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As a capable but lazy user, how much would switching to Arch frustrate me?
  • Once I have learned Arch, installing and maintaining it is super easy and fast. Troubleshooting a problem if it occurs is also easier because you know more how the system works internally.

    But there is another problem I see when using it daily for many different things. I install Arch and week later when sending emoji find out there is no emoji font and I need to install one. Then month later needing to quickly use Bluetooth I realize I forgot to install bluez and some of it's frontend. Then about to print something and now I need to learn how to install CUPS print server. All those things takes few minutes and have the best documentation in the Linux world, but after fresh install I get annoyed for first month or two for stuff that come preinstalled on other distros.

    But... That's also why I use Arch. I could run some post-install script from someone or use Endevour, but setting stuff how I want is the beauty of Arch.

  • Phone number services
  • Yes. Unless you are a developer about to develop an app or are an organization, don't touch Twilio.

    I use Twilio for some testing and alerting and this is advenced control panel there.

  • Matrix client for Android for family and friends. Your experiences.

    I want to migrate my friends to self-hosted Matrix server I have for some time now. The problem is, that all Android clients seem missing for me. Element is too buggy (especially for encryption) and has bad UX. Element X is still experimental and lacks core features. FluffyChat has most features and nice ones like stickers, but calls or location sharing is here as a placeholder but not really working.

    If you migrated someone to Matrix, what client did you found out to "be working" for people not caring about protocol? Because I care for protocol and can stand some bugs, that others could not.

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    Software for remote desktop with phone confirmation to use on untrusted machines
  • No, because with remote desktop (GUI or terminal) I would clearly see if something other than my instructions is being done. I would see someone else typing or moving stuff around. With SSH malware on the client device can open second session/tty and do things there or simply write a command very fast and click enter before I can react.

  • Software for remote desktop with phone confirmation to use on untrusted machines

    Problem: I want to remotely access my computer from untrusted computers like on friends house or at work.

    Looking for: Remote desktop software (SSH is out of scope, as it could do commands in the background). Client should work in the browser or have portable binaries. Server should send some soft of 2FA before every connection without a way to remember it, so I could be safe in a case of a keylogger snooping on connection password. Not nessesary, but would be nice to have some sort of rate limiting for the inputs, so it won't be possible for some rubber-ducky style script to open terminal and run command before I could react.

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    Can someone explain Universal Blue (and images based on it) to me?

    I think I get the idea of Fedora Atomic (Silverblue, Kionite, etc.), but I do not get what uBlue is about.

    Are those just another "ooh it's distro X but with preinstalled Y" or are those some soft of overlays on top of Fedora? Can't they just be some install scripts? Why not just base Fedora Silverblue? Maybe I don't get the idea, because people seem hyped.

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    If you were to create a Fediverse server, with frontend being plan simple HTML only, what programming language and stack would you choose?

    Let's say we don't care about the backend<>frontend interconnection we see in most JS frameworks. We just want to program the backend. What would be the language of your choice?

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    How long a crate can be left unupdated to consider it out of date?

    When I install some Linux app from, let's say GitHub, I can feel how long without updates means the project is not maintained.\ For example last commit being 5 years ago for GTK app is a long time and this is considered an abandoned repo. For super simple things like cowsay it's not that simple but still I can feel it.

    How is that with crates with Rust? I see a lot of parsers or web libraries that are not updated for a year, two years, three years... How old is too old?\ Also, many of them have a version 0.x.x, so can I even consider them stable?

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    liliputing.com Banana Pi's $31 BPI-WiFi 6 router runs a fork of OpenWrt - Liliputing

    Banana Pi's $31 BPI-WiFi 6 router runs a fork of OpenWrt

    Banana Pi's $31 BPI-WiFi 6 router runs a fork of OpenWrt - Liliputing

    New router with OpenWrt compatibility out of the box! It's a fork, but of what I am reading it's similar approach to GL.iNet routers with little work to flash a vanilla version.

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    www.gamingonlinux.com The HDMI Forum rejected AMD's open source HDMI 2.1 implementation

    If you were hoping at some point to see HDMI 2.1+ on Linux with AMD + Mesa, you're out of luck right now as it's simply not going to be happening.

    The HDMI Forum rejected AMD's open source HDMI 2.1 implementation
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    What was the Fosbury flop of music?

    When athletic height jumping was considered done and perfected, there was the Fosbury flop which opened new possibilities. Do you think there was such a moment in the music history? When someone showed how things can be done and from there everyone is using his/her technique?

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    Looking for Magisk module or mod to grant all permissions automatically to all apps.

    Like in title. Modern Android permission system is really annoying. It assumes I do not trust installed apps and I believe was made to promote loose installing of whatever crap like loyalty cards apps, while I only install a couple of trusted apps all from F-Droid. Such module would enable faster installation of the systems and less irritation when I have to give app a permission third time this month (Android now can decide for myself and revoke permission when it thinks it's no longer needed...).

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    Launch of NGI Taler: A Privacy-Preserving Payment System Initiative
    taler.net GNU Taler

    Taxable Anonymous Libre Electronic Reserves

    GNU Taler (Taxable Anonymous Libre Electronic Resources) is a new secure electronic payment system based on open standards, free software, and advanced cryptography. GNU Taler provides privacy guarantees to the buyer while offering the possibility to audit merchants, making sale incomes transparent and fraud difficult. To online merchants and retailers, GNU Taler offers instant transaction clearance without risks of fake payment methods. Computations needed to clear the payments are efficient and scalable so that banks can pass on lower transaction costs to consumers and merchants.

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    Looking for a WYSIWYG note taking app that is not Electron.

    Like in the title. Some way of sync to Android would be nice.

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    Recommendations for docking station and gamepads for using Linux laptop as simple TV console

    As I have no gaming console I have an idea to sometimes plug my daily-drive laptop to a TV and run some parties playing games like Overcooked or Move or Die. My laptop runs Linux with KDE Plasma and has a Thunderbolt 4 port.

    Any recommendations for a dock and bluetooth/dongle gamepads models? I want to focus on more budget options, the cheaper the better as long as playable.

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