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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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depends on the speed of the device. some of my old usb flash drives from like 2012-2018 take forever (25+ minutes). but sd cards ive been using lately take maybe five minutes. actual CDs will take 40+ minutes.


I agree - it is steadily getting better but I always felt like you have to settle for inferior software and support when doing creative work.


I don't feel comortable with Linux. I'm more used to BSD but Linux is great for all kinds of little projects and is much more usable for the average person. Gaming is the only drawback that kills its mass appeal. I also feel the Linux community has become another snobby elite in group and totally forgot the original mission of GNU and Linux and now its little more than a cult. Sad.


I'm using Linux Mint and it's pretty good. The only complaint I have is that I can't run Lightroom on it. But the android app works well enough for me, so it's not that bad overall.


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Hmm… I will have to take that back. The software that I currently use - Bitwig, Unity, Blender and Rider - are all great and seem to be actively supported on Linux.

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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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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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Post a screenshot of your current cool/cute wallpaper! Both desktop and phone caps are ok!

I'll start with some vaporwave vibes.
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I just refactored the whole workflow and look of my tablet. This is my homescreen now.


I used Chicago95 and slightly modified the color to fit my wallpaper


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this has been my phone wallpaper since i got this phone like 1.5 - 2 years ago. i have not felt the urge to change it




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This is my phone wallpaper right now, but I've been trying to make a good home screen for a while now, so I'll probably change it. Any recommendations for launchers and/or home screen makers? (I don't know where to put this in my comment soooo btw I use launcher95)

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What is the most treasured file on your computer?
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>Can't speak tibetan
I bet you can't even speak 7 languages. I learned tamil just to read a signpost that showed up in the background of some obscure meme, and it only took me 1 week.


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Tibetan is really hard though.


Nah, it's done. Only God has those memories now. I'm okay with it.


It's not on my computer, it's the copious amount of garfield porn I obsessively hoard

(it's actually my wallpapers)


my diary. for some reason i went the weirdo route and didnt just get a paper one. there's 101 entries there, about one every two weeks. i have a lot of issues with memory, so its the best record i have of my life and stuff that happens >~<

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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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I think we are better without a lewd board


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


If you're gonna make an imageboard, make sure you don't have ads and make sure you have a strong CSAM filter as well as racebait filter. For any soyjak party spammers or spammers in general, make a filter for that too.
Remembered that a Kiwi user told us a small powerlevel about how he used to run an obscure imageboard and despite it being so obscure and that he didn't shill it anywhere but his own site, CSAM ads/websites kept popping up (they dont have explicit images, just some simple drawings like silhouettes)
Imageboards especially dead ones have a very serious CSAM spam problem. I don't know who or what is doing this but I'll assume: Some form of web crawler/bot that detects imageboards and spams it, elaborate trolling groups on Discord or Telegram, or third worlders since in some of 3rd world countries don't decriminalize possession and distribution of it (including real and fictional)
Just some advice and theories about the whole problem with imageboards


If you don't want CP spam just host a 2ch style textboard instead. Make it private and recruit a bunch of friends or people you trust to test it out.


Honestly not needed, just do not host vichan or anything too close to the default interface. The spammers get easily confused and deterred.

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Hello, this is not a shill post. So I decided to create my own chan in python as a hobby (using the flask library) and this is what I have come up with so far. Just give me feedbacks here in this thread or there.

Currently you can only upload jpeg , jpg , png , gif, webm below the size of 4mb.

(IDK shit about frontend btw)

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I hope op does not follow this advice. It would make the site better in every conventional sense, but the unrefined unprocessed feel has charm that polished corporate sites don't.


The truth is that the message matters more than the format. If you're bringing people together for a purpose, it doesn't matter if it's a website or an IRC channel. Anyone worth a damn will figure it out and most those who don't bother aren't worth the effort it would take to include them.

Inclusion is a corporate game, gaming for numbers. Authenticity and purpose is what the rest of us have.


Thanks for the advice and for showing the love in my site :). Means a lot.


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Hello I'm from India. Are you detective Goonkesh Hawshi from indiachan.net(if you want to advertise, use the sticky thread on /lounge/)


What is your goal through? Do you have people you wish to bring together? Any sort of glue, legacy or personalities that will make the users wish to join and stay? Any blogs, regular content or articles they aren't reading elsewhere? This is personally much more important than however the page itself looks, people are using IRC to this day and it's definitely not because of its superiority 🤷

Tech-wise: I might sound ironic but either make the entire site stretch its reply boxes across the page or align and add margins for everything, especially the posts. Whether or not content should be columnized is a personal preference but consistency is my motto.

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Ever programmed a malware sushi roll?
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Wouldn't that be mean?



No but that would be cool since I'm now watching videos about malware that I think I should just make some of my own.


Yeah with Game Maker.
It was disguised as IE on the library computers in high school. It was a tacky VIRUS screen full of system animations and random paths flashing below pointless loading bars. If you managed to kill it, it would just respawn twenty times, choking the computer.
The joke backfired when they closed all of the computors at the library, which is where I pretty much lived.
Almost got expelled for that, too.


ive never messed with malware but i have programed an autohotkey script that plays text adventures. also i was thinking programming an malware with the renpy game engine that encrypts your files and the only way to decrypt them is answering questions to an goth anime girl about sysadmin stuff.

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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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