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This is pretty cool. Now there's at least one viable alternative phone I can buy if my current one reaches its end-of-life. I'm still holding out hope for the #PinePhone and other #nix based smartphones. Getting a convergent Linux onto smartphones that can serve as a daily driver would be killer. But until then it's great that there's a choice that isn't a giant Silicon Valley silo.

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The Rust Foundation is an independent non-profit organization to steward the Rust programming language and ecosystem, with a unique focus on supporting the set of maintainers that govern and develop the project.

Congrats to the Rust team and Mozilla for this milestone! I wonder if Mozilla could further its mission better by being an incubator instead of trying to develop its own products. They could develop technologies and build them into sustainable foundations. I trust Mozilla to think about the right things when starting a new technology, but I'm not so sure about their expertise to develop end-user products.

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So I flashed Plasma Mobile Beta 2 to a SD card last night and my #PinePhone successfully booted it. Even running from the SD card, it was way smoother than the Phosh build that came on the phone. Now I have to figure out how to install it to the phone

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The argument which is then made (and acknowledged by the FAQ) is: why not just use a subset of HTTP? It seems the answer boils down to enforcement. I don't see why this is a problem though, because people need to force themselves to use Gemini clients.

This is one of my biggest frustrations with Gemini. There's no reason all of the development that is going into it couldn't happen in the Web space. You could build your own tiny browser that work with a subset of the web. Other people could build really basic, text-only sites for your browser's users to visit, and they would still be available for anyone else using other browsers. Building Gemini servers/sites is just a lot of work to build another niche silo.

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