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A petition to free Cycas CAD

There was this # software that always captured my attention but I haven't tried though. And although the website seems still updated the last version available is from the far 2008.

From the screenshot it seems build natively for Linux with the X11 libraries, it would be nice asking to owners if they are willing to open code. They could be also crowdfund the code as did by Blender.

Do you believe it is worth making an attempt with an online petition?

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Nothing move since..... 2006 : :(! But ought be interresting, yes:)!

Playing around with EndeavourOS

Today I had been playing around with #, I was doing #, and even if I had some initial quirks I found the experience pleasant.

I mean the only reason why # hasn't a normal installer it is just arbitrary and it is a strategy to avoid to have too many people requesting assistance for nothing. It is a good strategy indeed, I did a full installation once, made a ton of disasters and never played with it anymore.

But this is a friendly way to install Arch... I am not sure I will install EndeavorOS on a real machine, I am not interested in Arch since I do not share the same vision, I prefer the way how # handles technology... show more

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I have been following # from episode 70. I am not a supporter but it is one of the podcast I listen weekly. And I have noticed, as many other similar podcast, that for them the deb based distro end with *buntu. And even if they did, on episode 72, an interview with Chris Lamb of # their approach hasn't change very much, and without Rocco probably has got even worst.

Now dear friends let me tell you an obviously that without Debian probably Ubuntu would never exist and let me also say that once you try Debian you never come back to Ubuntu. But the way you treat Debian and related project like # clearly show that you haven't done well your homework and for that still continue to speak just of *buntus.

I suggest you to try Debian in depth to understand well the project wholly not only on the technological part. I mean the approximations and commonplaces I heard constantly about the Debian project are quite unjustifiable.

Let me finish pointing out that your main sponsor uses Debian for its infrastructure...


# # # #

Not trying to diminish Debian at all, but I work for System76 and we use Ubuntu as the base for Pop!_OS. Ubuntu has packaged drivers for devices like NVIDIA cards that are not easy, especially for the average user, to install.
I love what the Debian project stands for, but it cannot always keep up with the demands of modern computers/users


Well... Destiny want that I have a S76 Serwal ws 9 laptop where just recently I decided to use POP rather than Debian (which is still installed on the others computers). So I know well both... But it seems that you need to do the homework as well.

Installing the Nvidia drivers on Debian is likely trivial, even if does not exist a GUI tool. And you can decided to use the one available on stable, the one available on the backport repo (and not a PPA like S76 does) or you can decide to use Testing or Sid on your system in rolling mode and get always the latest software and drivers.

In terms of compatibility toward new hardware Debian is better than Ubuntu, considering the latter is a snapshot of Debian Sid with just the packages in the main repo actually fixed and tested while the packages on Universe can be buggy for the entire lifecycle of the distro. What absurdity...

As you can see around Debian there are so many inexact facts, mostly pushed by the Ubuntu marketers. I consider Ubuntu the worst distro to use as base, but once I had a discussio... show more

Librem Mail

The latest version of # (1.1.0) from # got a tremendous enhancement!

Better UI, better settings, modern look! Started as a simple fork of # now it is one of the best # # Client available for #.

Warmly recommended if you are looking for a # app for your mobile, I installed it from #.

# #

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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:

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

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

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

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

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

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

function aasearch --description 'alias aa
... show more

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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


Thanks for sharing that video, it was very interesting.

Gimp 2.10.12 released

That's cool! 👍

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

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

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

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


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

GNU Guix 1.0 System Distribution & Transactional Package Manager Released

GNU Guix 1.0.0 released — 2019 — Blog — GNU Guix

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

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!

#gimp #gnu #freesoftware #floss #foss #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

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.)