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Cake day: Jul 31, 2020


It’s this weird US thing

This is a much less extreme example, but I still feel it illustrates the point:

I don’t think a 2h old comment with no upvotes (beside the auto-upvote for new comments) should place above an 8h old comment with 4 upvotes. Whether a 4h old comment with half the upvotes of an 8h old comment should place above the latter is more debatable.

I’d like to find an example with higher numbers in a 24h window but that’s hard to come by at this time.

Edit: another example:

Sorting comments by "Hot" - algorithm doesn't feel very useful

It doesn’t feel like the algorithm is weighted properly. I usually see the more recent comments near the top even if they have no or very few upvotes (or sometimes even in the negative), with the highly upvoted comments somewhere lower down. …


The most confusing part of flakes is that it isn’t the default, but sort of defacto is because so many use it (myself included). At this point I feel it should be the default. The installation process doesn’t use the flakes feature so it has to be worked around and it isn’t straight forward.

Nix(OS) has a case of expert user base that aren’t motivated enough to make it easier for those unfamiliar with the concepts to get going.

Nix makes more sense if you understand referential transparency and functional programming. Even then, how a lot of nix expressions are written is quite confusing with all the self-recursive overrides, functions that are somehow also sets etc.

The best documentation and tutorials are probably somewhere other than in the official ones (though official documentation is not bad). Nix Pills and the wiki, especially.

Totally understandable. One day we may see a graphical installer and configuration manager and that is the day I can start recommending others to try it

Learning Nix and NixOS was the best investment I’ve ever made for my computer use since switching to Linux a decade ago or so.

The barrier of entry is so high I don’t blame anyone for not making the leap but I wish more people could enjoy the benefits. All other distros bar GuixOS feel utterly archaic and clumsily designed by comparison.

Why would they crack down specifically when it’s open sourced? I could see why they would do it before it goes open source though. Once it’s out there it’ll be hard to prevent the continuation of the project

The default configuration generated by nixos-generate-config is a good starting point. From there you can probably find more things to disable or trim down. environment.systemPackages and environment.defaultPackages for example are lists you can make very short.

I was alluding to the fact that it’s not a copyleft license. AGPL is a suitable OS license.

Matrix or IRC are popular. Can also be XMPP or any other open protocol. Bridge to proprietary networks if necessary but a FOSS project should never rely on Discord. https://drewdevault.com/2021/12/28/Dont-use-Discord-for-FOSS.html

MIT license is a great way of making sure corporations will take this and run away with it

You can configure NixOS to have as little or as much as you want by setting the right options. Arch allows customising to a similar level but that’s less… configuring and more installing things and tweaking stuff here and there.

To find videos across several instances there is this (as official as it gets) search engine: https://sepiasearch.org/

Out of curiosity and if you don’t mind me asking, what collapse did you live through?

If you feel comfortable learning a functional programming language, NixOS is unbeatable when it comes to stability and (usually) up to date software. If you already know (or prefer) Lisp/Guile, Guix is just as good, as long as you don’t depend on proprietary software.

I think it would be good to decentralise communities so that the same community can be hosted on several servers. It sort of sucks to have a community die because a server goes away.

Maybe this is also an opportunity for DEs to rethink the rectangular UX? Would be cool to have a Unity8-like sidebar that will fit along any edge, irregular or straight alike. Also radial menus, we’re overdue for some native desktop radial menus!

My favourite as well! It’s the epitome of speculative science/fiction: taking a fascinating concept and exploring its implications - precisely what I want out of science fiction.

I’d like to write my motivations but I’d just obsess over it for hours, so I’m only listing the items.


  • Black Sails
  • The Expanse
  • All 4 (or was it 5?) seasons of Game of Thrones


  • The Expanse
  • Blindsight
  • Remembrance of Earth’s Past (aka Three Body Problem)
  • Children of Ruin


  • Lord of the Rings

There are others I enjoy despite (or regardless of) their quality, for reasons such as nostalgia, certain characters or unique atmosphere. They’re too subjective to be of much interest to anyone else though, probably.

It’s impressive indeed! I’ve tried making similar clips but always give up after failing a dozen times

I think this is beside the point, which is the frustration pertaining the severe lack of accessibility.

We’re holding a party to celebrate the release of pre-alpha version 0.9. …


This week, we have many writeups. We hear from @zesterer, @Christof, @Sarra_Kitty, @Sam, @VincentFoulon80, and @aweinstock. …