submitted 4 months ago by Sammy@lemmy.dbzer0.com to c/linux@lemmy.ml

I feel like I've been gaslit into running FOSS but every success only brings me closer to fighting god

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[-] hangonasecond@lemmy.world 243 points 4 months ago

Reddit death > installing mint on my second PC > realising I can run most of the games I play and installing mint on my main PC > start learning Rust as a first foray into programming in a long time > realise I want to go back to uni and study info tech to get out of my shitty marketing job > get a shitty second hand laptop off my parents that struggles to run windows and install endeavourOS to try something different.

It really is a slippery slope. When does it end???

[-] Hubi@feddit.de 271 points 4 months ago
[-] xor@infosec.pub 130 points 4 months ago
[-] No_Eponym@lemmy.ca 46 points 4 months ago
[-] recursive_recursion@programming.dev 27 points 4 months ago* (last edited 4 months ago)

would you like to try some fish?

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[-] BaldProphet@kbin.social 24 points 4 months ago

Haha you picked the worst time to try to break into tech.

[-] hangonasecond@lemmy.world 41 points 4 months ago

I've got a pretty good mixture of qualifications and am working in a tech adjacent role so I'm not starting from nothing. I have some decent connections and might be able to carve out something at my current org. So it could be worse.

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[-] mosiacmango@lemm.ee 21 points 4 months ago

Nah, just not the best time. That was 1996. 2021 was pretty good too.

Besides some high profile layoffs, there are still tons of tech jobs out there in less visible industries. Widget factories and insurance companies all have IT people, along with every one else in general.

[-] teawrecks@sopuli.xyz 19 points 4 months ago

But probably the best time to switch to linux. So far.

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[-] TheGrandNagus@lemmy.world 21 points 4 months ago

It really is a slippery slope. When does it end???

It ends when you open vim. There's no escape.

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[-] Gebruikersnaam@lemmy.ml 112 points 4 months ago

I already ran Linux when the API blew up but now I'm a girl..

[-] noobdoomguy8658@feddit.de 55 points 4 months ago

Might be a Linux thing, though.

[-] Gebruikersnaam@lemmy.ml 37 points 4 months ago
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[-] ColdWater@lemmy.ca 28 points 4 months ago

Linux gals are best gals

[-] cybersandwich@lemmy.world 20 points 4 months ago
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[-] LolaCat@lemmy.ca 86 points 4 months ago
[-] prenatal_confusion@lemmy.one 29 points 4 months ago

Talk to your kids about Linux, before a stranger does.

[-] GameGod@lemmy.ca 76 points 4 months ago* (last edited 4 months ago)

Your post couldn't be more true. Decades ago I was sold on MythTV, this PVR software but it only ran on Linux and you had to compile it yourself. So I gave Linux and MythTV a shot. As it turned out, both MythTV and early desktop Linux were a buggy, frustrating mess. X broke all the time. Incomprehensible, ungoogleable compile errors all the time.

I spent so much time troubleshooting MythTV and compilation problems that I ended up learning Linux inside and out and the C programming language to be able understand the compile errors. I went on to lead a major open source project and have had a long career as a programmer, using all the knowledge I gained that started with fighting MythTV.

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[-] chemicalwonka@discuss.tchncs.de 65 points 4 months ago

In 2018 I went to research why all the sites wanted my cookies so much, today I'm a free software adovocate and a Marxist

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[-] redcalcium@lemmy.institute 59 points 4 months ago

Why stop at Ubuntu if you can try a new distro each month?

[-] alice_mac@lemmy.world 77 points 4 months ago

This is the way, quit your real job and focus on nothing but switching distros

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[-] FrostKing@lemmy.world 55 points 4 months ago

I don't run Linux (though I'm admittedly more interested in it than I used to be) but the reddit API stuff definitely made me learn more about foss, and value it more.

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[-] bnjmn@lemm.ee 51 points 4 months ago

I got pissed off at Google Photos, which led me down a self-hosting rabbit hole. Ended up installing Linux everywhere, even my "gaming" one eventually (I do development, and WSL was a resource hog).

The hardest thing to degoogle has been email - I've used the same address for years. But I use Thunderbird so at least I don't have to see ads in my fucking inbox

[-] RvTV95XBeo@sh.itjust.works 27 points 4 months ago

There are ads in Gmail?

I guess I've been using ad blockers for far too long...

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[-] alice_mac@lemmy.world 19 points 4 months ago

I quite like Proton mail it's secure and the interface is pretty damn good

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[-] RizzRustbolt@lemmy.world 44 points 4 months ago

Yes, FOSS will allow you to fight God.

But you will have to assemble him first.

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[-] ImADifferentBird@lemmy.blahaj.zone 43 points 4 months ago



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[-] Sammy@lemmy.dbzer0.com 17 points 4 months ago

Hell yeah! Good news all around!

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[-] Pantherina@feddit.de 34 points 4 months ago* (last edited 4 months ago)
sudo hostnamectl set-hostname SOMETHINGNORMAL

git clone https://github.com/popey/unsnap
cd unsnap

The first one will set the name behind the @ sign to something not that long. I recommend just usint "PC" for privacy reasons. Often nobody needs to know your device model.

The second one removes snaps and snapd and installs installed apps as flatpak instead. Flatpak is a universal format, similar to snap, came out a bit later but not only Ubuntu uses it. Snap also works on multiple Distros but people dont like it, it is still slow (now just slowing down boot) etc.

[-] gohixo9650@discuss.tchncs.de 37 points 4 months ago

perfect demonstration of culture sharing for a newbie. Like advising them to always trust commands they find online without even explaining them what each command does!

It's a good way to get comfortable with reinstalling your os!

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[-] neidu2@feddit.nl 34 points 4 months ago

You have been assimilated, resistance was futile.

Seriously, though, I'm glad you're with us. The more people we get to embrace alternative approaches, the more viable the open standards will be.

[-] Ashen44@lemmy.ca 33 points 4 months ago

Fuck did we all go down the exact same pipeline? I just installed Linux last week and I haven't booted up windows since.

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[-] piracysails@lemm.ee 32 points 4 months ago

If you ever get bored of Ubuntu. You could try fedora kde, the recent versions are so good.

Don't forget to install codecs though.

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[-] bad_alloc@feddit.de 32 points 4 months ago

Welcome to the real world Neo. Don't take the pill with 777 permissions btw.

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[-] TropicalDingdong@lemmy.world 31 points 4 months ago

Just wait till you start the estradiol..

[-] Sammy@lemmy.dbzer0.com 39 points 4 months ago

Oh friend-… I’m on the other side. 8 years on T 💪💉. But yes. We’re all queer.

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[-] dontblink@feddit.it 26 points 4 months ago

It's the path of many of us here, now you will hate linux if you come from windows, give it a couple of months and you'll ask yourself how the fuck you could be on windows till now.

[-] brenno@lemmy.brennoflavio.com.br 25 points 4 months ago

Wait and see you distrohopping every month for years ending up in a boring stable distro.

[-] KuroeNekoDemon@sh.itjust.works 25 points 4 months ago

Welcome to the community! If you need any help you have the Ubuntu forums and Lemmy because fuck Reddit

[-] UndefinedIsNotAFunction@programming.dev 25 points 4 months ago* (last edited 4 months ago)

Welcome to the club. Your lan port is over there. (Insert broadcom chip joke here)

[-] Affair4377@lemmy.world 24 points 4 months ago

One of us! One of us

[-] mynamesnotrick@lemmy.zip 20 points 4 months ago* (last edited 4 months ago)

Same thing happened to me. Moved to pop!_os.I have zero regrets. I've learned a ton. I use tons of apps off f-droid and foss Ubuntu apps. I have degoogled most of my life. I'm also developing an Firefox addon for lemmy. It's usable as a user script addon now. It's called lemmytools. It's my small contribution. All because Reddit got stupid. I don't even browse reddit for answers usually about tech/programming stuff anymore because they block my VPN.

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[-] Yerbouti@lemmy.ml 20 points 4 months ago* (last edited 4 months ago)

Same. I didn't know what a distribution was 8 months ago, now most of my feeds are Linux distro tier list video.

[-] AlmightySnoo@lemmy.world 17 points 4 months ago* (last edited 4 months ago)

Congrats! Your laptop will be even happier with a lighter but still nice-looking desktop environment like Xfce and you even have an Ubuntu flavor around it: Xubuntu.

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