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    lazlo.vii got a reaction from lycaeum in Is Funtoo dying?   
    Funtoo isn't dying.  Funtoo is changing just like it always has.  You know far better than we do what you want from your Linux distro so ask yourself if you have liked all of the past changes to Funtoo.  Then stick with it and have some faith in the wisdom of our BDFL.  If you don't like what you see in a year or two you can go to another distro and have not lost anything. 
    I originally switched to Funtoo because too many things in Gentoo and Debian stayed the same.  Having bleeding edge packages wasn't why I used Gentoo.  It was because it gave me a greater degree of control than any other OS.  The reason I love Debian is because the stable release is always stable but unfortunately I have to give a lot of control to use it.  Funtoo can give me the control that I want and at the same time give me the stability that I need so I am keeping an open mind.
    If you have the skills to contribute to the code base and improve things for all of us I encourage you to get involved.  If you are like me and couldn't write a program if your life depended on it then I encourage you donate a bit of money to Funtoo every month. 
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    lazlo.vii got a reaction from finghin in Mininal and Optimized Stage3   
    I will say that adding more packages to the base install of Funtoo would add more attack surface to the distro.  My home server gets over 100 login attempts every day on the SSH port alone.  Among the many reasons why I use Funtoo is that the default install is small and while it isn't completely secure by default it has a very limited number of things I must lock down when I do an install.  Could it be easier to use?  Yes, it could...but it could also be far less secure by default.  In my opinion the best way to make Funtoo easier to use (especially to those who are new to it) is to have those people with the most knowledge of the "Best Practices" write more documentation for Funtoo.  On the other hand, it's those same people who are currently writing our bug fixes and feature improvements for the distro.  It's a "Catch 22" in that regard. 
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    lazlo.vii got a reaction from engineer in Mininal and Optimized Stage3   
    I will say that adding more packages to the base install of Funtoo would add more attack surface to the distro.  My home server gets over 100 login attempts every day on the SSH port alone.  Among the many reasons why I use Funtoo is that the default install is small and while it isn't completely secure by default it has a very limited number of things I must lock down when I do an install.  Could it be easier to use?  Yes, it could...but it could also be far less secure by default.  In my opinion the best way to make Funtoo easier to use (especially to those who are new to it) is to have those people with the most knowledge of the "Best Practices" write more documentation for Funtoo.  On the other hand, it's those same people who are currently writing our bug fixes and feature improvements for the distro.  It's a "Catch 22" in that regard. 
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    lazlo.vii got a reaction from nrc in Is Funtoo dying?   
    Funtoo isn't dying.  Funtoo is changing just like it always has.  You know far better than we do what you want from your Linux distro so ask yourself if you have liked all of the past changes to Funtoo.  Then stick with it and have some faith in the wisdom of our BDFL.  If you don't like what you see in a year or two you can go to another distro and have not lost anything. 
    I originally switched to Funtoo because too many things in Gentoo and Debian stayed the same.  Having bleeding edge packages wasn't why I used Gentoo.  It was because it gave me a greater degree of control than any other OS.  The reason I love Debian is because the stable release is always stable but unfortunately I have to give a lot of control to use it.  Funtoo can give me the control that I want and at the same time give me the stability that I need so I am keeping an open mind.
    If you have the skills to contribute to the code base and improve things for all of us I encourage you to get involved.  If you are like me and couldn't write a program if your life depended on it then I encourage you donate a bit of money to Funtoo every month. 
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    lazlo.vii got a reaction from jhan in Is Funtoo dying?   
    Funtoo isn't dying.  Funtoo is changing just like it always has.  You know far better than we do what you want from your Linux distro so ask yourself if you have liked all of the past changes to Funtoo.  Then stick with it and have some faith in the wisdom of our BDFL.  If you don't like what you see in a year or two you can go to another distro and have not lost anything. 
    I originally switched to Funtoo because too many things in Gentoo and Debian stayed the same.  Having bleeding edge packages wasn't why I used Gentoo.  It was because it gave me a greater degree of control than any other OS.  The reason I love Debian is because the stable release is always stable but unfortunately I have to give a lot of control to use it.  Funtoo can give me the control that I want and at the same time give me the stability that I need so I am keeping an open mind.
    If you have the skills to contribute to the code base and improve things for all of us I encourage you to get involved.  If you are like me and couldn't write a program if your life depended on it then I encourage you donate a bit of money to Funtoo every month. 
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    lazlo.vii reacted to drobbins in Announcing fchroot - QEMU-based chroot tool!   
    Hey Everyone,
    I want to officially announce 'fchroot', Funtoo's new QEMU-based chroot tool which allows you to chroot into ARM stage3's and live systems using your 64-bit PC. It is pretty neat stuff. Check out this video for a demo:
    Enjoy ?
    -Daniel
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    lazlo.vii reacted to nrc in feedback (for devs)   
    It seems to me that metalog and sshd defaults should depend on what flavor you're installing.  A desktop flavor shouldn't have either by default while a server flavor should have metalog.  I'd say that neither should have sshd by default unless you have the amazon-ec2 or some kind of "headless" mix-in.
    Funtoo hasn't used `eselect news` since probably 2015.  I think the problem was managing news in too many different places.  Originally the intent was to put them on a wiki News page but that appears abandoned.  The News and Announcements forum here seems to be the best source.   It looks like if you hit follow at the top of forum you can get an email notification of news items.
     
    Funtoo has gone from being just a slightly different spin on Gentoo to something really unique among distros.  I think that's great.   
    I'm happy with what I understand of the new direction.  I enjoy the fact that we're not saddled with systemd and that customization is virtually limitless, but the "rolling release" model means that you can never truly have a stable system.  On a regular basis something gets rolled in that breaks things badly and you are forced to drop everything and fix it right now to get a working system again.
    If this new stepping release model provides a more stable system that is still more flexible and current than your typical binary release, I think it will be a win.  The key will be keeping updates coming on a regular basis.
    @drobbins launched Funtoo to work on new directions for Gentoo without dealing with the mess that Gentoo had become.  Whether or not Funtoo is the right distro for someone probably depends on how closely your goals for a distro align with his.  As I read his comments and see the direction of progress I'm on board.  But part of the mess that Gentoo had become was lack of communication between developers and  the user base, so I think your criticism of some of the communication gaps is fair.
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    lazlo.vii got a reaction from jhan in USE flags? Why so necessary?   
    When I did a fresh Funtoo 1.3 install on my desktop PC I just set my profile with epro and installed the KDE meta package and it worked (nearly) flawlessly.  I did something like this:
     

    #epro flavor desktop # epro mix-ins kde-plasma-5-new # epro mix-ins no-systemd # epro mix-ins gfxcard-nvidia # emerge -vauND --with-bdeps=y @world # (say yes to any USE flag changes) # dispatch-conf # emerge -vauND --with-bdeps=y @world #emerge -va xorg-server nvidia-drivers nvidia-settings # emerge -va plasma-meta # (say yes to any USE flag changes) # dispatch-conf # emerge -va plasma-meta
    I have zero USE flags set in my make.conf and in package.use I only have what portage added.
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    lazlo.vii reacted to drobbins in funtoo 1.3 arm-32bit and arm-64bit builds now available   
    Everyone,
    arm-32bit and arm-64bit builds of Funtoo Linux 1.3 are now available. Search for "arm" on this page using the search field right above the table to see them:
    https://www.funtoo.org/Subarches
    Enjoy. Also note that we could use some help with updating install docs for raspberry pis as well as odroid-xu4, which I hear now should run fine with our debian-sources-lts? If you look at our odroid-xu4 page here, you'll see that at the top we link to an install guide specific to this board. I'd like to have docs like this for all the raspis as well:
    https://www.funtoo.org/ODROID-XU4
    Thanks,
    Daniel
     
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    lazlo.vii reacted to drobbins in New drobbins YouTube vlog   
    Hi All,
    I've created a new YouTube vlog entry for your enjoyment. This one is about the latest shocking news of being let go from a job. View it here -- I appreciate it if you help me get the word out about my channel, send me some upwardly-pointing thumbs and possibly even subscribe! ? Thanks!
    Best,
    Daniel
     
     
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    lazlo.vii got a reaction from cuantar in I like 2FA   
    Thanks for adding the 2FA to the site.  I wish more would do it.  I use it every where I can.  Even my home server has the google-auth pam modules for ssh.
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    lazlo.vii got a reaction from cuantar in A quick question of the upcoming kernel switch.   
    I have changed my mind about the size of LV's and decided to go with 8GB instead of 4GB so I don't have to guess about having enough space in /*/tmp to compile a new kernel.  I'll edit this post to add my results when I get done.  Hopefully that will be within the next 3 hours.
     
    Well, I have run basic tests with defrag and zlib compression and changed RAID back and forth from 0,1, and 10, added large amounts of data, deleted some of it, did it all again, made a few snap shops, deleted them, and so on.
     
    I can't find any obvious problems with the usage or functionality of kernel 4.9 on a btrfs filesystem created with newer kernel.  I know that data point doesn't make a statistically useful sample, but it does put my mind at ease.
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    lazlo.vii got a reaction from nrc in Why Funtoo is not migrating on GitLab ?   
    I think that Microsoft knows the kind of problems that would be caused if they abused their ownership of GitHub and I think they know beyond a shadow of a doubt what it would cost them:
     
    https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/06/08/nat_friedman_github_ceo_elect_ama_session/
     
    Let's face it, when it comes to freedom, privacy, an open market, and just about every other category of economic threat you can imagine Google/Alphabet/Android/Chrom* is bigger than Microsoft ever was.  If Microsoft wants to stop their market share slide (much less regain market dominance) then they need software developers to like them and to work with them. 
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    lazlo.vii reacted to palica in A quick question of the upcoming kernel switch.   
    https://btrfs.wiki.kernel.org/index.php/Changelog#By_feature
    don't know how much debian backports btrfs fixes (or new features)
    changelog here:
    https://salsa.debian.org/kernel-team/linux/blob/046a5da6eb748c59f7402d5aae84ab7543dbb396/debian/changelog?expanded=true&viewer=simple
    downgrade could be problematic if you use ZSTD as your compression for example, but not limited to this probably.
    IMHO - test the downgrade on a separate pc or disk. (and never touch a running system)
    at least for those running btrfs this kernel switch should be done with extreme caution.
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    lazlo.vii got a reaction from NikosAlexandris in I like 2FA   
    Thanks for adding the 2FA to the site.  I wish more would do it.  I use it every where I can.  Even my home server has the google-auth pam modules for ssh.
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    lazlo.vii got a reaction from drobbins in I like 2FA   
    Thanks for adding the 2FA to the site.  I wish more would do it.  I use it every where I can.  Even my home server has the google-auth pam modules for ssh.
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