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Fedora 33 released with lots of improvements to the Linux desktop
28 October 2020 at 7:24 am UTC Likes: 2

Quoting: omicron-b
Quoting: ArehandoroI (usually) love fedora, and I love the changes introduced in 33. But the post, and comments so far, seem to miss the most important and controversial changes this iteration includes (for me); systemd-resolved as a default dns daemon.
What's wrong with it?
I believe I have it in Ubuntu 20.04, but I use stubby and DoT, so it was as simple as about 2 lines in terminal to switch to stubby.
Truth be told, stubby may actually crash about once a month and I have to restart it to get back to Internet.
Maybe I need to learn how to use systemd-resolved after all.

Various compatibility issues:
I used it for a while on Arch; FWIW I thought the configuration was really tidy & simple -- though I had to switch back because *some* application -- can't remember what for the life of me, sorry -- kept breaking.

Fedora 33 released with lots of improvements to the Linux desktop
27 October 2020 at 4:18 pm UTC

I wonder if Fedora will upgrade to XFCE 4.16 within the 33 cycle. (There's already a copr for it, though I'll stick with the official release.)

According to a Stadia developer, streamers should be paying publishers and it backfired
25 October 2020 at 12:23 am UTC Likes: 2

I'm fairly calm re: the streaming; but the following is actual footage of me since hearing about youtube-dl:

You can now order a PC case that looks like the classic Commodore 64
24 October 2020 at 7:12 am UTC

Quoting: ValckThey were really well-written, comprehensive, educational text books, not some shoddy three "page" PDF you get these days, IF you are lucky...

Not to mention the available schematics & repair manuals.

For the young ones among us, the scanned manuals on this website should give an idea:

(It's not only Commodore; but sadly there's nothing from Sinclair; & the Apple collection is a little thin.)

According to a Stadia developer, streamers should be paying publishers and it backfired
23 October 2020 at 1:28 pm UTC

Quoting: ajgpThe way he was tweeting was from as if it was a giant grey area that hadnt been addressed, yet as I Tweeted to him companies have already granted streamers the permission to do this without any license.

That's what I've been thinking as well. This 'debate' has already been settled a couple of years ago.

Microsoft Edge now available on Linux in Preview
21 October 2020 at 11:53 pm UTC Likes: 1

Quoting: TheRiddickI doubt this will happen anytime soon however, it's more likely we will see a Linux Distro spin from Microsoft where it slowly gets native DLL support and other things until one day it just works like windows10.

On a barely related note, there's this project for a library that would allow calling functions from windows dlls from Linux natively:

(When I found out about this I was excited for a moment, that I might be able to circumvent ancient DRM that keeps me from using the damn product I've already paid for years ago .... but then I realized I'm way out of my depth.)

Spoiler, click me
ps. Oh, and the new rainbows-and-ponies microsoft post ballmer can get f*cked as far as I'm concerned. Same with google & apple.

bpytop might be the freaking-coolest way to monitor your Linux system
15 October 2020 at 6:29 pm UTC

Quoting: aristoriasThese fancy terminal applications eat up an non insignificant amount of CPU resources and don't do much more than ugly ones besides looking pretty.
Maybe it's time to invent a new way to draw in terminals...

Yeah fancy 'tui'-style applications have been a constant source of frustration for me. Not only do they tend to be sluggish, but they get broken in all sorts of ways under tmux.

I'm not convinced either that a desktop user needs to have all that information *continuously* updated on the screen, by the way. There are numerous specialized -top applications that one can run to diagnose something when the need arises. I used to have fully decked-out stats plugins on my system toolbar at all times, but then I realized that I meaningful use of just one (netstats).

You can now order a PC case that looks like the classic Commodore 64
12 October 2020 at 5:00 pm UTC Likes: 1

Quoting: slaapliedje
Quoting: randylThere was a VIC-20 in the science room when I was in 8th or 9th grade around 81 - 82. It had a cassette tape drive to load programs. They took minutes to load. It was a nightmare of impatience for a young kid. I loved playing that program where your cannon was supposed to shoot the other cannon. You were given the mass, distance, and wind velocity and were supposed to calculate your shot.

I don't want to go back to the beige days. Honestly, as a mechanical keyboard fan, that thing looks horrible.
I do believe someone made a mechanical keyboard for the C64 / VIC-20s.

He was hand-building and selling that (the 'Mechboard64') in small batches; but earlier this year he open sourced the project:

There are occasionally crowdfunding campaigns to produce small batches of keycaps as well. If I can (ever) sort out my current ... stuff ... I seriously intend to put together an almost-all-new C64 with the help of projects such as these.

64C-style new cases have been in production for a while now:

You can now order a PC case that looks like the classic Commodore 64
12 October 2020 at 3:23 pm UTC Likes: 1

Quoting: NanobangSomeone needs to tell Sean Donohue that this isn't retro. It's kitsch.

My first computer was a VIC-20. I bought it in 1981 from a local stereo store for $300, so I could maybe see someone getting a kick out of playing around with an original VIC or C-64 nowadays, or maybe retrofitting a modern computer into a real VIC or C-64 shell, but I don't get this.

This is a fake antique. This is the equivalent of one of those phones that look like a rotary phone, but have buttons instead of holes in a dial, and have modern electronics inside.

And how'm I gonna get my GTX 1070 into that? ;)

Yeah, I think so too. My first thought was that this is an attempt to sell off 10-year old unused stock from the 2011 thingy, and it looks like that really is the case. (No pun intended.)

By the way, if anyone's inclined to use their existing Commodore machines for their keyboards on modern pcs*, there's long been an add-on board that allows doing just that:

(* I haven't touched a C64 in a *long* time (I'm an idiot, so I got rid of mine the day I got my first 486); but as far as I can remember, the original keyboards on those devices were pretty awful, with thick springs under each key (*not* buckling spring style, just a straight spring that the keycap bounces on) with ridiculously long 'action', and no real sense of feedback. So unless you're using the original keyboard specificially on VICE, there really is no point.)

OBS Studio adds in better noise suppression thanks to RNNoise in the 26.0 release out now
2 October 2020 at 1:46 pm UTC

On the topic of using OBS for video chat, I just got reminded of this, which is worth taking a look:

The 'server' part of it does pretty much nothing (just some initial routing, IIRC), and in any case it can be self-hosted. I sort of 'tested' it only inside a LAN, where it worked very well; I don't know how it would behave on the internet though.