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jzb

@jzb@mastodon.social

Longtime open source user, advocate, and contributor. I’ve been working with and writing about Linux and open source since 1999. Currently working for LWN.net.

Have worked at Red Hat, Intel, Citrix, Novell/SUSE, and others.

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textfiles, to random
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A passionate review is still a review

jzb,
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@textfiles but… what’s the album?!

jzb, to random
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Just curious - of folks who follow me here on Mastodon, what is your desktop of choice? KDE Plasma, GNOME, Mate, Cinnamon, Cosmic, Xfce, other?

(Tried a poll, but apparently Mastodon only allows 4 options? That's woefully insufficient.)

Adorable_Sergal, to linux
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So what is the best Linux distro for a cat with only one brain cell?

https://hachyderm.io/

jzb,
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@Adorable_Sergal Sir Wobbles prefers Fedora.

jzb, to opensource
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I do believe that Willow is happy that I’m back from Open Source Summit.

Willow, a tortoiseshell cat, napping happily.

jwildeboer, to random
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Non-profits backed by billionaires or big companies will not solve problems but generate revenue for the few at the expense of the many. Billionaires or big companies will never invest in coops. But that’s the better way. Small is beautiful.

jzb,
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@jwildeboer You had a chance to make a really privileged audience uncomfortable and passed it up? 😀

vwbusguy, (edited ) to random
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Kids these days will never appreciate how much TLS is built into everything. Back in my day, we had to setup stunnel connections for encrypting database and vendor API connections if we wanted them to be encrypted.

jzb,
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@vwbusguy you remember Stronghold Enterprise Web Server?

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  • jzb,
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    @jwildeboer @raffaele libraries really do have everything…

    jzb, to random
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    Bit of a rough weekend. Our most senior lab (nearly 14!) had been having some behavior changes (extra barky, losing weight) and last exam showed cancer.

    A few days ago she started showing more signs of distress and discomfort (whining, heavy breathing, what seems to be disorientation). I had hoped she'd rally, have a few more good weeks or months, but it doesn't seem to be going that way.

    We decided we should say goodbye tomorrow, after the oldest can come home from college to her. It sucks.

    jwildeboer, (edited ) to random
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    Again the FOSS world has proven to be vigilant and proactive in finding bugs and backdoors, IMHO. The level of transparency is stellar, especially compared to proprietary software companies. What the FOSS world has accomplished in 24 hours after detection of the backdoor code in deserves a moment of humbleness. Instead we have flamewars and armchair experts shouting that we must change everything NOW. Which would introduce even more risks. Progress is made iteratively. Learn, adapt, repeat.

    jzb,
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    @jwildeboer yes… but. I’m now wondering if there are other instances we haven’t caught, or caught yet. Seems optimistic to assume that we’ve spotted a solitary instance of a very sophisticated approach to sneaking in back doors.

    At a minimum, it might be time to revisit the practice of key signing parties and doing more to vet contributors.

    xahteiwi, (edited ) to random
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    Let's be real, being present at a tech conference, as a company, is — among other things — a marketing effort.

    Now, in your opinion, what's the best way for a company to support its own cause (build reputation, attract potential customers, attract potential employees) at a tech conference, if you had to pick just one?

    Boosts OK.

    jzb,
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    @xahteiwi Obviously this is only my experience, but I've never met anyone who was swayed by the size of a company's sponsorship or booth size in a good way. I guess having a dinky booth can work against big vendors by seeming too cheap, but I've never known swag or booth size to correlate with any success metric.

    That said, handing out swag + material goes alongside conversations which is important. Talks alone don't supplant that.

    And, depending on event, no sponsorship may mean no talk.

    jzb, to random
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    Any Flathub admins around on Mastodon? I've emailed a question about verification a day ago and haven't received any response yet.

    popey, to random
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    What's the protocol when someone emails you asking you to "give up" the domain you've owned for 25 years because "You're only using it for a blog", and they want to use it for a community they want to build, and they don't want to have "JoinFoo" dot com.

    Do nothing? Explain that other TLDs are available? Tell them to "Jog on?"

    jzb,
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    @popey Quote them a really, mind-bogglingly high price.

    sjvn, to random
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    And now you know why NVIDIA now has a market cap of over two trillion bucks.

    jzb,
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    @sjvn something something gold rush, something something picks and shovels. NVIDIA is damned lucky that all the recent get rick quick fads happen to be GPU-intensive.

    jwildeboer, to generativeAI
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    I admit, I am a bit amused. I installed a generative AI model locally on my laptop (Realistic Vision v3.0 8-bit), gave it the following prompt: "Freedom for computers! Unite all the nerds! Solidarity with Free Software! Freedom for printers! Socialist style poster from the 1960s." and it returned this :)

    jzb,
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    @jwildeboer The middle one looks like he's half Woody Allen, half RMS.

    Somebody needs to come up with a project called The Dometer now.

    baldur, to random
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    Has anybody written about what happened that led to the dissolution of the Open Collective Foundation and why it seemed to have such a short notice?

    jzb,
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    @baldur I wrote about it for LWN, more from the angle of disambiguating all the things called "Open Collective" or a variant thereof. https://lwn.net/SubscriberLink/964402/0edf4547a733a349/

    Not a lot of satisfying answers, I'm afraid.

    jzb,
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    @baldur Indeed. I've been saying for many years now: A company, its products, and its open source projects should all have different names to avoid confusion and other problems.

    If your company is Acme Corp, it's really confusing if you have a product also named Acme and an open source project called Acme. If you untangle those when people start saying "this is confusing" it's too late. (Or just in time if the point is to conflate the bunch of them....)

    The OC situation is very confusing.

    ben, to random
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    I've created a situation for myself where every blog post on my site is connected to my newsletter, so everything I write ends up getting emailed out instantly.

    But not every post warrants that. So should I create a new "short article" content type?

    Maybe, right?

    And then those wouldn't all be emailed out in real time - instead they'd be collected up as a digest or maybe not emailed at all?

    jzb,
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    @ben is this wordpress? I’ve wondered about their “newsletter” implementation, but haven’t set it up myself.

    molly0xfff, to random
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    so infuriating. open source maintainers have a hard enough time without random people shitting up their repos trying to score crypto tokens.

    https://hachyderm.io/@web3isgreat@indieweb.social/112003997836479406

    jzb,
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    @schwa @molly0xfff oh? I don’t recall hearing much negative about Homebrew - what’s the scoop there?

    Gargron, to random
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    There is an ongoing spam attack on the fediverse for the last couple of days. It's more widespread than before, as attackers are targeting smaller servers to create accounts. Before, usually only mastodon.social was targeted and our team could take care of it. For server administrators out there: If you don't need open registrations, switch over to approval mode. If you do, blocking disposable e-mail providers is a massive stopgap to the problem. Mastodon also supports hCaptcha.

    jzb,
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    @Gargron any idea where it’s coming from, or why now?

    jzb, to random
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    Hrmph. On GitHub's release pages it lists releases as "4 days ago," "3 weeks ago," "last month" until some point when it actually then lists the actual date.

    That is super annoying if you're looking at a page and want an actual, specific date.

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    danderson, to random
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    Once again wishing I had the lack of fucks necessary to bring a more Charles Emerson Winchester vibe to issue trackers.

    "Thank you. No."

    jzb,
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    @danderson "You cannot break the spirit of a Winchester. My voice shall be heard from this wilderness and I shall be delivered from this fetid and festering sewer."

    matrix, to Matrix
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    Today we launch a new fundraiser, talk about the scope of the Foundation's work, and begin to unpack our emerging roadmap for the future 🚀

    There is a lot going on and we need your help to keep it going!

    https://matrix.org/blog/2024/01/2024-roadmap-and-fundraiser/

    jzb,
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    @matrix is it just me, or is there no RSS feed for the Matrix blog?

    jzb,
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    @matrix Thanks for the speedy reply! Much appreciated!

    sjvn, to Cat
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    My young #cat, Henry, and my old #dog, Coco, napping together.

    jzb,
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    @sjvn they make a great pair!

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