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Ubuntu asking its flavors to stop using something because it doesn’t is a head scratcher. Flavors regularly use things Ubuntu doesn’t, things you could argue are more intrinsic to an “Ubuntu experience”, like installers, login managers, icon themes etc. Why single out Flatpak?

IMO Canonical wants to make snap like google play, where people sell stuff and they take a 20-30 percent commission








Ardour has been making good money by charging for binaries, maybe other projects could use the approach (e.g. the goal of making 8k in february was reached).



I don’t see a post asking for automatic detection of language, maybe you can submit a issue on github for that?







Might be worth mentioning oolite which is a modernization of the source code, I played it a lot (basically finished all the content not in the mods), good game.


I agree. There is a lot of information out there from which we can take. But with the particular “grassroots culture and dynamics” I was referring to something that (a quick browsing through) the resources you provided do not address.

I think lowering the threshold for becoming a member , and therefore gaining power that allows you to influence the organisation by voting on decisions and the people in the board of directors (elected leaders) is the best option, iirc codeberg has a “everybody can be a member as long the they contribute some money”, a more famous example is American Association for the Advancement of Science, unions and cooperatives and cooperative banks (another example is vanguard) also work in a similar way.

an archarchist and post-(hyper)capitalism streak on the Fediverse (though The Muskening brought change to the culture), and a general weakness I perceive in the FOSS movement as a whole.

You could come up with reasonable arguments against any system of governance i think, like Winston Churchill said: “democracy is the worst form of government – except for all the others that have been tried.”


The tricky part is getting this “good governance model” such that it still fits the grassroots culture and dynamics and won’t result is something perceived as too authoritative and where particular experts have too dominant voices (though in some cases that works, in most it eventually does not)

I don’t think you need to reinvent the wheel here, you can copy the bylaws of a project like KDE or GNOME, there are also projects that point to various governance models like this and this


He is getting at least 2600 a month now, so things seems ok, this is another example of how important fundraising is.


I would not call that an organisation, i am talking about something that can get donations and spent it, for example the C++ foundation has a person working full time (Herb sutter), that works on a new syntax , their website is also pretty nice and has various resources.




I just hope they will do good UX research, I don’t want some overly opinionated UX design that will be not very usable and hurt the popularity of the project (I think that’s what happened to amarok , GNOME 3 also comes to mind).


I think what the fediverse need is a organisation for standardization with a good governance model, something like the C++ foundation or the XMPP/Matrix.org Foundation , I don’t know if something like that exists. Maybe also make a trademark and enforce it using a test suite like in the RISC-V foundation or Java.


is It? no offence but it seems pretty standard to me.




I can’t see how that is useful, is it just until the “real” functionality for highlighting the new comments since last visit will be implemented?


one to provide an outlet for people’s unpleasant/destructive thoughts (sometimes voicing them will help temporarily quiet them if you are in acute distress).

That sounds like a problematic issue, reddit already has a problem with communities for support where "ppl who suck at X give advice to other people who suck at X). These types of communities might reinforce unhealthy attitudes, I suggest you at least link to sources that have at least trained volunteers (my country have those, and the US probably also has it), maybe also links to other resources like free online CBT/ACT therapy resources or books.


Why do some comments appear white?

Is this suppose to highlight new comments? because if it is it does not seem to work OK, I only visited yesterday yet a comment from 23m ago is not highlighted.


I was thinking at the actual project page itself (say next to “instances”).


I was thinking about the sidebar (or some sort of wiki linked by the sidebar, even a codeberg readme file).


There are still a few features planned…

I would start with a link to the source code.



I was originally going to post it directly to this group, but for some reason whenever I tried it the message got stuck “pending” and removing the mention fixed it.

Can you try to reproduce this and maybe submit a bug here?


I think the best thing to do right now is to increase the active user count, then worry about conversion rate (basically percentage of users who contribute, which seems not good enough for lemmy)

e.g. fosstodon has about 42,934 MAU and makes about $3,236 (about 13 users per dollar).

for mastodon it’s 2706053 MAU and makes about $33,627 (about 80 users per dollar).

for lemmy it seems like it’s 7.6 users per dollar , but i think that could be higher because the donate button seems almost invisible.


Yeah, i posted this, i basically constantly steal posts from lemmy and put them on reddit lol.

Having some extension showing reddit (teddit?) posts from links posted on lemmy or the other way around could be useful.


If you work on open source your basically doing work for free, there is a limit to how much you can do.

You can put a message when posting an issue, saying the project is missing maintainers, and existing maintainers have limited time to work on the project.

Another option is to use something like rysolv, if people don’t want to put money to have the issue fixed (even money that will go to some nonprofit feeding hungry africans) it’s probably not that important. The issue getting the most money indicates it is at least somewhat important.


The biggest difference between Mastodon and Twitter is that there is no “algorithmic boosting” of any kind – there is no manipulation of your natural newsfeed. Because Mastodon doesn’t boost for engagement, there tend to be a lot fewer hostile arguments, conspiracy theories, and celebrity fawning.

On the other hand it is a lot harder to find interesting content, even when compared to something even moderately “algorithmic” like lemmy.


Where do i put the flake file? (another disadvantage, an implicit dependency).

Also does it get added to “~/.nix-profile/bin/” ? Does it use a binary cache (do every package in nixpkgs has to be rebuilt from source?)


I think a good governance model is important, maybe copy the model of a well known university (harvard/MIT) or use some kind of open source project as a case study (kde seems good).


Gorey uses the Red Hat case to back up his point: in 2019, he says, the company made three times as much money on subscriptions as they did on professional services

What is the difference between these two models?


They brought in about 379M in the last twelve months and are growing fast (about 50%) they must be doing something right.


There are already open source search engines , I am worried this is just too much fragmentation , I think somehow having more collaboration would be useful (starting a non profit with a formal governance model where you can solve disputes could help).


I read the article, flakes sound like an interesting solution that could make it a lot easier to contribute to open source projects (which reportedly often causes an increase in contributions).

With that said, nix-channel still seems like a simpler (by simpler i mean easier to learn and use) at least for simple use case of replacing flatpak , I still don’t know how to replace nix-channel with it, I am not really trying hard but the bottom line it is hard to compete with the ease of use/learning of just doing:

nix-channel --add some_channel nix-channel --update


I don’t know what is the common idea of what’s the proper way to use Lemmy. Maybe I should be posting everything I come across and let people decide what they find interesting.

That’s a bad idea, it takes time to review posts, Content should be interesting, how interesting? I don’t think you will find a formula.


I looked at, it seems way more complex, it is still experimental and last i checked it does not have official documentation, nix-channel works now and is a lot simpler so i will stick to that for now. hopefully when it will be mature they will have an option to make it dead simple for busy people who just want a leaner flatpak, something like specifying a single line in the file:

main-channel: https://nixos.org/channels/nixos-22.05


The main feature that was awaited for a long time is the introduction of experimental features, namely the flakes experimental feature.

Flakes is suppose to replace nix-channel, Is still experimental but nix-channel is IMO way too buggy, I wasted days due to this bug , including the time of several community members (If anybody wants to try nix, especially on third party linux distro i suggest he will have a look at, it seems to me something that should be very common and a lot of users should encounter it and it basically brakes the installation).

I hope that if flakes will replace nix-channel it will have the same ease of learning, so nix could be a good flatpak alternative to most users.


@wiki_me no offense wiki_me, but it doesn’t matter how good your group is, you and others should begin to consider migrating to a different platform.

of course it matters, i am not using it for some generic chit chat like on lemmy, it is a source of important information for me, stuff that helps me manage my career (there is also research showing how beneficial are communities of practice or communities of interest are, and also how online support groups can improve mental health).

People will go where there is good quality meaningful content, that’s how it works and IMO that’s how it should work.


I am in some pretty high quality facebook groups, meta made 118B in the last year, it’s very far from dead, If we want to build something better i think some modesty would be useful.


Sorry, am not used to lemmy having posts that have both a link and a text, didn’t see a link on the website where i would expect it to be so i guess my mind just assumed it doesn’t exist.


Is mastodon actually a good social media platform? is anybody using it and thinks it’s better then other platforms? (twitter reddit facebook groups or whatever)




I would like to know how you manage to suppress these fearful feelings or at least how you feel about this philosophically nonfree software/trademark issue.

Your overthinking this, There is other software that is also trademarked (LInux most famously probably). As the lwn article said you can always call it “gust” or something like that.

having a trademark is useful, as someone can pull a “extend embrace extinguish” by creating a semi compatible version or a version that has better support for windows.






Is there a good open source software for running surveys with a free online host?
It should have the option of answering yes/no questions (I am considering running a survey checking if a community knows if a certain feature exists).
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As of october 2021 what is in your opinion the best open source reddit alternative and why? what are it’s best qualities?
I obviously like Lemmy, but i wonder if there are more interesting alternatives i don't know about. I would interested in some objective analysis, I doesn't have to be really popular , it can be just a place to post for some extra quality discussion.
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