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Lots of good points here. I haven’t seen any successful federated platforms. One important thing the author forgets to mention is that these “centralized democratic systems” must be open source and self-hostable, which helps to keep their operators on their toes knowing that they are replaceable.

That’s a good point. I’d argue however that if you’re running malicious, unprivileged code on your desktop computer, you’re pretty much screwed regardless, since you likely use sudo frequently and it could just keylog your password. But there are certainly some security downsides to having too many packages installed.

That’s Gnome, not Manjaro. If I recall, the main Manjaro distribution is based on XFCE. If you care so much about bloating, why would you intentionally choose gnome, which is widely known to be heavy weight?

Disk space is the only factor. There’s no bigger attack surface you don’t use the packages.

What does bloated mean to you? What is the harm in having extra packages installed, if you don’t use them?

According to expert predictions, after 2024, graphene devices are expected to replace complementary metal oxide semiconductor devices.


While the technology is really cool, I really despise this sort of article that acts like it’s going to be the next big thing, when in fact that is anything but certain.

Yes. Apple is no longer able to guarantee to people that their credit card information is safe when running iOS applications, since those apps can now implement their own payment system that may store the card number insecurely. Users will no longer be able to view a full list of their app subscriptions through a central location, making it harder for them to cancel such subscriptions. Most importantly, this sets a horrible precedent for how an organization is allowed to set rules for which applications are distributed through its own store. What if one day a judge rules that Debian cannot legally exclude nonfree packages from its repositories?

I don’t like Apple’s rules. I will never buy one of their products for personal use. That being said, I believe they should be allowed to set the rules on their own app store. The “true” solution to the problem is a system like Android, where there’s still a central, moderated app store (Google Play being one example), but you can easily sideload applications or install a different store if you disagree with its moderation policy. It is the responsibility of users, not the government, to avoid closed systems such as iOS.

most versatile … pluggable

What makes vim any more versatile or pluggable than Emacs or VS Code?

Correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe Protonmail stores emails encrypted on disk. So yes, Protonmail could store the unencrypted messages as they arrive, but as long as they don’t have a warrant at the time the message is received, they can’t access it later.

Why is it wrong for Microsoft to provide software to the military and ICE, even while all free and open source projects are available to the military and ICE? Does the author also advocate that open source projects should be released under licenses that restrict such use?

But without the key feature of Protonmail, e2e encryption at rest. Almost all protonmail alternatives (tutanota being the exception) talk about “privacy” but don’t actually take this critical step.

If posteo is served a warrant or whatnot in whichever country it’s based, do you really think they’ll do anything differently than Protonmail anyway?

EDIT: I stand corrected. Posteo does in fact support encryption at rest (though I think it’s disabled by default): https://posteo.de/en/site/encryption#cryptomailstorage

That’s very interesting. I’ve updated my coment.

Buy purism system76 or framework to support official Linux hardware, else buy thinkpad for high quality and generally good Linux support

If you selfhost the email on your own hardware, then the IP will be apparent to anyone. If you selfhost it on somebody else’s hardware, they can be legally compelled to log your IP as happened here with proton. But if you aren’t committing any crimes, selfhosting either way is probably more private than proton, since you are more confident in what software is running, while with proton you have to trust that the frontend being served is actually the e2e encrypted one

Even if their were, proton company would have been legally required to trace their connection through proton VPN. Using tor would have been the better move.

EDIT: apparently swiss laws exempt VPNs from these sorts of legal issues.

It’s worth noting that Ubuntu Web is made by Rudra Saraswat. He’s something of a child prodigy Linux developer, but has a tendency not to maintain the distributions he creates for very long. If you use Ubuntu Web, don’t expect updates forever.

When you use Linux, it is most likely that you are using either the Fat32, or Ext4 file system. They are almost exactly the same.

Gobo linux still uses traditional filesystems such as ext4. The hierarchy is all that’s different. Furthermore, fat32 and ext4 are not “almost exactly the same”.





It also contains the folder for all of the variables.

What does this possibly mean? Variables are stored in memory only. A file that changes a lot is not called a “variable”.

it’s settings. Configurations, and data.

its settings, configurations, and data.

Your articles are much shorter than those posted on most blogs, so there is no excuse for not double checking your spelling and facts before posting them.