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Working on issue #3 of my newsletter, The Dork Web. Issue #1 comes out this thursday at 13:37 UTC.

Issue #1 is about the Pinebook Pro, ARM64 boards and CP/M SBCs.

Issue #2 is a loveletter to the Atari Lynx

Issue #3 is about Consumerism and reflections on John Carpenter's "They Live" in the 21st Century, MNT Reform, Librem 5 and Pinephone.

If that floats your boat, you can sign up here:

Linux on ARM impression so far 

Disappointed. Between the lack of standardization among platforms and the low average build quality of the inexpensive boards, I think I'll be sticking with x86 for the time being. The boards are more expensive, but my time is also expensive, and this RockPro64 project has consumed many hours of my time. Something that worked out of the box would have saved me far more than the cost of the system in time. Meanwhile, my RPi 3+ won't play videos.

@MatejLach to clarify though, it looks like binary downloads are tied to registration and the LTS repository is paid.
Looks like pulling from git is still allowed:
> Source code will continue to be available as currently.

will require an online account to download, apparently. Of course their 'justification' that this will make it easier for open-source users to report bugs & contribute since they'll already have an account doesn't make sense, since I imagine devs already have an account and most downstream users, (of software utilizing Qt), won't know, nor care what Qt is, so won't create an account.

Nothing but vacuuming telemetry. did this too.

Glory to package management.

"What can you use instead of Google and Facebook?"

The BBC didn't even bother to mention Mastodon or Diaspora.

What a joke.

KDE Plasma and Applications video contest: Get resources, choose the best music, create interesting footage, and follow our judges' advice and recommendations to win a @tuxedocomputers machine for your video-editing work.

I must admit I have mixed feelings on the whole actix-web fiasco.

I am of the belief than an open-source maintainer who is not paid for their work doesn't owe it to anyone to implement any particular feature, fix bugs etc.

On the other, we live in a world where our privacy is assaulted at every corner, so shipping knowingly (!) unsafe software is really irresponsible not only to one's direct users, but to downstream ones as well.

We should leave thank you notes to maintainers more often.

I am a current member of ISOC German chapter.

I have asked the board of the German ISOC about the .ORG sale, but their answers did not convince me that the sale is any good.

I fear ISOC is lost to the money.

I waited for positive developments around the .ORG sale.

Critical voices coming from ISOC NL and CA.

But it seems neither ISOC Board nor ICANN are listening.

I decided to leave ISOC. That is sad. 🙁

so the reason screenshots of video games on Wikipedia are low resolution is because that's the only way it will be fair use for Wikipedia under US copyright law


So has choosen as their preferred init system again, which is good, I hope the anti-systemd bashers will accept this outcome, which was arrived to by consensus and will from now on focus on moving Debian forward, instead of scheming to force another, useless vote on init systems down the road, as has happened in the past.

systemd has won because while not perfect, it's clearly superior to a pile of bash scripts.

Let's make 2020 the year we move on...

Nate Graham looks back at how 2019 went for KDE: Find out all the exciting stuff that happened to Plasma, Wayland and KDE's frameworks and applications over the last 12 months.

For the terminal junkies out there, check out 'toot', which is a command line Mastodon client which comes with both Unix-like commands and a curses UI.

Does anyone know of a script that uses atimes or something to figure out which packages you aren't actually using?

@rysiek Okay, then you can take a look at

You can force encryption, you can not fuck up as easily as with Enigmail, it's compatible with Thunderbird 68+, you don't have to explain how keys work.

Good luck with everything!

I'm rather strict when it comes to software freedom, but re-basing your distro on because Linux may use at some point & you dislike the trademark policy, which is a different matter from the software itself being free, is rather absurd, even for my tastes.

The Mastodon documentation has been rewritten by @trwnh. It now has a search function and a different design as it's now hosted on GitBooks. Take a look!

If after looking you think a topic worth writing about is missing, tell me what it is!

I don’t often talk about my work but I am quite proud that my book has finally been published.

It’s a textbook called “Operating Systems Foundations with Linux on the Raspberry Pi”.


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