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Appreciation post for Plasma 6 - My current experience with the Fedora 40 beta
  • Plasma has been mature, complete and smooth for ages. IMO it only lacks a more professional, enterprise look and feel. The icons are too colorful and childish and font smoothing is slightly worse than gnome.

  • Most promising "self-hosting for the masses" projects?

    What are the most promising projects/services aiming at making self hosting easier for everyone?

    pyTranscriber: generate automatic transcription / automatic subtitles for audio/video files pyTranscriber

    pyTranscriber is an app that can be used to generate automatic transcription / automatic subtitles for audio/video files through a friendly graphical user interface.

    Text editor with predefined text snippets?

    I do a lot of text editing for work and there are some phrases that I have to type frequently. What's the best way to quickly paste those phrases into a document using a shortcut or keyword? I mainly use Kwrite and Kate as i prefer plain text editors and need no formatting.

    are shotcut and kdenlive any good video editors? just curious
  • I use Shotcut for work, although we have a Premier Pro subscription. It's perfect for my needs. We cut simple edits with no effects. I just occasionally need to be able to adjust volume and change video size / aspect ratio. Shotcut is perfect for my needs.

  • x86 questions

    I've converted my Asus PN40 mini pc into an openwrt router. Everything seems to be working fine. But since the pc has only one ethernet port I'm using a noname USB to ethernet converter as the second NIC for WAN. Is there a better solution? Are proper USB ethernet adapters a thing? Preferably with Intel chip?

    Also i can't get the PC's intel 9000 series wireless chip to work in AP mode. I have hooked an old edimax repeater to the lan port as wifi AP but it's a wireless N device.

    Should i invest on a better AP? My ISP connection is capped at 300mbs. Can you recommend a cheap wifi 6 AP?

    Also I have 2 internet connections.

    Is it a good idea use the wifi in client mode, connect to the first internet through wifi and bond its internet connection with the wired wan?

    Thanks for you help in advance.

    Charging speed issue

    I own a Motorola Edge 20 Pro. It came with a 30 Watt Turbopower charger. However when I test the charging speed with the app Ampere I'm getting around 3 amps (max) and four volts with the stock charger.

    Is this mormal?

    Best lesser-known distribution/DE for low-end machines?

    I know Debian and others can breathe life into older machines. But i wonder if there are any distros with serious optimizations that I haven't heard of. I've already tried MX Linux on an old Thinkpad SL400, and didn't see any difference from plain Debian.

    Update: thanks for the great suggestions. Forgot to say many distros feel zippy and fast until you open a web browser. Appreciate your thoughts on which web browser to use too. So far I've had a positive experience with Thorium and Chromium.

    Advertising proxy over local network?

    Is it possible? Can proxies somehow "advertise" themselves the way some media services or printers do?

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    Who uses pure GNOME (no extensions)

    I really like gnome and how it looks. However every time I try it I find myself in need of more functionality and so I install a bunch of extensions. For example I can't live without a dock and some sort of system tray that shows which apps are running in background.

    Sometimes the extensions have small UI inconsistencies or use more memory than usual. That's why I totally ditched gnome and switch to KDE.

    Also I tend to think it's been designed for people who are more comfortable using a keyboard. I'm mostly a mouse person.

    Do any of you run pure gnome with no extensions? How do you cope with the lack of a dock and system tray?

    Missing iPhone's Spotlight search? Try Lynx Launcher

    Lynx launcher has the best implementation of swipe down to search, the closest I've seen to iPhone's Spotlight search.

    Both search and app drawer are loaded extremely spoothly and seamlessly.

    The launcher is also very lightweight and custmomizable especially if you buy the paid version.

    Another cool feature is that it supports vertical dock.

    A potential alternative to "app installs"

    Many of us have numerous apps installed on our smartphones, and a significant portion of them go unused.

    For me, the reason behind this accumulation of apps is that whenever I come across an interesting one on platforms like Reddit or YouTube, I tend to install it immediately, holding onto the hope that I may use it in the future. The consequence of this habit is that my phone becomes cluttered with a graveyard of forgotten apps, occupying valuable storage space, consuming bandwidth, and draining battery life.

    One potential solution that has crossed my mind is the concept of "app bookmarking" or virtual installations. Play store can add a button for this type of installation. Bookmarked apps would be distinguishable in the app drawer, with their icons present while the app itself is not actually installed. They would remain dormant until needed, at which point they would be automatically downloaded and launched.

    Please note that this idea differs from instant apps in its approach. Basically you would only install the icon of the app and place it wherever you want (on home screen, in folders, etc.) but it's not there until you actually decide to open it.

    What do you think?

    Your favorite web UI for your linux server?

    Do you use any web ui's for your Linux server? I'm comfortable managing my server using the command line, but I also want a graphical interface that shows an overview of what is running on the server, the way the resources are being used what containers are running and so on. Also file download uploads would be great to have.

    What do you recommend which is light and resources and is suitable for less powerful servers with low ram?

    So far these are the more interstating tools I've found: (they vary in functionality their provide)

    CasaOS Cockpit SartOS Orb Kasm

    Font rendering on GNOME vs KDE

    Is it just me or fonts really look better on GNOME and other (gtk DEs)? With the same font smoothing/anti-aliasing settings, text in GNOME is smoother and more similar to MacOS fonts.

    A good example is Cantrell font. It looks way better in GNOME than in KDE.

    Linux DNS settings is a total mess

    I recently tried to enable system-wide DNS over https on Fedora. To do so I had to to some research and found out how comfusing it is for the average user (and even experienced users) to change the settings. In fact there are multiple backends messing with system DNS at the same time.

    Most major Linux distributions use systemd-resolved for DNS but there is no utility for changing its configuration.

    The average user would still try to change DNS settings by editing /etc/relov.conf (which is overwritten and will not survive reboots) or changing settings in Network Manager.

    Based on documentation of systemd-resolved, the standard way of adding custom DNS servers is putting so-called 'drop-in' files in /etc/systemd/resolved.conf.d directory, especially when you want to use DNS-over-TLS or DNS-over-https.

    Modern browsers use their buit-in DNS settings which adds to the confusion.

    I think this is one area that Linux needs more work and more standardization.

    How do you think it should be fixed?

    Finally found the perfect (kinda) todo app

    ToDark is a simple, polished and elegant todo list/task management app with integrated calendar.

    I've tested a ton of similar apps but fell in love with this one instantly.

    The UI is very clean and the categories and progress circles are very well implemented.

    Github page:

    Play Store:

    How to make money with Linux (non coder)

    Is it possible to make money using your Linux knowledge if you're not a developer? I know I can become a professional devops or sysadmin if I take some courses and master advanced networking. But is there something I can do now as an average, moderately experienced linux user?

    Who here uses a less popular Linux distribution? What made you choose it?

    Hey fellow Linux enthusiasts! I'm curious to know if any of you use a less popular, obscure or exotic Linux distribution. What motivated you to choose that distribution over the more mainstream ones? I'd love to hear about your experiences and any unique features or benefits that drew you to your chosen distribution.

    Persistent banner notifications?

    I remember in older Android releases I could enable high priority banner mode for my work emails. They would stay on top of the screen as persistent banners until I manually dismissed them. Is that still a thing?

    I've noticed that with Android 13 and 12 on my Moto Edge 20 Pro notifications are a real mess. Sometimes I receive a notification and it's not even on top of the list. I have to check the timestamps to see which notification is most recent.

    Any real benefit to enabling Multi-Gen LRU?

    In case you don't know Multi-Gen LRU is an alternative LRU implementation that optimizes page reclaim and improves performance under memory pressure. Page reclaim decides the kernel's caching policy and ability to overcommit memory. It directly impacts the kswapd CPU usage and RAM efficiency.

    Has anyone enabled this feature on their machines? Have you noticed any performance gains or memory management improvements? It's developed by Google and is reportedly is being used in ChromeOS and Android.