Living Inside the Shell | LINUX Unplugged 233

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Everyone’s Linux desktop is getting better this week, well… Almost everyone.

Plus why Linux users should be using Firefox, some Gnome and MATE news, communIty, why the Linux desktop isn’t seeing as many native apps these days & more!

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  1. Wimpy starts talking about snap package and it triggered me.
    Snap packages and flatpak sucks.

    I tried both, snapd broke itself after a month of use, (pacman complained /snap exists in filesystems, rm -rf /snap, update installed but snapd stopped working, I had to Rsn snapd.) Also sometimes when apps have updates, snapd doesn't refresh or attempts to install update but encounters a problem then breaks the app. I found snap apps runs a bit slower then just running compiled apps natively. I don't like how snapd uses loop devices, I see that in dolphin or nautilus, it annoys me because I have to find my storage or usb drives or arrays in that list and it spammed to death with loop devices.
    Flatpak commands are stupid, example flatpak run com.spotify.Client, along with that I had to add flathub repo in order to get apps, what other repo is supplying flatpaks? After working with snapd. I just wasn't going to have it. So I just pacman -Rsn snapd flatpak and went to the aur and got all my apps working on manjaro.

  2. Desktop icons are dumb and bad. I was saddened that they were restored to the default configuration of Plasma with the last release. 🙁

  3. I should not try to argue here anymore, but I found it funny how the "btrfs is garbage" discussion transformed into "opensuse is garbage".

    As if this 2 questions are identical. Yes opensuse is one of the only distros that choose btrfs as default fs.

    But nobody uses zfs because its the default filesystem of a distribution so it doesn't really matter, most if not all distros allow you to use btrfs for root and for everything else… so btrfs has nearly nothing to do with opensuse.

    They don't do as far as I know much on the developer site of btrfs.

    So it sounded even that was not said explizitly that saying that opensuse sucks means also that btrfs sucks.

    And again this 2 projects have nearly nothing to do with each other, and its easy to say opensuse is garbage, because it is (sorry), have to agree here even as german person.

    I mean they were worse at some point, but that doesn't make them great. But that said it can be a good option for total noobs that want to install their software with one-click over the browser.

    So they compete more with something like elementary and maybe some very weird enterprise people. so whatever.

    But again that doesn't say much about btrfs, even I would disagree that all problems are fully adressed in btrfs, I just think you underplay the big problems with zfs. Both have its nische / place, both its weaknesses.

    So it fits your nische Chris but doesn't mean that its better than btrfs on every szenario there are peopel that don't pay 5000 Dollar for their servers, with 64gb ECC Ram and shit like that. I overdue the problem shurly a bit, but btrfs is more flexible. You can use it on your rpi with one or two usb harddisk or something like that, if you want, you can't use zfs reasonable with that setup.

    Even for root fs zfs on a normal desktop linux is a administration nightmare. Whatever I will not chance your mind I learned that 😀 still need to spit out my oppinions 😀

  4. This is funny that OMG Ubuntu is complaining about a lack of new interesting apps when elementary has new apps every day. OMG Ubuntu just choses to blatantly ignore elementary.

  5. You have to question intelligence and motives of programmers who implement application use-cases in JavaScript as a part of electron framework. User interface should always be a plug-in to the main component that implements application use-cases. This is logical way of managing dependencies and managing ever changing volatile nature of software. If done in the correct way every application can have GTK+ based user interface, QT based interface, electron based user interface, … etc as a plug-in components.

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