Audio: Rambling thoughts on retiring a channel with 1.3 million views

In today’s clip, I ramble a little about how it feels closing down Ours is the Theory.

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Audio: Thoughts on Microsoft acquiring GitHub

“Microsoft Corp. on Monday announced it has reached an agreement to acquire GitHub, the world’s leading software development platform where more than 28 million developers learn, share and collaborate to create the future. Together, the two companies will empower developers to achieve more at every stage of the development lifecycle, accelerate enterprise use of GitHub, and bring Microsoft’s developer tools and services to new audiences.” https://news.microsoft.com/2018/06/04/microsoft-to-acquire-github-for-7-5-billion

Audio: An introduction to my Manjaro Linux installation – Linux desktop tour

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Available from the Manjaro website, https://manjaro.org “Manjaro provides all the benefits of the Arch operating system combined with a focus on user-friendliness and accessibility. Available in both 32 and 64 bit versions, Manjaro is suitable for newcomers as well as experienced Linux users. For newcomers, a user-friendly installer is provided, and the system itself is designed to work fully ‘straight out of the box’ with features including:

“Pre-installed desktop environments pre-installed graphical applications to easily install software and update your system, and pre-installed codecs to play multimedia files

“For more experienced – and adventurous – users Manjaro also offers the configurability and versatility to be shaped and moulded in every respect to suit personal taste and preference. Furthermore, a minimalist NET-Edition is also available in both 32 and 64 bit versions. Stripped of any pre-installed software, this provides a base installation on which to build your own system; starting from a command line, be completely free to chose your own greeters, desktops, hardware drivers, software applications, and so on!”

Audio: Brief thoughts on Fedora 28 – Linux distro review

Available from https://getfedora.org “Fedora Workstation is a reliable, user-friendly, and powerful operating system for your laptop or desktop computer. It supports a wide range of developers, from hobbyists and students to professionals in corporate environments.

“Focus on your code in the GNOME 3 desktop environment. GNOME is built with developer feedback and minimizes distractions, so you can concentrate on what’s important.

“Skip the drag of trying to find or build the tools you need. With Fedora’s complete set of open source languages, tools, and utilities, everything is a click or command line away. There’s even project hosting and repositories like COPR to make your code and builds available quickly to the community.

“Get virtual machines up and running quickly to test your code on multiple platforms using GNOME Boxes. Or dig into powerful, scriptable virtualization tools for even more control.

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Game of Thrones theory: The Seven-Pointed Star

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Music: Forest Frolic Loop by Kevin MacLeod

“The Seven (also known as the God of Seven, the Seven-Faced God, or the New Gods) is the deity of the Faith of the Seven, the dominant religion of the Seven Kingdoms.

“Though the Faith teaches that there is a single deity, it has seven ‘aspects’ or ‘faces’. For this reason, the deity is often referred to as the ‘Seven-faced God’. In practice, many devotees will refer to the aspects as “Gods” plural, though priests of the Faith will attempt to stress the theological nuance to their followers that there is indeed only one God, the ‘Seven-in-One’ deity. This has not stopped the commonly heard exclamation “Gods be good!” from being used pervasively throughout the Seven Kingdoms. The Seven are referred to as “the New Gods” or ‘New God’ to distinguish them from the Old Gods of the Forest worshiped by the First Men.” From the Game of Thrones Wikia.

 

General thoughts on the Ubuntu 18.04 family and my experience with the AMD Ryzen 7

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About Ubuntu MATE from their website, “Ubuntu MATE is a stable, easy-to-use operating system with a configurable desktop environment. It is ideal for those who want the most out of their computers and prefer a traditional desktop metaphor. With modest hardware requirements it is suitable for modern workstations, single board computers and older hardware alike. Ubuntu MATE makes modern computers fast and old computers usable.” https://ubuntu-mate.org

About Ubuntu Budgie from their website, “Ubuntu Budgie is a proud official member of the Ubuntu family. We combine the simplicity and elegance of the Budgie interface to produce a traditional desktop orientated distro with a modern paradigm. Budgie is a desktop environment focused on having a clean and yet powerful desktop without unnecessary bloat.” https://ubuntubudgie.org

About Kubuntu from their website, “Kubuntu is a community developed and supported project. Since its launch in October 2004, Kubuntu has become one of the most highly regarded Linux distributions with millions of users around the world.  Our mission is to provide the latest stable KDE software, which includes the flagship project Plasma, our desktop environment on top of a stable Ubuntu core.  We release in 6 monthly cycles, following the same freezes/milestones as Ubuntu.” https://kubuntu.org

About Xubuntu from their website, “We believe that you should be able to utilize the maximum system performance to things you care about. Xubuntu is built around lightweight software with a lot of consideration for usability. Whether you have a high-end computer or even a moderately older machine, Xubuntu is able to provide you with a smooth and usable desktop experience. Benefiting of the Ubuntu hardware support, Xubuntu is able to work wonderfully with a wide variety of devices out of the box. Plug in your device, chances are it will work!” https://xubuntu.org

About Lubuntu from their website, “Lubuntu is a fast and lightweight operating system with a clean and easy-to-use user interface. It is a Linux system, that uses the minimal desktop LXDE, and a selection of light applications. Because of this, Lubuntu has very low hardware requirements. Lubuntu was founded by Mario Behling and has been grown for many years by Julien Lavergne. Please join us and install Lubuntu on your computer.” https://lubuntu.net

Is Google evil? Rambling thoughts on privacy and freedom online – Q&A

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Apple open-sourced the kernel of iOS and macOS for ARM processors: https://techcrunch.com/2017/10/01/apple-open-sourced-the-kernel-of-ios-and-macos-for-arm-processors

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In today’s rambly video I assess the privacy ethics of Google and its competitors as well as commentating on the wider state of privacy and freedom online.

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From Andrei’s letter, “I saw a lot of Linux users stopped using Google and its services (Gmail, Google Docs and so on). Most of them switched to DuckDuckGo and other services. What do you think about it?  Are you using Google (search engine) and its services? If so, then it means you don’t really care about what’s said about the privacy things and such, right? I’m just curious.

“I’m not a privacy-centric person, I’m not paranoid about privacy. I don’t have anything serious to hide, I don’t visit suspicious websites. I’m just a Linux user who plays games occasionally.

“I talked with a Linux user who’s working for Google and he said they already have every pave of information about there is to know. Google does tend to track a lot of our activity. Now, the truth is Google’s browser and services work best. At least, that’s my opinion. I’d rather stick with what works best.

“I’m undecided. I see different opinions and ideas. Of course I care about privacy of things I don’t want to be public, but I don’t have the intention of being a ghost on the internet. Anyone can find out my full name or email. My full name is even posted on my High-school’s website. Some people are paranoid about privacy and I don’t know if I should be too.

“I have one more question: How are you dealing with YouTube? Having a YouTube channel requires a Gmail account and you’re not using Gmail any more, as I can see.

“Thank you! I’m looking forward to your reply. Have a nice day!”

Chatting about bridging Discord, Riot.im, IRC and Gitter and thoughts about federated networks

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“Discord is a proprietary freeware VoIP application designed for gaming communities. Discord runs on Windows, macOS, Android, iOS, Linux, and in web browsers. As of December 2017, there were about 87 million unique users of the software.” Discord on Wikipedia.

“Communicate with your team and out of network colleagues more efficiently: use dedicated rooms which persist information from their creation and forever. Forget group emails: join or create rooms per topic, per team, per event… Decide the level of transparency you want to provide across the organisation or project. Cut through the noise by creating notifications that are customised by you and for you. Grab the attention of your colleague by calling out their name and don’t miss a thing with keyword alerts. Deploy bots for fun or practical use with our integrations store.” Riot.im’s site.

“Gitter is an open source instant messaging and chat room system for developers and users of GitHub repositories. Gitter is provided as software-as-a-service, with a free option providing all basic features and the ability to create a single private chat room, and paid subscription options for individuals and organisations, which allows them to create arbitrary numbers of private chat rooms.” From the Gitter Wikipedia page.

Thoughts on the latest Steam machines revelations – Q&A

Valve has removed the Steam Machine section from Steam: https://www.gamingonlinux.com/articles/valve-has-removed-the-steam-machine-section-from-steam.11505

Valve confirms their continued support for Linux gaming: https://www.gamingonlinux.com/articles/valve-confirms-their-continued-support-for-linux-gaming.11530

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Valve’s response, “We’ve noticed that what started out as a routine cleanup of the Steam Store navigation turned into a story about the delisting of Steam Machines. That section of the Steam Store is still available, but was removed from the main navigation bar based on user traffic. Given that this change has sparked a lot of interest, we thought it’d make sense to address some of the points we’ve seen people take away from it.”

“While it’s true Steam Machines aren’t exactly flying off the shelves, our reasons for striving towards a competitive and open gaming platform haven’t significantly changed. We’re still working hard on making Linux operating systems a great place for gaming and applications. We think it will ultimately result in a better experience for developers and customers alike, including those not on Steam.”

“Through the Steam Machine initiative, we’ve learned quite a bit about the state of the Linux ecosystem for real-world game developers out there. We’ve taken a lot of feedback and have been heads-down on addressing the shortcomings we observed. We think an important part of that effort is our ongoing investment in making Vulkan a competitive and well-supported graphics API, as well as making sure it has first-class support on Linux platforms.”

“Recently we announced Vulkan availability for macOS and iOS, adding to its existing availability for Windows and Linux. We also rolled out Steam Shader Pre-Caching, which will let users of Vulkan-based applications skip shader compilation on their local machine, significantly improving initial load times and reducing overall runtime stuttering in comparison with other APIs. We’ll be talking more about Shader Pre-Caching in the coming months as the system matures.”

“At the same time, we’re continuing to invest significant resources in supporting the Vulkan ecosystem, tooling and driver efforts. We also have other Linux initiatives in the pipe that we’re not quite ready to talk about yet; SteamOS will continue to be our medium to deliver these improvements to our customers, and we think they will ultimately benefit the Linux ecosystem at large.”

“In general, and if you have any questions or feedback on the topics above, feel free to reach out to me at pgriffais@valvesoftware.com. Thanks! Pierre-Loup”