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  • Saru and Kelvin Spock would probably get along really well. Everyone else would be having heated arguments that I think would be amazing to witness, if not take part in.

    I think I'd most like to sit between Mariner and Pike, though.

  • How can I go about using the tty only on my system
  • If you haven't set up this laptop yet, then I'd suggest installing a server-oriented distro like Debian, AlmaLinux, or Ubuntu Server. Those have minimal install options that come without a desktop environment installed, as most servers do not need one. If you'd like to make the install harder for yourself, this might be a good excuse to give Arch Linux or Gentoo a try, as those have the option of a fully manual install. If you'd like, you can install a desktop environment afterwards using the package manager.

    If you already have a Linux with a graphical desktop installed, you can configure the system not to automatically start it with sudo systemctl set-default (Do not do this on your main device!) You can re-enable it with sudo systemctl set-default

    Regardless, you can then start a graphical session using startx, or whatever command is more appropriate for your desktop environment (gnome-session to start GNOME on Wayland, startplasma-wayland to start KDE Plasma), or by sudo systemctl starting your login screen manager (sddm, gdm, lightdm, etc).

  • Can I launch modern games thru RetroArch?
  • No modern AAA games have been released this way, but there is at least one game made specifically for libretro (Dinothawr) and a few other games that have been converted into "contentless" libretro cores (Cave Story, Mr. Boom, Rick Dangerous).

    The games (or their engines/emulators) would have to be modified to use the libretro API for things like input, rendering, and sound. Though it doesn't look terribly hard to program for, it does tie the game to RetroArch (or another libretro frontend) and possibly limit what the program can do.

    I thought I'd also bring up Lutris, which is not only a libretro frontend but also a frontend for numerous other game platforms. It may not have the game console-like UI of RetroArch, but I think if you must have all games under one launcher, it's the best you could hope for.

  • Autism and food sensitivity.
  • I'm not averse to trying new foods, but I have strong aversions to certain foods that I have tried. If I have a bad experience with one food, I will not be willing to try it again for a very long time, possibly ever. And if I have a good experience with one food, and it is easily available to me, it will remain in regular rotation for a very long time.

  • Is the RHCSA worth it?
  • I'm currently on the RHCSA path myself, and I can tell you that the courses are not worth the thousands that Red Hat charges. There are plenty of unofficial video courses on YouTube and Udemy and study guides and practice tests on GitHub that are free or cheap, and other resources for every individual study topic, which will be good enough.

    However, though I can't speak from experience, it seems like the cert itself will look good enough on a resume to justify the investment of $500 and a month of studying.

  • Distro for n100
  • Assuming you mean the Beelink S12 (which is the first thing that comes up in a search for "n100 mini pc"), that's quite similar to my own computer specs, which can run just about any distro, with enough resources to spare for a VM or two. I don't think it's necessary to go really lightweight or pick something special. If there's a distro you're already familiar with and know you can do all of those things on, install that.

    If you like Garuda, you could always try a different Arch spin which is lighter out of the box, like CachyOS or EndeavourOS.

  • NewPipe v0.27.0 No longer Working? [Update]
  • I've switched to FreeTube for now, it still works using the Invidious API. This is happening because YouTube is testing forced login to watch videos or use the API. There is a workaround it seems, but we'll have to wait for all the major clients to roll it out.

  • Before your change to Linux
  • Windows 8.1 was my last version before I made the switch. Windows 8 was horrible. The Metro UI broke all my habits from Windows XP from 7 while also making it harder to tweak my system. By the time 8.1 came out, I'd found enough ways around the main annoyances that its improvements were moot, but many issues remained, such as the bloatware bundled with my PC, and frequent slowness and instability.

    As for why I switched, I was attracted by the free software ideal, and trying to get away from Windows, and I had watched and read several things that further convinced me it was superior, but I think the ultimate reason was that I had become hyperfixated on Linux. Thankfully, in this case, autism did not steer me wrong. My level of obsession with Linux has declined, but I still enjoy using my computer much more than I ever did or would on Windows.

  • Possible to use Linux for Wi-Fi drivers on Windows?
  • Unlikely. While in theory someone could create a compatibility layer, it would be quite a challenge, as obviously, kernel modules are very closely tied to the specific kernel. I did some web searches, and only found the same few dead projects (that didn't completely solve this issue anyway) that you found, and other forum posts that offer little encouragement.

    Make sure you have the latest version of Windows 10 or 11, and the latest drivers for your network hardware. If you do, then there's probably not much you can do about this.

  • Meet the New Class of Cadets in Star Trek: Starfleet Academy
  • Actually, I wonder if this show was greenlit in some way because of Prodigy's cancellation. They're trying to draw in a younger audience for the sake of the franchise's long term prospects, but Prodigy didn't get as many views on Paramount+ as they hoped (and is now on a different service), so they wanted to make a version of that which is better suited to streaming, without the awkward concessions to Nickelodeon's release schedule.

    Though, I think the problem is really Paramount+. A streaming service that is best known for Star Trek and a bunch of dramas that old people watch, is unlikely to get anyone under 30 to subscribe to it for Star Trek.

  • Question: If windows is required, what distro do you recommend?
  • Personally, I've had no problems whatsoever running the Office 365 apps needed by my school on Debian's version of Firefox ESR. Aside from Outlook and Teams, I'm not asked to use them very often, as most assignments are turned in as PDFs, but when I have been required to use Word and Excel, I have had no problems.

    Apparently GNOME 46 introduced support for Microsoft 365 accounts including OneDrive support in the file manager, so a distro that runs a recent GNOME version, such as Fedora or Ubuntu, may be your best option. But without that, you can still use a third-party project like onedriver or abraunegg's OneDrive client.

  • Must have packages/extentions/etc?
  • What is a "must have" depends on your use case, personal preferences, and the shortcomings of your distro's default configuration (I've never used Cachy so I don't know what's missing).

    For myself, I usually end up installing VLC and Strawberry Media Player, since the media players most distros come with aren't as good. On non-GNOME distros I tend to install GNOME Disks as it's the least painful to use of the GUI partitioning tools I have used. My preferred rich text format is Markdown, for which I use ghostwriter. I also usually install a few FOSS games to pass the time with - my favorites are Freedoom, SuperTux, SuperTuxKart, and Xonotic - and RetroArch for emulation.

  • [solved - I was looking for mDNS] Is there a kde-connect like VPN?
  • Bit confused about what you're looking for. If you're just SSH/VNC ing into devices on the same local network, then you can simply use their local IP address, which you can find with a command like ip addr and will rarely change, or their hostname if your network is configured properly. There are several GUIs that can remember connection info for you, so you likely will only need it once. It's also quite easy to scan the local network for SSH servers if you have nmap (nmap -p22 <your ip address range, e.g.>). If you need to connect to a device on your home network from a different network, any VPN software can achieve that. I'm not aware of any remote desktop solution that doesn't require a network connection, but your network doesn't necessarily need to be connected to the Internet.

    Are you looking for a GUI that combines all those things?

  • Follow up from late Linux 90s post
  • Doom was officially ported to Linux in 1994, and a modified version of Linux Doom was made source-available in 1997, then open-source (GPLv2) in 1999. It was one of the first high-quality open-source games. Those versions do not work on current Linux distros, but they have enabled modern source ports such as PrBoom+ and Chocolate Doom to be developed, and those are available in nearly every distro's repository.

  • Ladybird, a truly independent web browser.
  • The website claims that sponsors have no direct influence on the project ("board seats are not for sale"). The reality is that no project of sufficient scale to fully implement web standards can survive without a significant amount of funding.

  • Spock finds a new form of Vulcan meditation
  • These are the mixes of the Federation DJ Enterprise. His five-hour mission: to spin strange new records, to seek out new sounds and new labels, to boldly crate-dig where no DJ has dug before. (disco Alexander Courage theme plays)

  • Panic "Screen of Death" To Gain Monochrome Fat Tux Logo In Linux 6.11
  • It's very new. Previously the system would just drop to a console with a message saying "Kernel panic: not syncing: [reason]" and a whole bunch of debug info.

    But still, on a well-maintained system, that pretty much never happens. Mainly because Linux is significantly more resilient to faults in device drivers than Windows.

  • Prodigy Season 2: How do we want to discuss it?
  • I'm against a megathread. That would be too busy and I think there will be more than enough to discuss about each episode.

    For entirely selfish reasons, I'd like individual discussion threads for each episode that come out one or two a day, since that's the pace I expect to be watching it (optimistically).

    Though, I think the best option for everyone might be five-episode blocks. That would allow both bingewatchers and slower viewers to enjoy the conversation without spamming the feed, and will match up well enough with the "parts" it would have been split into if it aired on Nickelodeon that both broad and individual episode discussions will make sense.

  • [Solved] [Help] Should I use zram?
  • Yeah, 50% (ram / 2) seems about right.

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    I missed the Plasma Oxygen look and feel