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/GNUSSR/ FLAGS

We compile gnussr flags here and pray for mod to add them. Max flag size is 20x16 pix0rs.

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rules / about

Rules:

1. No threads about personal use of proprietary OSes as your primary OS. Threads about running proprietary OSes in a VM, emulation, or dual-boot and about running proprietary software on a liberated OS (or liberated software on any OS) are allowed. Threads discussing moving away from proprietary software and OSes are allowed.

2. No GPU wars, no console wars, no obnoxious consumerist shitflinging. All corporations are trying to fuck you over. Rational discussion of consumer hardware as relates to use with liberated software is allowed. Language wars, license wars, distro wars, and other types of heated discussion are allowed.

3. No threads actively promoting proprietary licenses or OSes.

4. /pol/ is allowed to post on good behavior. No shitting the place up with accusations of Judaism, ranting about gas chambers, or similar shit.

5. No spamming, spoiler NSFW images, and don't post images (including cartoons) that could get your fellow hackers arrested.

Board Purpose:

GNUSSR is intended to facilitate broad-ranging discussion of free software in all its forms, and to promote political struggle against exploitative, privately-owned software and computer services. GNUSSR is based on the stance that Free Software is essentially a theory of anti-capitalist, anti-corporatist computing. Therefore, GNUSSR is also meant to facilitate discussion of computing as it relates to society as a whole, including topics such as cyberpunk, AI, and cybernetics.

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Chromebooks

I use a chromebook as my school computer because of the cost and portability. I use a chroot environment to run Ubuntu and Chrome OS at the same time, and I am wondering if it is possible to run other distros on it without building my own project to do so. Does anyone

here have any experience with chromebooks?

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Manufacturing Hardware

Heyo,

I want to know if anyone is interested in starting a campaign to make affordable libre-laptops.

Currently the only way to acquire a box without a backdoor is to spend 600+ more on a librebooted thinkpad, or use an ARM device with no breakout hardware.

Let's actually make a kickstarter, go to Hong Kong, India or wherever, get a manufacturer to make this. It won't make INSANE GAINS MARKET $$$HARE but it will be enough to support us.

Also please post forseeable obstacles and expenses, plans and such. Let's really make this happen. If you think can help, or want to be a founder in this please email, and I'll make a crypto wallet available. This kind of thing is WAY passed due, and truly it's the only thing that is going to save us from soylent zuckerfuture nightmareworld so please take it seriously.

Thank you and SHIVA bless you.

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Wizards Assemble!

Advanced users of GNU/Linux (and I mean advanced), remember to try Source Mage GNU/Linux. True source-based distribution, and (in contrast with Gentoo and Arch) is:

Free from obfuscated and pre-configured code.

Fully committed to GPL, uses only free software (as in freedom) in their main package.

With even the documentation licensed as FDL.

Without 3rd party patches, sensible defaults or masked packages.

Doesn't need obfuscated python libraries, only bash.

No systemd (they've implemented their own init scripts system http://sourcemage.org/Init).

Uses clean dependencies as they came from upstream developers, which by the same provides instant updates.

Can heal broken installs.

Can also use flags.

Do you like Arch Linux's AUR? Do you like Gentoo's portage (or ports-like) package manager? With SMGL's "sorcery" you get all that. Making new spells (package build files) not found in the grimoire (repository of spells) is easy http://sourcemage.org/Spell/Book

Bash hackers welcome! Come and join http://sourcemage.org/

Installing SMGL is easy, here's the simplified process:

>boot a live Ubuntu (or whatever) USB drive

>go to SMGL website and download compressed archive of the base system

>partition and mount partition(s)

>extract the archive onto the new partition(s)

>chroot, set root passwd, hostname, configure network and locale, write fstab, install grub/lilo

>reboot

>compile a kernel (preferably the newest stable one from kernel.org)

>update sorcery, grimoires and the build toolchain

>rebuild the system (hold spells you've already built, so you don't build them twice)

The install guide will hold your hand through the whole process http://sourcemage.org/Install/Chroot

Do the chroot method, since the regular live ISO method guide is out of date currently.

Here's a list of common commands: https://pastebin.com/i4DALaNV

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/hell/

Post here whenever you visit the board and you find no new threads.

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Howard Scott

Okay /gnussr/ what are your thoughts on this man?

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Cybernetics Memes

Thought we could use some cybernetics memes. Post your OC here

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How do I build a low-budget desktop gaming pc without using proprietary software like Windows?

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LEARN TO USE SLANG AND CODE WORDS

Some terminology used in cyberpunk circles. These might come in handy IRL as code words, if you'll simply write them down somewhere and incorporate them into your regular vocabulary. For instance; replacing the word "CEO" with "Corpse" or calling a retard you know and hate a "bakebrain". Who knows, you might find it useful in a life-or-death sitch if you use code instead of letting people know what you're actually saying.

http://project.cyberpunk.ru/idb/cyberslang.html

http://orrange.tripod.com/glossary.html

http://cyberpunk.asia/lexique.php?lng=us

Regards, >>>/cyber/

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secure FOSS chat swap!

Lets share Tox IDs! Other secure, FOSS messaging programs should be fine too, or irc channels/other group chats.

I'm B08FF3BC547B8CDF14B3C8AE5D593124161C97AD06E391D4DA46B683CA5F3642F85F3CA26954 , for tox. QR as well.

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How can authoritarian people like tankies even go on this board?

The Free Software comunity is libertarian and anarchist in nature.

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Boomer from /leftypol/ here, I don't what you guys do on this board specifically, but you seem to understand technology.

How to I hack my ps3 bluray player into being region free? I have lots of blu rays coming this week.

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hoooman natooor

>more hours you work, more labour vouchers you get

>no dude, you are supposed to automate your work as much as possible to work less

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TANS translation

Post all non-english cybernetic books you can find.

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Wubi

Does WUBI (github version) work on windows? I still use windows(because of my parents) but I'm planning into getting into Linux. I don't have a USB or CD to install Linux that way, but there is WUBi. So does it work for my win 10?

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If a socialist country such as Cuba were to adopt a Linux distro that would be used statewide for the development and use of FOSS software, which one would it be?

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Making A Calculator

On leftypol, we had a great discussion in the Soviet Cybernetics thread and all learned a lot, but we still haven't made anything yet. It's about time that we do.

link to the actual thread (may break when the thread hits the bump limit and dies): >>>/leftypol/1477348

archive as of 05/16/17: https://archive.fo/s41yX

To start, we need to get a hold of what exactly it is that we're aiming to build. We can't expect to be building neural nets to handle computability just yet (maybe once it's a big project on Github), but we can make an outline of a basic input-output calculator as a web app which uses free software packages to achieve its ends.

To this end, we need a way to divide up the tasks of the calculator. Each complex task (corresponding to a folder) is given a number and a dash, and subtasks can be added on as subfolders with the same notation. End files are simply a number (and possibly a letter if circumstances demand it, such as with multiple files within a folder referencing each other to complete 1 task). To organize the thread's, use this to organize the proposals. If you need to find a topic to discuss it, use Ctrl+f to search up the string of tasks and subtasks in question, then quote the person and say what you want. CPA stands for "Cybernetic Planning Application".

CPA- Plan economy by computerized optimization of production's organization and purposing using inputted in-kind data in a secure fashion; it must output relevant data in a usable manner and be compatible with a free communist society, using currently-available technologies

CPA-1- Create an input-output interface as a web app

CPA-2- Organize and store all data in a secure and easily referenced fashion

CPA-3- Regularly run through all data and update plan on a schedule

CPA-4- Verify recorded transfers of possession of material objects as being real data and not fake data to try to game the system

CPA-1-1- If on the output tab, a search bar can be used to find the correct choice out of a list so that when the "Get Directives" button is pressed, the relevant information from the latest plan is presented; this can be saved as a link to be bookmarked for easier future access to relevant plan information

CPA-1-2- If on the input tab, user can input a new product w/ characteristics if it is verified by a registered inventor's association or producer's general association of industry that they can produce this with what they possess at the time

CPA-1-3- council organs of government (be they based on the free-soviet model or Cockshott's neo-Athenian democracy or any other type) can change parameters if given proper verification for this (example: a rare medicine's production must be prioritized, even if it means lesser efficiency - parameter set to achieve maximum efficiency while keeping this in mind)

And scho on and scho on. I'm considering making a github repository for this. For the interface, HTML is the obvious choice. For the program which calls up data and optimizes it, we might want to use C. For storing the data, Druid (find it at druid.io) provides a secure, open-source solution which is already well-proven in ability to handle massive amounts of data - this means Java. For an encryption system to give each person a secure virtual ID to make sure they don't put themselves on waiting lists 2x (which would cheat the cookie algorithm) and can cash in bonuses and social insurances, I'm not sure what language to use - there are people more qualified to discuss this.

The best combo offered in the Sovcyb thread appears to be in-kind planning (alternative being labor time as advocated in TANS), minimization of difference between in-kind demand and in-kind production possibilities (using a system of lexicographic tiers for various products; pairwise connections between products within the same tier to avoid bottlenecks), cookie algorithm for distribution among actors in the supply-demand equation for a particular good (producer associations or individuals), sortition of free associations of qualified workers and their collective bargaining for bonuses to do work which isn't being done by people on their own already, and a system of stock control (overstock all goods at distribution centers if possible, measure rate of depletion to forecast how much must be produced in the future to best meet demand; this constitutes workable in-kind demand information, and works for both production centers and individual consumers).

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Leftypol thread archive

Post links to archives of threads you want to read but don't have enough time to do so now. Amount of forum sliding there is awful.

>>>/leftypol/2445479/

>labour vouchers

https://archive.fo/dV5y1

>cockshott thread

>>>/leftypol/2423455

https://archive.fo/acEoe

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Are we going to talk about the recent debacle that Intel has made with thier hardware that requires kernel page table isolation without screaming about the Jews?

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Silicon Valley startups: being evil, again and again

Article by socialist programmer Ian Wright:

>Sometimes the meaning of a social situation can suddenly flip. You notice something new, like an object in the wrong place, or a small inconsistency that points to a secret, or a lie. This is one of those occasions. There’s an enormous difference between advancing capital to a firm, and owning a firm. This vital distinction is conspicuously absent from all the upbeat, world-changing, and progressive chit-chat in the coffee shops, restaurants, offices and homes of Silicon Valley.

https://notesfrombelow.org/article/silicon-valley-startups-doing-evil-again-and-again

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ProNETariat comrades!

Please acquire your party membership at >>>/netcom/ , a board with heavy cybernetics focus utilizing a democratic centralist model!

Cheers

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24/7 audibook broadcast

Since it seems we have more than a month's worth of audio material collected >>>/freedu/1756 and that many people want to listen to books while at work we could definitely create a 24/7 youtube stream & radio broadcasting leftypol audibooks.

What's needed: someone with ~50+ gigs of free space downloading and organizing a collection, setting up streaming accounts, making the queue automated, setting up its basic info display (what comes next, how long much of the current book is left in minutes, chapter&book info, etc.), testing it, and finally making it public. IMO the mods would add it the FAQ or the reading list thread.

Comments? Any volunteers?

cross with >>>/leftypol/2013082

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How many of us own smartphones?

What to do about cell phones? AFAIK there is /no/ cell phone currently on the market that isn't a potential spying machine that tramples all over your freedoms. Even running custom firmware won't save you because you still need binary blobs to run at the very least the baseband. One solution, I guess, would be to maintain a VoIP account and use a tablet that runs through a trustworthy VPN (if you can bring yourself to trust a commercial VPN) along with a secondary mobile hotspot, but that's a complete pain in the ass.

The Neo900 and other OpenPhoneux devices seem dead in the water.

The closest thing to an open device I've heard of that might actually materialize is the Librem 5, which is supposed to launch in 2019. It'll run Linux (real GNU/Linux!) and have hardware killswitches to the camera, mic, and baseband. I'm pretty hype about it and saving my shekels.

How does /gnussr/ about smartphones? What are you doing to mitigate the risks they open up to you?

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Visit /mayday/

Hey people and peepits, so seeing that a lot of anarchy boards appear dead and the mods gave the others that where up for claim away before I could get to them; I decided to create my own.

New to the whole board scene and not looking to steal anybody else's shine but I want to play my part in trying to make a difference in this messed up world. And creating a board for proper intellectual discussion seemed the limit of my reach at the moment. So if anybody sees this and is interested in visiting go ahead.

>>>/mayday/

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/beginner/ thread. pls cyclical/sticky

A lot of "beginner" threads in programming boards aren't very academic and aren't really directed towards actual beginners. They almost never share resources for someone who has literally never typed a single line of code in their entire life. The following two textbooks and courses may be especially challenging for the person I've just described, but they actually start at the beginning and introduce one to programming in a rigorous manner that endows one with a conceptual understanding of the science of computation and how to think computationally rather than only how to engage in programming itself.

Academic Textbooks

Introduction to Computation and Programming Using Python

https://www.amazon.com/Introduction-Computation-Programming-Using-Python/dp/0262529629/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1470731966

Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs

https://www.amazon.com/Structure-Interpretation-Computer-Programs-Engineering/dp/0262510871/

Academic Courses

Introduction to Computer Science and Programming Using Python

https://www.edx.org/course/introduction-computer-science-mitx-6-00-1x-10

Introduction to Computational Thinking and Data Science

https://www.edx.org/course/introduction-computational-thinking-data-mitx-6-00-2x-5

​Academic Lectures

Introduction to Computation and Programming Using Python

https://ocw.mit.edu/courses/electrical-engineering-and-computer-science/6-0001-introduction-to-computer-science-and-programming-in-python-fall-2016/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytpJdnlu9ug&list=PLUl4u3cNGP63WbdFxL8giv4yhgdMGaZNA

Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs

https://ocw.mit.edu/courses/electrical-engineering-and-computer-science/6-001-structure-and-interpretation-of-computer-programs-spring-2005/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Op3QLzMgSY&list=PLE18841CABEA24090

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What is your favourite Desktop Environemt / Window Manager, and why?

Mine is KDE, because it lets you configure a lot of stuff without forcing you to spend weeks learning how to use it. It offers a nice compromise between intuitiveness and customizability.

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Best course of study for an aspiring /gnussr/ STEMlord

Hey famalam. This is going to a be an unedited blog-post of insufferable proportions, but this is a slow board so I don't really feel bad.

I'm a sophomore in college who has not yet declared a major. I have mostly taken classes in mathematics so far. In the long term future I would like to involve myself in the internet and software freedom movement and, to research cybernetic planning. I had originally intended to study computer science, but I have come to have second thoughts.

High quality computer science education and resources are available for free in so many places, (edx, project euler, stack exchange, etc.) that I would feel like a dumbass taking out $45,000 in loans to pay for a degree.

Sp, I think I will probably major in math and physics and go to graduate school for engineering or applied maths or some gay shit like that. This brings me to my question.

Do any of you hail from academic or career backgrounds such as math, physics, or engineering? If so, was it easy to learn everything you needed to in order to pursue open source software development as an autodidact? Any tips for navigating computer science education outside of a university?

Also–a completely unrelated question. Who /dvorak/ here?

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Is Holochain /gnussr/ approved?

https://medium.com/holochain/holochain-the-blockchain-picks-up-a-dimension-4dca43fe3a73

>Today, we are forced to settle for what Facebook’s algorithm decides to show us. Our capabilities for manipulating our feed are extremely limited. With Holochain, we are only limited to the parameters set by the applications. And if you and your friends don’t like those parameters, you can change them with a forked app!

>And because the information exists on a layer on top of the app and isn’t held proprietarily, you can mix and match your feeds to your heart’s content. I might create dashboards for all different circumstances and be able to jump between them seamlessly. Everything dog-related from all of my app channels from users who have posted at least 10 times could be one of my dashboards. All pizza-related posts by users with a high reputation level who live within 10km of me could be another dashboard.

>Because the information isn’t forced to sit uniquely in each application, the end user can create a customized experience with the parameters of their choosing. The possibilities for data mining and consensus building are endless. End the data-monopolies of Facebook and Google. If we choose to use Holochain, we choose how our information is shared and empower the commons to utilize it for collective growth and understanding.

Are distributed apps the future?

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Say that America's congress approached you and asked you to propose some bills (or remove bills) in order to facilitate the growth of Free Software. What bills would this be? They have to be things that congress would actually consider voting for, so it can't be anything too outrageous like banning non-free software.

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I've long and silently held that free software could play a major role in re-democratizing society and deconstructing the odious institutions which seek ever greater control of our lives through surveillance and economic might.

Also, the longer I think about it, the more I feel the concentration of power in any group or body of people over others to be morally fraught. Free technologies could help wrest control from economic and political elites and return it to the producers of their wealth. I believe we have already seen this developing for quite some time.

I can envision a scenario where, instead of people using software as consumers, flocking to the devices which become tools of exploitation for the companies who manufacture them, people become participants in their own technological lives, being informed instead of ignorant or apathetic out of convenience.

Steve Ballmer once described free software as a cancer. He was projecting what he knew was true about proprietary software. He was right about one characteristic: free software is viral. The GPL guarantees the freedom of future software. But this virus is symbiotic with humanity.

Surely I am not alone in thinking this could play a major role in the battle against capitalism and its endless travesties?

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Open Source Game Development

Next year I'll be going to study engineering in the information and communications field. The University where I'll be studying is a place where they put a big emphasis on game development for that field so I'd like to practice some basics of that shit before I head there.

So I guess my question is if any of you have recommendations for good open source programs to use in game development? I was born in the wrong generation so I have no previous coding experience beyond basic HTML that I learned briefly when I was in primary school so linking stuff like easy-to-understand tutorials for the more common coding languages would also be good.

All help appreciated.

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Gentoo general

Remember to

ACCEPT_LICENCE="-* @FREE"

and

USE="deblob"

On hardened gentoo because it's the only way to install communism.

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Need help with MySQL

Hey /GNUSSR/, I'm trying to host a lainchan installation on my local network for my Cuban basket weaving foundation, but seem to hit a bit of a brick wall, and was hoping I could get some help.

I have the website itself running on a virtual machine using Ubuntu 16.04 LTSB, all of which works perfect.

The problem comes when I try to connect the MySQL server, I get an error, specifically,

Got error 1 from storage engine

I'm using MySQL 5.7 on Azure Database for MySQL server with a free trial so I can suck free resources from Microsoft

I've created a database and as far as I can tell the database should be using InnoDB, however I'm new to MySQL so perhaps I'm retarded.

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I recently installed Debian, and it's been going great - no more programs asking me for stuff on Windows, no more worrying about my stuff being logged (well, UEFI keeps me wondering), etc. I have one last problem, though - I know which search engine works best for me (searx.me, DuckDuckGo tracks you IIRC), but I need a good, general purpose browser which protects my privacy. So far, I can't seem to get Brave to work. The same goes for SRWare Iron. I haven't tried Aviator yet, but it doesn't look as good as the others. I heard that Comodo Dragon comes in a version for Linux, but I could only find downloads for its Windows version (should I create a script and icon which automatically run it through Wine when I click it?) on their website. Epic Privacy Browser is great, but only for Windows and Mac.

I'm also thinking of getting a VPN.

So, general thread about browsing securely.

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how can we make this board more popular?

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Youtube Bots

A bunch of right wing faggots got Bat'ko's channel suspended by mass reporting his channel for

"hate speech".

This board is already pretty tiny, but considering its made up of dedicated techfags, I was wondering of any of you could make bots to mass timestamp report polyp youtubers like Laura Southern and that pasty nazi chick that literally has every video talking about muh niggers muh muslims and muh jews.

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Which distro is best for capitalist gaming?

I have been using Linux some years ago, but I tried gaming and I kinda failed because I wanted to play games like a filthy porky (and my greed because I used money on many games…)

Now I want to go full open-source, but I don't know which distro to choose so I can run muh games.any advice comrades?

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Software Engineering

Anonrades, what are your thoughts on 'Software Engineering'? Im a computer science student and I just finished a year long course on 'Software Engineering' and I'm not sure how I would use any of this in real life. Software Architecture models (Pipe/filter, data repository, etc.), CMMI, COCOMO II, B model, V Model, Agile (XP/Scrum/Kanban), Formal Methods (Z,B), component based software engineering, testing, reuse, sociotechnical systems, code inspections/review, evaluating system performance, and so on.

Is all of this really necessary? Does open source/free software use these complicated methodologies? Do we need a PERT chart or a GANTT chart? Do we need a daily scrum or something? I've never worked on free software before so im just asking, would we just be using some sort of simplified homebrew agile, perhaps kanban, if any development method? Is software engineering just, in the words of Dinesh from the show silicon valley, a "wall of psych 101 MBA mind control bullshit"? or is it legit?

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Free software VR

This thread is for supporting and discussing free software compatible with the modern virtual reality hardware such as Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. I believe it is important we secure a strong foundation of free software on this new and fast developing area this early in the game before bourgeois companies establish their absolute dominance in the area.

So far there is this project called OpenHMD, this is the website:

http://www.openhmd.net/

I will post some of their updates in this thread as they go.

I have an Oculus Rift headset myself, is not as well supported on linux as the Vive though but it is cheaper to get now. I will move to linux as soon as it is actually properly supported.

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Is there an application I can download that’s eddies’ photos like Photoshop, but it’s free. Because the amount of money photoshop costs is to much.

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Webm thread

Post em!

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"Free software is just another consumer choice"

How do you respond?

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secure hashing algorithm

this may be a stupid question, but just where the absolute fuck do i find the SHAs for manjaro community downloads? are there any? should i just torrent some older file instead of going for a direct download of the new and shiny one?

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Official Wallpaper Thread

Post your gnussr related wallpapers

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Hello, I don´t really now if this a good place to create this post (if it is not delete it please), whts the point of using a VPN? It really gives you net anonymity? It is safe to use? Are they better methods?

Thanks in advance comrades

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Open hardware

Your computer is as libre as the hardware its running on.

Too bat project Zet stopped updating in 2013

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randi

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Lojban

So since /leftypol/ generally has an autism thread on esparanto, i figured this would be a good place to ask.

Do any of you know or speak lojban? Any experience with it? Is it hard? Is it useful? How would you go about learning this advanced form of autism?

Cheers.

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Injecting Free Software (as in freedom) thought into /leftypol/

How you does it?

Where thread you does it?

This is an examples of it: >>>/leftypol/1743607

So, GNUSSR, how does you does it?

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ReactOS

Is ReactOS (open-source recreation of Windows) a reactionary project to begin with?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AYHmmpKfTWg

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Best Distro?

Which distro is best for advancing the goals of the free software movement, and why?

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desktop rice thread

What explains this subculture of customized and minimal desktops and WMs? Is it a form of art? Is it design? What does it say about our desire for self-expression? Starting the thread off with a random CDE screenshot since my own desktop is vanilla KDE and not worth posting.

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>>>/gnussr/ friendly rebbit subs?

https://www.reddit.com/r/linux_gaming/

>it's steam-faggotry

>it's GOG-faggotry

U is rite. Still, the platform is being propagated.

Also: what should be our limits when it comes to the commodified / GNUSSR'ified limit? Do you think that even proprietary software that is created for our free platform is worthy of propagation?

>still can't flag-post

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not to be a dick but I think that a general on /g/ and/or /leftypol/ would be sufficient

I don't think there's enough discussion for a whole board but best of luck anyways

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Favorite open source emus

What's your favorite emulator? What do you play on it?

Mine's DosBox. I've never been a non-PC fellar, so wonder if you guys could point me to other emus and games to try them out with.

I recommend getting the classic dynablaster:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vLFDEreWPqM

Heroes of Might and Magic 2:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g42gSMad09Y

And Heroes:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bwcd49K5_v8

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Info Thread

We need to get some infographics and textbooks and shit together. We can probably lift some off the installgentoo wiki, /tech/, and lainchan.

Priorities:

-Linux beginner guide

-Programming for noobs

-Explanation of free licenses and how they relate to the real world?

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How do we get rid of intellectual property laws on code?

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What would a good PC build be where you use as little hardware with proprietary drivers? (for instance amd has free drivers for their video cards)

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Screenie Thread

Post a screenie and any hardware info you want.

For example, this is an X200 with an external monitor that I have installed libreboot on.

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So /gnussr/, how do we go about organizing to fight proprietary software? Is this an arena for software co-ops, or for something more mundane like like a free software education non-profit? Lets get some ideas going around guys.

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gas the jews

race war now

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Hey guys

A few quick thoughts, I advocate using QUBES ( https://www.qubes-os.org/ ) for security purposes as a distro, its snowden endorsed.

Furthermore, as a burger, what do you guys think of creating a burgerstani tech workers cooperative? maybe doing it services and software development

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How do I stop using Windows?

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Hello /gnussr/! This seems like a very promising board.

I'm currently on a Macbook Pro running OS X. I'm looking to get a new laptop in the near future. I'll mostly be doing research stuff (I'm a research assistant), general programming, web use, etc.

I want a linux distro that's extremely stable and that has wide support amongst most applications. Is Ubuntu basically my only choice?