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systemd is not an init system, it's a system manager designed to be useful way beyond simply bringing the system up.

2.) Linux home directory handling is currently a mess. Any random app can ignore XDG conventions, making it hard to be sure that a simple rsync of home is sufficient i.e. it would be working as expected if you were forced to nuke your system. From my experience, it doesn't work particularly well for backing up the configs of many programs as they write to places like /etc

The reactions to systemd-homed have predictably been, "soon there's going to be a word processor in ", without these people realizing that:

1.) systemd is NOT a single binary, it's a project, an ecosystem of utilities. That's like saying to GNU; Why is there wget? I want GNU to compile stuff with GCC, why is GNU nano a thing?

Of course the goal of the GNU Project is to produce everything needed to have a libre OS - the goal of systemd is to produce everything needed to manage this OS.

Confession time: any time I try to interact with a website and have to solve a reCAPTCHA first, I assume the site is maintained by sociopathic morons and it permanently taints my perception of it.

> Schism is an experimental self-hosting compiler from a subset of R6RS Scheme to WebAssembly.

github.com/google/schism

/via www.mail-archive.com/racket-us…

#schism #scheme

RMS 

We’ve published a Librem 5 Batch FAQ to answer the community's questions from last week's shipping announcement. We will update the FAQ regularly puri.sm/posts/librem-5-batch-f #purism #librem5

@klaatu listing individual features misses the point; the idea is that if the software you use every day can't do "view source" on any command you run, it's defective. if you can't edit the source and see the effects of your change immediately: also really missing the point of software.

#emacs only happens to be the most widespread instance of this philosophy being applied, and the one with the richest history and active community.

Developer APIs will be released soon, this means we'll be updating our docs, versioning our api endpoints better and adding new safety and privacy measures to deliver great user experience!

#pixeldev

Would you replace your existing internet provider with a community-based ISP, assuming that you'd (at the very least) keep the same speed? If so/not, why?

Boosts+

Javascript is the English of programming languages

- kludged-together clusterfuck
- many decisions were made to keep compatibility with old versions despite that not really making sense
- a whole lot of arcane logic that only makes sense if you really drive into the history of it
- bad to do math in
- basically everyone needs to know it at least a little
- lingua franca because the predominant powers on Earth just so happen to use them

Wow…

So electron improved their security features with the recent version 5, but by doing this broke tons of applications because they either need User Namespaces or an SUID executeable (to launch proper isolated subprocesses).

#Signal Desktop noticed this problem and as well and "fixed" it in the worst way possible:

github.com/signalapp/Signal-De

On the other hand #Riot Desktop did a proper fix, which enables an SUID bit on this binary: github.com/vector-im/riot-web/

#infosec #security #linux

@MatejLach Indeed. I recommend Bandcamp if you want to support musicians more directly!

@MatejLach ...And how much of that revenue went to musicians?

(My guess: very little, because streaming pays notoriously poorly.)

RIAA now says `total music revenue grew 18% to $5.4 billion in the first half of 2019, with streaming music accounting for 80% of industry revenues`.

That is the same RIAA that said music streaming will kill the industry, (along with cassette tapes, blank CDs & MP3s).

We all know that Google (with Chrome-ium) has at least close to 90% of the browser marketshare on the internet.

Which is your primary browser on your computer?

Remember that Brave, Opera and Edge are Chromium derivatives. I consider Safari to be separate since it's Webkit and not Blink.

Retoot this to get more votes in.

#poll #browser #firefox #chromium

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Hi there! I am a free software developer. I enjoy working on useful software, as well as advocating for software freedom and the use of open standards, promoting data ownership, decentralization and privacy. If this is important to you, I may be worth following. If you like Go, Rust, or Swift, it may be worth following me as well. Besides computing, I enjoy metal, a good read and occasionally some gaming, (not much time for that these days).