I noticed on Distrowatch’s inquiry statistics that in the past 6mos and less, Manjaro has climbed gradually from #4 to #1. Mint, ubuntu, and debian are each one click down on the leading in popularity among distro hoppers. Not that it really matters what distrowatch “reports” or how easy it is to click a distro up, but it is generally accepted as a benchmark of what many people are looking for on a distro.
So what if, Manjaro can boot up with less than half of resources that is currently using, and can be liberated from the plague; systemd that is, or sysDsease as I like to call it?
There is already a public set of instuctions to transform Manjaro and Arch into Artix. Originally the task for Artix was for discontinued projects such as Manjaro-OpenRC and Arch-Openrc to move to artix. And that was pretty straight forward. Obarun has in its forum potential instruction to transform arch with systemd into Obarun, with s6. We followed the instructions and it worked. What if you could transform any Manjaro or Arch installation into OpenRC, Runit, or s6? What if you can do this to ubuntu and mint with switching its base to AntiX, refracta, figOS, devuan, mX?
Let us say now that people get convinced they should do this and keep converting. At some point there may be too many people trying it. All Manjaro, Mint, Ubuntu, have to do is change something little each time so the published conversion may no longer work. Would it be futile?
We have already grabbed the latest of Manjaro’s installer and we installed it awaiting experimentation. It is logical that people with 16G or 32G of ram and who knows how may cores, wouldn’t care whether initial ram use is 140Mb or 440Mb. But some people have such concerns. And to those people we dedicate our experiment and its output. We will report back if we failed or if we came up with a procedure that can achieve such a conversion, that is Manjaro –> to Obarun, or Obarun’s S6 over Manjaro repositories instead of Arch.
We are afraid it might be in vain, and the top 4 when they realize they are missing users/supporters, they may throw in a package that blocks and prevents such a transformations from being effective.
But it would tell us something more about the nature of the oligarchy trying to enforce systemd down peoples’ throats. A challenge is a challenge. The easy escape would be, it will never work. As far as we know it hasn’t been done.
PS little progress, the experiment is almost a success, just a few details that can be reproducible and would readily get networking to work after 2nd boot. There is resistance though, as Manjaro has TOO many lib32 stuff on desktop fancy and many of them are systemd tied? The desktop does work though, it is networking services on s6 that seem to get confused. I don’t want to report success unless a specific reproducible procedure is set, it is simple, and can be published. Time to look over the Manjaro–>Artix transition procedure, maybe to get ideas.
PS2 Star Date: 20180416 https://sysdfree.wordpress.com/196/ Due to the length of the instructions to transform Manjaro with systemd to Obarun+Manjaro without Systemd and with the “marvel” of s6 go to the link to see the details of the transition. It is not a one command transformation, although someone can develop a script for it, but it is not spaceship science either, nor does a user need to understand every little detail of the process. Just copy paste commands and it will work! Enjoy above all, it is Open and it is for the Free!