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I got a used copy of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim for switch, I know I’m very late to the party on this one but I am enjoying it a lot.

It is the first game however where I’ve had my switch fully crash, I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised since it is a Bethesda title.

I’ve been spending a bunch of the time reading the random lore books in the game, the world building is definitely the main draw for me over the gameplay. Gameplay isn’t my favourite but I am enjoying it still, I feel some more contemporary RPGs have definitely spoiled me in some ways.

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I have a few shortlisted

My parent’s 2010 Ram 1500, the interior is rather comfy but the reliability is just not there. At 100k km the engine blew up, apparently this is still an issue with the current ones as the 5.7L V8 still has the same flaw allowing for some components to drop into the cylinder. There’s also been random electrical components that have died relatively fast, and whatever metal was used rusted exponentially even with rust proofing being applied twice a year. It had more rust than their 2011 Toyota Highlander that had greater than 300k km

I also just hated when I had to drive it downtown, but I can’t exactly blame the vehicle for that.

2011 Toyota highlander, it went through 3 transmissions, 5 rear wiper motors, and it was about to go on to its 4th transmission when they sold it. The 3rd one didn’t even last much more than a year.

2006 Rav 4 (V6), this car also went through 2 transmissions, and then had to have the entire steering column replaced by year 2

~2016 Ford Fusion, this was a rental car for when my Civic was being repaired after an accident and my god was it awful. It handled like a massive boat despite being a medium sized car and the transmission felt significantly less responsive than even the CVT in the honda. The seats also sucked but i think that was how the rental company cleaned them, they made this awful noise every time you sat in them and looked and felt like a “casting couch” with several generations of children dried up in them…

Honorary Mention: my friends Nissan Versa, seemingly unreliable and falling apart but it refuses to ever give up. That thing will survive nuclear winter, and will remind you with every pothole that its existence is torture.

Simple Plasma Gruvbox theme with Tunic wallpaper [KDE Plasma] (sh.itjust.works)

The wallpaper is just a cropped image from the scans of the games manual found here, note these are spoilers!, Tunic is an absolutely lovely game I have been playing on my Switch and I highly recommend it to people who really enjoy the difficulty of older Nintendo games but want a more polished experience. The way the game...

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It definitely is rather reminiscent of older Windows versions with the seperate application launchers, fully expanded task bar entries that show the name of an app that are ungrouped (until necessary). And the widgets are very reminiscent of Rainmeter.

But I also bring some things from macOS that I enjoyed such as the global menu on the top (sadly Firefox flatpak does not support), virtual desktops with the pager widget on the bottom, and I use Krunner a lot (plasma’s equivalent to macOS “Spotlight”)

I hope your switch to Linux goes well if / when you switch!

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The plugin that brings the “starter” / “welcome” screen when nvim is called without a file is mini.starter, a lua module of the mini plugin. My primary use case for neovim is closer to a feature complete text editor rather than a full fledged IDE, although there definitely is some overlap in my setup.

My set of plugins are roughly as follows

  • vim-plug, I will likely replace this one with packer at some point
  • goyo.vim and limelight.vim for distraction free viewing and editing
  • nnn.nvim to integrate the nnn file manager into neovim
  • mini.nvim according to the Github, "Library of 35+ independent Lua modules improving overall Neovim (version 0.7 and higher) experience with minimal effort. They all share same configuration approaches and general design principles."
    • mini.surround feature rich surround actions
    • mini.statusline a very simple no-frills statusline
    • mini.starter aformentioned start screen
    • mini.pairs inserts the paired character, e.g typing ( will automatically place ) behind the cursors
    • mini.move move selections
    • mini.map has a little map of the file similar to VScode among many other IDEs & text editors
  • barbar.nvim Tabbar plugin
  • a whole bunch of LSP / autocomplete engines / snippets / git commit messages & signs
  • nvim-treesitter for syntax highlighting

And the remaining things in my init.lua file are just keybindings, setting up the plugins, and disabling the swapfile etc. when editing my password secrets in gopass among other ‘secret’ files

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Notably even an economy compact car like the Corolla can have keyless entry, I think it was an option for the Corolla starting in ~2007 unless I’m mixing up models. So it was not just mid-tier cars back then, but also the smaller & more affordable ones.

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I wish the address book and calendar information were also encrypted

However, Open-Exchange, the software platform used by Mailbox.org, does not support the encryption of your address book and calendar. A standalone option may be more appropriate for that information. (source)

I currently use protonmail but if mailbox.org made that change I’d switch immediately, so I could actually get calendar integration on KDE (with Kontact)

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I feel that I am 50:50 on it, immutable at least conveyed more information about what it is while Atomic feels a lot more “buzz-word-y” and does not convey as well what it means. Regardless, I’d say the bigger issue is keeping the old Silverblue & Kinoite names, they really should change them even if it means having a ~2 year period of having “Formerly Silverblue / Kinoite”.

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I understand why they wouldn’t want to suddenly change the branding of existing projects though.

I’m not sure if I agree, I feel like the long term damage of keeping the names is greater than changing them now to Fedora Plasma Atomic (Formerly Kinoite) / Fedora Atomic Workstation (Formerly Silverblue). Leaving them as is, is just going to create more confusion in the future to new users who won’t immediately understand why the naming convention is different for the other spins and will create more confusion for documentation / support threads online.

I started using tiling window managers. What tips do you have? What packages do you use to make yours fully functional? Lost noob needs some guidance...

I decided to dive heads first into window managers and need your input for your guidance. I’m absolutely not a Linux-pro. I basically never use the terminal, just started using Github, and only used Gnome (+ KDE for 1/8th the time) for now....

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I’ll keep my answer focused on KDE Connect as I no longer use a TWM. You can most definitely use KDE Connect in non-Plasma environments. For non-Plasma (and non-Gnome ^*^ ) environments you can just install the kdeconnectd package. Then, to start the KDE Connect daemon manually, execute /usr/lib/kdeconnectd. You can schedule this to autostart as a systemd unit, or in the config for your TWM (I know in sway/i3 you could start it, I’m assuming it is similar for many other options)

If you use a firewall, you need to open UDP and TCP ports 1714 through 1764. If you use firewalld specifically, there’s an option to enable KDE Connect rather than manually specifying it. This also let’s you have it only work on private networks and not public if you so chose.

See Arch wiki for more details

*For gnome I would recommend using gs-connect even if you have a tiling extension

£ KDE-Connect: does that work on TWMs? Is there a good implementation? Can I use GSConnect elsewhere too?

Open Akregator links in external web browser with reading view [Both flatpak]

I was wondering if anyone else has encountered the same issue as I have. I know how I would approach this if Akregator was installed on the system rather than as a flatpak, I would just change the command run by the app when opening in an external browser to flatpak run org.mozilla.firefox about:reader?url=%u which just appends...

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Thank you for the very thorough reply! For god knows what reason I get this error: error: app/org.mozilla.firefox/x86_64/stable not installed when running the xdg-open firefox-reader command, yet manually running flatpak run --user org.mozilla.firefox about:reader?url=https://example.com works just fine. I’ll have to troubleshoot it when I have a bit more time ;p

Thanks again for your very thorough write up and the linked articles. Have a good day :)

Update: It seems like on my system, the –user flag was the issue, removing it made the script function. I am using Fedora Kinoite (Immutable version of KDE Plasma), so perhaps it is just a difference in how flatpak is configured between distros? I’ll have to read into it more later.

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It depends on which version you install. They have a version where user namespaces are disabled so tools such as podman and distrobox cannot run and flatpak requires bubblewrap to run as root. If you download the other version podman etc. will run and flatpak will also use user namespaces

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I’d much rather use a separate Firefox (now Mozilla I think) account for my professional work. I also would prefer having separate extensions, notably Zotero connector is kind of useless for my personal browsing

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At least on the Wii the ATI logo isn’t a sticker, its actually physically on the plastic shell similar to the wii logo on the front

I sadlt can’t tell you if its printed, laser etching or some other technique

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I usually do 19C in the winter, and 24C in the summer, my parents do 22C (72F?) year around

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Most of the documents I produce are converted to PDF or printed, so I use Nimbus Roman or Nimbus Sans (I believe). I do use Open Dyslexic font

For UI I really enjoy Inter, although Ubuntu, Roboto and IBM Plex Sans are also nice

For terminal I use Hack, although Source Code Pro is nice

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The other nice thing for “state funded media” is they often have translations for international audiences

For example CBC / Radio-Canada also have an international page, Radio-Canada International offered in English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic etc.

Syncthing podman container on Immutable OSes

Update: The guide on github has been updated and has addopted a different method. Notably, it: A) still accomplishing my goal of avoiding running the process inside as root. B) uses the linuxserver.io image rather than the syncthing/syncthing one (my method does not allow for the linuxserver.io image to run), the linuxserver one...

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I always assumed xeyes was made for that exact purpose, somewhat funny that it was not designed for this.

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