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I only linked a Lunduke article because it included all of the tweets and was easy to find quickly, and his editorial on it was limited and avoidable while still getting the main information.


It’s pretty well covered here: https://lunduke.substack.com/p/elementary-os-is-imploding?s=r (https://archive.ph/vNEY2)

Basically, the money is running low, and Cassidy decided he’d rather go get a full-time job elsewhere than stay in the situation. Danielle believed that meant that the company would be able to buy the shares Cassidy held back from Cassidy. Cassidy didn’t believe that’s how it should be; he wanted to keep his shares. Danielle didn’t like that, so the two parties proceeded to argue about it (which Danielle would subsequently take to Twitter).

At this point lawyers are involved.




I think if someone is linking to a book they should be allowed to link to Amazon if they want. People shouldn’t hassle them about it. If they’d rather people see a different link they can reply with that link.


From a quick search it looks like as recently as 2017 the main deciding factor was the “good alternative” votes. (When you hover over an entry it asks if it’s a good alternative and gives the thumbs up/down options.)

Assuming that’s right it’s probably ranked based on number/percentage of people clicking the thumbs up vs the thumbs down in response to that.




It looks like they’re just saying they’re still working on it and included the screenshot as proof.


nutomic talked about some of this earlier today in a different thread: https://lemmy.ml/post/70280


Fair enough. If I come across anything I’ll come back to this post.


You can add other programs to do that. Like instead of launching Steam from Kodi you could launch Kodi from Steam.


You can add other games and programs to Steam to launch them, so that’s why I’m wondering what else you’re looking for.


What do you need that Steam’s Big Picture mode can’t do?


I used to watch his videos quite a bit, but I gave up on them. He’s showcased some decent Linux things before, and he occasionally has a good point about other things, but Luke is an idiot about most things. For example with the coronavirus stuff he believes there’s nothing to it outside of a normal seasonal flu and that it’s all about “political ends”. (I don’t use 4chan, so I don’t know what the general view there is, but I remember people joking that he bought into every meme from /g/, so it wouldn’t surprise me if that’s where some of his other views come from.)

He likes to talk up his independence, but it sounds like his current situation is made possible solely because of family. He mentioned (only once I think) that he had some sort of inheritance when he was looking for property to buy, and then he wound up getting a good deal on his house from family. He lives out in the country and is able to survive because of a massive number of things that he constantly speaks out against (like roads for example but also social media).

The general hypocrisy he constantly displays is pretty comical too. He’ll tell his viewers how bad cell phones are, but he has one that he uses (he used to say that he only had/used it because his parents had him on their plan). He’ll tell his viewers how dumb college is and that they shouldn’t go, but he’s working on a PhD in linguistics (it might make sense for someone to go, get a bachelor’s degree, and still speak negatively about it, but to go as far as he has it’s just hypocritical). He’ll tell his viewers how they shouldn’t play games because they’re a pointless waste of time, but he has games on his computer including a full Nintendo 64 ROM set, and he has a physical N64 that was on his desk in a video once. (When the ROMs were visible in a video he said he just has them for nostalgia but doesn’t play them, and someone commented that they’re expecting to see a full collection of Playboy magazines that Luke just has for nostalgia and never looks at.) He’ll complain about consumers, but he participated in Black Friday sales because he really wanted something (I guess unlike the other people who bought stuff that day). And on it goes.

One funny thing is that he was saying that anti-systemd talk is cringe with no basis to it. Then within very little time he was talking about how he uses Artix now because it doesn’t have “soystemd”. (Personally, I don’t know enough either way to say anything, I just think the flip is funny.) I think he’s just someone who takes strong stances on things he doesn’t know enough to be taking such strong stances about.


Trackball. I’ve been using an Elecom Huge since last December, and I prefer it over any other mouse I’ve had, but I’ve never used a vertical mouse.


You’re welcome. His book, Just for Fun, is pretty interesting if you like reading about that sort of stuff.

Publisher’s page: https://www.harpercollins.com/products/just-for-fun-linus-torvaldsdavid-diamond?variant=32118179364898

Archive.org borrow-able version: https://archive.org/details/justforfun00linu

It can also be found on Library Genesis.


He mostly got Minix because it was what the book he was inspired by used and talked about, so it’s what he knew about. He had to pay quite a bit of money for it from the bookstore (in his autobiography he notes that comically you could buy the book at the computer store, but because there was so little interest in buying Minix you had to special order it from the book store).

From there he made Linux because he didn’t like a lot of things about Minix, namely the terminal emulator.

I’ll summarize some of where he talked about it all in his autobiography:

First, he bought the book Operating Systems: Design and Implementation by Andrew S. Tanenbaum, the book he credits with changing his life. (In his autobiography he talked about how everybody has a book that’s changed their life and then lists books including The Holy Bible as examples before naming the book that fits that bill for him.)

The next year in school was going to be the first time his school used Unix, and the Operating Systems book used Tanenbaum’s Unix clone, Minix.

Because of all of that, Linus decided he wanted to get a computer with a 386 that he could run Unix on (at the time he only had a Sinclair QL), and he planned to run Minix on it because that’s what was covered in his book. (His school had a MicroVAX running Ultrix, Digital Equipment Corporation’s version of Unix.) But he couldn’t afford one at first, so his only access was going to be by connecting to the school’s new computer with his Sinclair.

Then, on January 2, 1991 he went in to make his purchase (on credit):

It was at one of these small corner shops, sort of a mom-and-pop computer store, only in this case it was just pop. I didn’t care about the manufacturer, so I settled on a no-name, white-box computer. The guy showed you a price list and a smorgasbord of what CPU was available, how much money, what disk size. I wanted power. I wanted to have 4 megabytes of RAM instead of 2 megabytes. I wanted 33 megahertz. Sure, I could have settled for 16 megahertz, but no, I wanted top of the line.

Then, they built it, and he picked the computer up three days later. The computer came with a version of DOS, so he ordered a copy of Minix which took over a month to get to Finland. (He notes that the cost was “$169 plus taxes, plus conversion factor, plus whatever. I thought it was outrageous at the time. Frankly, I still do.”)

(Fun side note: He spent the month waiting for Minix playing Prince of Persia on his new computer. )

When he got it he immediately set about installing it via the 16 floppy disks it came on. He spent his whole weekend getting used to it and finding things he liked and (more importantly) didn’t like about it. He says that since Minix was only meant to be a teaching aid it was purposely crippled in bad ways.

The biggest letdown he had with Minix was terminal emulation.

So, he decided he was going to create his own terminal emulator, but he wanted to do it at the hardware level, not under Minix. To download and upload files from/to the school’s computer he needed a disk driver and a file system driver (which he planned to make compatible with Minix). And from there it went; that’s when he decided he was making an operating system.