Back a while ago while fighting the Devuan troll-monsters we dedicated this song/video to those that dare to raise their head and their voice to hierarchy enforcement.
In this case we dared ask the leading developer/maintainer for linux-ck, code named graysky, while struggling to leap from linux-4.16-16 to 4.17 whether he would leave the NSA’s proposed encryption module enabled, disabled, or write it off all together. At first he pretended he did not see the question, then he admitted that he did see it, chose not to answer, and then answered that he wasn’t going to alter the kernel. This is linux-ck, a hacked, modified, “optimized”, kernel for desktop users. An answer is a thousand times better than a non-answer but it is also a commitment to values and principles of some spineless apolitical “developers” who would rather stick being in the mainstream flow rather than be considered “extremists”. Give them some time the same individuals will sell you the line that “they are doing their best to improve security of your system”. In this case it is national security, not user security. Then another dork hijacks the issue to talk about legalities of the backdoor to your encrypted data. Please spare us your state legitimization drama.
Then an administrator cuts in and referred this here “troll” to forum policy on trolling and hijacking. Same administrator with a long term hit list of anyone that dared to criticize Arch’s choice of an init system. If it wasn’t for efforts such as Artix and Obarun this would have been another redhat, fedora, or debian, “one system fits all needs”, type of distribution.
[note 2018-07-09: Look at comments added below — antiX linux4.17 has Speck module OFF, which is how kernel.org “intended” before “Arch” decided to turn it ON!!! We are researching this detail, and yes Arch caters to Arm7 devices and such, but still, it is a conscious choice that weighs on Arch, more so than on linux.org himself – according to a clarification made below in the comment section]
[note 2018-07-12: Void linux4.17 has the module disabled in both the glibc and musl repositories ..
# grep SPECK /boot/config-4.17.5_1
# CONFIG_CRYPTO_SPECK is not set
So, the song and its history still stand in relevance and this here troll will dare draw the line between people and trash! I don’t give a shit how much work you do and how much you have contributed to the “community”, Leonard Poettering has contributed plenty of disease himself, when you take a stand on which side of the line you are you better be prepared to receive criticism.
So whose side do you think Linux-CK is standing on now? You see, “not responding” to a question is the easy way out of the dilemma. Both Arch and Linux-CK are clearly on the other side of the line we are on.
An insignificant detail maybe, but Artix on linux 4.17-2 and beyond rebuilt the same kernel with Speck turned OFF. How hard was that? The module is still in there, just turned off, which means it will not compile. (note2: it seems as this is the way vanilla kernel came from kernel.org, it was Arch turning it on that made the difference … artix modifies and rebuilds what appears on Arch repositories, not directly upstream, in effect reversing Arch’s intervention in this case)
It is nice as we progress to the total consumption of everything by “Pacman” and the universal state sponsored linux system that we know on “whose side each one of the players is on“.
What do you think?
PS Someone recently asked why haven’t we talked about ArchBang at all, since for a while they were running Arch without systemd. Recently though they had released archbang with systemd, which even if they had 4 different editions with 4 different init systems, if they include systemd then we are under different understandings on what is what. It is a statement, on whose side they are on. Simple! Easy! Harsh, but it is what it is, don’t throw camouflage on top of it trying to slip by and be stepping on two boats at the same time.