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not sure how I stumbled upon this book, but: 'Radical Technologies' by Adam Greenfield is proving to be a very interesting read & I would like to share it with folks here: It covers the impact & (potential) consequences of technologies such as , & technology in our daily lives, in a way that I find essential for people that work in the global Tech Industry today. You can find it here:

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My Grandad's advice for safe driving was: "Always remember you're controlling a potentially lethal weapon". I think it helped me to take driving even more seriously.

Perhaps it's good advice for us technologists too...

"Always remember you're programming a potential platform for bullying and harassment".

"Always remember you're designing a potential system for mass surveillance".

"Always remember you're deploying a potential tool for mass social unrest".

Doing some archeology on my earlier tech life. Below, my first encounter with some 13 years ago, with version 5.04. The CD sleeve & presentation still looks really nice.

I am probably very late to this party, but I just stumbled on this LateNightLinux podcast and really liked what I hear:

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I swear they're doing this on purpose now: ''There is an update for Skype available, please update it with your package manager' sudo apt-get install skypeforlinux, 5 minutes later nothing more than this:

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'Linux Mint 18.3 Sylvia is a very reasonable distribution. Grade 9.7/10, and it really is one of the more refreshing distro releases recently. Well worth testing.'

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darktable 2.4 open-source RAW image editor is officially out.

Almost 3000 commits to darktable+rawspeed since 2.2.0.

darktable 2.4 comes with support for a wide range of digital cameras from Canon, Fujifilm, Sony, Nikon, Panasonic, Pentax, Samsung, Kodak, Olympus, as well as some LG smartphones.

New white balance and noise profiles were added for various digital cameras as well.

# editor

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@gsteenss Don't remind me about RPM hell... 😭

I settled for Debian for the same reasons in 2000. Back then APT just had no true competitor.

Let's make a thing, because I love retro computing and Linux. Now I feel like googling really old ISOs of some distros and try them on a virtual machine!

The distro that convinced me desktop Linux was a viable thing, was Mandrake Linux back in the day. I should check out its descendants Linux & again, even if they are/were rpm based.

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What ever happened to Mozilla anyway? It feels like they lost their way. Including non-free software, spying on users and installing addons without users consent isn't really what they used to be about.

Thanks all for the suggestions, folks. I've been with KDE since the 3.x days and *have* tried & recommended other distros/de's to other people, but have always stuck with KDE, never found sufficient reasons to abandon it myself. guess I just like to configurability I guess...

There's these guys reviewing & hoping distro's every week or so, and now they have me doubting my decision to go with next LTS cycle for my laptop. so what would your recommendation be for a based, distro that has longtime support and can be made to look pretty decent, also:

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Microsoft adds ssh to Windows. 20 years late. (slow hand clap)

@ChrisWere another inspiring video that latest one, thanks.

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From Let's Encrypt:
"Looking Forward to 2018"

"We’ve got some exciting features planned for 2018.

First, we’re planning to introduce an ACME v2 protocol API endpoint and support for wildcard certificates along with it. Wildcard certificates will be free and available globally just like our other certificates. We are planning to have a public test API endpoint up by January 4, and we’ve set a date for the full launch: Tuesday, February 27."


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KDE's Goals for 2018 and Beyond: Top-notch Usability and Productivity for Basic Software, Privacy Software, Streamlined Onboarding of New Contributors