"Hey, DT! I Want A Distro In Between Ubuntu and Arch." (And Other Questions)



Topics of discussion on this episode of “Hey, DT!” include: Audacity and alternatives, the middle ground between Ubuntu and Arch, my favorite music genre, the Windows package manager, Artix Linux, Javascript, audio interfaces that work with Linux, and Notepad++ dropping Bing over censorship.

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I am an avid Linux lover and open source enthusiast. I use Ubuntu and believe in sharing knowledge. Apart from Linux, I love classic detective mysteries.

34 thoughts on “"Hey, DT! I Want A Distro In Between Ubuntu and Arch." (And Other Questions)

  • June 18, 2021 at 8:40 am
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    0:19 with audacity now being owned by a corporation, and making some very questionable decisions, is it time to start looking for other audio editors?

    2:34 can you mention some middle ground options between ubuntu (and its derivatives) and arch || gentoo || <another_hardcore_distro_here>?

    4:31 what kind of music do you like? and why is it mongolian throat singing?

    6:37 what's your views on winget, the windows package manager?

    8:07 when are you doing another fast and furious movie?

    8:14 is this the same thing for rpm repos? can one host a rpm repo in gitlab/hub?

    9:59 have you tried artix linux yet?

    11:44 hey fool, I don't know any web browsers written in javascript

    13:30 could you tell me, what audio interface you're using? I need to buy one and thinking about focusrite clarett, but I'm not sure it will work with linux. the one you use probably has linux support.

    15:01 notepad++ recently dropped bing due to censorship issues, thoughts?

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  • June 18, 2021 at 8:40 am
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    15:05
    I had some Gnome theming issues that I couldn't find/solve on Google, so I thought Bing probably got different algorithm, maybe I'll find what I'm looking for there. Anyway what I got was some sick graphic of two garden gnomes slaughtering each other with knives? There was blood all over… sick sh*t.

    Probably coincidence but, this could be placed there by them, you know what they are like. They don't give a shit about anything anymore.

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  • June 18, 2021 at 8:40 am
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    Manjaro stable is actually a pretty ok middle ground, fairly stable and still up to date software

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  • June 18, 2021 at 8:40 am
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    OcenAudio is not free software – it's freeware!

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  • June 18, 2021 at 8:40 am
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    The PR on Audacity's telemetry said it would be opt-in (not opt-out). What people were mostly upset about was that they wanted to use proprietary 3rd party services to handle telemetry. Namely Google Analytics and Yandex.

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  • June 18, 2021 at 8:40 am
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    Thanks for covering Audacity!
    If anyone's interested, I'm making tutorials about audio production on Linux with FOSS.

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  • June 18, 2021 at 8:40 am
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    tried all linux flavours..none of them work as windows does on my new laptop..colors, speed , everything. Linux has drivers problems. Windows is quite good after debloating it and turn off all privacy shit

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  • June 18, 2021 at 8:40 am
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    Just Use Fedora Server –> Aka "What's a distro between Ubuntu and Arch"

    It's the best. Just install whatever DE or WM you want ontop and you're set.

    This or literally any server distribution will do. I learned this even from DistroTube himself with his old Debian Server + OpenBox videos. Have been doing this kind of setup ever since since mainline distributions are just a waste. Always opt for the server editions.

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  • June 18, 2021 at 8:40 am
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    Arch Linix has an official command line guided installer now too.

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  • June 18, 2021 at 8:40 am
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    All Linux distros you can add a local or separate repo. Exp. In arch you enter it in /etc/pacman.conf Ubuntu is adding a ppa to the aptitude conf. Look up your package mng.

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  • June 18, 2021 at 8:40 am
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    A middle ground doesn't precisely exist, but Fedora and Manjaro are close enough.

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  • June 18, 2021 at 8:40 am
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    new office looks good. first time i had to actually lower my audio volume instead of raising it to hear you. but now i have to look at 2 displays with matrix running? ugh

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  • June 18, 2021 at 8:40 am
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    what about absolute volume for bluetooth headphones? WIndows have this function since 2018, Android and MacOS as well, and we still waiting for implementation in Linux, and i writing this as Linux user since 1998

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  • June 18, 2021 at 8:40 am
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    it's been a while since you did a review of pop!os. as a windows "power" user, i just might consider switching to that by purchasing a system76 PC for my upcoming desktop rig replacement.
    pop os looks pretty good. seems to have a tiling window manager built in. but if it's still as janky as it was in your previous look, it's going to be a pass for me.

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  • June 18, 2021 at 8:40 am
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    I see the cmatrix in the background. I've heard of cxxmatrix which is pretty much a better version of cmatrix. You should give try it.

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  • June 18, 2021 at 8:40 am
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    Hey DT i want know what ur linux distro its look beautiful

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  • June 18, 2021 at 8:40 am
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    I am not sure of the reason but no linux youtuber talks about redhat based distros any time

    Fedora is totally eligible for "middle-ground" distro for Ubuntu and arch by featuring BTRFS, pipewire and up to date kernel and software with user friendly and stable distro. Same with OpenSUSE.

    RPM based distros come in wide variety with same package manager, still are very very neglected by the YouTube linux community for some reason.

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  • June 18, 2021 at 8:40 am
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    Saying notepad++ to be hypocrite because of running only on Windows is like saying every single software running only on linux are also hypocrite if they're flagged as open source. It's forgetting all the context around n++. It's one of the biggest door for many people to enter into open source world while not having the choice to run on Windows. And cross platform will never be an open source action, it's different. Making a cross platform software still stay a hard path, easier now but at the time of n++ it wasn't, and rewriting a software just to make it cross platform is like saying to a bridge made of stone "well, a little bit more to the right please". For the GitHub aspect, keep in mind too things: GitHub wasn't MS before, and building a tool chain working with one tool is hard enough to avoid doing it twice. Also, where does n++ can go where they will be free of big companies? Gitlab has some issue with proprietary parts too, and mostly on one of the biggest aspect of a project like n++: the toolchain and the project management. It will be nice to stop confusing between what a software run on and use and what he fight against. There's no perfect solution.

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  • June 18, 2021 at 8:40 am
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    Debian Testing (or a distro based on it) is a pretty good middle point between Ubuntu and Arch. I like Sparky Testing.

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  • June 18, 2021 at 8:40 am
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    I don't share DT's opinion on Audacity, I've got more faith due to how Musescore has been handled quite well.

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  • June 18, 2021 at 8:40 am
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    The middle ground between a Ubuntu and Arch is a netinstaller. Open Suse's rolling release, Debian are options. These are a definate middle ground where you can choose the broad strokes and its handled mostly for you.

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  • June 18, 2021 at 8:40 am
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    It's not really accurate to say that Audacity was taken over by people that only do proprietary software. MuseScore is released under GPL and is a wonderful piece of software, so I'd say the Muse Group has a ton of experience in open source. The guy (Tantacrul on youtube, fantastic channel about music) that was kind of thrust into Audacity by the Muse Group, as far as I know, has only worked on MuseScore.

    I'm not trying to defend telemetry, but to say it's a company that only does proprietary software is just not true.

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  • June 18, 2021 at 8:40 am
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    I'm sorry to say that you've got the autotune stuff very wrong, for several reasons. Autotune is very much capable of inserting sweeps, dissonant notes and, most importantly, you absolutely can't tell the difference if the producers don't want you to.
    Also, the singers are still skilled, they just don't have to take as many takes as singers without autotune to get it sounding perfect.
    I get that you don't like the voice effects some pop artists add to their voice though, because I don't either. I do enjoy listening to a lot of digital music though.

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  • June 18, 2021 at 8:40 am
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    About the midleground question, I'd say Manjaro (especially something like the i3 community edition) fits – it's Arch based with some packages preinstalled and some customizations plus a few noob friendly helper guis.

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