@futureisfoss @chmod700 Speaking of de-googling, there are also ways to use Google without "Google using you". An example would be using StartPage.com because it uses Google search backend but fully annoymises it. Another would be backup all your files to Google Drive with private key encryption, via tools like Duplicacy. Use YouTube via anonymised 3rd party apps like NewPipe.

@kev iPhone 3G was my first smartphone and I used ios for about 6 years before changing to Android. I avoided Apple apps, as at the time they seemed to have stronger lock-in and difficulty exporting data. This made it very easy to change to Android and even back to iOS if I wanted. Most iOS users I know who thought about switching claim they cant because they now rely on the Apple apps which are not on Android. Its like Windows users say they cant use Linux because all their sw are on Windows.

@mike The new Edge is not bad, but that's because its nothing to do with Edge/Explorer or anything else "Microsofty"... its actually built using Chromium like most browsers so think of it as "Microsoft Chrome". It even allows installing any Chrome extension. Either way I don't use it because its instrumented with Microsoft spyware and there is no Linux version yet (coming next year).

@mike Well not truly "free".. you will be violating Apples toc, but so far they don't actively stop you. The ISOs can be downloaded freely from Apple if you have access to a Mac or from alternative sources. Have not tried myself but there are a number of tutorials:



I like some aspects of the MacOS UI and sometimes it gives inspiration about how to customize my Linux.

@mike MacOS is not bad. You can download for free and install it with native performance virtualization on any PC with AMD PCIe graphics. The move to ARM would break this. Apple Watch remains a fashion item with bloated features that aren't very useful (LMAO at hand washing detection). iOS is fairly meh, just like Android. To me, phones became a distraction to be minimized. Ultimately, I can never use any of these things as they cannot achieve the customization level I am now used to.

@kev Yep, you still enter the password for everything else like screen lock, login after logging out, sudo etc. It only bypasses the first login after boot.

@kev If you are like me and just hate the idea of typing 2 passwords when cold booting, try this: help.ubuntu.com/stable/ubuntu-. At least then I only type the encryption password to boot, which to me feels waaaay better and much the same as having a TPM like me old Windows surface pro did.

@mike I use a similar DIY "seamless VM" approach for running Skype for Business and MS Office 365 on Linux. I have a Virtual Box launcher that immediately loads up a debloated Win 10 (LOL yeah... I am going to hell for "violating copyright" according to MS) VM with Office and Skype installed. The VirtualBox extensions allows seamless window resizing, drag and drop of files and shared clipboard with the VM. Anyway, lets hope any Parallels-Chrome thing flows down to help Linux proper as well.

@mike @PINE64 My daily driver is a Dell 2-in1 tablet/laptop of similar form factor but with high laptop specs (Intel i7, 16GB ram, 500GB nvme). So far I found Ubuntu Gnome have put at least some thought into tablet touch screen functionality, without sacrificing desktop kb/mouse usability. KDE less so but anything can be customized. Could be a bit heavy for the PINE though? I would be interested to see what distros would work both in performance and usability.

@kev Even though I am not left handed, I much prefer ambidextrous mice so that I can switch hands to avoid fatigue. I use a logitech g pro which not only has ambidextrous shape, but the thumb buttons can be physically moved to either side of the mouse by popping off the cover. The mouse is expensive but I like the minimalist design, extreme response, high battery life, and ultra light weight

@mike Its kinda vague but I think its designed to eliminate reboots by checking and applying important updates to the running kernel in real-time. I find I still need to update my other sw separately (e.g. using apt), and sometimes that might require reboot anyway. Don't quote me on this, but I also heard somewhere that the login is used to ensure one user is not running livepatch on more than 3 PCs or servers, as that would mean you need to pay for a commercial license.

@chipmonk@metalhead.club @mike Windows becoming another Linux distro or DE is interesting. The ageing WinNT kernel replaced by a unix-like open source version (e.g. Apple Darwin) with backward-compatibility is more likely. MS will be toying with this concept for sure internally. Windows is the only non unix-like OS remaining and its user base is dropping. MS themselves are calling Windows "irrelevant" and are probably bleeding cash developing it using proprietary means, constantly plugging security.

@mike Open source dev tools have outpaced proprietary in many areas and a lot of it doesn't work well natively in Windows. Most devs I know are on MacOS, because its at least "unix-like" with a real terminal for working with open source, and perceived as a friendly packaged product compared with DIY Linux, or a hokey WSL setup in Windows. Rapidly developing WSL is MS's reaction to this issue.

@mike Thanks for another post. I have to say I am quite enjoying them. They don't even have to be super deep or meaty. I am a SW dev but relatively new to FOSS culture, self-hosting and privacy. I suspect that many others are too. Anyway I had vaguely heard mention of Mycroft before but didn't look too much into it. After reading your post though, I learned that the activation word can customized. This is an EPIC feature so I might try it! FOSS has little marketing so needs word of mouth

@FOSS4Everyone Most welcome. Another one to check out is Ferdi (improved non-monetized fork of Franz). Some people say it takes up more memory than Rambox but it offers more features including universal dark mode across all apps. I am now running Ferdi on my desktop, which has plenty of RAM and CPU.

@FOSS4Everyone So far I only use it for Whatsapp, FB messenger and Hangouts - basically convenient communication with "regular" people. Rambox is built on Electron and I think using a sandboxed Chromium instance to render each app. This *should* be slightly better than in a plain Chrome browser due to sandbox, however also worse in that its without the option of privacy extensions (uBlock etc). If you are happy to run your apps sandboxed in a plain chromium window then give it a shot.

I have the dock on the left due to a second small monitor arranged below primary.

@mike Good post. Smart-home, smart-phone, smart-watch, smart-speaker etc seem mostly about data gathering. The focus clearly shifted from building actual useful products, to data gathering devices where the usefulness is just there to ensure people use it enough so it can get more data. And most of the product design these days isn't what is good for the user, its just based on what the previously gathered data told developers is most addictive/viral/attention-sapping.

@Igorjagec I got sick of being distracted by social networks and stopped using them completely about a year ago, and was pretty happy about it. Recently while becoming more privacy aware and same time getting into self-hosting storage and websites, I stumbled across "self-hosted social networks" and mastodon intrigued me.


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