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Doesn’t cover tiling wm’s but Phoronix did an interesting benchmark on gaming performance on kde vs gnome (and wayland vs x11) recently. That at least indicates that between those options the DE does not matter. https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=ubuntu2110-wayland-xorg&num=1


To be perfectly honest. Probably the most horrible website text I’ve ever read. But the software on the other hand might be exactly the thing I was looking for. (anyone know of any other open source alternatives out there?)


I also like to think of it this way. Even if Mastodon gets “centralized” we will at least not have a hard barrier forcing us to only use that centralized instance. If that centralized instance fucks up, there is at least always the possibility to create and join a new instance. Without the risk of losing contact with all the people on the old instance.

If Facebook fucks up, we can’t spin up a new facebook instance.

I don’t mind “soft centralization” as long as it allows for decentralization.


Well, it is also evil that someone is hungry for sure. But that does not automatically give someone the permission to steal from someone else and potentially making someone else hungry. Like i said, it depends on a lot of factors. You can reduce the moral cost of this all depending on how you steal the food. For example dumpster diving is possibly illegal or in a gray area in many countries but there’s almost no “moral cost” for that. On the opposite end of that gradient would be stealing from another child. Which would have a really high moral cost.


next 6 months does include early 2022 ;) With that said, depends on when the feature freeze for the LTS is.


This is not a yes or no question essentially. It depends on a lot of factors. Who are you stealing from? how hungry is the child? are there no social services that can help in a situation like this in your country?

I would say the following, it is not okay to steal if your child is hungry, but it might be a necessery evil.



First step would probably be to stop calling them normies.


well yes and no. I guess it depends on the context. But protests are made to amplify the message of a cause (amongst other reasons), ahd in this case, if they would had showed up at the office it would probably had been a lot smaller protest, and I probably wouldn’t had heard of it so… :P

with that said, there’s something odd about using someone’s service to protest the service. Sort of like going into mcdonalds to protest, but buying a hamburger and eating it at the same time. :P


Well I am referring to the social ecosystem of Linux rather than its code. How the social ecosystem will respond to this can obviously affect code if that’s the thing you are mostly focusing on. I mean for example if shitload of assholes inside the community harass a trans person for being trans then there’s a good chance that person will say “fuck it” and leave. Which would potentially negatively impact the projects said person was involved in.

If we manage to get over this threshold as a community then that can lead to great things. Just like with anything else you don’t really want to put the eggs in one basket. The more diverse the underlying community is, the stronger it becomes, and in my opinion, will increase code and communication quality greatly. I guess there’s a similarity between this and decentralization in software like Lemmy. ;)

If you want some more “direct connection” to code quality, then I could imagine that being stuck “in the closet” can really fuck up your mental health, which could result in bad code. so finally going through that step could potentially result in a lot better code quality.

But I guess what I really want to say is the following: Linux is more than just code


Well, Linux and its distro’s are more than just software. It’s a community, it’s a ecosystem, and it’s something that is greatly affected by the people who create it. Huge news in the personal lifes of some of our creators does often affect its development in one way or another IMHO.


This is the case of every 3rd party spotify client as far as i know, as the functionality on Spotify’s end needed for a 3rd party client to function is paywalled.


Slight nitpicking, sorry. But do note that EU does not equal Europe. The European Union covers a decent portion of Europe though but not all countries. To complicate things though there are complex deals between countries so often these laws also do go through local parliaments and get implemented in one way or another.


fun fact: In Icelandic we refer to people from the united states as “Bandaríkjamenn”, “Men of the United States”.


yeah, that’s the thing with security and privacy, you often have to sacrifice convenience for those two. The reason messages don’t get sent is because there is no server in between to send the messages. But in the case of signal the messages get sent to the server and then wait there for the other person to come online. So right now IMHO for a lot of people Signal is the best/least bad we can realistically use (at least in the context I live in). But Matrix is coming closer and closer, and I am looking forward to it.


There is no one answer to this question as more factors need to be weighed in on. For example the most secure way of messaging would be no messaging at all essentially.

One thing that has interested me for some time is that usually when people are weighing in on digital messaging security or privacy is that they usually just think of it “individually”. As in, from the perspective of one person using the messaging platform. Things change a bit when you had large groups of people.

For example, Like many have noted, Signal is probably not 100% to be trusted these days, but because of its ease of use and its popularity it manages to (somewhat) secure the communications of millions of people. While more secure/private solution can be more cumbersome to use and therefor less popular, but will manage to 99.99999% secure the communication of maybe hundreds of people.

So which one is better in this context. A platform managing to provide 50% security to millions of people, or a platform managing to provide 99.9% security to hundreds of people?

edit: in short. it depends on the context and the people you are trying to secure communications with. You have to make compromises here and there to reach the maximum realistic security for that group of people. My family and nearest friends for example use Signal but I am constantly keeping an eye on other solutions and waiting for them to become viable for my situation. (especially after Signal becoming less and less interesting by every day)


Was that an accidental pun you just made there? Either way. I almost spit out my morning coffee.

(tinfoil hats usually go over people’s heads)


All the others here in the comments have put up some pretty good answers for why privacy is important. All pretty good but there’s one point I heard couple of years ago that really stuck with me.

You see, my threat model isn’t really extreme. In my current position I don’t really need to worry much about the lack of privacy. What made me care about privacy though is the following:

Imagine a town where nobody cares about privacy as they “have nothing to worry about” so they all have their window blinds open and allow pretty much everyone to see into their daily lives. It’s the norm. Now imagine that in this town, it is considered evil and worthy of public shaming to have blond hair. In this town is one person with blond hair that has had to hide her hair color with a wig for all her life. But when she gets home she closes the blinds, takes off her wig and finally has a chance to be herself.

The rest of the town folks don’t see her blond hair, but they notice that she is the only one that occasionally covers her windows. She must be hiding something.

This is why privacy norms matter. Not necesserily to protect ourselves. But to protect others.


There’s no simple answer to that. Only time will tell.


Thank you for a very detailed and thought out answer.

In the end, we all do pick communities we feel at home at, so I do understand you, and I hope you will find a place where you will feel welcome and safe in. Godspeed.


Looking for a (desktop or self hosted) RSS reader with powerful filtering rules

I am currently using Liferea, and have a lot of RSS feeds, but I don’t care about the majority of the posts but would still like to receive them. So I am looking for an RSS reader that could potentially filter posts and apply rules to them according to content and metadata, similar to many email cli…