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I ditched elementaryOS after almost two years and I it's the best thing I've done in a while. 

Looking from the outside it feels really strange that the elementary-team is trying to rebuild all these apps for their essentially closed appcenter ecosystem.

Interestingly I never really used any of the eos-apps and I don't miss them at all. Also I'm *so* happy to finally be able to change the UI design (I'm on Budgie now)

Oh FFS DBeaver. What is it with HiDPI and Linux software that just went horribly wrong? DBeaver used to be one of the good apps that just works on a HiDPI screen. Until now..

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@Linux thanks! will check it out at some point. from what I see there's a community version that comes with the Budgie desktop pre-installed, so that looks good already :)

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@Linux @elementary but, going back to the drama question, I still think it's a bit strange for a distro that is sort of advertising itself to Linux newbies ("replacement for Windows and macOS") to just ignore users of the last release in the announcement. they could just tell me what to do to upgrade, even if it's a fresh install. or not?

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@Linux @elementary ah, got it. on my work laptop I already switched to Ubuntu Budgie, and I really like Budgie.

have to read more about Solus. think I was a bit afraid of not being able to apt install anymore. I assume eopkg is not compatible with .deb packages?

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@Linux @elementary interesting. I'm new to linux, eOS loki was my first serious attempt on using it. one of the reasons I switched from macOS was that with each OS upgrade half of my system was broken and I had to re-install and configure most of it.

so you're saying this is normal in the linux world? does "fresh install" mean I have to reinstall all apps? redo my whole setup? or is there a way not to spend 2 days on this?

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@matt I was kind of expecting the great all-new AppCenter to just open up and say "click here to upgrade to Juno" but nope.

the install guide ( says nothing about upgrading Loki.

so it looks like I can just read about all the nice new features that I have no easy way to install. or maybe they're working on it and I just have to wait?

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So, @elementary Juno was released yesterday but there is no mention anywhere in the release announcement or installation guide about how to update from eOS Loki. Googling around brought up an github issue about this from March 2017. Apparently there's a $25 bounty on this, lol.

On reddit someone wrote you have to re-install the whole OS but I swear if they make me do this I'm gonna distro-hop right away.

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this Dilbert strip is from 1995, but now it's more valid than ever
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Wow! Microsoft is opening up 60 000 patents for free use by anyone in the Open Invention Network (OIN).

They've also joined LOT, an anti-patent troll group.

"as late as 2014, Microsoft made approximately $3.4 billion from its Android patents."

This is amazing! As @kaniini says, we still need to be vigilant about MS, but there's no denying this is a huge deal! #patents

@ChameleonScales I love the tree planting part, but this is a show-stopper:

"when you do a search on Ecosia we forward the following information to our partner, Bing: IP address, user agent string, search term, and some settings like your country and language setting."

I just want to appreciate the folks over at for positively surprising me again and again.. 👍

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FBI Forced Suspect to Unlock His iPhoneX Through Face ID

This is why biometrics are NOT secure. Biometrics should be treated as a UserID, and NOT as a password

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I mean, it used to be "add to resolv.conf, you're done". Then it used to be "add to resolvconf config file head, you're done". Now it's "nobody really knows, users usually don't need that *shrug*".

This fscking thing really starts to feel like Windows.

#FsckSystemd #Linux

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Oh, and apologies to all the photo editing tools. I really tried *a lot* of them after I switched to Linux, but sadly none got anywhere close to Adobe Lightroom.

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Nice, Polarr looks like the first photo editing software for Linux that deserves the name. Proprietary, unfortunately, but still good news for me.

@blub yes, there was no consent. it was just me rebooting. I think it happened because I had the laptop on a LAN connection for the first time (I image it can't update the firmware over password protected wifi?)

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@gka @kensp Closed source bios, checking for updates regularly. Basically this is a built-in backdoor to the machine (and not only on this laptop but on every other device having the same feature). This is why projects like Libreboot or Coreboot are so important.

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