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>what is it?
An operating system that respects your freedom
>why would I use it?
If you are tired of having your OS use you and always wanted to use your computer instead
>What do you mean by freedom?
Write your own programs. use source code from the internet in seconds. update when you want to not when it tells you.
Want to run a website? cool! you can set one up in minutes.
Want to adjust your hardware to your liking? Awesome!
Want to stop or make a new feature to a program you use every day? Go for it!

Its your computer! use it how you want!
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Currently running Slackware 15.0 RC1 on my daily driver. It's pretty comfy. I can't update it yet since there are no 15.0 mirror directories last I checked. It also isn't detecting my wireless KB/mouse, but that could be my fault. Otherwise, this can do 96% of what I need a computer to do. If you need the other 4%, MX Linux is a good option. Dual-booting with Slackware and MX Linux seems ideal. How are your impressions w/ Slackware? Any plans of trying out Slackware 15 when it fully releases?


I am on artix right now and I can comfortably recomend it.


Posting from mint for a little trial run.
Once I get my new computer I will boot it with my favorite, hook up a VPN, and wipe my slate clean.
Thank you for guiding me!


Mint is as comfy as it gets imo. Glad you like it sushi!


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been using linux for about 9-10 years, despite this im still an ubuntoid.
luv me 'buntu.
void was okay, but i had no real use for it.
thinking of trying bedrock though.

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Does anyone have any recommendations for a safe browser to use while exploring all these chans and neocities sites? So I can keep pretending I'm some kind of old internet researcher while not getting my address on 10 thousand different blacklists.

Any other app or tip would be appreciated too!


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I use Bromite, a chromium fork which also has a built-in adblock. I use it for the SystemWebView too. It's pretty fast compared to Fennec.


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Use ur neighbour's wifi


Seconded, Bromite is pretty damn good. Fennec/Firefox on Android is awful in comparison.


I fail to see your point OP. If you're concerned, wouldn't using a VPN + whatever browser with Adblock be more than enough if all you do is browse websites?

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Anyone still using a basic keypad phone? Pic related but not mine(some guy on /g/).

I've been thinking about picking up Cat B100 or one of those Chinese Lenovo flip phones.
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picked up a 3310 yesterday

it's a little expensive for a dumbphone($60), and still runs a really basic OS. Most new dumbphones out there are running KaiOS now, which I'm curious about since they sit in a nice middle ground of functionality.


Went looking for one of these sites and the first one immediately started trying to download a 10gb .bin file called "10GB.BIN" lole


The best phone I've ever had.
f-droid works like a charm too.


I've been meaning to pick up a Nokia KaiOS flip-phone, but I've seen some hearsay about how it's kinda buggy, but it also kinda seems to vary from device to device, which seems weird.

But the app-system seems really cool, like something I could write apps for myself since it isn't locked in to the most bloated corp-lang in existance (looking at you android). Instead just web-type stuff.


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Does anyone here use a KaiOS phone? I'm tempted to cop one for tinkering's sake but I've heard it's buggy as shit.


Haven't you always wanted a computer friend to talk to?
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Yeah the OP is a bit vague.
Might even mean just someone you talk to through the computer, not about it. Just an internet homie.
You guys could always put a post in https://sushigirl.us/lounge/res/9187.html and specify that you're looking for someone with tech inclinations (and what particular area, since I'd wager most peeps on here is into tech in some shape or form) if that's what you want


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If she was real I'd buy her in a heartbeat.
2077 had a chip you could put into your head that would let you see projections of real people, would be kind of cool to have a consciousness hanging around and observing what's going on in my life.


I've always went to AIs when I was feeling in a really bad mood.
Too bad that Mitsuku was made in flash so it's no longer possible to talk to her.


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I would love to join a hackerspace but there are none around and I'm not in position where I can create one. I would love to join an online discord/irc hackerspace with people of similar skill level and interests.



What topics are you interested in ? What skill level are you at?

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 No.257[Reply][Last 50 Posts]

Let's talk coding and software, sushis, because I don't do enough of it and I really should. Let's hear about projects you're working on, stuff your coding, learning. Trade secrets, info, tips, whatever. Programming isn't something that should be done alone in a corner.

I guess if we need a thread starter, I want to brush up on my coding skills. I want to find something to play around with, something not as mainstream as the stuff like Java and C, but will still be useful in a professional setting, something I can make usable stuff out of.
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Learning Python by Mark Lutz or learn Ruby instead (read the pickaxe book)


Currently going through the SNOBOL Green Book, since most of the stuff I want to do with programming is text focused stuff and just for my own fun, why not try out a lang focused entirely on strings.
Find it quite comfy actually. A bit arcane in some ways, all control flow is essentially just gotos and labels, but I dont mind.


I am just going to say this because I need to say it.
I need to get away from programming communities. I suspect they have no positive effect on me and are ultimately distracting. Even more, I think I go into herd mode and deviate from my true or optimal path in order to accomodate to some programming culture (usually centered around a specific language, but not necessarily always the case). I'd always turn to such communities for inspiration but the net effect is that I've been barely able to produce anything at all, and I've constantly felt behind and that I should be pouring my energy in some other thing.
This does not necessarily mean that I should give up programming, but I first need to detach myself from community if I am ever to find out if programming is for me.

While on topic, I am fucking sick of programming books. Seriously. Most of them devote pages upon pages to language idiosyncracies, are unbearable verbose, and ultimately teach very little. What's more, I think they impede my ability to actually learn by myself and make me reliant on some outside source to get the knowledge I need to develop some idea, and to waste my time doing that because they're pages upon pages of prose.
Not all of them by any means, but most of them, even many that I genuinely consider good, ultimately have this effect on me.
I've been reading more math books these days and just now I've realized how overwhelmingly verbose programming books are. Just a few pages in a math book get me having to go back and think carefully about what is being said, while in programming books I find myself rushing through to get to something interesting.
This all may just be something about my personality, and perhaps math works best for me whereas programming works best for others. But I do suspect that some of what I said about programming books applies, particularly, that they seem to be filled with a lot of chaff in the form of endless prose in order to meet a 500-page quota.

Here ends my little vent on some of the frustrations that programming has caused me. Part of me wants to keep doing some of it at least, but I really feel I've lost my way. Despite what I said, I have a lost of books I really like, and some topics I'd like to learn more about. But I'm stuck, and I've been so for many years now.


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Books are good for some cs or math heavy topics, but even for those I often just get a textbook from libgen and mostly use it as a guide for what to Google. The table of contents is usually the most useful part. All the specific language books/clean code/best practices/design patterns books are trash. Most popular non-textbook books are usually as bad as yt videos.

I have no idea what a "programming community" is supposed be.


Hello sushis,

can one recommend me a book about principles of functional programming? I'm learning Haskell and I'm struggling understanding Monads etc. It makes me feel stupid!

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It was the cult thing, tsuki was the dude that ran it. The discord server was fuckin' weird and I remember there being some kind of personality quiz, but the rest escapes me. Some people claimed to genuinely believe in it which was a little concerning.


Would you join if your local schizo sushi (I hear voices telling me I'm pretty and I should have a good life and stuff, also I get the best fashion tips when getting dressed) made a cult all dedicated to the mastery of choosing the correct blanket for different temps / moisture levels, and having a cultist daily schedule dedicated to making way for good sleepsies? Like finding the optimal time to shut off screens/lights

also your local schizushi loves you
sage for OT


tbh sushi this sounds kinda awesome. as long as I don’t have do do anything crazy, I’ll join the cult of good sleep.


depends on what you find crazy, and as always, this is not a malign cult, you always have the option of opting out of anything you're not comfortable with, because ultimately, the cult of good sleep is a child of the great divinity comfy, that we all pleasant soul crowd up along towards and among

In less confusing, less poetic terms, you always do you, you never do the cult against your own wishes, and if any fellow "cultist" tries to force you into going against your inner beliefs and the important parts of you, that "fellow" is not your fellow, he is among those who may not yet tread among our silently rustling pathways of pleasant dreams and riding along the seams of all that is pleasurably to create forth within, such as, such as, such as

also please dont lewd sleep, sleep is the only time of day a human is allowed to be totally innocent and timid towards it all, and just wallow in the waves of possibilities. pls dont lewd sleep

your local schizushi adores your brave heart


If we have to believe in something, why not have it be something that promotes Internet freedom?

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I use a lot of obscure websites, mainly imageboards, and I play on a lot of small vidya servers. I need a vpn so I can stop letting random people know where I live. I'd like it to be relatively obscure, so it isn't included in vpn blacklists. Are there any good vpns that aren't too popular?


To get around VPN blacklists, it might just be better to host your own on a VPS (ramnode, linode, digital ocean, hetzner). This requires a bit of effort to configure everything. The popular VPS providers might still be blacklisted tho.

Those that really care, can still find out where you live since browsers can leak your location in other ways, or they just recognize you.

I think a VPN is better used to access resources at home, or to prevent other people on the same WiFi as you from snooping on your activities.

The only VPN provider that I know of is Mullvad. They're more privacy oriented, but I don't know if the latency for you is good enough for video games. I don't know if they're good for regular browsing either.


>To get around VPN blacklists, it might just be better to host your own on a VPS (ramnode, linode, digital ocean, hetzner).
Most VPN blacklists are actually datacenter blacklists, so your VPS is likely to be blocked too. Instead of worrying about this, you should just boycott sites that use VPN blacklists. You're not missing anything.

>Those that really care, can still find out where you live since browsers can leak your location in other ways, or they just recognize you.

That's trivial to block. Websites shouldn't be able to see more than your timezone.


if you just want to try one out and see if it works for you getting around blacklists on those obscure websites, Express VPN and Private Internet Access are both VPNs with a 30 day money back guarantee. I've tried them both, Express VPN for several months and PIA I'm nearing the end of the first month. I like PIA a little better simply due to the fact its desktop vpn has a true kill switch that can enable even when you voluntarily disconnect.

Request your guaranteed refund whenever before the expiry date and its free.


Mullvad is pretty good from my experience. It has consistent payment, as in it doesn't change the price for longer or shorter periods, and you can even pay in cash if you want to be super private.


Mullvad seems trustworthy. I see them mentioned several times, and for well over a decade by privacy conscious people I think they're one of the more trustworthy providers. Way more trustworthy than PIA and their ilk (anyone else mentioned regularly through youtube sponsorships.).

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I was thinking it would be nice if we had a thread for sharing our own websites/homepages. Woah, here's one now! Show me your netspace sushi!

Here's mine. It's a complete mess, but I like it. It's kind of new well, technically it's existed for a little while, but I only started working on it recently, so it's missing a lot of things, and there are a few links that 404. Though it's hosted on neocities, it's only slighty Lain themed.
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it's actually changed.
it's now: https://ngmi.work


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I have a "concept" website. I like to call it an hover adventure :

While my person page is over at :

And the first website I made to learn html etc is :

The whole thing is on another level.


Thanks sushi roll got my degree from bubbble


Pretty cool website! Anilist link is ded, though.
Savoie Libre !


Glad you enjoyed it.

Thanks for letting me know, I changed my username some time ago and I forgot to update the link.

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How much does the average sushi roll's computer cost?
How many of you own fancy GPUs/processors, and how many of you prefer simpler/cheaper hardware?
Does anyone own more than 2 or 3 computers? If so, why?
As always, keep it comfy~
Thanks for your input!
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I've seen one or two, but there's a few options involved. I want to get a double so I can get to know someone better, but I should still have room. The thing is, do I bring my TV and games, or my PC? Decisions. I have a Thinkpad x220 so honestly that will probably work better for my computing needs. I don't really play PC games so.


Since you have a decent laptop and seem to prefer console games I'd say you should be safe leaving the desktop.

If possible I still suggest you bring a monitor, keyboard, mouse, and/or whatever other peripherals make you comfy while working. The semester can get stressful.


>X230 thinkpad


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2015 Macbook, cost around $2k when I got it new, the GBP to USD exchange rate helped. I also keep a couple of little low power embedded linux boards around for home-server-y stuff.

I wouldn't buy a new laptop now, since I now know I can happily use an older lower powered system for my usualy Emacs and browsing. But as long as its a perfectly repairable laptop, there's no reason to replace my macbook. I really wish I could switch to Linux full time on it, but Apple Music and Ableton keep my tied down…

>macOS is comfy


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2021, still with my trusty x200s. The system haven't been updated since early 2019 at least. It's getting harder and harder to get by in the modern internet with my little turtle.
A couple years ago I've fallen for the apple trap. Now my iphone 8 is stupidly faster than my laptop.
I'm thinking about getiing an a1466 macbook. It's cute.

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Isn't that a Pokemon?





huh, I remember visiting this website some years ago

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