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SC Controller driver and UI version 0.4.5 is out, last release for a while

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The amazingly useful SC Controller [GitHub] project, a third-party open source driver and user interface for the Steam Controller has a new release out. Sadly, the last for a while.

Here's what's new in 0.4.5:

  • On-screen keyboard can be now used with DS4 gamepad
  • Improved editing profile using controller
  • Allowed SVG custom menu icons
  • Allowed displaying multiple OSD messages, with different font size and display time
  • Bug fixes

In the release notes, the developer Kozec said this:

This is last SC-Controller release for a while. With all that mess happening around Linux this week, I've decided to move away as far as possible. I plan to finish all "enhancements" eventually, just not right now.

They went into further detail in a Patreon post, here's the gist of it:

As you probably already heard, earlier this week, Linux became part of political movement. It's movement that I strongly disagree with and wish to not be associated with in any way. Because of that, I don't feel welcomed in Linux community anymore.

Or, to write it like human being, with all this mess, coding is not fun at all.

So I'm throwing hands up and walking through the middle.

For those who don't really understand, it's likely as a result of the new Code of Conduct for the Linux Kernel. Something that has become a hot sticky mess in the wider community. Regardless of my own feelings about the CoC, I just hope people can find a way to get along and treat everyone with respect, regardless of who they are and where they come from.

I'm pretty sad about this, I use SC Controller practically every day for taming the Steam Controller outside of Steam and for those Steam games that don't detect it normally.

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JoyfulDarter 24 September 2018 at 2:05 am UTC
TheSyldat
JoyfulDarterThis happened to video games (both with developers and the gaming press) and it happened to comic books. Don't let Linux be next.
Funny how both of your examples are industries that are experiencing an unprecedented economical golden age in every country of the world except in the US right now ...
If it was that much of a power grab that brings nothing on the table and ruins everything how come the economics all across the globe disagrees with you so much ?

What do completely unsourced claims about economics have to do with anything? Really interesting how you had to put the caveat "except in the US" considering Marvel's comic branch is experiencing some incredibly low sales numbers.

slaapliedjeWhat it comes down to is this;

Code used to be accepted based on the merit of the code itself, which is exactly how open source projects should be. It's all about the code. Now the problem is if someone submits code that is bad, and the maintainers state that the code is bad, and needs to be changed, the person submitting the could can play the 'transphobic' card. "You just don't like the code because I wrote it, and you hate me for $reasons!" Which means people will be pressured into accepting crappy code, and the project fails.

There is a reason why you shouldn't discuss genders/preferences/whatevers on github, mailing lists, etc. Has no one learned anything about the Internet? Remember old chat boards and forums and such, where (I don't know about anyone else) but I always assumed the person I was talking to was someone I'd never be interested in anything more than having a conversation with.

I absolutely guarantee you that's going to happen because it's already happening in the spheres these people have infiltrated. Weaponized victimhood and it'll be used to climb ladders based on the ability to generate outrage rather than actual merit. They want to make everything about identity and race and gender because they cannot achieve anything without a mob. They claim to speak for all LGBTQ+, people of color, etc. to give them an edge. Meanwhile I'm sure you can find plenty of people with those identities who simply churned out amazing code and are praised for it. The sad matter is again, it's all about control.

TheSyldat
slaapliedjeWhat it comes down to is this;

Code used to be accepted based on the merit of the code itself, which is exactly how open source projects should be. It's all about the code. Now the problem is if someone submits code that is bad, and the maintainers state that the code is bad, and needs to be changed, the person submitting the could can play the 'transphobic' card. "You just don't like the code because I wrote it, and you hate me for $reasons!" Which means people will be pressured into accepting crappy code, and the project fails.

In order to "play the discrimination card" there is a need for it to be playable in the first place and if the message is truly just a simple "look your reasoning is wrong on that line because X and Y , over here at line 364 I would have used this instead" etc , then you have nothing to fear because again as you said it yourself the only thing that is discussed is that code.

Again the CoC is nothing more than a "How to NOT be a jackass" is it really asking for the moon ?

So if all that matters is the code then surely we don't need a OS-wide binding contract that deals with identity politics, right?
minaka14c 24 September 2018 at 3:44 am UTC
Dolus
scainea) there's no corporate oversight here. It's the kernel, business as usual. Proxies? Please, give the conspiracy theories a rest. No-one is "shoving" anything down anyone's throats.
b) many, many other projects have a CoC. It was long overdue for the kernel.
c) being the underdog doesn't mean you get to shit on people because of a lack of CoC. Having respect should be an absolute minimum for any project, open-source or otherwise.
d) yes, it will do good in the long term, once the dust settles. This is like Ubuntu's CoC all over again.

Oh yes, and the FreeBSD COC has done wonders for that project, hasn't it? Oh, wait, no. Contributions are down and they're getting half of what they were receiving in donations last year.

Lol "Get Woke Go Broke"

Still... I hate to see OS projects fail. However, in this case, they seem to be the architects of their own misery.
minaka14c 24 September 2018 at 5:56 am UTC
tonR
TheSyldat
tonRp/s: I'm suspicious.. All this bullshit happen on weird time where technology world nearing "the junction" ... Coincidence??
Again that's consipiracy talk.
Or let me rephrase it another way :
When you take an even just surface level course in polemology you see that civil rights movement across history has a tendency to pop up when the economical and technical situation of a group gets comfortable enough that those questions can become one of the focus of said community.

It is in fact according to all polemologist a good sign that the community is indeed living through a golden period.

So yes until now some members of the community have piped down and suffered in silence but suffered nonetheless. And now that we're getting a bit comfy because we're being listened to and being heard as an overarching family, some members are demanding basic respect to be where it never was.

So the timing is not suspicious looking in fact the very fact that that kind of convos are at the full front these days and considered news worthy just goes to show that we're getting legit and recognized by outsider groups.
Come on, I'm sorry, not grinding any conspiracy. I'm just saying because almost 10 years I'm following Linux news, this year (2018) lots of huge development happening in Linux community. So, that's why I little suspicious when this (or any) outrages happens. After all, I'm human. Suspicious is part on human life, cannot avoid it.

Move on topic, everything aren't black and white. We need to discuss the CoC fast.

p/s: Don't want to p/s anymore..

Honestly, you shouldn't apologize. You've noticed a trend that has been affecting pretty much every major tech entity. It was bound to hit Linux sometime.

To be clear, I don't think it's some goberment or deepstate conspiracy. It's just a lot individuals with similar and often disastrous ideological backgrounds who's goals and desires line up, so they help each other get to the top.
jarhead_h 24 September 2018 at 6:22 am UTC
https://lulz.com/linux-devs-threaten-killswitch-coc-controversy-1252/

QuoteThe controversy
Activists from the feminist and LGBTQIA+ communities have been trying to force the Linux project to join the Contributor Covenant since at least 2015. The Contributor Covenant is an agreement to implement a special Code of Conduct (frequently CoC from now on) aimed at changing the predominantly white, straight, and male face of programming. CC’s Code of Conduct is controversial particularly because it allows anyone to be banned from contributing code for any reason, usually with no mechanism for oversight or accountability.[emphasis mine]

On September 16 the pro-CoC side got their wish–Linux had officially committed to implementing and obeying the CC Code of Conduct–and they immediately set about using it to remove top Linux coders. Sage Sharp, who describes theyself as a “diversity & inclusion consultant, hufflepuff, non-binary agender trans masculine” ....

And there's nothing else to this. The CoC is weapon to use against people that are enemies of people like this Sage person mentioned in the quote. End of story.

Quote6. “‘In all that time I never had to know or care whether my fellow contributors were white, black, male, female, straight, gay, or from the planet Mars, only whether their code was good’; namely, in a project that receives contributions from volunteers who are anonymous beyond a chosen handle, specious claims of exclusion and harassment crumble beneath the most haphazard scrutiny. Contributors reveal as much about their race, sex, and orientation as they want because no one cares about that tangential shit at the end of the day. If there really was some “straight white males only” mentality, the community would insist on determining whether a new contributor is “one of us” before accepting their code, but they don’t do that in the slightest. Thus, it’s patently clear there is no culture of exclusion, but rather a culture of total indifference to individual differences beyond coding ability. The rhetoric of diversity and inclusiveness is just a weapon being used to attack a community that is inherently opposed to identity politics, which is why they’re seen as such a threat to these SJW gestapo.”

Again, this is about the mediocre people seizing control of that which they cannot create or possibly even maintain and don't want to put the effort into making their own nest, but would rather swoop in, kick everybody else out and take it as their own.
jarhead_h 24 September 2018 at 6:33 am UTC
[quote=minaka14c][quote=tonR]
TheSyldat
tonRp/s: I'm suspicious.. All this bullshit happen on weird time where technology world nearing "the junction" ... Coincidence??

Honestly, you shouldn't apologize. You've noticed a trend that has been affecting pretty much every major tech entity. It was bound to hit Linux sometime.

To be clear, I don't think it's some goberment or deepstate conspiracy. It's just a lot individuals with similar and often disastrous ideological backgrounds who's goals and desires line up, so they help each other get to the top.

I don't smell government involvement in this. This year some amazing things happened to Linux that have put it on track to overtaking Apple in marketshare within a decade. Linux has grown up, and that's a problem for anyone that wants computers locked down and users chained up inside an ecosystem. SO, no, I don't think this is government, I would much sooner look to Google, as the James Demore debacle proves is ideologically supportive of this, and more importantly, this year Microsoft bought a seat at the table in the Linux world. Even if they had nothing directly to do with this, I promise you they are celebrating as the Linux world is torn apart by the assault of rabid SJWs. I have no evidence at all of Microsoft's involvment, but the timing is interesting, and there's just a vague feeling for whatever that's worth.

M$ and Google are both walled-garden companies. This year Linux started playing Windows games and next year Purism launches a Linux smartphone that uses nothing from Android and completely bypasses Google entirely(or Microsoft). Both companies already have what they wanted from their own dabbles with Linux, so why not toss in a bunch of fuel and an emergency flare to try to light it?
minaka14c 24 September 2018 at 6:37 am UTC
TheSyldat
tonR
TheSyldat
tonRp/s: I'm suspicious.. All this bullshit happen on weird time where technology world nearing "the junction" ... Coincidence??
Again that's consipiracy talk.
Or let me rephrase it another way :
When you take an even just surface level course in polemology you see that civil rights movement across history has a tendency to pop up when the economical and technical situation of a group gets comfortable enough that those questions can become one of the focus of said community.

It is in fact according to all polemologist a good sign that the community is indeed living through a golden period.

So yes until now some members of the community have piped down and suffered in silence but suffered nonetheless. And now that we're getting a bit comfy because we're being listened to and being heard as an overarching family, some members are demanding basic respect to be where it never was.

So the timing is not suspicious looking in fact the very fact that that kind of convos are at the full front these days and considered news worthy just goes to show that we're getting legit and recognized by outsider groups.
Come on, I'm sorry, not grinding any conspiracy. I'm just saying because almost 10 years I'm following Linux news, this year (2018) lots of huge development happening in Linux community. So, that's why I little suspicious when this (or any) outrages happens. After all, I'm human. Suspicious is part on human life, cannot avoid it.

Move on topic, everything aren't black and white. We need to discuss the CoC fast.

p/s: Don't want to p/s anymore..
If you don't want to appear like you're throwing conspiracy talk maybe don't be dismissive.

In other words in the PS of yours that I originally quoted the use of the word bullshit made you sound dismissive of the issue altogether.

Again even the folk that this CoC is supposed to protect , queer folk like me , or women aren't agreeing with the current one because we all agree on the fact that it's exploitable as all hell.
Where we DO disagree is on the necessity to have a CoC and the nay sayers are just rabid and downright aggressive. Again folk like me who are the "target that this shield is suppose to protect" we are used to CoC's and also have our objections. We just refuse to be dehumanized just because some dudes are upset because we're telling them "no you can't say the F word no more" .

Perhaps you would do "folk like you", as you put it, more favors by being less hostile towards people calling for civility in debates like these.
minaka14c 24 September 2018 at 6:58 am UTC
[quote=jarhead_h][quote=minaka14c]
tonR
TheSyldat
tonRp/s: I'm suspicious.. All this bullshit happen on weird time where technology world nearing "the junction" ... Coincidence??

Honestly, you shouldn't apologize. You've noticed a trend that has been affecting pretty much every major tech entity. It was bound to hit Linux sometime.

To be clear, I don't think it's some goberment or deepstate conspiracy. It's just a lot individuals with similar and often disastrous ideological backgrounds who's goals and desires line up, so they help each other get to the top.

I don't smell government involvement in this. This year some amazing things happened to Linux that have put it on track to overtaking Apple in marketshare within a decade. Linux has grown up, and that's a problem for anyone that wants computers locked down and users chained up inside an ecosystem. SO, no, I don't think this is government, I would much sooner look to Google, as the James Demore debacle proves is ideologically supportive of this, and more importantly, this year Microsoft bought a seat at the table in the Linux world. Even if they had nothing directly to do with this, I promise you they are celebrating as the Linux world is torn apart by the assault of rabid SJWs. I have no evidence at all of Microsoft's involvment, but the timing is interesting, and there's just a vague feeling for whatever that's worth.

M$ and Google are both walled-garden companies. This year Linux started playing Windows games and next year Purism launches a Linux smartphone that uses nothing from Android and completely bypasses Google entirely(or Microsoft). Both companies already have what they wanted from their own dabbles with Linux, so why not toss in a bunch of fuel and an emergency flare to try to light it?

Yes, the timing is alarming. With the death of net neutrality, the EU articles 11 and 13, and now this happening in the same year, it seems like civil liberties are dying "fad" in tech.

Beset by morons from all directions.
mirv 24 September 2018 at 7:41 am UTC
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So, to turn things around a bit: if all that matters is code, why not have guidelines to prevent abusive behaviour? Because abusive behaviour has been happening already, which means it's not just about code - and it means people with agendas may already have stopped otherwise good code from being submitted.

Then if one is the target of abusive behaviour, should there be a course of action that can be taken? Otherwise, just allowing such things is going to turn people away and destroy a project.

So without a CoC, thoughts on what to do instead.
liamdawe 24 September 2018 at 8:48 am UTC
I have removed a few comments that referenced a rather anti-trans comment which was also removed.

In regards to who posted the initial anti-trans comment: You know who you are, stop or face a ban.
TheSHEEEP 24 September 2018 at 8:50 am UTC
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someonesnip
Just accept people as they are. Being different than you doesn't mean they need to be locked up and shock-treated until they become like everyone else. Humans are not bee drones.

The problem with such a display of obvious transphobia and hate-speech: you only give SJWs more ammunition.
And maybe worse, you undermine the validity of the concerns about CoCs like that by being a total ass.
In a way, you are doing exactly what most SJWs do, just from the other side.


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