After the last crash on XFCE that made me lost thoughts flow when I was fixing a bug, I decided to try again using Gnome.

I really dislike how Gnome looks by default, but with Zorin theme and icons it's acceptable now.
I also have enabled several cool extensions (after troubles getting extensions to work alltoghether because they would just turn off from the browser extentions manager without errors, later I would discover they were disabled system-wide).
I mostly like the Arch Updates extention ;)

Also Wayland is kind of weird, it's my first time using it and it annoys me how I can't get full screen captures on OBS.

For now I'm quite content and I will keep using Gnome for some time. But I do wish it was more customizable without enabling a gazillion extensions.

What I think we need to make the Fediverse a viable alternative to proprietary platforms is SEO.

Let's say I recorded a video on how to solve a very specific issue on Linux. If I publish it on a random Peertube instance, it's guaranteed it will almost never get to the top results.

You can try this yourself by searching for Luke Smith (the linux YouTuber) on your favorite search engine. What you'll see is his website, and then his YouTube page.
What you won't find is his Peertube instance or Odysee profile.

This is partially because search engines like Google want to push their own service and keep people away from the Fediverse, but without a proper way to circumvent this issue, we're doomed to a future where people will forever upload on proprietary platforms to get traffic, and perhaps on some random instance for tech-savy the people that already follow them.

I hope what I'm saying makes sense - tagging @peertube and @lbry

Today I had some free time so I made @CreateGIFsBot (t.me/creategifsbot), a bot to create GIFs from a series of images that produces 256 colors GIFs.
Let me know what you think of it in the comments :P
Source code: codeberg.org/massivebox/gifcre

Xonotic is one of my favorite FPS games. I suck at it, but it's FOSS and it's fun! I recommend you try it.

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If you're on a big instance with lots of members, you might want to consider moving to a smaller instance.

Smaller instances can give members personal attention, as the admin has more time to deal with messages and feedback. They also tend to have more interesting local timelines if you pick an instance that matches a favourite topic.

Using smaller instances also protects the Fediverse from nasty people or companies, because a spread-out Fediverse is much harder to hack or buy.

#FediTips

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Codeberg is growing exponentially! Our user count doubled exactly since January 1st a few minutes ago! You are the best! Let's keep going! Make Codeberg.org the new home for safe and productive Free and Open Source software and content, and their developers!

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Chromebooks are very secure. This is not surprising. Prisons usually have excellent security.

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Don't trust platforms that say "we won't"

Trust ones that say "we can't"

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For people asking about #PineNote panel's EMR pen response time, here is a short video.

The worst tech crime I've ever witnessed is in italian Microsoft Office.

You know how CTRL+S saves your file on every single text/document/spreadsheet/presentation/etc editor of the planet?

Well, on Italian MS Office, it doesn't work like that.
In fact, it turns underline on.
Because "Sottolineato", in italian, means underline, and starts with S.
Well, "Salvare", which is the exact same as Save, starts with an S as well, but Microsoft couldn't be bothered.

Rust may suck - but contributing to Open Source Software written in rust, even if it's just a small change, feels satisfying as ever.

Day #1 of hating Rust :D

Depending on which ORDER you set the routers with the Warp HTTP server, some of them might not work for no reason.

[Disclaimer: more likely it's me doing something stupid with code I don't really understand]

Some people have been asking me why I prefer Codeberg over GitHub.

Objectively it's a bit inferior in terms of builds and automation features, but I lost all my trust in GitHub when I learned they were training ML models on repos from users who never consented.

(It's in their right, I just feel it's unethical)
All this drama made me remember that it doesn't matter how they phrase it - Microsoft is Microsoft. You shouldn't trust them with your data.

Besides, how ironic is it that the world's biggest open source code host isn't even open source?
:)

I've just published the redesigned version of my website on massivebox.eu.org/beta, with a Mastodon RSS feed reader built in.
If you have any suggestion to improve it let me know :P

Just moved instance!
There's no point in federation if everyone is on mastodon.social, no? 🤨

C.IM

C.IM is a general, mainly English-speaking Mastodon instance.