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Can containers boot on their own? Then they are hosts, if not they are guests.

It depends what you mean by “boot”. Linux containers are by definition not running their own kernel, so Linux is never booting. They typically (though not always) have their own namespace for process IDs (among other things) and in some cases process ID 1 inside the container is actually another systemd (or another init system).

However, more often PID 1 is actually just the application being run in the container. In either case, people do sometimes refer to starting a container as “booting” it; I think this makes the most sense when PID 1 in the container is systemd as the word “boot” has more relevance in that scenario. However, even in that case, nobody (or at least almost nobody I’ve ever seen) calls containers “guests”.

As to calling containers “hosts”, I’d say it depends on if the container is in its own network namespace. For example, if you run podman run --rm -it --network host debian:bookworm bash you will have a container that is in the same network namespace as your host system, and it will thus have the same hostname. But if you omit --network host from that command then it will be in its own network namespace, with a different IP address, behind NAT, and it will have a randomly generated hostname. I think it makes sense to refer to the latter kind of container as a separate host in some contexts.


You main OS is called the host and the container is called the guest

The word “guest” is generally used for virtual machines, not containers.




How is Ubuntu Touch in 2024?

In 2023, after the 2022 Ubuntu LTS was released, Ubuntu Touch finally upgraded from the 2016 LTS… to the 2020 LTS. Which they’re still on today.

They’ve announced they’re finally going to get their shit together and be based on recent releases of things after Ubuntu 24.04 is released later this year. Personally, I wouldn’t recommend trying it before they do that.

https://postmarketos.org/ is pretty great today.


I considered putting logos of some of the many more user-friendly pre-ubuntu distros in the meme but was lazy.

Debian was intended to be for regular desktop users back then too, though.


What Linux distribution came before Ubuntu that was specifically designed to be user friendly for a non-technical user?

There were a bunch of distros advertising ease of use; several were even sold in physical boxes (which was the style at the time) and marketed to consumers at retail stores like BestBuy years before Ubuntu started.

Here are four pictures of the physical packaging for three of those pre-ubuntu desktop distros designed to be user friendly and marketed to the general public:

Photo of the cardboard packaging for Caldera OpenLinux Another Caldera box Packaging of SuSE 8.1 Mandrake 7.2 packaging

Ubuntu was better than what came before it in many ways, and it deserves credit for advancing desktop Linux adoption both then and now, but it was not “one of the first” by any stretch.



there were dozens of others in the 11 years between the first and ubuntu





There is a version of VLC for the Nvidia Shield, but it has a somewhat irritating UI and I don’t know if it can actually read the menus like the desktop version can.


I don’t know about the other two mods here but I heard @AgreeableLandscape@lemmy.ml plans to return from hiatus eventually.

I’ve done most most of the mod actions here in the last year, first as an admin but eventually I was added as a mod in this community too because there was a bug (fixed in 0.19) which prevented admins’ mod actions from federating (and there were some egregious posts which kept getting remote reports).

Thanks for the offer of help @beta_tester@lemmy.ml but I think the other admins and I (who are all longtime Linux users) are doing OK moderating this community. Also I see that yesterday you re-posted something immediately after it was deleted, with a title referencing its deletion 😦

If you see something that should be deleted, please do flag it, and if you’re unhappy with mod actions you can always message a mod or ask about it in /c/meta@lemmy.ml


Fuck both of these companies, but, how can it make sense to sue Citrix for this? The article says they released an advisory and patch for the problem six days prior to when Xfinity says the breach happened, so, it sounds like Xfinity neglected to install their software updates.


cloudflare’s service puts them in the middle - so, HTTPS doesn’t encrypt traffic between the browser and your server anymore, but instead between the browser and CF, and then (separately) between CF and your server. CF is an antidote to intelligence agencies’ problem of losing visibility when most of the web switched to HTTPS a decade ago.


screenshot of Wargames computer saying "A strange game. The only winning move is not to play"

cloudflare is an intelligence company who’s flagship product involves them mitming your TLS.

why bother self-hosting, if you do it from behind cloudflare?


I think most chromebooks allow you to disable their boot security? some even allow you to re-enable it with different keys so that you can have a different trust anchor instead of google.



it’s weird how this gist was updated 3 hours ago but still contains lots of claims that haven’t been accurate for years


💯

this is way more beautiful than i expected. amazing work!

to everyone reporting this post as “malware”: 🤣 it really isn’t.

(i read it carefully before running it… if you don’t comprehend something like this, refraining from running it is a good choice.)

edit: lmao at the downvotes! For fun I ported it to Python… this version produces identical output to the original, but stops after a couple thousand seconds instead of running forever. and it is sadly 36 bytes longer.

(maybe the python version helps convince a few people it isn’t malware?)


I came across this blog - What is systemd and Why Should I Care?

A 2014 blog post by someone with the bio “Software Engineer at Microsoft, currently working on Outlook for iOS” should not be a significant influence on the choices you are making about your usage of GNU/Linux in 2023 :)


oh great, yet another platform that will use free software to restrict what people can do with their computing devices 🤮

how is this supposed to be a good thing? 🙄


the famous “This incident will be reported” error was briefly removed last year before being replaced with a less ominous version.




are there any points in their slide deck which you can really say are inaccurate? as a long-time Linux proponent myself, I actually can’t.


the “push service tokens” for threema is a fun one, i wonder what those get used for


You can use most desktop environments on most distros.

If a distro has its own GUI and it doesn’t exist on other distros, usually that means either it isn’t free software or it’s not good enough that anyone has bothered to package it for other distros.