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As a capable but lazy user, how much would switching to Arch frustrate me?
  • If you have an interest in Arch, I'd recommend starting with a derivative distro like EndeavourOS. It'll give you an easy installation process and a desktop that's ready to use.

    Then just use it as your daily driver. You'll eventually run into the occasional issue when package X or Y upgrades and breaks something, learn to fix that, and eventually learn the "ins and outs" of Arch. That's how I started, I went from Mint to Antergos, used that for a while, then when Antergos was discontinued (RIP) I converted my install to "pure" Arch and never looked back.

  • Software for remote desktop with phone confirmation to use on untrusted machines
  • RustDesk sort of fits the bill. It's open-source, has 2FA, can be self-hosted (but not needed), the client runs on anything, but the main issue here is that no amount of workarounds will make an untrusted machine any less untrusted, you're essentially extending the display and input from a dubious machine into your own.

    If you're really worried about the security aspect, my suggestion would be to only use your phone as the client, and if you need to do anything more complex, use a Bluetooth keyboard connected to it. There are some foldable keyboards that don't take too much space and are not terrible.

  • Can't figure out how to get Plank working on Wayland
  • Just echoing what others said, Plank does not run on Wayland. You can install the "Dash to Dock" Gnome extension for a very similar experience (minus widgets). If using KDE, consider replacing Guake (which is GTK) with Yakuake (Qt).

  • Post your Servernames!
  • Mine are all anime characters. Currently I have:

    • Mizuho (Onegai Teacher)
    • Misaki (To Aru Kagaku no Railgun)
    • Washu (Tenchi Muyo)
    • Siesta (Zero no Tsukaima)
    • Derfflinger (Zero no Tsukaima)
  • Why is Matrix mentioned more often than XMPP in self hosted forums?
  • Suggest your friend to give Eturnal a try maybe. I have it running on an Oracle free tier instance, and I use it daily to have video calls with my family using Synapse/Element (and Jitsi inside Element for group calls), and it works great. The documentation is very good too.

    Edit: this is my Eturnal config, for reference:

    eturnal: listen: - ip: "::" port: 3478 transport: udp enable_turn: true - ip: "::" port: 3478 transport: auto enable_turn: true - ip: "::" port: 5349 transport: tls enable_turn: true realm: turn.<MY_DOMAIN> tls_crt_file: /etc/letsencrypt/live/turn.<MY_DOMAIN>/fullchain.pem tls_key_file: /etc/letsencrypt/live/turn.<MY_DOMAIN>/privkey.pem tls_options: - no_tlsv1 - no_tlsv1_1 - cipher_server_preference

    And the compose file: services: eturnal: container_name: eturnal image: environment: ETURNAL_RELAY_MIN_PORT: 49160 ETURNAL_RELAY_MAX_PORT: 59160 ETURNAL_RELAY_IPV4_ADDR: <REDACTED> ETURNAL_RELAY_IPV6_ADDR: <REDACTED> ETURNAL_SECRET: <VERY LONG RANDOM STRING> volumes: - ./eturnal.yml:/etc/eturnal.yml:ro - /etc/letsencrypt:/etc/letsencrypt:ro restart: unless-stopped read_only: true cap_drop: - ALL security_opt: - no-new-privileges:true network_mode: host

  • Used NetApp 6TB SAS for 38€???
  • I have a bunch of ST6000NM0095 (which are similar specs) in my NAS, and despite already being well used when I got them, so far only one needed to be replaced in nearly 5 years of (my) usage.

    My only advice with these is: if you notice a maddening noise coming from them when they're idle, update them to the latest firmware and it'll go away.

  • Friendly reminder
  • Timeshift with BTRFS kicks ass. I have mine set for daily snapshots, retained for a week. Only the changes between snapshots are stored, so the extra disk usage is minimal, and easily justified by the peace of mind in case of fuck-ups or broken updates.

  • ZFS Swap on Linux
  • I don't have the source right now, but I had the same idea not long ago, and the tl;dr is swap on a zvol is a very bad idea. If your system ever runs low on memory and actually needs to do heavy swapping, you're setting yourself up for a catastrophe.