and also from the wiki, perhaps specifying the binding address and port, or something like that…

Sorry if way too OT, :( What torrent i2p client are you using? I don’t like the idea of vuze with a plugin, neither biglybt. I’m more inclined to something like rtorrent (ncurses, and if used with detached screen, then on any ssh session you can remotely monitor, without needing additional remote accesses or web publishing)…

well, to me data brokers exist only because it’s possible to profit from it, and in the end, no legislation will totally ban that practice. The issue is apps developers trying to monetize through users data, and the monetizing model found is not going anywhere, popularized by big companies, and now followed pretty much by anyone wanting to monetize. Users really need to become aware of the issue in the 1st place, and not just few, I mean, like 80% or so of them, and to start with, stop using OS that share their data underneath, and as most of it is proprietary, that means getting rid of android, ios, ms, etc, and use at least open source OS, but preferable FLOSS ones. Then start picking privacy respecting apps, and as much FLOSS as possible. And if a good chunk of user become aware, and start changing their habits and consumption culture, then that monetizing model will be really impacted. No legislation will cover all corner cases, to get rid of the bad practices, there will always be front/back doors found. It’s culture and consumption which needs changing. And as with anything worth, it’s the hardest to get, :(

How about, not so automatic?

subliminal download -l en,es */*.{mp4,mkv}

Another option is to download them on demand when watching, since smplayer and I believe vlc as well, allow searching and downloading subs from opens…

cross-posted from: https://lemmy.ml/post/256669 > Anyone know if a self-hosted VPN is 100% secure?

HTTPS-Only Mode in Firefox for Android | Firefox for Android Help
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current state of vpn for torrents
I haveint forgotten [@dessalines@lemmy.ml](https://lemmy.ml/u/dessalines)'s [Favorite apps and services](https://lemmy.ml/post/28944/comment/436), and in particular his recommendation for torrents VPN (AirVPN, Mullvad, NordVPN, ProtonVPN). I've never used a VPN, and so far no issues (not really an avid consumer, but I've occasionally done torrenting for ~20 years). I use the pseudo encryption supported, and in particular, I use rtorrent wiht: `protocol.encryption.set = allow_incoming,try_outgoing,enable_retry` For sure that doesn't really mask it, but obfuscates a bit the torrenting from ISP providers, which are not doing a hard work looking for torrenting. Regarding privacy, my understanding is one should trust no one, :) And it's hard for me to understand why it doesn't apply to VPNs... At any rate, from those suggestions, as of now, which is the one somehow better at protecting one's identity, privacy and security? That would be my major concern, and if there's a way to keep that with port forwarding. Not interested on fastest, but rather safest... I'm wondering how on earth I've never had issues, when I always read not using a VPN is sort of nuts.

Any gnu+linux desktop application to sync remote web ics/ical calendars, and locally expose them as a davcal one?
I've been looking for a way to use Kmail + korganizer + kaddressbook + kontact, which is the alternative integrating Caldav client + Carddav client (address book) + Mail client + GPG signing/encrypting/verifying/decrypting, but it has NO support for remote web ics/ical calendars, since there's no way to sync them. Furthermore I want to set different sync intervals pet specific calendar. Whether one sets a file or a directory ics/ical calendar, using remote URL, the same app tells you it won't ever sync, and you'll soon find it out any ways... Thunderbird is no longer an option. I don't like its "newer" signing/encrypting support, it's not at all integrated with GPG, except for setting your private key, as it was for an external devide, since it's current "librnp" solution doesn't deal with external devices keeping private keys. As a work aorund for Thunderbird's decision, one can use "sequoia octopus librnp", however that is still a pain, since at times a Thunderbird update leaves the "sequoia octopus librnp" useless (a rebuild some time helps, but some times a new version is requires), and one has to revert thunderbird given the incompatibility. Perhaps distros officially supporting "sequoia octopus librnp", and building thunderbird altogether with it, might find this as a good work around, but not so for the ones not using such distros. I think kmail has way better GPG integration, but disastrous, and the worst ics/ical remote web calendar. However the later may perhaps be worked around, much better than working GPG integration support around. Maybe... Please let me know if you're aware of such app. I can perfectly use an user cron job if in need, but if there's something I can start when launching the desktop, that might be easier (kontact and company are desktop appas any ways). I don't use systemd, so those systemd user daemons and timers are really useless to me, sorry about that limitation. If it's plain text it's fine, if it uses a GUI, I o prefer Qt, but I can use a GTK one as well. Note, in other posts I've asked about separate applications, that would achieve some similar to kontact and company, but independent apps, like one serving a local dav, another one, or the same one serving a local ics/ical calendar, and another one serving local dav contacts, but all must sync with remote services, and then another app, being an email client which really integrates GPG, which and interacts with the local dav + ics/ical calendars and contacts. All apps cna have their own widgets, or better yet their own notification area/tray icons to interact with, and other applications can interact with them. Just like davdroid + icsdroid + etar, + lineageos contacts + openKeyChain + K9mail, do altogether on a phone. But I never got any alternative on the GNU+Linux desktop (and later on, on a GNU+Linux phone). So, AFAIK, kontact + company, although really bloated, installing zillions of stuff, is the closest, and oh well, they are Qt apps, :) Thanks a lot !



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