tl;dr I think this is something that happens from time to time but I think I need to change distro for a while. And I just realized this long post is for me, because I have to deal with my ideals and I am not really happy to do that, but I am not having fun with Debian recently and I need to solve it.
After ten years of #Debian I see Debian changing in something that I don't recognize or I don't feel comfortable with it. Many years ago Debian was also synonymous of innovations, on every fields, today what happens in Debian is, along to slow, behind the scene, like the Risc-V port but for the Desktop area there is nothing exciting and since the #systemd debate I had the feelings that Debian simply refused to lead in favor on just following the events. I mean I am really prone to think if tomorrow Ubuntu is shipped with Just snaps that Debian will follow the same, honestly DEB/DPKG/APT are just old as sysvinit and if you changed the latter there is no reason why you can't change even the former.
Today there are a tons of very good Desktop oriented distros, it is just me and Debian that we are stick like ten years ago. Today we have community project like #ElementaryOS, #ZorynOS or #LinuxMint, and sponsored distros like the same #Ubuntu, #PureOS and #Pop OS!. Without forgetting #ArchLinux, #Fedora and #Opensuse #Leap and #Tumbleweed. I probably will not choice the last three big; and among the ones I quoted early only PureOS is a Debian (testing) based distro, and the #Purism is also the only company that gives back to Debian, which makes PureOS a really strong candidate however because my laptop is a System76 one probably I will end to install Pop_OS!
When I bought my laptop the first thing I did was to erase any trace of *buntu... I really can't handle Canonical, it is from when Ubuntu just meant "I am unable to install Debian", I really don't like the behavior of Canonical in every sense, this is why I would not ever use a distro based on Ubuntu.
What, from my point of view, makes Debian superior respect the other distro available is because the DSFG, because it can't be only about technology! Technology without ethic is dangerous for all us and produce pollution, weapons, etc... Technology with an ethical approach produces wellness for everyone and produces also free software and distros like Debian.
This is why I am really reluctant to leave Debian even if for a while; and #GuixSD is not ready yet for a desktop use, and probably it is not even desktop oriented. But in Debian there is not space if you aren't a devs and the Debian users aren't really prone to accept changes and every debate in Debian fall down because Debian must be Debian as is known while you can change constantly if you respect your ideals.
The informatics is my entertainment and today I am not really happy with Debian, hence I am looking around. I am watching Pop_OS! closely.It is based on two of the pieces of software that I like the lesser, Ubuntu and #Gnome3, however it is modern and it works as a modern distro should do. For example it was able to install the "virtual box guest additions" out of the box, it recognized the executable file inside the "virtual cd" automatically. That was pretty impressive, at least for me. With Pop_os!/Ubuntu I can install all the QT applications as snap by default and keep my system clean while I have the snap software always updated.
Those are cool things, that aren't important in order to make your computer or OS usable, so I don't pretend that Debian must follow the same path, but, as a matter of fact today Debian is not following any path if not just collecting upstream software to produce a stable distro (IMHO). I am confident that in the future Debian will shine again, probably the competition with GuixSD will trigger this change, but in the meantime I will install Pop_Os!
#gnu #foss #floss #linux #freesoftware #linuxdesktop
Recently Gimp is going very well! 😀
I also take the opportunity to become patreon of Øyvind Kolås, which is the main developer of babl/GEGL, the latter is the framework that will make GIMP even better!
#gimp #gnu #freesoftware #photo-manipulation #floss #foss #digital-art #digital
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And I considered it as another confirmation about the fact that anyone of us should always support only true community project.
#go #programming #computerscience #linux #freedom #golanguage #Golang
This is already a big success and then I tried to explore a bit how it works... The main goal for now is to install the "guest addition" in order to have better performance on the VM.
The first limit I found is the documentation, actually I always have been finding the Linux man pages uneasy to understand, somehow cryptic, with improbably examples. Anyway, First thing I tried to understand if there were collections that can help to get all the packages I needed for the build from source but I didn't find any. I found some packages that download with them a lot of others packages, so basically I had should be ready.
Then I inserted the virtual cd but there wasn't any virtual cd. I checked the setting of the DE, I installed XFCE4, and everything was already properly set up then I thought maybe was a matter of permits and groups. Actually I wasn't in cdrom group so I tried to add my user but there wasn't the package, then I installed the package but it didn't work as well. Thus reading the documentation, I understood that you have to edit or modify a configuration file (https://www.gnu.org/software/guix/manual/en/guix.html#Using-the-Configuration-System), where it lies it still a mistery for me, but I admit that was my fault, I am not so smart. However after a while reading many times the documentation I gave up temporarily.
My second objective was to uninstall GDM3 for installing SLIM, I don't need GDM3 with Xfce4, thus I tried to figure out if a package is installed or not, so far I saw you can know almost everything about a package but not if this is installed. So far I saw, I said, so probably it was my fault again.
After that I decided to install an editor, to start I would install Geany, but not available, then I said that even Mousepad was fine, but unavailable. This made me suspicious... And I queried again through the terminal to see how many gui and user friendly editors were available on GuixSD and... and... and... panic!
As I might be expected from the official FSF Linux distro, it is practically wrapped around Emacs... That was too much for me, and hence I power off the VM and decided to take at least another week before to launch GuixSD again; but I am still confident eventually I will be able to use it.
#linux #guix #guixsd #fsf #freesoftware #opensource #foss #floss #noob #LinuxDesktop #linuxdistros
It is not a novelty the only theme that works with the GTK3 is Adwaita, for the Gnome people you must use their DE like they want and if you are in disagreed you are just an ignorant dumb; but it doesn't make sense why a DE want control the software you use so in depth, starting from systemd. And the third parties aren't different, who cares about your identity? Release your brand assets as GPL and you resolve all your issues... Want monetize your effort? Cool, put your application on android or ios, and keep off your mask.
Continues with this shit and you will kill free software definitely...
Hence I decided to install another Debian derivative and just because I am a huge fan of #systemd I installed #Devuan testing plus #runit as init system and let me say that, even if I also encrypted the virtual disk, the distro runs like a charm and it is somehow faster than Raspberry PI with systemd, the boot is faster and generally the DE is quite performing. I always thought that Xfce has been always superior than Lxde, so it was not a surprise that feelings I am having.
Also the use of Slim instead of Lightdm makes the distro faster after the login, as a matter of fact lightdm is another bottleneck. The sensation is the OS is more responsive even because runit, which just works as an init...
I'll keep you posted about Devuan and runit!
#linux #gnu #freesoftware #floss #foss #opensource #systemdfree
At least for one time System76 were been able to let me say something positive about you! 🍻
#linux #system76 #firmware #ubuntu #laptop #laptops
Many times I see posts that starting in English which is the most common ground to communicate among the others that end filled up in any others languages than English, along the fact that is unkindly and annoying, it goes in the opposite way of the inclusion which should be the reason why a social network exists.
It is true that Mastodon resolved it brilliantly but in Diaspora and Friendica you can't exclude topics because the language that means is up to the users take the task to avoid cross languages in any topic.
However I see there isn't any desire to avoid that behavior and people are quite careless about that, hence I think I will start to ignore all the people that do not respect this very simple, unwritten and basic rule.
#languages #diaspora #friendica #fediverse #federation #people #respect #inclusion
hoergen doesn't like this.
Ubuntu also decided to focus on a smaller set of packages respect to Debian, from which it derivates, and it takes care only the packages available on the "main" repo while all the others are in the "universe" repo and are handled by the community. However to release Ubuntu the packages in "universe" don't need to be bugs free like the ones in Debian. As a matter of fact Debian is released when all the critical bugs are closed, then basically all the packages in Debian stable are working while, even in a Ubuntu LTS, the packages that are in the universe repo can still be buggy.
An Ubuntu LTS can have software more updated than a Debian Stable but the latter is 100% reliable and secure. Ubuntu takes care only of the packages that are strategic for the Canonical's business and has several partnerships with hardware and softwares vendors to provide binaries blobs and closed software on his platform in the name of the pragmatism and customers satisfaction. Fine, but now is clear that Ubuntu is not the best choice for a pure linux distro, when you take out from Ubuntu the closed softwares you lost all the points that make Ubuntu a pragmatic distro and eventually you have just a distro with an unusual repositories organization and with most of those packages available quite buggy.
Even FSF noticed that and as a matter of fact they switched from Ubuntu to Debian for their gNewSense distro. It is important to remember that Debian was financed, long time ago, by the FSF itself because it actually promotes free software by default but it is not restrictive like the FSF does and that caused a separation that still continues.
My suggestion is, if you like to have a FSF endorsed distro based on deb you had better to avoid any Ubuntu derivates and move on the ones based on Debian like the already mentioned gNewSense or PureOS and don't forget that Debian is 100% free software by default.
#linux #ubuntu #debian #freesoftware #fsf #libresoftware #softwarelibre #linuxlibre #gnu #floss
I am so happy to have get rid off gmeil...
#html #web #email #google #freedom #privacy #degooglify #freeinternet #gmail
I am in the process to move everything from my old gmeil account to my brand new mailbox.org account.
Mailbox has a very nice webui however it lacks of some features respect gmeil and it is not fast as the gugl service. It doesn't mean that is not good, but it can't still compete with gmeil at the same level. Thus while with gmeil I stopped to use any desktop client as I used to do, because mostly useless, with Mailbox I started to use Mozilla Thunderbird again.
I have completely forgot about the pleasure of use an email client, In first place it has been very useful to move all the emails I needed from gmeil to mailbox seamlessly, pretty cool indeed; but then I started to use all the cool features that Thunderbird has.
For example Mailbox still not support labels while Thunderbird can use tags, so I was able to organize all my emails very quickly in I way I like. Another aspect is checking the email with Thunderbird is faster than with the Mailbox webmail, and now at home I am using just Thunderbird, while at work, since the moment I don't need to check constantly my personal emails, the webmail works fine for me and it is nicely to use. The webmail has the category like gmeil, but while with gmeil I never used this fuction (always had the feeling that you couldn't modify how those work) in Mailbox you can organize what displaying in these categories, that helps to avoid having too much unread messages in the main mailbox.
I was also able to connect my xmpp mail box account in Thunderbird as well the calendar. I am pretty happy with Thunderbird now, it reminds me at the old time when gmeil still sucked. Without the megapowa of Gugl suddenly Thunderbird appeared to me as a super cool client and with the dark theme and all the emails colored by the tags the look and feel is absolutely cool! More pleasant than Gmeil.
Long life to Mozilla Thunderbird! 🍻