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Anyone else having problems adding fonts on a system level?

I've run into this problem on two separate machines -- when I try to add fonts at the system level something crashes after I enter my password, no fonts are added. On one machine I was able to work around this with sudo systemsettings5 -- I was then able to just select the fonts and since I was working as root it added the fonts system wide -- but on the other machine it wound up crashing anyway.

I don't really know how to describe the problem in any more detail. Have any of you run into that, or am I a special snowflake? 
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Can anyone recommend a solid package manager for Neon? Discover doesn't crash any more since the update to KDE Frameworks, but it doesn't actually show all available packages from all the repos either, and a lot of the stuff it does show it won't let you install (install button is frequently grayed out).

I tried Muon but you can't configure repositories from it (error message generated when you try to access repos). Synaptic works but I'd prefer something a little more integrated into KDE.
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A Rake by Starlight, Chapter 22

WHEREIN a Business Partner Experiences an Unwelcome Change in Status
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Hey maybe not post this in the tech support community I was using yesterday, right? Right! OK, fixed.
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Since I'm already ranting and venting about UI designers and how much they're pissing me off these days... one of the features of KDE Plasma 5.7 is apparently a greater ability to "restrict unwanted customizability."

...KDE, what happened? Seriously.

Looks like I'm going to be running KDE 4 on my primary machines for a long time, and then I'm going to... uh... I dunno, give up computers or something.
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No, it's not GNOME, it's it's own thing. MATE's GNOME 2.

As for being a KDE guy, I quit being one after 2.X and went looking for more answers. KDE? It's what you're now bitching about now...with no likely return, much like GNOME 3 went the same with the GNOME people.

Time for a few virtual machines if your machine has the resources and start a-putzin' to see if you can find something to make it all happier for you.
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I don't understand application UI design any more.

That's the long and short of it -- UI designers have decided "fuck you, user, we know best" and in the name of USABILITY they are stripping away the ability to customize.

It's PROBABLY because the ability to customize makes the code base of an application more difficult to maintain. They're telling everyone "it's to make your user experience consistent and pleasant" but the REAL REASON is "it's because making it work the way you want it to work is too hard."

I am adding "Application UI Designers" to my Book Of People I Swear At Everyday Even When They're Not In The Room.
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A lot of UI personnel is getting cut though so wouldn't that be the real reason for the deterioration?
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A Rake by Starlight, Chapter 21

WHEREIN Secrets are Revealed, and Negotiations Begin Anew

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So I've been reading about Ubuntu's snap files, which are now apparently being enthusiastically embraced by a much larger portion of the Linux community. I certainly think they're a useful idea, but I can't help wondering... isn't this basically setup.exe for Linux? Or setup.msi, I suppose. I mean I definitely see some advantages using it, but I always assumed the reason Linux didn't have that already was cultural -- a rejection of the massive binary all-in-one application.

So what I find more interesting is the cultural shift behind this adoption. I assume there are people who are very unhappy about that part...
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I demand that someone invent a way to protect my distro from meteor strikes from space!
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Apologies for having posted something in the wrong community. I've removed it. I clicked the wrong link and wasn't paying attention.
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Was wondering if someone could help me out with this one.

Yesterday I installed Neon (user version) and I like it so far. But I've run into something when I use apt that I've never encountered before:

sudo apt dist-upgrade
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
Starting pkgProblemResolver with broken count: 0
Starting 2 pkgProblemResolver with broken count: 0

It's the "pkgProblemResolver" messages that I don' t know how to interpret. It looks like it's generating an error message to tell me that there are no messages. Is that right? Is this a standard part of apt now, or am I seeing something unusual?
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Thanks +Rik Mills for the information. I have no problem with it being there if it's supposed to be - I'd just never seen it before and didn't know what to make of it.
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I put Fedora (KDE Spin) on one of my laptops, because Kubuntu seems to be slowly sliding down the razor blade of life at the moment. I hate, hate, hate using a distro not based on debian because lo and behold, I am very comfortable with dpkg and apt-get. But I decided I'd do it just because I have so many work-friends who have wound up working for Red Hat. It's weird.

Anyway, I will say this: I'm not sure how "dnf" translates to "dandified yum" but one thing is for sure, dnf is significantly -- and I mean significantly faster than yum ever was. Using yum was one of the reasons my previous flirtations with Fedora never lasted more than a few days.

Of course, right now I'm updating to Rawhide because if I'm going to use a distro I haven't used in years, then obviously I have to use the unstable version, dammit. So in all honesty this flirtation probably won't last more than a few days either.
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I think a lot of people's Linux distro preferences boil down to which distro they started with. Ignoring my very first disastrous attempt at Linux with Slackware, I eventually settled on the old Red Hat free version, which today is what became Fedora. As such, Ubuntu and Debian seem foreign to me, and I run Fedora on all my servers (including GPF). (But I'd never run Rawhide on a production server; I'm not that stupid.) Fedora has served me well ever since, so I haven't seen the need to go with anything else.

As for yum vs. dnf vs. apt-get: I have no experience with the latter, but so far I haven't noticed any difference between yum and dnf. I'm hoping there's some significant changes under the hood to warrant the change, because if it was just a "we're getting tired of calling it yum, so let's rename it" kind of thing, that's pretty annoying. If I have any complaint about Fedora, it's how things seem to change arbitrarily between one version and the next. I keep a series of notes whenever I rebuild a server to prevent myself from making the same mistakes again and again, but that document always requires tweaking because Fedora restructured a folder or renamed an essential tool in the new version. My hosting provider has a nifty scripted deployment feature that I'd love to take advantage of, but I can't, because the only time I roll out a new box is when I'm upgrading the OS, and it changes too much between versions for me to script it.
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If you have been enjoying either of my ongoing webserials (Curveball and A Rake by Starlight), please consider leaving a review of either (or both!) at Web Fiction Guide. It's a hub specifically for people who enjoy web serials, and the key to getting people's attention appears to be having lots of readers talk about how the serial doesn't suck.

If you're so inclined, head over to the listings and leave your own two cents:

A Rake by Starlight - http://webfictionguide.com/listings/a-rake-by-starlight/

Curveball - http://webfictionguide.com/listings/curveball/
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I dunno, it just sounds like incidental music from early episodes of Doctor Who to me...
 
Three days to orbital insertion.
As NASA’s Juno mission continues to hurl itself toward Jupiter, the terrifying reality of flying close to the biggest and baddest planet in our solar system is starting to set in. Yesterday, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory dropped recordings the spacecraft created based on data it collected as it crossed Jupiter’s “bow shock” and entered the magnetosphere. They’re straight-up nightmare fuel.
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