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Captchas didn't work. Sticking to janitors while we try to think of something else.

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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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I don't wanna >:(
u can't make me


>I've come to realize the only true purpose for using linux is for programming and web hosting stuff. You will take this pill too.

As opposed to what, in say, Windows or FreeBSD? I mean to say, what do people use on those platforms that you don't on linux? I don't want to argue, though. I recognize linux having so little market share that doing simple things like "gaming" would be frustrating for most. I guess I ask why it is "only" for those. Maybe I'm being pedantic.


Do you sushi rolls host anything interesting? I've been hosting a personal wiki and it's been pretty fun. I also host some game servers, a pubnix, a FTP server, and a few static websites.

Gaming on Linux isn't too bad these days. Most things Just Work, and older games to have fewer issue on Linux than Windows. The main remaining stumbling block to it being good enough is anticheat

Proxmox for the hypervisor, Rocky Linux for server, and OPNsense for firewall/routing/general networking. Not a huge fan of RHEL distros, but I use them at work and value having just one environment. I've been meaning to use BSD for a while. When it comes time to have a dedicated NAS instead of everything on the hypervisor I'll likely use some flavor of BSD.


its absolutely just the case that people who make posts like the one you are replying to use computers exclusively for gaming so actually having the capability to do real work with less friction like linux allows is not really considered a useful tradeoff.


Maybe I'm a bit crazy but I can't quite decide what kind of a system I want to have. I have a few ideas. I have enough disk but an underpowered old little netbook. Compiling a kernel takes a day, a toolchain, maybe a couple more days, X11 half another day, and I can't be thinking about including rust or LLVM, that's fine, I would like simple stuff anyway. I would be using plan9 but it's a bit too ideal if you get my meaning.
My current idea is to use linux as a hypervisor, and a different system on each vm, so that I could even run ubuntu one day from my main build, not that I would actually do that.
The remaining question is what is the host system going to be? I am inclined for keeping the bare minimum, a few services and such, and instead of loading a user environment it can open one of a number of guest systems.
I am not too concerned with the performance penalty, as I wouldn't likely be jumping between whole systems, and once I get the whole thing running I am rather frugal.
Finally, am I able to pull this off? It involves many things I've never done before, time will tell.

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I wanna create an imageboard but I don't know how to use vichan and Tinyboard please help, I don't know anything about PHP nor java I'm lost and all I wanted is to create a parody imageboard that I and another guy found funny, plz help need a tool for idiots and normies like me.
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You could start by getting a local webserver to test out some image board software. In the end an image board is just a website, that you can run like any other. I would recommend XAMPP for a start, since it comes with everything you need to get going and there are many tutorials to configure it, if it should not run out of the box.


as if there aren't enough dead image boards spammed with CP already lmao


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speaking of which, it might be a good idea to start re-assembling the lewd board

i like this place


I think we are better without a lewd board


/lewd/ is still around, it's just hidden

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Do you use any programs on your computer on a daily basis? What are they? Do you use anything so much that you instinctively launch it right after turning your PC on? Are you always connected to the Internet?

Personally I use IRC, email and webchats a lot so I have a corner of my room dedicated to an old recycled PC that only runs my clients and a web browser.
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web browser - qutebrowser
rss reader - newsboat
text editor - vim
gemini and gopher browser - lagrange
file browser - lfimg


I use some really normal shit daily
waterfox - browser
uBlockOrigin, NoScript, Dark Reader, Cookie AutoDelete, Decentraleyes, SponsorBlock, Custom ScrollBar, Privacy Badger, Return Youtube Dislike - browser plugins that are always on
neovim - text editing and programming
godot - i'm making a game with my friends so :3
git - because of course i need version control!
nheko - matrix client for talking to my friends
ungoogled chromium - just open so i can use discord without the privacy nightmare of having the client on my computer, also for other web apps that may not work on waterfox
reaper - my personal choice of DAW, run it through a wine bottle sometimes in case there's some (possibly pirated) plugins I want to use
steam - i also run third party games through proton, it's That Good
alacritty (zsh) - personally choice of terminal emulator!
dolphin - it's the default for KDE and although I wanna get into tiling window managers, I'm lazy

besides that I just use everything else through my browser, Spotify, Soundcloud, and Bandcamp are all websites afterall.


Call me overly curious but how do you manage to run Reaper over Wine? It never works out for me, the VSTs I import do load but never show their GUI properly.


> "Call me overly curious"
> proceeds to be normally curious
(don't worry about it)

I run it through Bottles! Which is a really shitty GNOME 3 desktop app that works really well (it runs on other DEs but get ready to deal with the GNOME 3 interfaces if you hate them). Bottles can be found here!: https://usebottles.com/download/

It may be a bit confusing, but what you want to do is create a REAPER Bottle then place the REAPER windows installer in your Downloads folder (it has to be Downloads). Run that .exe within the bottle, and REAPER will install itself to a virtual hard disk. Since I installed through flatpak, I access the virtual hard disk like ~/.var/app/com.usebottles.bottles/data/bottles/bottles/REAPER/drive_c. It has become necessary for me to create shortcuts to this directory because navigating that shit takes forever.

I only did this because I just want to use Neural DSP stuff in my DAW sometimes! Most Linux VSTs I import are totally fine.


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waterfox my beloved
now that the dev has gone independent again and it doesn't have the looming threat of becoming another corpa browser, it's everything i could ever ask for
Add in vimium-c for max comfy

here's some more random stuff I use:
-w3m for when I just need to open some website without getting blasted by the modern web
-neovim <3
-obsidian for note taking and personal wiki type thing. Used to use notion before but it went so far down the enshittification hole that even the sunk cost couldn't keep me in.
-legally obtained cfx garritan piano vst cuz god it sounds so good but also costs more than i've made in my entire life
-kdeconnect even though I don't generally use KDE stuff, this is extremely handy just to sync clipboard between my phone and pc, and to send an occasional file without having to bother with adbfs or god forbid usb cables

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P-p-post your best music and books torrents senpai, FLAC means extra points n.n
Iĺl start
40GB of super eurobeat

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Magnet link of old /g/entoomen library from https://g.sicp.me/books/


FLAC is just the container, it really depends on the audio stored within. You can copy the audio stream from an MP3 into a FLAC and it won't sound any different, but you may be able to hear a difference from an original lossless recording, and something compressed like you would download from youtube. Usually you'd rip the lossless from a vinyl, and occasionally it's distributed on official CDs


>occasionally it's distributed on official CDs
CDs have their own audio format which is lossless but is different from FLAC. In fact, it's not even split into files at all - it's actually just one long audio stream with a "table of contents" which specifies where each track starts and ends. If you buy an album on CD which ends up being a CD-ROM with FLAC files on it, then someone somewhere did something very wrong.


A dumb friend of mine actually believes this.


Hearing the difference now isn't the reason to encode to FLAC. FLAC uses lossless compression, while MP3 is "lossy". What this means is that for each year the MP3 sits on your hard drive, it will lose roughly 12kbps, assuming you have SATA about 15kbps on IDE, but only 7kbps on SCSI, due to rotational velocidensity. You don't want to know how much worse it is on CD-ROM or other optical media.

I started collecting MP3s in about 2001, and if I try to play any of the tracks I downloaded back then, even the stuff I grabbed at 320kbps, they just sound like crap. The bass is terrible, the midrange is well don't get me started. Some of those albums have degraded down to 32 or even 16kbps. FLAC rips from the same period still sound great, even if they weren't stored correctly, in a cool, dry place. Seriously, stick to FLAC, you may not be able to hear the difference now, but in a year or two, you'll be glad you did.

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Can we finally agree that Twitter's nee CEO and the "genius" behind the Las Vegas RGB "hyperloop" is just a conman? The dude can't even build tunnels at prices thst competitive with his competitots. I doubt he has invented a single new technology.

Everything he has takes credit ftom was pretty much just him buying the companies and patents of someone else came up with. (Like Tesla's faster chargers.)


In that video I linked there's a Musk fanboy who buys two ten cent cinder bricks Elon Musk had made for $400. Musk had claimed they were stronger than regular bricks and he would make a ton from waste soil dug up out of the ground. He never made any more than two and engineers say you can't make stronger bricks with any random soil. Just like how you can't make concrete with random dirt, it has to be the right gravel and sand and stuff mixed together.

He never ever hits his dates either but pushes them back and people just forget. Cybertruck is like 8 years late.
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Musk does SpaceX so that basically makes up for any failed business venture or innovation his other companies do.


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Is there any CEO or capitalist frontman that isnt at least partially a conman?
It's not about having invented anything, it's about delivering product and manufacturing interest.
Advertising & delivery (of the things that actually matter).

My take on Elon though is, he's a bright dude and a fellow channer at heart, but he's in a fucking weird position of understanding where humanity/earth is going and not having enough influence to make the good thing happen, so he's kinda forced to embrace the absurdist run of being a human being.

But also that absurdist embrace has led to some nihilist downward spiral pathways of fuck-it-all, as in monkey abuse to further neuraLink endavours where macaques are in fucking hellworld left in experiment void puking to death in some weird pseudo-existence interacting with something that should never be. Not fucking okay. Nuclear eradication of earth is preferable to incarnating into one life of that existence. Make it fucking stop.


No, because there can't be. Can't really elaborate without getting political, but if you look into any CEO's past, they didn't get there by hard work, they got there by cheating.


Elon musk fans have to be the most braindead people in the world.

Remember Hyperloop?

Soon enough these hyperinflated companies will just fall same as hyperloop


Nobody remembers anything the musktard does, fortunately.

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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?
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TempleVPN and riseupVPN are pretty noname services. They were free last time I used them


Mullvad, if you need port forwarding (useful for torrenting) then AirVPN


I use Mullvad.


Why has everyone forgotten about proxies. Just scrape some proxies, and use those. They work fine. Most folks who need a VPN just need a proxy. If you don't know what the difference is chances are you don't need to pay for a VPN service.



I went with PrivateInternetAccess, it's cheap(buy a year or two or three), and supports port forwarding/torrenting. May not be entirely as good a "safehaven" as mullvad, but it just werks with better features.

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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 highly doubt that you are going to be on a list for browsing imageborads and neocities. most of the people there aren't doing anything illegal. the ones that are i hope they have good opsec and practice internet safety.


You can check here how well you can be tracked by any site.


It's almost impossible to stay sushi rollymous. The best you can do is use the most common client with the most common settings and environment to disappear in the crowd to some degree. Otherwise your best shot would be to fake a second online identity, ideally with a different machine you scavenged from a junk yard at least 30 miles away from your location with a separate gateway/vpn to access the web.


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You can clean the referer by dragging the link to a new tab.


Apparently I'm unique. It got my keyboard layout wrong, though.

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What are sushis working on right now? Any cool topics in computer science I should know more about?
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making a game where you hit people into other people with a baseball bat, will update you sushis if ever it gets finished!

godot is a great engine! at least for 2D, I heard 3D support is kind of dicey


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good luck sushiroll. godot is good, but yes 3D is still not doing great. currently working on this yume nikki clone with outfits in place of effects.


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I will now buy your game.


me too!:3


the selfie camera is perfect opportunity for a jump scare, but only after you've used it a bunch and only shortly after looking in the mirror.

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These are our newest images from the surface of another world. It's really, genuinely beautiful.
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I always feel melancholic about achievements in space exploration.
If I had sucked up to my profs more, I might have been able to get into their research labs for space tech. That could have been fun


I love it like everyone else, but I need more people. We need to get out of LEO again.

I know that feel. I work for NASA, but just having a bachelors (CS), I basically do industry, rather than research. Two sides of the same coin, I suppose. Grass is always greener as well.
Either way, follow your passion.

Don't know how old you are but I can almost guarantee it will happen, but as >>1774 said, small settlements will come before self-sustaining economies.


Fake photos…


Imagine being so gullible and retarded to think these are real lmfaoo


Why tho? What makes you think they are fake? If you say quality just remember that you probably have a 4k camera in your pocket right now.

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Crypto thread? Personally I think crypto is the future. No more centralization, no more states fucking you in the ass.
I also don't want to become a wage slave so I hope to make it thanks to crypto. Life is too short to not do what you like.
What cryptocurrencies have you invested in sushinons? What are you bullish on?
It would be cool that we all make it.

Personally I am extremely bullish on Bitbay. I missed the Ethereum train but I think Bitbay will be the next moon mission in 2018. It is the sole working decentralized marketplace and trustless contracting platform while fixing many BTC flaws and planning to have a decentralized peg that brings price stability by preventing volatility, especially from whales shady manipulation. The price is still fucking low (23m market cap) so there is a lot of growth potential. For instance, to have a x2 ROIs with ETH, it would need 30 fucking billions of dollars, while with bitbay it would only need 23m. It is far more likely in the latter for this very reason.
Pics related why I am bullish on it. It has both mainstream and darknet potential.
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It has.


what purpose does crypto have that does not involve selling crypto?


obfuscation of monetary transactions, decentralized banking, circumvention of domestic regulations


Scamming pople off their real money
I kid, there's no such thing as real money.


I'll buy in!

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