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Virtual Distro Hopping


Hi there,

I have been using #Devuan on #Virtualbox for while when I decided to change distro because Devuan is stuck in the transition of #Xfce4 to the newer version.

Hence I decided to to some (virtual) #distrohopping, to find a replacement, mainly #rollingdistro but I started with #Fedora.

With Fedora the installation was fine just a small issue to make the shared folders working. But afterward I decided to move on rolling system and I selected #... show more

Give a try to Sabayon, Calculate or Gentoo before settling with Debian. You may get surprised.

I am not even sure if Sabayon is still active as project, however I don't see the point to use Gentoo on a Virtual Machine with limited resources...

Would have liked to read about your experiences with Obarun. It is arch based and I used it only on bare metal. Install is pretty simple.


Look at this:

https://lizards.opensuse.org/2019/10/09/opensuse-wsl-images-in-obs/

At a certain point M$ has to stop selling licenses for developing because Devs can get tired of this behave when have plenty of LinuxOS for free and M$ doesn't want go against the devs like did in the 80's, 90's and at the beginning of the 2000. The only solution is an Open Source stack on top of sort kind of wrap around WSL toward exclusively Azure...

RMS survived this wave of smear (second wave), now we need to see who runs the FSF



RMS did not fail!


Dear @JoeRessington of #LateNightLinux I heard your episode 73 and I can't allow some comments you did.

Let me also say to you that you speak about #Linux, #opensource and #freesoftware but you don't have even a federated/fediverse account, for the sake of what you profess it would be nice having you here for a real confrontation.

You stated that #RMS failed on all the fields he challenged, but this a lie as well as a misconception. Without RMS we would not have #GNU, the #GPL and con... show more

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do you mean confrontation or discussion?

Good question... Maybe both... Sometimes is hard finding the right words...



Alias in Fish Shell


Hi Fish Shell users,

I have a question, I am trying to create a config file where I stored all my recurrent actions however it doesn't work. I don't understand why, the only hypothesis I have is that you have to create each command separated which will be pretty annoying.

┬─[devuan@devuan:~]─[03:27:34 PM]
╰─>$ ls .config/fish/functions/
aliases.fish  fish_prompt.fish
┬─[devuan@devuan:~]─[03:28:00 PM]
╰─>$ cat .config/fish/functions/aliases.fish 
### Alias

function updt --description 'alias updt sudo apt update'
    sudo apt update $argv;
end


function safe --description 'alias safe sudo apt upgrade'
    sudo apt upgrade $argv;
end

function full --description 'alias full sudo apt full-upgrade'
    sudo apt full-upgrade $argv;
end

function instl --description 'alias instl sudo apt install'
    sudo apt install $argv;
end

function asearch --description 'alias asearch apt search'
     apt search $argv;
end

function aasearch --description 'alias aa
... show more
#linux #shell #fishshell #gnu #opensource #freesoftware #bash alias fish shell linux

Daniel reshared this.

No one is fishing? 😥



The hidden issues of Devuan


Hi there,

I am using Devuan Testing as daily driver on a Virtual Machine every day as main desktop for almost everything and I am a bit concerned about something that might become a real issue.

For its entire cycle and even when Debian Buster was released at every update I have been having this output:

The following packages have been kept back:
  elogind libelogind0 libpam-elogind


These three packages that are fundamentals for Devuan haven't received an updated for at least one year, this is not really the best practice to make an operative system safe. This three packages are a vulnerability and make Devuan a distro unsafe to use on any scenario.

I hope they are doing to make something to improve the security of Devuan keeping these three packages updated and safes.

#devuan #debian #linux #gnu #initfree #freesoftware #opensource



Gnu question of the day


The #gnuquestionoftheday is:

Why do we have a tons of non-linear editing systems available on #Gnu & #Linux and just a bunch of image editing applications?

The count:

1. #Openshot
2. #Shotcut
3. #Flowblade
4. #Kdenlive
5. #Pitivi
6. #Kino

And just:

1. #Gimp
2. #Krita
3. #MtPaint ... 😅

Is it easier create a nle rather than an image manipulation software?

As a matter of fact we have also more raw image processors:

1. #ufraw
2. #rawtherapee
3. #lightzone
4. #Darktable

and if we add also photo organizers at the same list:

5. #Shotweel
6. #Fotoxx
7. #Digikam
8. #Hugin
9. #Shotwell

That is pretty weird isn't it? 😁

#foss #floss #freesoftware #photo #video #videoediting #photomanipulation

p.s. better the #linuxquestionoftheday? 🤔

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Pinta I think is not anymore in developing and Java software aren't never considered for definition... And about Hugin, I have been a little bit elastic...



Distro personal crisys (an open letter to myself... )


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... show more

@Debacle

Thanks for sharing that video, it was very interesting.



Gimp 2.10.12 released


That's cool! 👍

Recently Gimp is going very well! 😀

https://www.gimp.org/news/2019/06/12/gimp-2-10-12-released/

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



Misadventure in GUIX #2


Last time I tried GuixSD, I was unable to install it on Virtual Box, but with the latest build I was able to install it as any other distro...

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... show more
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Thank you very much for mentoring me, actually I was unable to find or create the configuration system file.

So until I don't understand how where it is or how to create it, I'll be likely unable to achieve anything.

Just another question but if gdm is not installed but just "linked" to my profile how can I remove it? Manually?

Thanks... 🍺

If you used the graphical installer, the system declaration file is probably /mnt/etc/config.scm.

I'm not sure to understand your question, however. "installed" really means "associated to your profile" so GDM cannot be "associated" but not "installed".



Debian freezing


So boring when Debian is stuck on the freezing cycle... 😩

#debian #linux #freesoftware #foss #floss #frozen
#debian #linux #freesoftware #foss #floss #frozen Debian Linux

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@Fernando Santagata During freeze even sid slows down significantly. You need to go for experimental for the extra kick.

@Debacle

Yep, that's true indeed... No remedies... 😩



Devuan Testing with runit


For reason that I will not explain I use a lot Linux inside a virtual machine. I have been using for a long time the Raspberry PI Desktop because supposedly extremely light, but I got tired.

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
#systemd #Devuan #runit #linux #gnu #freesoftware #floss #foss #opensource #systemdfree floss foss freesoftware fsf gnu linux opensource runit runit systemdfree



GNU Guix 1.0 System Distribution & Transactional Package Manager Released


GNU Guix 1.0.0 released — 2019 — Blog — GNU Guix


https://www.gnu.org/software/guix/blog/2019/gnu-guix-1.0.0-released/

This distro is so cool, I look forward to make it my main distro.
There are a tons of points that make this distro so thrilling but two are actually my favorites:
  • systemd free. GuixSD uses the Shepherd init system, formerly knwon as DMD (Daemon managing Daemons), it uses daemons to initialize and run services.
  • Nix package manager that allows different versions of a same applications, rolls back, sandboxes, applications per users.
It runs only Free Software so you need an hardware 100% compatible with FreeSoftware.

#linux #gnu #fsf #freesoftware #floss #foss #opensource #guix #nix #systemdfree
#linux #gnu #fsf #freesoftware #floss #foss #opensource #guix #nix #systemdfree floss foss freesoftware fsf gnu guix linux nix opensource systemdfree



Gimp 2.10.10 available for macOS


Hi folks,

for the ones who have an Apple Computer, I don't have it but I use one at my job, the brand new Gimp 2.10.10 is available for #macOS as well!

www.gimp.org

#gimp #gnu #freesoftware #floss #foss #libregraphic
#macOS #gimp #gnu #freesoftware #floss #foss #libregraphic floss foss freesoftware gimp gnu libregraphic



The pointlessness of the FSF endorsed distros based on Ubuntu...


A pure Free-Software distro is a very hard ambition as well as an hard goal to accomplish, you have to deal with your hardware and if your hardware is not compliance with the free Software it is almost impossible running a pure libre distro. But back to time when even installing a standard distro was an impossible task, Ubuntu came out helping a lot of people making easier installing linux on whatever hardware. However we have to flip the point of observation, at the beginning there were just free drivers mostly made through reverse engineering, most of them were too buggy or unreliables, and the few closed drivers were hard to obtain or unavailable to the end users. Hence running a linux distro and having a laptop or a PC with 100% hardware recognized was very hard to achieve but not for Ubuntu. Ubuntu made easy installing blob binaries on Linux and making your hardware properly working, cool! All of we are in debt with Canonical for this because Ubuntu broken this barrier and helped all the distro to achieve the same, pointing the direction to follow. The main point is Ubuntu used... show more
#linux #ubuntu #debian #freesoftware #fsf #libresoftware #softwarelibre #linuxlibre #gnu #floss #inux debian floss freesoftware fsf gnu libresoftware linuxlibre softwarelibre ubuntu

Carrying water for software owners is a compromise. Debian hosting non free software is a waste of resources that should go to making better free software. Allowing someone to set up a tent to install non free software outside of a FSF event, as long as the person dresses up as a devil, is not such a compromise, it's just another way of telling people that non free software gives an evil third party control of your computer. I think that Debian did a better job of shielding users from non free software than Ubuntu did, but they can do better still by dropping it all on the floor.

Debian hosting non free software is a waste of resources that should go to making better free software. Allowing someone to set up a tent to install non free software outside of a FSF event, as long as the person dresses up as a devil, is not such a compromise
#specialpleading #splittinghairs

of course it is a compromise. it is just an acceptable compromise. but it is a compromise. if it werent, then “as long as the person dresses up as a devil” would be irrelevant. the “deal” and the “compromise” are practically the same thing. “if you dress like this and stay out of the room, you can be part of our event whereas you werent before.” you might as well say that as long as you put a big warning on cigarettes, it isnt a compromise to allow them to be sold instead of banned. (im not against the move from the fsf, but its a very silly argument that it isnt a compromise.)