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hmm, on official f-droid I only see 5.600 as stable… Perhaps we need to wait more to grab it from official f-droid…




The risk is not w11 actually (I don’t use ms-win, and people who use it don’t care about other OSs), it’s HW lock up. Most of the HW OEMs produce is oriented to ms-win on the desktop land (laptops and the like). And OEMs are already trying to be compliant with TPM requirements for w11, so since now we can see signs of what’s to come. But you’re right, there’s no crystal ball which can predict what’s going to happen.

Price wise, also specs wise, and availability everywhere, the HW produced specifically to support other OSs than just ms-win, doesn’t compare to what OEMs tend to produce, which usually is sold to the end user with ms-win on it… But we’ll see.


I’m wondering how the new blocking mechanism (smartblock 2.0) will play on LW. LW tends to disable that, in favor of uBlock Origin… I still re-eanble it, but need to pay attention when the config changes, :)…



cool that mull is found now on official f-droid repos, I had it installed from the divestos f-droid custom repo:

https://divestos.org/fdroid/official

Perhaps it’s better to use the the official f-drod one, I hope the official f-droid one doesn’t get updates too delayed compared to the divestos ones, :)


How about mull (on github) instead? I understand it’s based on arkenfox, and it’s like librewolf on android…



It would be interesting if movim were bridging to matrix, irc, and even other platforms such as mastodon, so one could see everything through movim/xmmp eyes, :) Does anyone know?..


Well, I also use LXQt + KWin, and it still uses less resources than plasma. The only thing that bothers me is the amount of dependencies imposed by KDE people on everything. Although I don’t use plasma, I need plasma-desktop installed in order to KWin to be properly configured. That said, I’ve tried several WM + compositor combinations (even compiz) with LXQt, and by far KWin is the best fit I’ve found, :)

Plasma does feel more integrated, but the amount of daemons and process running in the background plus dependencies is just crazy, hehe




Any f-droid alternative? Looks interesting…





Based on qt-webengine, which in turn depends on blink (meaning the chromium/chrome web engine). I hope there will be a non blink based librewolf like gnu+linux mobile browser. I know it would be way too much to ask it to be a Qt/QML based, since there would be a ton of work to make gecko work as a stand alone web engine, separate from the browser gui, but that would be ideal, :)

But it’s great to see native alternatives for gnu+linux phones.


Perhaps, but there’s performance penalty, :( Qt should be ok on mobile AFAIK, though it seems now the trend is c++ disliking. Granted it’s harder. On the positive side, at least it’s not electron, :)


well, it’s not v3, it’s v2. There’s an axolotl issue about that. And that made me aware of 2 other projects, whisperfish, which I’m not that interested on, and flare which does look really promising (though I don’t understand why the preference of qt-quick/qml over qt).

So, 2 additional gnu+linux clients you might take a look at… Though none of them supports the new groups v2 yet.


Native linux? Does axolotl count? If so, it’s been there for a while, and keeps being developed and maintained AFAIK… Ubuntu touch delivers a gnu+linux phone binary as well.


surprisingly they’re creating a Open Insulin Foundation


One interesting side thing to notice is that now HLS is being done through Scala as well. I was aware of C++ mainly, also C, and certain python HLS projects, but not scala… That’s most probably chisel though…



Free/Libre is associated with the 4 essential freedoms:

  • The freedom to run the program as you wish, for any purpose (freedom 0).
  • The freedom to study how the program works, and change it so it does your computing as you wish (freedom 1). Access to the source code is a precondition for this.
  • The freedom to redistribute copies so you can help others (freedom 2).
  • The freedom to distribute copies of your modified versions to others (freedom 3). By doing this you can give the whole community a chance to benefit from your changes. Access to the source code is a precondition for this.

Like the ones defined for free SW. However open source is more concerned about the source code being open and of free distribution. The rule of thumb (though to make sure, one has to make sure if its license is been recognized by the corresponding organization), is that if it’s free/libre, then in general it’s open source, but not the other way around. For example the openBSD license is open source, but not free/libre…

From licenses stand point, enterprises and companies prefer to build on top of open source, given the ones that are open source but not free/libre, don’t impose exposing modifications of the open component of the commercial products, or to end users for example, thus protecting “competitive advantages and such”, whereas free/libre do. That was part of the considerations taken by the risc-v creator and organization, to get a wider adoption it was preferred to use an open source scheme for the ISA, which would attract more companies able to invest on new processors without the “concern” about free/libre licenses.

I do have a biased opinion about “free/libre vs. open source”, but I tried to refrain from exposing that too much, :) Most open source proponents enforce the idea they are the same, but in principle at least they are not, :)



Grub 2.06 Update changes : archlinux

Not sure if now grub finally supports decrypting luks2 encrypted boot partitions. Hopefully it does… One of the commenters mentioned it…



plasma mobile looks pretty nice, and pine 64 recently selected manjaro as default distro and plasma mobile as default graphics shell… Qt then looks like a pretty good alternative.


Yes, you described it correctly. I’ll take a look at Picard. Thanks !


hot to move old ogg metadata gotten from freedb to musicbrainz

Hi ! Perhaps someone can let me know how to move the ogg metadata for a bunch of ogg files, gotten from ripping several CDs, but using freedb gathered metadata, to musicbrainz gathered metadata. …


yeap, my mistake… Though if you forget about finance speculation, which big players do, and affect the currency value, the original idea of not depending on banks to do transactions is a very good one. Sadly big players, when seeing an opportunity, will definitely take it… an yes, I always forget blockchains make transactions identifiable and traceable…

Perhaps the original intend is what’s not bad at all, though crypto currencies ended up not fulfilling them…


There’s one feature, not common to ALL crypto currencies though. Decentralizing finances. We’re currently at the mercy of banks, which get richer and richer… Actually I believe that is which motivated the bitcoin creation, get rid of banks intermediation… Every single fiat currency transaction has consequences benefiting only banks…

The other, also associated only to decentralized crypto currencies, which I like, is respecting privacy. Though that can and has been misused. But with current way of managing fiat currency, be that credit/debit cards, be that bank transactions, you’ve been tracked all along, your consumption habits (what you buy), your location (where you buy), and your whole life can be inferred with current ways of handling currencies.

And central and government controlled crypto currencies are as bad as fiat currency, though for some countries that might be a way to escape from the $s transactions which can ban any country they like from participating… But otherwise, they are as bad…

So yes, I like the idea which originally motivated decentralized crypto currencies.

And for those who believe there wouldn’t been illegal traffic of whatever, just because decentralized currencies might go away, think twice. There’s always been currency laundry, and there have always been fiscal paradises. And illegal commerce and abuses of whatever nature have always existed, even before there were decentralized crypto currencies… So I don’t buy the idea that by killing decentralized crypto currencies that evil goes away…

I’m only sad most countries don’t allow using decentralized crypto currencies for legal transactions, so most people would benefit from that, and not only the ones using them for illegal ones. I’m wondering if the interest is more in favor of banks than regular people, which in the end keep enriching bankers with current way of things…

I guess that might be another way of looking at things, :)


That’s the bad thing about open ISAs, open ISA != open HW (risc-v BTW is not a libre ISA, it’s an open ISA)…

However, SiFive contributes a lot to the open source SW community around risc-v and promotes risc-v even among other companies not buying SiFive SoCs/boards… And there’s no story yet about ME on SiFive SoCs that I’m aware of… On the other side, if it ends up happening, who knows what priority intel will give to the risc-v SoCs. All that is to be seen, if the offer materializes… SiFive could have been the one providing risc-v SoCs for sort of pine64, but with risc-v instead of arm. Not sure if intel prizing schemes would make that possible for example…

BTW, intel, amd, apple and qualcom, all have been found in one way or another abusing privacy through HW (be that ME or other mechanisms which expose somehow the SoC’s usage), so more of that would really be sad as well, for those waiting for non, or at least less intrusive alternatives.

The other somehow worrying thing about intel, is its commercial strategy, and possible implications on competing risc-v other SoCs providers…

Although I saw the comments on reddit, I don’t agree with the general consensus there… But it’s a bit too early to tell though. We’ll see. The only certain thing is that all that is really out of the control of most of us, :)







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