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FOSS Developers, would you like to receive a thank-you, even as a form letter?

Thu, 2017-09-21 03:27

I was considering putting something together as a template (or maybe even a service) for a thank-you letter to send developers of FOSS software. I thought it would be a nice gesture for people to at least send thank-you's to their favorite software, even if they don't contribute monetarily.

Then it struck me, however, that if the thing actually gets picked up, a GIMP developer getting 500+ thank-you e-mails that are virtually identical in their inbox might feel less sincere and more like spam.

So I raise the question to you: even if the letter were from a template, would you appreciate receiving a thank-you letter from end users? Or would you prefer something unique and personalized at the risk of receiving many fewer responses?

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[Desktop] Let's talk about the gtk file picker

Thu, 2017-09-21 02:02

I'm sure you all know about this

I have a proposal to end this embarrassment. Here it goes:

  1. We'll create a new MIME type/XDG standard (file/directory selector).
  2. The file pickers will be 3rd party apps, just like file explorers. Users/distros/DEs will install their own file picker.
  3. A file picker will communicate with an app via JSON protocol. Through this, the app will instruct whether it wants a list of files or directories, open or create files/directories, expected number of files/directories, expected file types, password authentication (if required) etc.
  4. In case that the system fails to detect a preferred file selector, the apps will open gtk/qt/native file selector.

The file selectors will be stripped down version of file explorers. This way the users will be free to choose their own file selector of choice.

This adheres to the Unix philosophy because:

  1. Designed solely for the sole purpose of file selection. However the implementation (of course) will vary since the file selector devs will want different features in their apps.
  2. It rids us of the dependence from a monolithic widget and a widget tool (see gtk)
  3. Communicates with other applications by pipes, expects input and returns output.

What do you guys think? And how can I talk to freedesktop folks about adopting this new standard?

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What does TLP stand for?

Thu, 2017-09-21 01:27

Came across TLP http://linrunner.de/en/tlp/docs/tlp-linux-advanced-power-management.html as a great tool to extend battery life. But just wondering what does TLP stand for ?

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Linux Hard Drive Selection

Wed, 2017-09-20 23:42

Hey. So, I wanted to play around with Linux by buying a hard drive, imaging Linux on it, and plugging it in as an external bootable drive. I want the space of a hard drive (which is why I don't want to do this on a flash drive). My question is: does a solid state drive have any real pros over a spinning disk for this purpose? I know boot time is affected but I don't care about that too much.

Then, does it matter being 5400rpm vs 7200rpm?

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Someone just took remote control of my machine in McDonald's

Wed, 2017-09-20 22:48

On Ubuntu 16.04. Lost control of my mouse and it immediately went to "About this computer" and I noped the fuck out and hard shut down.

Not sure if the public wifi bit is really relevant. Any ideas how they could achieve this? I do use Chrome remote desktop, but I've never experienced anything like this before. Are there any useful tools I could use to do a scan of my machine?

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Laptop for Linux

Wed, 2017-09-20 19:32

I'm currently in a entry level Linux admin class and was curious if it would be a good idea to buy a super cheap/old/used laptop to run fedora or any other distro. If I were to use it to practice command line and maybe some scripting or other types of programming, would it be a waste of the machine was 7-8 years old???

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After the Convergence and Ubuntu-Phone fiasco, will IoT be the gold at the end of the rainbow for Canonical?

Wed, 2017-09-20 19:19

Lets face it, Canonical should be in a deep cash crunch since they had to stop funding the Unity development and also dismantle the Ubuntu Phone project. Their solution to this situation was more focus on IoT.

Now, as ambitious as the IoT buzzword is (almost everyone likes to speak about it in Bangalore, at least), I'm not sure about its practicality. The last time I remember reading about the topic, refrigerators with candid cameras, and air-conditioners with remotely controlled tcp ports are yet to become affordable for the masses in even developed western countries. So, how does Canonical expect to make a big killing in this ephemeral market that does not even exist yet?

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Wine Staging 2.17

Wed, 2017-09-20 17:28

Is your own hosted file server on AWS/Digital Ocean instance any more safe than Google Drive or Dropbox?

Wed, 2017-09-20 16:02

In this quite popular article of his, Bryan Lunduke talks about how the popular online digital storage services like Shmop Shmox (aka Drop Box) are like fast food or junk food: Its pretty easy to sign up, but there are long term issues with the provider getting hacked or your privacy getting violated in their bid to make more money.

But how is the way that he suggests (self-hosted file server) any more secure? Most people don't have the nerdy capacity to maintain their in-house data centers, so again they are obviously going to the cloud providers like Amazon AWS or Digital Ocean to create their own Ubuntu instances.

So the real question is, are IAAS (Infrastructure As A Service) providers any better than SAAS (Software As A Service) providers from security and privacy perspective? Or in Bryan Lunduke's words, is home made food really that healthy than pizzas and burgers when most of the raw materials use similarly baked ingredients?

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Linux Academy - no labs

Wed, 2017-09-20 15:43

Hi guys, I've recently obtained access to Linux Academy, but to my surprise I haven't got access to labs. Guess it's the policy when it comes to free students packs (https://www.visualstudio.com/dev-essentials/). Do you recommend doing any courses at Linux Academy? I forgot to mention that I'm a complete beginner to Linux.

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I completely borked my system by being an idiot, then worked out how to fix it. r/linux, I feel like I've finally arrived.

Wed, 2017-09-20 13:08

I've seen so many stories along the lines of 'I accidentally deleted sudo' or 'I ran rm -rf one directory higher than intended'. Mine isn't quite that bad... but it feels like a rite of passage.

I've dabbled with Linux in the past but have only been using it full-time for about 18 months. Anyway... running a fairly new install of Debian and found it wouldn't read a ntfs drive I had. I didn't actually need it, but thought it would be worth tinkering with to fix. So, as a relative noob, I did what I usually do and just looked it up online. I found someone with the answer. Just install ntfs-3g, create a directory and... add this line to fstab. So I did, without really looking at it.

The drive didn't work. Oh well. I went on my merry way and forgot about it. Some time later, I rebooted... or tried to. But I kept getting kicked into emergency mode, and I had no idea why. And I couldn't find anyone online with the same problem to tell me what to do. Crap.

Desperate, I looked at the error log and saw that there was a problem with /mnt/ntfs. Wait a minute - I did something to that. So I found a Ubuntu live USB I had lying around, booted up, and deleted the directory I created and my stupid additions to fstab. And it worked.

I know it's not the worst error or an especially hard fix in the grand scheme of things. But this time, I worked out how to fix it. I knew where to look, and the (admittedly basic) commands I needed to get it done.

I broke it. I fixed it. I wasted at least two hours. I am a Linux user.

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So, who is going to fork the web?

Wed, 2017-09-20 07:16

To be blunt, it's going to have to happen now. The EME extension is about as far from libre and open source convictions as something can get. If the W3C maintains a standard that's nonfree, then it necessitates the creation of a competing free standard.

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