While I’m sure English has the biggest Linux/FOSS communities, what other languages have large ones?
I want to study more languages, and this would unironically factor in quite a bit, as it’s important to be able to find groups with shared interests.
I know this might be a little hard to quantify, but I know there are certain languages I see where there is a large FOSS community compared to others.
Hey, i need some help. Long story short, i had dual boot but deleted linux in order to install another distro, but I ended up with this. I just need to be able to boot into windows again, and i am at a loss. I am completely new to linux, please help:
The Announcement of Microsoft Defender ATP for MAC features many penguins (@0:13).
Microsoft has become a very interesting company.
Trying to install Dia on OSX and it’s proving to be a pain, any way I can read .dia files with some ease and free software, preferably OSS? Not much of a fan of uploading the documents, Creately was sort of misguiding on this.
I’ve got LibreOffice for Mac, but it doesn’t seem to open this.
I thought .dia files were way more universal than this 😐 #bitrotmuch?
This is a rant because I am angry. Still, I think that I do have some valid points about the state of Linux environment.
On my PC I use Windows, but for educational purposes I also have Ubuntu as a virtual machine. Ubuntu, because it’s the closest to what you get from a ready-out-of-the-box experience.
I got an old laptop for a really low price – perfect when you’re bored in a train or something. I mean when it’s such a bargain in the worst-case scenario you can just throw it away. The laptop is too slow to handle virtualization, thus I removed Windows and installed Ubuntu.
Oh boy, that’s a ride.
First of all, I got a kernel panic during installation. Now, that’s great. But the second time it worked, so no biggies. After some time the computer welcomed me with a typical Ubuntu start screen. I immediately proceeded to change the theme, because the default one feels outdated. You can change everything, how cool is that!
Except the process itself is a nightmare. Instead of giving you an option ‘choose your new theme here’ you have to manually install packages you need to change the theme, and with that you get a second settings-like application, but for the looks. But wait, this only changes half of the theme! You need another package to be able to change the theme fully. Of course you know that from guides on google.
I’ve heard of this fancy thing ‘WINE’. I decided to install MS Office using it. After a few hours of weird errors I gave this app ‘playonlinux’ a try. God bless people who made this. Shortcuts and icons are a mess though, but it doesn’t matter. Oh wait, editing positions in menu can’t be intuitively done with your mouse through GUI. Please go through some obscure paths and edit files manually.
I also tried installing Worms Armageddon, but failed. Foobar2000 works, but without WMA support, which just can’t be forced to work and even following instructions from some weird German forum did not help. Welp.
Anyway, I have foobar, time to send music from my Windows PC to the Linux laptop. Connection through the WiFi router is just too slow for 200GB of data, so I decided to just use cable connection to connect these two directly. I mean it worked on Windows, so why not on Linux. Unfortunately, the laptop would say ‘connecting’ for some unspecified amount of time (during that the connection worked) and then drop the connection. Hours of debugging later I discovered that the IP settings ‘auto’ are not the appropriate ones for this scenario. One should use ‘Auto Link-Local’. So what is the ‘auto’ option for, just to confuse people?
Today I received a new battery, because the old one was basically dead. I thought that maybe after installing nvidia drivers (which BTW print a segfault information to dmesg) the next step is to assure that laptop doesn’t overuse the dedicated graphics card and works mainly on the Intel one.
Unfortunately, on Linux you can’t just switch that on the fly, let alone let the computer decide which one is needed at the moment. Okay, I get it, I will choose nvidia and reboot to play, then Intel and reboot. I can live with that. So I chose ‘intel’ profile, rebooted, and… bootloop. Apparently nvidia drivers are broken and fuck up the Intel graphics. On the other hand the open-source drivers simply don’t work as intended. This is going to be a long night before I fix this.
I will never ever install Linux on any home-use PC. As much as you’d like Linux to be a multi-purpose operating system, it is not. Everything is the state of almost working. There’s no unified anything – things as simple as changing settings are scattered all around numerous apps, configuration files and pseudo-files. It’s clear that Linux is terminal-based, not GUI-based, so unless you know the commands, you’re fucked. From what I gather, having a working GPU on Linux is like having an unicorn farm because of how poorly written most drivers are.
Don’t get me wrong, I understand that Linux is great because of its flexibility, so it’s number one in specialized applications, ranging from high-performance computing on custom hardware to diy-projects and probably there’s someone successfully working on porting Linux to mashed potatoes, which is another great thing, because the bare existence of a complete, open-source operating system assures that you can use your computer the way you want it to, but please, for the love of god,
don’t ever say that Linux can replace Windows for an average home user. In this area it’s just an endless mess of almost-working software, programs not working properly because they’re not open-source and programs not working properly because they are open-source. Nothing is unified and changing a setting results in going through more and more obscure terminal commands. For the time I wasted I could just go to work and buy a Windows copy. My total time of troubleshooting Windows ever is less that what I’ve already spent with this damn laptop.
In 2004, there was a way to boot the kernel (then version 2.4) directly from source-code, by compiling it with the tcc compiler at boot-time.