Linux for Leftists
Does anyone else feel like their device isn't their own? When using Windows, Google Android, iOS, etc..? (Switching to OpenBSD after distrohopping)
(OpenBSD is Unix based, I suppose, let me know if this doesnt belong) I was considering switching to Windows AME for tasks necessary on non-VM Windows, but wanted to switch to OpenBSD otherwise. With Intel ME, excess software, bloatware, spyware, and other features, this feels as if I can't use my device in privacy. It is as though someone is always watching. This data is not mine, I cannot control what background processes are needed or what desktop I am using, I am not able to customize to my liking. These devices, quite honestly, do not belong to me. Any advice for using OpenBSD as a daily is kindly appreciated. If anyone can think of any specific issues that would come up, I've most likely not considered it and I'd like to hear it.

25 years after its initial ratification, the Debian project has voted to amend their Social Contract to allow proprietary firmware in the installer
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Linux Distro Choice
If this is in the wrong community let me know, but I have been away from linux for a little while now, and I have decided to come back to it. I am trying to figure out what Distro and Desktop environment I should use. I used to use Ubuntu and, Ubuntu based Distributions, though for various reasons I had bad experiences with the ones based down stream of Ubuntu, I have also heard that Ubuntu is no longer nearly as good as they where before. As for desktop Experences, I never really liked Gnome. That being said from what I can tell there has been quite a bit that has changed sense I left, and any recommendations would be much appreciated.

I've been using Arch on all my daily driver devices for years now. One of the main reasons for this is the AUR. It's very convenient for installing all kinds of software, since it can build a full, native package from a simple build script written in bash. I personally have packages on the AUR and use it daily. Anyway, I've thought many times of such a simple and easy solution being missing from other distros, but have never had the experience and motivation to create it. Recently, I used [goreleaser]( to automatically build and release my project, [ITD](, for several distros at the same time. While doing so, I had an idea, so I went to check what goreleaser uses to build packages, and it turns out they have a separate library for this purpose: [nfpm]( This was the only thing missing for me to be able to build an AUR-like system. I did notice one issue. It didn't support Arch Linux packages, so I created a PR adding support for them. The PR is completely working and it has been reviewed and approved. So, I started working on my idea, and so far, it's going really well. I've already been able to build and install multiple packages using my program on my Arch system and inside a Fedora and Debian docker container. I just uploaded my program now that I've finished implementing the basic features and testing them. I hope it ends up being useful. Link to the repo with my new program: The README is very small right now, I'm working on making a better one.

What is to be done? In linux
Thoughts and ideas on FOSS software that needs to be done. Personally i've been thinking on working in an offline (like arch-wiki-docs)

Linux Lived, Linux Lives, Linux Will Live
Russia is beginning the process of transitioning from Windows to Linux. Most likely as a way to avoid sanctions and to no longer be under the control of a US multinational corporation.

It's not specifically linux but I think there's a lot of overlap between people interested in linux/unix and the type of people who use old/used laptops either out of necessity or just because they prefer to.

Manjaro Drama
Forgetting to renew the ssl certs for the fourth time....

My distro seems to package a [fortune-mod-anarchism ](, what about we as a community join together and create a fortune-mod-communism ? Would love to have Marx quotes on my terminal (not ironically)

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What do people think of "The Cloud"™️?
Professionally or personally (got my idea from [this thread]( Maybe it's because I don't work with it directly, but I don't see the benefits other than people not wanting to manage the servers themselves. It adds complexity (eg SQL Server vs SSAS) while putting your data behind some amorphous entity where you don't know what goes on. And for communists it's a privacy nightmare. Convenience shouldn't be a selling point when you have no idea what anything you're putting up there is bring used for or if it's accessed at all. Google Drive, Telegram, Discord, have all been said that they use "The Cloud"™️ and make it easier for people to use. We live in a world where tech envelops almost every aspect of our lives, yet the amount if basic knowledge people have is abysmal. There really needs to be attempts to taking computers seriously and not assuming everything is friendly. People should be aware that "The Cloud"™️ means some corporate entity controls your data, that "encrypted" messaging is not safe when done through software controlled by Facebook, or that using Windows puts your trust entirely in a company that has never deserved it.

What Desktop Environment/Window Manager do you use?
I'm currently writing this on the MATE desktop. I started with linux on the gnome 2 desktop, so it only makes sense. A long time ago I used Xmonad (a tiling window manager) but tiling has less appeal for me now. If I need/want a lightweight solution, I use CWM (, which was originally developed on OpenBSD, but is usually available across different Linux distros and BSD's. I've tried pretty much every DE/WM under the sun at this point, and would be interested to know what you use and why

open source projects
do you have projects to share? where do you can share ideas with other people?

How much relevance does UNIX tools have in your workflow?
Since this community is named leftistunix, I thought to open a discussion about UNIX. not just Linux.

Anon OS that isn't Tails?
Would like an OS like Tails OS or Whonix that can install on low end portable hardware and doesn't need to be booted from external device. Or would be nice if there was guides to configure one.

Linux man page helper (Cheat)
I have been running cheat-sh for awhile now and I tell you this is better then "tldr" or "tealdeer" from a rust crate. Example of cheat: `cheat-sh stat` cheat.sheets:stat # stat # Display file or file system status # display numerical values for file permissions stat -c '%a %n' * # Display only the octal permissions for the given directory. Great for tests. stat --format='%a' /boot tldr:stat # stat # Display file and filesystem information. # More information: <>. # Show file properties such as size, permissions, creation and access dates among others: stat file # Same as above but in a more concise way: stat -t file # Show filesystem information: stat -f file # Show only octal file permissions: stat -c "%a %n" file # Show owner and group of the file: stat -c "%U %G" file # Show the size of the file in bytes: stat -c "%s %n" file Cheat has helped me out a lot since I can't memorize everything and anything related to a Linux CLI. Super easy with #archlinux `sudo pacman -S cheat-sh` also with Osx `brew install cheat-sh`

Solene'% : The Old Computer Challenge V2: back to RTC
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communist distros
i heard about them: nova (from cuba) and red star (from NK) someone here has used them? what software they have? they're good? i was trying to use nova in my virtual machine (before maybe install one of them), but it doesn't work, i'm trying to find a good version.

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