Every time you write code that requires Chrome or CEF or Electron, just remember: you are giving Google control over you and your users.
You are letting them dictate what you can and cannot do. You are letting them view your user's potentially private activities (URLs are always sent to Google without Debian's patch set).
You are becoming a part of their toxic culture, their neocapitalism.
Without Electron, I wouldn't have many productivity apps like Slack, Remember the Milk and so on on Linux.
@mdfrg there's two ways I can go here
The first is: Yes you would, they'd just be written in a better framework that is not controlled, owned by, and monetised by Google
The other is: Then maybe those apps aren't worth using.
However, if you do, there's always Citadel BBS software. It offers a web-based UI as well as classical text-mode interface, live chat, supports file uploads/downloads, et. al. It's actually pretty neat.
But, again, I only need the ability to chat. I tend to send files over e-mail, and important information tends to get archived on wikis.
Your usecase may vary.
@vertigo I used to run Citadel 86 under DOS in the 80s on my BBS.
@Ricardus I never had my own installation, but I did cosysop for two BBSes back in the day. I really miss how well the software was made back then (circular queues to never need manual message base compaction, etc. -- brilliant!).
Citadel/UX requires relatively little amount of administration as well, but it uses Berkeley DB (I think) these days, and it just culls database size by deleting messages older than a threshold.
@vertigo Yeah, the circular message base was genius. Cit86 was fun. I miss it. Back when computers and computing was fun. I keep meaning to put up a UX installation but I haven't gotten around to it yet. I need to. I still have my old banner and everything.
Some prefer the web interface, but some actually do prefer the SSH interface.
It's pretty awesome, actually. I do wish it were more popular though. Would love a console Mastodon interface that had more or less the look and feel of Citadel, for example.
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