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eugenialoli

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Greek illustrator, previously a collage artist & music video filmmaker. Before that: developer & tech reporter (Linux & BeOS user since 1998). Space opera/sci-fi fan, movie buff, UFO enthusiast, DMT-curious. Grain-free diet (celiac).

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eugenialoli, to windows
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The mass exodus from #Windows to #Linux (and #Mac) due to #Windows11 and #AI continues. More and more articles, more and more youtube videos about it, or posts on forums. People are switching. If it continues like that, Linux should have 10% desktop marketshare by the end of the decade (and yes, that's a lot).

#opensource #foss #artificialintelligence #copilot #openai

eugenialoli,
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@timonsku There's the actual statcounter source, however what I'm reporting here is an obvious trend that is visible if you search a bit on youtube, reddit, on various forums. The amounts of users switching has increased, and it has kind of taken a world of its own since last week, after MS' AI announcement.

eugenialoli, to windows
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In a new podcast, Linus(Tech) said that with the upcoming #Windows #AI bruhaha, a lot of users are going to move to #Chromebooks. But just today #Google announced that AI is coming on their #Chromebook line too. Maybe just a chatbot for now, but eventually, it'll be more integrated. The only option (for those who can't stand #Apple), is #Linux, on their existing, older PC. That's why distros running in low RAM are important.

#opensource #foss #copilot #artificialintelligence #security #privacy

eugenialoli, to xfce
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Spent the day installing to an old Acer of my sister in law's brother (I've converted everyone to in the family). Acer's firmware was very buggy, so it took tricks to load grub.

Installed them a few apps, and they will be super happy with their new (old) laptop. Previously, 10 was dying on that laptop, it was that slow, as it was swapping furiously! Mint loaded in about 1 minute, which is good (considering the very slow hdd).

eugenialoli, to debian
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The funny part about the removal of networking from the default package on , is that they did it for "security" reasons, without thinking that the MOST INSECURE way to transfer a to your is via the CLIPBOARD. Absolutely every running app or service can read the clipboard! And yet, that's the default way they expect users to do it now!

That maintainer didn't think it through at all.

eugenialoli, to debian
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On 11, the whole system along with was taking 500 MB of RAM. On Debian 12, the system takes 850 MB of RAM. On Trixie/Sid-unstable, it takes 1.3 GB. I honestly don't know what they're shoving in it.

With and , it takes 1.6 GB on idle. Since when Cinnamon, a gnome2/gtk3 fork takes (or should take) as much RAM as Gnome4/gtk4? Something's amiss.

eugenialoli, to debian
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So I found myself in a weird predicament. I had some older laptops that I converted to #Debian & #XFce with a bunch of added apps and games. I gave some to my family, and the rest I wanted to give them to kids for school. I asked around. Well, no one seems to want them. No one is using computers anymore in #Greece it seems, they only use #smartphones. They barely browse the web too (just some gov sites). They just use #tiktok and few apps, consoles for games. That's it.

#linux #opensource #foss

eugenialoli, to linux
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After more annoyances that Gnome/RedHat is pulling lately ( https://gitlab.gnome.org/GNOME/adwaita-icon-theme/-/issues/288 ), I just donated to , instead of my original intention, .

The Gnome Project is a wall-garden, but not of the Apple kind. It's a club of mostly programmers & a few select others, and either you're in it, or you're not. Your user needs, your bug reports, your patches, all end up on /dev/null. They listen to no one. Never have, never will.

So, my money went to a fork.

eugenialoli, to cycling
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We totally randomly met two riders this morning near our home, apparently they're traveling around & with bicycles. They are a & couple. We invited them at my mom's home and we all had lunch together. Apparently they are candidates in , one in and the other one in . Very interesting young people. It was a good day today.

eugenialoli, to GNOME
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WTF? Is #Tenacity on the #Flatpak store #MALWARE? Apparently it was running in the bg AS IF it was an invincible #Gnome extension so SystemMonitor/htop would NOT see it as a process. But #MissionCenter (also from flatpak store) saw it as it is: an app running on startup! Killing it killed Gnome session! It was also spiking wifi, and was leaking the Gnome gjs service from 4MB RAM to 120MB. Uninstalling fixed the prob

Third party flatpak/snaps should be vetted.

#security #opensource #linux #foss

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@sonny Yes.

eugenialoli,
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@tenacity @sonny
I see. Thank you for the reply. Yes, it's possible that it's something inside flatpak that did all that. I don't know. I wish I had taken some screenshots, or used wireshark before uninstalling the app. I thought of it afterwards...

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@tenacity @sonny I only noticed it today. I have had tenacity installed for months now, but I hadn't really used it, as I don't use this laptop much. I noticed it after gjs was bloating to 120 mb of ram out of nowhere, and after happened to load Mission Center app and noticed that Tenacity was running, even if I had not load it for ages (and have had many reboots in the meantime).

SergKoren, to programming
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I think I want to get back into BeOS/Haiku. Why? Why not? Maybe I’m feeling nostalgic.

https://www.haiku-os.org

eugenialoli,
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@SergKoren Love it too, but it's not ready. Many bugs with usb support, and it can't sleep.

eugenialoli, to nature
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I think there's more than nurture. I was 5 when , , , The Man from , Bionic Woman, etc were my thing. The lengths I'd go to not miss Star Trek reruns at that age! Soaps and dramas were made for "stupid people who complicate life for no reason", was my opinion as a little kid. That opinion hasn't changed at all now, at 50 yo. I fall asleep with most human-caused . It doesn't teach me anything new.

eugenialoli, to random
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@joplinapp I'm using a totally de-googled phone, but I'd like to use joplin as my note app. I can't find an apk to download on either f-droid store, or on github. Please consider adding these, thx!

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@stereo @joplinapp hah, interesting! couldn't find it here... will investigate, thx!

eugenialoli, to linux
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With the new version of procfs the memory reading is more accurate, and it shows that distros are actually using more RAM than previously thought. While it's possible to run them at 2 or 4 GB with quite some success, you will start swapping sooner than later. The minimum these days is 8 GB, and that doesn't make Linux much more efficient than or . Sure, there are distros like DSL for old PCs, but modern desktop versions are as memory hungry as their competition.

eugenialoli,
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@visone Not on 2 or 4 GB of RAM. ZRam shines when you already have enough ram, because it can't guarantee any available ram. At least swap on file, that can grow, can. So, it depends on the computer specs you are working with.

eugenialoli, to linux
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Just bought a 3190 laptop, new for $150 (11.6" screen, 64GB eMMC). It's fully supported on , and even if it has a Celeron N4120 CPU and only 4 GB of RAM, it'll work fine with , or (and / if you don't mind some minor lag). Not opening too many browser tabs will ensure that the swap file won't get used too often.

If you're on a tight budget this is a good option, as it also has great battery life too at 10 hours with Linux.

eugenialoli, to business
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I'm looking to start a designing and installing s for very small businesses. Not full servers, but something like MS Access (local files). Unfortunately, there are no good alternatives for it. leaves a lot to be desired, and hasn't updated for some time now. That leaves the online as the best option, but I rather not deal with online stuff because internet is not reliable in my area. Plus that tends to fall into over time.

eugenialoli, to macos
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My main laptop is a #Macbook Air running #MacOS, but interestingly, I don't really use the #OS. I use it as if it's a #Chromebook instead. I only launch #Chrome with it (and #QEMU to run #Linux). Every time I HAVE to use the OS at length, e.g. to do something with Finder, it's an exercise in frustration.

What I enjoy very much is the interaction of the hardware with the input UI software (e.g. how the touchpad feels and behaves in conjunction to #software). Not the rest of the system.

#apple

eugenialoli, to GNOME
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I think I've had it with the breakage of , so I decided to only use one to minimize the danger: "App Icons Taskbar". It has an icon to show all apps, and the fav/open apps as well.

The truth is, the vast majority of people want a launch bar. This is evident by the massive amount of downloads for Dash to and Dash to Panel specifically. The insistence of the Gnome proj to ignore users for 15 years now, and force mobile UIs is a mystery to me.

eugenialoli, to rust
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I looked at the based, , by . This is branded "alpha" right now, but I'm flabbergasted by the users online, who think that "by summer" that thing will be ready for general use.

News flash, it won't.

It generally takes 2-3 years minimum after the official release for a brand new DE (with a brand new & libs) to become truly useful to most people. DEs aren't adopted unless matured. Hamper your expectations, lads.

eugenialoli, to Aesthetics
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Currently there's a big wave of (1980s mostly) , , & , embraced by Gen Z/A. Some are baffled by that and try to understand why. To me, it's obvious why: that was the golden age of the modern world (1950s is too far removed at this point to be embraced by them).

So what we're seeing is a depressive of a promising & hopeful world that will never be witnessed by the young generations. They know it, and they're trying to get a bite of it.

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