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Hello! People sometimes ask me what they can do to help Spectrum, or otherwise support my free software work.

Well, one thing you can do is give me money! I have accounts on Liberapay ( and GitHub Sponsors ( Until Oct 2020, GitHub will match donations through them, so please use that if you can.

Income from free software is how I pay my bills, and small donations help give me stability and security while I work towards big goals.

Thank you. <3

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Saluton! Homoj foje demandas min kiel ili povas helpi Spectrum, aŭ alie subteni mian laboron pri liberaj programoj.

Unu maniero estas aldoni min mono! Mi havas Liberapay ( kaj GitHub Sponsors ( kontajn. Ĝis Okt 2020 GH duobiligos donacojn tra ili, do bonvulu uzi tiun se vi povas.

Enspezo de liberaj programoj estas kiel mi pagas miajn kalkulojn, kaj malgrandaj donacoj helpas aldoni min stabileco kaj sekureco laborante al grandaj celoj.

Dankon. <3

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How to get the current time in seconds-since-the-epoch with awk:

awk 'BEGIN {srand(); print srand()}'


And what if when we get back
To this town everything is different
All those familiar places
We once loved no longer exist
Well at least I'll still have you and you'll have me
That's all we need

Next time most installations are updated (if using unstable — will also be in 22.05 when released), they will see a 500MB+ reduction in system closure size!

This comes from compressing the firmware files, which I implemented here:

"ladies and gentlemen the dutch crew just took command of this train" makes it sound like it was a lot more violent than they probably intended it to

modern web browsers are kinda like US politics because you have
- the evil one
- the "at least its not the evil one" one


yum yum yum yum
yum yum yum yum
yum yum yum yum


programmer humor is like 

"cant exit vim lol"
"time zones are hard am i right"
[surface level terminology debate]
"not a bug its a feature xD"
"i hate my boss. (but i love capitalism)"
"non programmers will never UNDERSTAND (some common thing)"

this is ur brain on no humanities

Veloren is a free open source open world role playing game, sort of like a cross between Breath Of The Wild and Minecraft. You can follow at:

➡️ @veloren

There are online multiplayer options, and you can host your own server too.

It's available for Linux, Mac and Windows from the official website at

#Veloren #RPG #RPGs #Gaming #FOSS #SelfHosting #Voxel #Fantasy #LibreGaming #FLOSS #Libre #FreeSoftware #OpenSource #RolePlayingGame #RolePlayingGames #OpenWorld

Kleiner #Tipp:

Bei Gebrauch von Hashtags die aus mehreren Wörtern bestehen, bitte jedes Wort mit großem Anfangsbuchstaben schreiben. Das macht es für Sehbehinderte leichter dies über den Screenreader zu verstehen. Für Screenreader ist ein Hashtag aus mehreren Wörtern die alle klein geschrieben sind, nur Kauderwelsch.


Falsch: #tippfüraltundneuhier

Falsch: #TippfürAltundNeuhier

Richtig: #TippFürAltUndNeuHier

#Followerpower :boost:

This post doesn't seem to be getting shared nearly as much as the announcement, which is a shame because it explains all the big picture stuff everybody is wondering about.

apparently my elderly neighbor has been maintaining a personal website about the history of UK photography and it is an incredible piece of work.

apparently he still uses some piece of adobe software from the 90s. there is so much care and effort here, and its such a pristine image of the early web being still updated 😭

i can understand the first half of any german sentence. germans love to frontload their statements with normal words and then go beast mode halfway through once your guard is down

osdev thoughts 

I read some comments on Lennart's article and I was surprised to see people who say they usually like his work disappointed he'd be pushing for image-based OSes.

One comment explicitly associated images with Docker, and I suspect that's how other people think about them too.

But it's entirely possible to do image-based distributions well (i.e., not like Docker). BSDs have been image-based forever, and it's something users commonly say they really love about them.

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osdev thoughts 

This visibility into customisations, and the maintainability boost it brings, is a big part of the appeal of NixOS — it's what made using Linux tolerable for me.

BSD gets this mostly right too — you can just diff against the base system image. But I don't think there's a good solution there for e.g. config file changes for software from ports.

Immutable /usr seems like a way to finally get this on "mainstream" Linux. And because there is no base system, it works for packages.

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