We are a systemd free linux community

Edited: 2018-03-06

As the previous site started out of the temporary need for Artix users to meet and exchange experiences, share solutions to problems, and now Artix is about to announce their official site, we have decided to move in the direction the site had taken anyway.

Antix is to Debian what Obarun is to Arch, and devuan is to debian what artix is to arch.  Both projects/distributions seem to be very promising in concept and execution.  We are sure Continue reading


FigOS 2.8? An interview attempt with FigOSdev

Hello, welcome to our site and congratulations in picking up your project and preparing a new edition.  This is sysdfree.wordpress.com/200 so for the 200th post we made it special and are trying something new.

  • You said in a previous post that you picked up where you left a year ago and made a new version based on refracta9 (2.7) and shortly after you made another version based on ascii and attempted to clean the system from libsystemd0?  Please clarify some of this so readers who want to try it know exactly what they need to download.  Is there a 2.8 in the making following the latest Refracta 9 beta 2 release?

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References and links to no-systemd sites

https://systemd-free.artixlinux.org/img/logo-half.pngAn init system must be an init system (ex-systemd-free sight now found within the artixlinux.org sight for historical-archiving purposes).

without-systemd.org/Init  (this is a more debian oriented sight but lists information across the unix-ecosystem).

This information is based on an Init article at ArchLinux Wiki

Content is available under GNU Free Documentation License 1.3 or later

Gentoo wiki page: Comparison of init systems presents an even more extensive / thorough “Detailed Feature Comparison Table” Continue reading

Running Refracta 9 Beta (Ascii) without libsystemd

yet another interesting article by FigOSdev:

Running Refracta 9 Beta (Ascii) without libsystemd

I’ve upgraded(?) my main machine from Jessie to Ascii, and to be fair, Ascii is still in Beta. I do hope it will improve.

libsystemd0 came in, and it’s funny, I thought I had that pinned. It’s almost impossible to tell if you have stuff pinned anymore, but maybe that pin was on a different machine or setup. Continue reading

All new Palemoon 27.9.0 is out

https://addons.palemoon.org/skin/palemoon/wordmark-palemoon.png, for those that don’t know, and for those who liked Firefox in the past but thought it got overloaded in recent time, is a great browser.  It avoids some of the nasty dependencies of late popular browsers and does what they all do with less resources.  Meanwhile it keeps current with all the late security concerns.

Read the release notes of this edition to get an idea of how serious of a project this is.  It is all I use so I am recommending it.


To install it in any linux system use the installer script and keep it around as it also does removals, updates, and fixes a broken installation, if that ever happens to anyone. Continue reading

fig os 2.8 — first version from refracta 9

Since we recently worked and reported on figOS 2.6, we took it up to ascii, installed OpenRC and openbox to it, Refracta published a beta version of its refracta9 (ascii based) 32bit iso.  FigOS published a 2.8 version based on this new Refracta9.  Note: both of those systems are 32bit but just a few hours ago the 64bit also appeared on SurgeForge as well.  If you are number 2 downloading it you are the one after us 🙂

Distrowatch has only announced Refracta as a 32bit only system, which we think is a mistake.  Here is the FigOS announcement as it came out on codeinfig.wordpress.com

fig os 2.8 — first version from refracta 9

April 19, 2018

a little over a week ago, this post mentioned plans for the next version of fig os:


since then, ive updated mkfigos 2.6 to 2.7 with the same refracta iso, and now that refracta 9 is in beta, ive taken the recent 2.7 and fig os 2.8 is now here: Continue reading

Manjaro free of Systemd – Obarun-ization – S6 init

For all of those who like their custom made minimal desktops, i3, awasome, jwm, openbox, etc. or are pure console freaks, there is Arch and there is an established and verified way to change from Arch to Artix and have OpenRC and lately Runit as an init system.  This makes a low resources fast booting machine faster and lighter yet.  Artix is progressively rebuilding all Arch pkgs and growing their own repositories, while 2/3 of Arch pkgs can be used still straight out of Arch.  But it is a blend of things with the Arch-Core repository left out.

For those that don’t like or know how to tinker too much with stuff, like conf and rc files, they prefer a precustomized desktop with all the possible bells and whistles predesigned by the distro designers.  Ubuntu, Mint, and Manjaro are really such products appealing to such audience.  But they all have the resource hog complex init system we love to hate.  We have to admit that Manjaro’s desktop designs are state of the art, aesthetically.  People get addicted to Manjaro and stick with it, even if they like further customizing things themselves.

But then there is a gray area of those who slowly are graduating from OEM ready out of the box setups to making the same installation lighter and faster.  Thhttps://web.obarun.org/assets/obsite/images/ob_logo_slogan.pngat is to improve on the core system where a desktop really floats on.  So how do you go from a Manjaro full desktop installation to something faster and lighterObarun

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Artix now has a new primary repository – thanks to @Nadir

UPDATE April 18th 2018

Thanks everyone for their help. A primary mirror has been setup by @Nadir and the secondary ones should resume sync’ing soon. Matej has contacted the administrator of an academic network, who’s agreed to setup a mirror too. This went better (and sooner) than expected. Well done!

April 16th 2018:  Artix needs our help and we endorse every single positive attribute to the great work that they have contributed to the Open/Free world.  This is a serious call for help, especially if you are either rich or working within a large computing organization, such as a major university you can help.  Their single master repository server that their 4 mirrors depended on is gone.  Here is their own announcement:

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