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The Linux market share appears to continue rising with Ubuntu winning
3 July 2020 at 7:41 am UTC Likes: 4

Quoting: tmtvlNeat. Too bad it's Ubuntu, we don't need Canonical to grow too big for their shoes.

One of these gratuitous comments... Now let's hope that Red Hat or SUSE doesn't grow too big either or we might end up with enough market share for proper recognition by hardware vendors and software developers.

Our quick-picks of the best Linux games of 2020 so far
3 July 2020 at 7:33 am UTC Likes: 1

Quoting: drjoms
Quoting: Liam Dawe
Quoting: 14The amount of 3D games is sad.
Games don't need to be "3D" to be fun.
Ladies don't have to be pretty for you to fall in love with them.

Quoting: drjomsFood doesn't have to be tasty to eat it.
Bed doesn't have to be comfortable to be slept in.(as, in jail for example)
Depends on you how hungry or tired you are.

Apart from that pretty much all games I played recently are either 2D (Dead Cells, plenty of classics on MAME) or "fixed perspective" 3D.

Linux Mint 20 'Ulyana' is out with better NVIDIA Optimus support, fractional scaling
29 June 2020 at 7:49 am UTC

Quoting: Comandante ÑoñardoThe Mint 20 Cinnamon is ideal for former Windows 7 users... Specially if They use the right tweak

Oh dear, another one of these "Windows 7 users won't spot the difference" success stories.

They will. Since Linux does not and will not work like Windows. Ever.

"So I a have this Linux thingy and it looks like my Windows, but it hasn't got my D: an E: drives. How am I ever gonna store my stuff? And I couldn't find my tool for configuring the special keys on my keyboard. And..."

Linux Mint 20 'Ulyana' is out with better NVIDIA Optimus support, fractional scaling
29 June 2020 at 7:42 am UTC Likes: 1

Quoting: AwesamLinuxIf there was one thing I would like to change about Mint, that would be to make a new icon theme. I'm thinking of something similar to the current Moka based one, but one that is designed to be scalable (so that there is not need to make one icon in lots of sizes, GNOME is moving towards that direction. However, the style they are going is not to my liking. I generally prefer icons that have templates and gradients).

No. Even scalable icons have to be done for several sizes. I've worked on a few Papirus icons and you still do 6 sizes per icon. It's explained here

Incredible emulator 3dSen PC converts classics into 3D and it's out now
20 June 2020 at 10:04 am UTC Likes: 7

Quoting: DesumNeat gimmick, but I can't get behind proprietary emulators. I'm not even a Stallmanist, but the point of emulation is preservation. Having your emulator be closed sauce runs counter to that.
Why? This emulator does all sorts of things, but it does definitely not "preserve".

Linux Mint votes no on Snap packages, APT to block snapd installs
4 June 2020 at 9:52 am UTC

Quoting: Pangaea
Quoting: TuxeeReally? Showing an image of a flatpak package to prove the bloatedness of a snap? Really? (Besides I can't find a XNView snap to see whether this is different.)
Maybe read what I posted then, instead of barking up wrong trees. With bloat I always talked about the hilariously ill-named flatpaks. I have never used Snaps and don't intend to, so have no idea if these are bloated too or if the downsides are more about the Canonical lock-in.

Sorry. Yes you were mentioning flatpaks. (From my experience snaps are not exactly bloated.)

Linux Mint votes no on Snap packages, APT to block snapd installs
3 June 2020 at 10:50 pm UTC Likes: 1

Quoting: soulsourceThat's actually my main point of critique regarding all container formats: They delegate dependency tracking to developers, what makes it basically impossible to prevent situations in which users end up installing the same libraries over and over and over again, in different versions

It's the other way round: that's the reason why you have these containers - to have dependency compatibilty on a per-application level.

Quoting: soulsourceI fully agree however that container packages are preferable to some developer-hosted binary tar.gz. Yet, I don't see how they could be a suitable alternative to distributor-maintained traditional packages (deb, rpm,...).
I have the feeling that the ideal solution for end-users is a co-existence of containers and traditional packages, each having its own preferred use case.

I don't think that this was ever seriously disputed - even by container enthusiasts.

Linux Mint votes no on Snap packages, APT to block snapd installs
3 June 2020 at 10:44 pm UTC Likes: 3

Quoting: PangaeaHere is an example of what I mentioned earlier. And I've tried to install such things in the past and it did indeed take up an enormous amount of space - wildly more than the actual program does. I don't like bloatware, and you'll be hard pressed to find bigger bloat than this. Are the sticking the entire Linux OS in there or what the hell?


Really? Showing an image of a flatpak package to prove the bloatedness of a snap? Really? (Besides I can't find a XNView snap to see whether this is different.)

Quoting: PangaeaIf you download the program from their website, the deb is ~50 MB and the AppImage ~80 MB. And this isn't even the most egregious example. I've seen +2000% as well, maybe even more. It's totally absurd. I much prefer to download from the repo, or directly, or from a PPA that I can instantly disable afterwards.

Why are you doing that? You are aware, that you can download the deb packages of a PPA without setting up the PPA.

Quoting: PangaeaSnap sounds even worse, but in different ways, so I'm very happy about Mint doing the right thing here and ensuring the safety and interests of their users. If people absolutely want snap, you can manually install the stuff.

You are aware that in Ubuntu 20.04 there is only one snap package installed ("Ubuntu Software"), that this can be replaced by the native application with a few mouse clicks, and snaps are not forced on Ubuntu users? Ubuntu users have exactly the same variety of native packages available as Mint users. Plus a snap installer and daemon which you can use or not.

Quoting: PangaeaNot the first time Canonical has done something dodgy -- and surely not the last time.

Ah yes. Another sinister conspiracy...

Linux Mint votes no on Snap packages, APT to block snapd installs
3 June 2020 at 7:26 pm UTC Likes: 2

Quoting: tuubi"You're not fans of a thing I like so you must be ignorant and get all your info on social media." With such a confrontative attitude, I'm sure you feel right at home on Reddit and YouTube.

(Don't know whether this targetting me, but I actually never post on YT or Reddit.)

And one of course can prefer whatever containerization or packaging solution. But it's pretty lame when the given "reasons" don't stand the simplest fact check. (Or worse spinning some idiotic conspiracy theory.)

As stated: I prefer "normal" packages, but when it comes to proprietary software snaps are just a way more handy solution than some obscure zip files. So far all my snap packages (PHPStorm, Skype, the desktop clients of Mattermost and Telegram) have worked without any issues (apart from an initial slow start), are far from "bloated" - and looking at the version numbers - get updated regularly.

Linux Mint votes no on Snap packages, APT to block snapd installs
3 June 2020 at 3:21 pm UTC Likes: 4

Funny. So Snaps are the new systemd. Something one can complain about endlessly, bolstered quite frequently by unfound "facts".

Quoting: PangaeaInstead of installing something that usually takes 50 MB for example, it takes 1.9 GB. Errr, no! :crazy:

Lets check this out:

My PHPStorm snap package eats up 349MB. The generic tar.gz download unpacks to nearly 900MBs. How's that? And no, there is no deb package available.

Quoting: KohlyKohlThey look awful on a 4k monitor

I don't have many snaps, but I use the aforementioned PHPStorm daily on a WQHD setup and it looks totally "native". I've also tried it on a 4k display - no problems either.

Quoting: KohlyKohlare slow to start up

Agreed. One could add that this only happens the first time. For me it is a pretty standard four seconds delay (on an SSD) - annoying for a browser, not so for an IDE.

Quoting: KohlyKohland take up way too much space.

See above. Just for verification: The snap package of Chromium eats up 157MB, synaptic tells me that the deb package occupies 219MB. (For the faint of heart: I've removed the Chromium after this check immediately.)

I've checked the snap sizes both with
snap info <package>

du -hcs /var/lib/snapd/snaps/*

I do use deb packages wherever they are available since I like to have everything in one place - which for me is synaptic. But I gladly prefer snap packages over some tar.gz binaries extracted somewhere without any automatic updates and self-fabricated .desktop files.
Sorry, but this snaps-are-so-evil attiude is... well, pathetic.
Seems as if systemd won't go the way of the Dodo (as opposed to Devuan) and Gnome 3 is still not dead after all those years the community needs something else to be upset about.