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Oct 04 2017
04 October 2017 - 02:09

Hello everyone, and welcome back to Open Linux Forums. We're still straightening things out a little around here, but hopefully everything should be back to normal soon enough.

The first thing you may notice is that we're using different forum software! This is FlaskBB instead of the old guard, SMF. I picked this software for a number of reasons:

  • It's written in python, which I know fairly well and can probably fix if something breaks
  • It's written by sh4nks, a programmer whose libraries I've used in production software before
  • It doesn't require javascript for most of its functionality (although it does make the post editor a little nicer)
  • I like it

There are a few differences from the older forum, though - the main one being that this forum uses markdown instead of bbcode for formatting posts. In my opinion, this is a net win. Markdown is much easier on the eyes and is human readable even when not rendered. If you're confused, click the question mark icon in the post editor.

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04 October 2017 - 15:01

None that I know of. If we want to we can write our own, the theme system (Jinja2) is much easier to write for than SMF's.

06 October 2017 - 16:04

We're still slowly working on new features. I'll post new things as they arrive here.

First on the list: youtube embeds! Just paste a properly formatted youtube url and it will appear as an embedded video. If you don't want it embedded, you can put it in a code block or a named link, like so:


[youtube vid](

youtube vid

Url styles that will get transformed: (https:// and www optional) (https:// optional)

13 October 2017 - 12:52

A few minor bugs have been fixed. Notably, the "Change User Details" page now properly loads current details.

19 October 2017 - 22:35

While this software comes with support for emoji, I somehow failed to notice that it doesn't come with images for them. Fixed. 👌

21 November 2017 - 00:39

As a side note: The preview function works locally instead of asking the forum software what the post will look like. As a result, there are a few minor differences between the preview and the actual post; notably emoji rendering and youtube embedding.

I've been pretty busy over the past few weeks, but at some point I will fix this.

24 October 2017 - 15:29

Firefox has finally become a true multi-process browser, the one feature of chrome that I actually wished firefox had. In short, it's more stable, more secure, and faster at the cost of higher resource usage. It still doesn't use as much memory as chrome, but it's more than the older versions. I think the trade-off is worth it, you won't really feel the burn unless you have 2 GB or less of RAM.

They're also backporting the CSS engine from servo, which is properly multithreaded and thus much faster.

Unpopular opinion: I actually don't mind pulseaudio. It's much more feature-rich than straight-up alsa and is stable now that there are more devs working it than just Poettering.

27 October 2017 - 15:40

If you don't mind opening a terminal to download your video, youtube-dl works on just about every video site you can think of.

24 December 2017 - 14:36

This is something I had never heard of before. Apparently, it's a security module similar to SELinux and AppArmor. Along with those two, it's been merged into the mainline kernel and is available in Debian.

I can't say I have much of an opinion on it as obviously I've never used it before, but it can't be that bad if Linus okayed it to go into the mainline.

14 January 2018 - 01:22

Hmm, I didn't know there was a shorthand like that. I thought you had to either specify the group name or not set it at all.

Also of note: you can use a dot instead of a colon, so if your local manpage recommends that, either form should work.