It sickens me that some of the biggest media figures in #Linux and #FreeSoftware are alt-right or adjacent, making these spaces actively hostile to the groups already excluded from tech and making young people in particular easy to target with hateful rhetoric.

@ljwrites software and video game cultures are sorta pushing me out of being a software engineer.
Iโ€™ve been less and less into computing as time goes on, I think the culture is not great and I sorta just see foss as a way for corporations to exploit free labor.
Idk I loved programming since I was a kid but I think these problems that youโ€™re speaking of are getting worse, and itโ€™s making me disinterested in continuing on in the scene, both for fun and professionally.

@stitchandsew I feel you. I was so excited about the possibilities of Linux and free software, and still think it's a practical choice for many desktop users what with the Big Two's shenanigans, but the more I learn about that community the more ๐Ÿ˜ฌ I get


@ljwrites @stitchandsew would be neat if people made a wiki of the communities that don't suck.
eg.: Guix is IMHO quite nice to contribute to and the IRC and mailing list are rather helpful. and we really need more people who aren't techbros.

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I tried to install guixsd, but didnt know where to get help.

Im pretty sure I went to their irc but no one responded to me.

Should I have used their mailing list or are you only talking about the pkg manager?

The whole idea behind it is very interesting, and I especially would like to start using a different kernel, apparently they have the herd/mach kernel (or whatever its called).

@SonOfFanon it can take a while for someone to reply on IRC. there is a list specifically for help:

did you use the graphical installer or the old-school guix system init way?

At first I used the graphical installer, but after it kept failing I used the old school way.

The irc thing kept logging me off so I just gave up.

I can send questions about the GuixSD (the operating system) to the mailing list you linked?

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