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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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BOYSSSSS 23 September 2018 at 8:30 pm UTC
appetrosyan 23 September 2018 at 8:32 pm UTC
This is ridiculous. For as long as man kind existed, there have been witchhunts. Sure, Linus torvalds was accused of dancing with the devil, and the human being that replaced him is a member of the inquisition, but this will not overturn much.

You see, a fascist discipline- centric government in a voluntary project is like clamps for water: it might splash, but will never get a good grip, and eventually sink to where it belongs.

The SJWS everywhere have shown how incompetent, unreliable, and downright despicable they can be: they cost Disney star wars, they FUBAR'd Mass Effect, and ID software are throwing SJW jokes as the main attraction to DOOM Eternal.

keep calm, and do what you used to, the way you used to. Overreacting like this, is the exact reaction they need to further fuel their agenda. Keep calm, stand your ground, and don't let their decisions affect you. They can only exert power , if you believe that they have power.
anewson 23 September 2018 at 8:36 pm UTC
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Just wanted to get my two cents in and bring the perspective up a bit; first I'm impressed with the quality of the discussion here. S/O GOL community for keeping it civil.

Second if I got enough of a sense of both sides here for my own thirty-thousand-feet overview:

Pro CoC wants to change the norms around abusive behaviour and language in the kernel dev community (which goes right up to Torvalds). Con CoC is worried this empowers moderators to exclude developers who don't share their ideological views. The former goal is laudible, and the latter concern is justified (eg Johnathan Haidt's work on academia).

My own opinion is that the causal effect of such a code is likely zero, what really matters is how the community comes to balance this desire for constructive change against the cost of alienating those who fear losing the positive parts of the status quo. In this respect I think this debate is overblown; the community is the strongest part of FOSS, no? Have yee so little faith that the community will figure out the right balance (better than, say, twitter?)
silmeth 23 September 2018 at 8:46 pm UTC
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silmethAnd what’s IMO is worth pointing out – the kernel maintainers remain the same kernel maintainers. There are no personal changes into some hidden “SJW infiltrators”, whoever that would be.

Oh, really? You sure about that?

https://twitter.com/_sagesharp_/status/1042769399596437504

Yes. I am sure about that.

What you linked is a Twitter thread by someone who currently is not a kernel maintainer¹ and who’s themself wrote “I am no longer a part of the Linux kernel community”. When the list of kernel maintainers changes because of this, and without careful evaluation by current maintainers, then you can ping me again.

This is basically an independent, although related to the project in the past, observer’s opinion on the matter. They have full right to express it just as you have.

¹ Although it seems they’d been a USB driver maintainer in the past – so if this person is your “SJW infiltrator”, I have bad news for you, the kernel’s been infiltrated for good 9 years now…


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Dolus 23 September 2018 at 8:46 pm UTC
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DolusAddress this: https://twitter.com/_sagesharp_/status/1042769399596437504

So Sharp is stirring up controversy over Tso and here you are stirring up controversy over Sharp.

Lets cut to the chase, and not make this about Tso, Sharp or anyone else. Here's a thought experiment: would you rather have the Linux kernel built by despicable people, and stick your head in the sand about them, or would you rather have a bit of accountability, and possibly have the kernel suffer as a result?

Personally, I'm in the latter camp. I try not to stick my head in the sand about anything. People should hold Apple and Samsung accountable for Chinese worker suicide rates at Foxconn. People should boycott Starbucks and Amazon in the UK because they offshore their taxes. And people should have the opportunity to address despicable behaviour in those contributing to the kernel.

To be clear - "address", not "insta-ban". It's a process.

Here, is a little something that might blow your mind: I do not care. I do not care about a contributors sexuality, religion or political affiliation. If their contributions make Linux a better kernel, they should be allowed to contribute. That is how it should be. Instead we now have these neon haired puritans conducting witch hunts for things people posted SEVEN years ago. Shame on anyone trying to justify this.


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mirv 23 September 2018 at 8:49 pm UTC
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DolusAddress this: https://twitter.com/_sagesharp_/status/1042769399596437504

So Sharp is stirring up controversy over Tso and here you are stirring up controversy over Sharp.

Lets cut to the chase, and not make this about Tso, Sharp or anyone else. Here's a thought experiment: would you rather have the Linux kernel built by despicable people, and stick your head in the sand about them, or would you rather have a bit of accountability, and possibly have the kernel suffer as a result?

Personally, I'm in the latter camp. I try not to stick my head in the sand about anything. People should hold Apple and Samsung accountable for Chinese worker suicide rates at Foxconn. People should boycott Starbucks and Amazon in the UK because they offshore their taxes. And people should have the opportunity to address despicable behaviour in those contributing to the kernel.

To be clear - "address", not "insta-ban". It's a process.

Here, is a little something that might blow your mind: I do not care. I do not care about a contributors sexuality, religion or political affiliation. If their contributions make Linux a better kernel, they should be allowed to contribute. That is how it should be. Instead we now have these neon haired puritans conducting witch hunts for things people posted SEVEN years ago. Shame on you for trying to justify this.

I must have missed there news - a CoC got introduced and people are now witch hunting to have people not be able to contribute to the Linux kernel? I sure can't find that happening, but perhaps you can provide links.
tuubi 23 September 2018 at 8:52 pm UTC
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anewsonPro CoC wants to change the norms around abusive behaviour and language in the kernel dev community (which goes right up to Torvalds). Con CoC is worried this empowers moderators to exclude developers who don't share their ideological views. The former goal is laudible, and the latter concern is justified (eg Johnathan Haidt's work on academia).
This CoC simply codifies the powers Linux maintainers have had all along. The "Con CoC" crowd seem to have trouble understanding this basic fact. Could be because they'd rather just keep fighting the scary SJW cabal that keeps taking away their toys.
Dolus 23 September 2018 at 8:53 pm UTC
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Dolus
scaine
DolusAddress this: https://twitter.com/_sagesharp_/status/1042769399596437504

So Sharp is stirring up controversy over Tso and here you are stirring up controversy over Sharp.

Lets cut to the chase, and not make this about Tso, Sharp or anyone else. Here's a thought experiment: would you rather have the Linux kernel built by despicable people, and stick your head in the sand about them, or would you rather have a bit of accountability, and possibly have the kernel suffer as a result?

Personally, I'm in the latter camp. I try not to stick my head in the sand about anything. People should hold Apple and Samsung accountable for Chinese worker suicide rates at Foxconn. People should boycott Starbucks and Amazon in the UK because they offshore their taxes. And people should have the opportunity to address despicable behaviour in those contributing to the kernel.

To be clear - "address", not "insta-ban". It's a process.

Here, is a little something that might blow your mind: I do not care. I do not care about a contributors sexuality, religion or political affiliation. If their contributions make Linux a better kernel, they should be allowed to contribute. That is how it should be. Instead we now have these neon haired puritans conducting witch hunts for things people posted SEVEN years ago. Shame on you for trying to justify this.

I must have missed there news - a CoC got introduced and people are now witch hunting to have people not be able to contribute to the Linux kernel? I sure can't find that happening, but perhaps you can provide links.
I already did.
Dolus 23 September 2018 at 8:54 pm UTC
tuubi
anewsonPro CoC wants to change the norms around abusive behaviour and language in the kernel dev community (which goes right up to Torvalds). Con CoC is worried this empowers moderators to exclude developers who don't share their ideological views. The former goal is laudible, and the latter concern is justified (eg Johnathan Haidt's work on academia).
This CoC simply codifies the powers Linux maintainers have had all along. The "Con CoC" crowd seem to have trouble understanding this basic fact. Could be because they'd rather just keep fighting the scary SJW cabal that keeps taking away their toys.

Oh? The Linux maintainer's were wont to harass people for stats they posted on social media? More than half a decade ago at that? This "everything is ok" and "this is not a big deal" crap rings hollow. People ARE leaving Linux over this.
tuubi 23 September 2018 at 8:59 pm UTC
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tuubi
anewsonPro CoC wants to change the norms around abusive behaviour and language in the kernel dev community (which goes right up to Torvalds). Con CoC is worried this empowers moderators to exclude developers who don't share their ideological views. The former goal is laudible, and the latter concern is justified (eg Johnathan Haidt's work on academia).
This CoC simply codifies the powers Linux maintainers have had all along. The "Con CoC" crowd seem to have trouble understanding this basic fact. Could be because they'd rather just keep fighting the scary SJW cabal that keeps taking away their toys.

Oh? The Linux maintainer's were wont to harass people for stats they posted on social media? More than half a decade ago at that? This "everything is ok" and "this is not a big deal" crap rings hollow. People ARE leaving Linux over this.
That controversy was already ongoing before the CoC was implemented. Cause does not follow effect.
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