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I've noticed a trend in messengers in Windows, even the new version of Skype is doing it too. They aren't letting us detach chat windows allowing us to have separate chat windows per person. I know they are probably trying to be all hip emulate mobile OS'es, but it's annoying as ######.
Not sure about anyone else but on a few occasions I've sent the wrong message to the wrong person because I thought I was on their window but I was on someone else. Doesn't help that in the case of Facebook Messenger it lets you know which person is the active one by using a dull hard to see light gray. Who the ###### designed that UI, how about a bright easy to see color? Maybe blue?
Before anyone suggests an option such as Trillian, yes Trillian is great, but for some reason when someone shares something by clicking the share button it never comes through. Anyway, that's my rant for the day!
Arch Linux host cites freedom of speech defense, after using offensive domain name
by Dreyer Smit
Arch Linux, one of the many open-source distributions based on the free kernel, has been embroiled in controversy after one of the hosts, known as 'Alucard', used an offensive mirror address for one of the packages available to fellow users. However, after this came to light when another user complained, the host responded by saying that his 'freedom of speech' was being suppressed by the complainant.
The domain name 'loli.forsale' prompted a user by the name Florian to complain that a friend was extremely offended by the address, and asked that it be changed immediately. Loli is a term that describes under-aged girls in Hentai, according to Urban Dictionary, which paired with 'for sale' is objectively offensive.
Even though this was changed, he went on to defend this choice by referring to his 'freedom of speech', likening the complaint of the offensive content to oppression. Beyond that, he discussed the time and effort he put into the Arch Linux project. However, this was immaterial to the domain name in question. The defendant had to allegedly obtain professional assistance in his lengthy response due to a disability. His question read as follows:
According to a user on Reddit by the name of 'fameistheproduct', this isn't the first time something in the community has offended some users. At one point, the system automatically generated license codes that could be regarded as offensive by some. The offending content has since been removed by the organization.
Source: Reddit | Image via Faster Land
Ubuntu's snaps come to other Linux distros
by Paul Hill
One of the biggest features to launch with Ubuntu 16.04 in April were snap packages. Snaps, as they are called, have now become available for distrubutions based on Arch Linux, Debian, Fedora and Gentoo. - The easy to follow installation instructions have been made available on the dedicated snapcraft website. .
Snaps bring great advantages to the Linux world, for starters, they are encapsulated from the rest of the system, making it very difficult for viruses to infect the system. Another advantage of snaps is that they are much easier to update, according to an Ubuntu Insights blog post, “developers have a much better handle on the update cycle as they can decide to bundle specific versions of a library with their app.”
Although there are advantages to snaps, they still do have issues, with a major one at the moment having to do with larger file sizes. For instance, while LibreOffice typically weighs in at around 201-238 MB (depending on platform), the snap package would weigh in at a gigantic 1.1GB. The size is likely down to all the self-contained libraries that get bundled so that it can run on any system. Still, it's early days for snaps and will likely improve over time.
To install 'snapd' (the package which lets you run snaps), head over to the snapcraft site and click on your distrubution logo for installation instructions. If you run a derivative of any of the listed distros then the instructions should work, if you are unsure it's probably best to avoid installing it.
Source: Snapcraft via Phoronix
By Layne Tidwell
I am trying to access my computer, and I keep getting "Failed to mount /boot"
See 'systemctl status boot.mount' for details
I need help and I need it fast.
I've had a loud pop every time GDM starts and activates the sound. It also happens when the sound chip is woken up from powersaving but that pop isn't as loud and turning off powersaving doesn't help since the loud pop at startup will still be there so the powersaving isn't at fault here. Ubuntu doesn't produce a loud pop, maybe because of older drivers, I don't know. I've searched for solutions hours on end for at least two weeks now and I have not been able to solve it. I've read all forum threads regardning this issue and all of them are old and none of the proposed solutions help me. I've also compared sound related configs between my Arch Linux and Ubuntu installations and I've copied configs from Ubuntu and nothing changes. I don't know what could be at fault here. Muting the speakers at boot prevents the loud pop from happening. I do not want to turn off powersaving for the sound because it consumes enough energy for it become a concern for me since I'm on a laptop.
How do I make this work as intended and avoid the popping speakers?
Please help! :'(