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

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Speck: Before you use Linux 4.17 read about it

It seems that “Speck” is a long term project to standardize encryption that goes around the internet.  It seems as the NSA has been the primary force proposing what is “pretty good” encryption and what is not.  It doesn’t take a genius to assume that only encryption that can be decrypted by the NSA can be proposed.  So this set of new rules is making its way into your open and free software.  It is in Linux 4.17, not on 4.16 or previous ones, and 4.17.1 was just announced as stable yesterday. Continue reading

Cross reference table for package management (apt pacman emerge — debian arch gentoo)

For arch, debian, gentoo, users who want to try one of the other two distributions or their derivatives, one of the obstacles is package management.  It is the primary thing among linux distributions that differs and when a user has become accustomed to one, the other will just not do. You frequently hear “arch is wonderful but pacman is a pain in ….”, or “debian is great but I just can’t stand apt”.   And everyone hates emerge.  In a way they can all do what the others do just that the format of the commands and the procedures behind the commands differ.  After all, whether binary or code, you download it, or copy it from somewhere, then you compile it if it is not already compiled, then install it and its dependent files in the appropriate locations in the system.

Arch wiki has a great table and article on this specific subject, wiki.archlinux.org Pacman/Rosetta it only incorporates RH and OpenSuse, which we don’t want to reproduce here.  We edited the table to make it more specific on those three systems, debian (based as in Refracta, Antix, MX, Devuan, etc), arch (based, artix, obarun, hyperbola, archbang), and Gentoo (redcore, CloverOS, etc). Continue reading

Obarun on the Linux Hall of Fame (distrowatch)

Obarun is now portrayed in Distrowatch

Obarun seems to have started back in the summer of 2015, so it is nearing three years of age, but few people know about it.  The name came from a combination of Openbox Arch and Runit, its initial init system.  Although the live image’s window manager has changed to JWM due to size, the init system soon after Obarun’s inception changed to S6. Continue reading

What if there was an easy way to install Gentoo?

It is called CloverOS and it is quick.

The CloverOS image is about 1.1GB, it has a live system with various WM (window managers) that start and the installer window will pop open once the WM is up.  It asks you to partition and specify the partition for the installation’s root, root password, username and pw, and 10′ later you have a complete Gentoo installation ready to boot. Continue reading

sysdfree call for opinions and suggestions

I can say I am slightly disillusioned by the whole process and the sporadic approaches to make pockets of linux autonomous from systemd dominance.  With the bright exception of seeing Obarun remaining successful and tightly holding to its principles, heading towards the goal without concessions and reductions, while its approaching induction in the unix hall of fame (distrowatch) I have very little to cheer for.

There are times and days where I feel I want to just erase it all, keep my /home, and install some kind of BSD, even though I didn’t like it much last time I tried, but I will have no headache about such things anymore. Continue reading

The Great Devuan Mystery– Finally Solved?

by FigOSdev

Silly title is silly– I have a serious point to make, though I’m not obligated to be serious about every jot and tittle. Once upon a time, the free software movement had a sense of humour.

Dissatisfaction breeds theories as to what is really wrong; and while I have entertained (and continue to entertain) whatever people tell me may or may not be wrong with Devuan, I also entertain (and even lean towards) the possibility that it is entirely legitimate. Continue reading

Waterfox: you’re in charge of who sees what

More privacy

Waterfox doesn’t sell access to your personal information like other companies. In fact – they don’t even collect any. From privacy tools to tracking protection, you’re in charge of who sees what.

Here’s how Waterfox protects your privacy

This sounds like a pretty good commitment compared to what is going around these days in the front of “selling users’ personal information”.   Most browsers today seem to cater to the needs of internet controlling corporations and less to users’ needs, making it harder for them to control the flow of personal information outwards, Continue reading