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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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silmeth 23 September 2018 at 9:00 pm UTC
DolusPeople ARE leaving Linux over this.

People were also leaving, or even didn’t bother to try to get their code merged, over lack of the CoC and abusive language on the mailing list. You can’t have both.

I’d rather have people not fear trying to contribute to Linux.
anewson 23 September 2018 at 9:01 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.

That may be true; indeed my own bias is that the CoC simply reflects changes happening within the community and has no effect beyond a signal of change. However, it may also be true that, as Con worries, that the act of codifying it increases the ability of moderators to exclude contributors in practice (much easier to do so when there's an official document you can use to justify your actions)

EDIT:
it -> the CoC
has effect -> has no effect


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Dolus 23 September 2018 at 9:03 pm UTC
silmethI’d rather have people not fear trying to contribute to Linux.

People who have the wrong opinion now have to fear contributing. ESR would be drummed out of kernel development over this COC.
mirv 23 September 2018 at 9:04 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.
I already did.

Where? I'm not seeing it. Are you referring to twitter, where there's no call to have someone removed? I see an example about what to do with reporting CoC violations, and actually someone who is trying to say that the CoC is not proper in the current form (precisely because it lacks clear guidelines about what do when the people you should report it to, are the ones you believe are violating it).

If you're referring to something else, can you please point me to it? Again, I'm not seeing anyone actually call for someone to be stopped from contributing.
Dolus 23 September 2018 at 9:05 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.

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.

Do YOU think he should be drummed out of contributing for what he posted seven years ago. Yes or no.
Dolus 23 September 2018 at 9:06 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.
I already did.

Where? I'm not seeing it. Are you referring to twitter, where there's no call to have someone removed? I see an example about what to do with reporting CoC violations, and actually someone who is trying to say that the CoC is not proper in the current form (precisely because it lacks clear guidelines about what do when the people you should report it to, are the ones you believe are violating it).

If you're referring to something else, can you please point me to it? Again, I'm not seeing anyone actually call for someone to be stopped from contributing.

Posting accurate stats on different types of sexual abuse SEVEN years ago is a COC violation, is it?
TheSyldat 23 September 2018 at 9:06 pm UTC
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TheSyldatSo sorry hate to break it to you but from where I am they are doing better than ever...

Then you're in la-la land. FreeBSD is falling like a rock, and it'll drag everything based off of it down with it.
FreeBSD = only one distribution out of many
BSD community = all distributions lumped together.
I dunno in the US (or elswhere than in my home country) and I don't wanna know about those outside countries current state of affairs. As far as "BSD overarching families" in France (so my home country) once again the community has never been more active and more valued and asked about and never receive that much outside attention. So again from where I'm sitting they're doing better than ever.
So again keep your paranoïa to yourself.
Dolus 23 September 2018 at 9:10 pm UTC
Hell, come to think, of it ESR and RMS would both be abused under a COC like this.


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mirv 23 September 2018 at 9:10 pm UTC
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mirvWhere? I'm not seeing it. Are you referring to twitter, where there's no call to have someone removed? I see an example about what to do with reporting CoC violations, and actually someone who is trying to say that the CoC is not proper in the current form (precisely because it lacks clear guidelines about what do when the people you should report it to, are the ones you believe are violating it).

If you're referring to something else, can you please point me to it? Again, I'm not seeing anyone actually call for someone to be stopped from contributing.

Posting accurate stats on different types of sexual abuse SEVEN years ago is a COC violation, is it?

I'm sorry, you appear to be reading something other than what I wrote. Allow me to be more clear: you stated that there were now witch hunts to have people removed from contributing to the kernel, because they could now use the CoC for that purpose.

I'm saying they are not. I believe you are referring to something on twitter, and the link I believe you are referring to was a discussion (though it doesn't seem to be quite that polite) about the CoC being improper. No calls to have anyone stopped from contributing were actually in there, so...no witch hunt in that link.

I'm asking you to provide the link where it does show that someone is now being asked to "go away" and using the CoC to back that up.
Dolus 23 September 2018 at 9:15 pm UTC
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mirvWhere? I'm not seeing it. Are you referring to twitter, where there's no call to have someone removed? I see an example about what to do with reporting CoC violations, and actually someone who is trying to say that the CoC is not proper in the current form (precisely because it lacks clear guidelines about what do when the people you should report it to, are the ones you believe are violating it).

If you're referring to something else, can you please point me to it? Again, I'm not seeing anyone actually call for someone to be stopped from contributing.

Posting accurate stats on different types of sexual abuse SEVEN years ago is a COC violation, is it?

I'm sorry, you appear to be reading something other than what I wrote. Allow me to be more clear: you stated that there were now witch hunts to have people removed from contributing to the kernel, because they could now use the CoC for that purpose.

I'm saying they are not. I believe you are referring to something on twitter, and the link I believe you are referring to was a discussion (though it doesn't seem to be quite that polite) about the CoC being improper. No calls to have anyone stopped from contributing were actually in there, so...no witch hunt in that link.

I'm asking you to provide the link where it does show that someone is now being asked to "go away" and using the CoC to back that up.

Nope. The Twitter post is a former kernel maintainer (who still has connections with current maintainers) pointing out something a contributor posted seven years ago about rape statistics. And it's very interesting when you look at what Theo Ts'o works on. Drumming him out opens the door to Intel to get their hardware based randomization into the kernel, which will all but certainly be a back door.
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