Edited again: 2021-07-29
Antix is to Debian what Obarun is to Arch, and Devuan is to debian what Artix is to arch. Such projects/distributions seem to be very promising in concept and execution. Equally promising, if not more, is Void, Sabotage, and Kiss linux taking an independent path. Unfortunately we can not cover the progress of too many distros and at times we may have to drop a few from the list and concentrate on the few we believe there is future and hope. We have dropped Devuan over a year ago due to serious doubts with the project’s management, its credibility. and now we have decided Artix has to go too.There may be a future for all and the formation of a strong community to influence this future is a healthy attribute to any system. The community we have in mind is one made of dedicated users (not casual distro-hoppers), experienced trouble-shooters, without intending to leave developers out. Possibly a space for developers to exchange data on how they confront their problems can be a benefit to all. Isolation is a benefit only to the one who chose isolation. Apart from keeping communication civil (no name calling, characterizations, and venting) we do not believe in moderation. Unless the community overwhelmingly seems to beg for moderation of certain pests with alternative motives in joining a community. By pulling experience from a variety of distributions and systems such a community can fruit a non-secularized direction that hopefully will bring back some of the glory of the earlier parts of unix/gnu/linux life that seems to have gotten corrupt by corporate interests.
We are here to built a resistance front against those who want to centralize power and control to make linux be the next windows or cease to exist all together. Realistically we do not have much of a chance since money dumped into development can dictate the direction of evolution, but if we join forces and organize we can have a say in this direction as well. Some confuse the technical criticism on systemd with the political criticism that is sometimes unrelated. This is a common mistake as technical problems have technical solutions and those may someday be surpassed. The political problems only have political solutions, and given the fact that a large chunk of software will not function without systemd, soon this systemd “gang” will have the ultimate say from 0-100 of any system. Soon there may be no real different systems but linux-systemd aesthetic varieties. And Linus seems to gradually be feeding the evil troll and its ugly cousins, the gnomers, the pulseaudio noise makers. Would I be too extreme in calling this pattern the Microsoftization of the industry? You tell me. You are free to comment and by using the primitive Add a New Topic link you can propose any new related topic of discussion.
In order to form a real community, discussion should be encouraged and be free and open. We are here to assist in jump starting this process of community formation. Where will it go will be up to the community not the blog administrators. You want to participate with a real name, a nickname, or be anonymous, those are all respected choices a “free” community has.
Let’s make it work! It is not game over till we give up, and we haven’t given up.
Edit 2018-03-06: We have revised our initial statement about devuan and artix to include obarun and antix on top, as more militant in screening systemd dependended packages, and reduced devuan and artix as being more functionally compliant to the systemd dictatorship. It is like a radical versus a reformist approach in politics. In general characteristics of the approach we believe in judging the approach it is accurate, even though we are distancing ourselves from devuan and artix.
Edit2 2018-11-15: Stop taking the freedom of choice so lightly, it is not as simple as you may wish to believe. There is a global offensive against basic social, economic, and political freedoms who have taken for granted and have left unguarded. There are those who have a social, political, and economic interest to take those freedoms away from those have even little bits of it, and cashing them in. Look at the beach, the park, the mountain, the lake and the river, your access even to sidewalks and streets, paths and wilderness. Take a look at oceans, ex-international free waterways, and AOZ creation. And yes, finally, software and your access to global information and exchange of it. It is all up for grubs and we have little say in any of it. Why? Because the “takers” are organized and “we” are not. A small group of organized individuals can and have always defeated masses of unorganized individuals.
Make no mistake, this may be our last chance to defend certain “free” territories before we fully become conscious of how imprisoned we are. We may be the last generation who had the chance to fight and chose not to. After this only a bloody mess will be able to bring back the little freedom we have left today. And by that time the global ecosystem itself may be irreparable beyond any hope and that will make it too late to fight for anything anyway. Please put your “convenience” aside for once and work for the collective benefit, for humanity, for life! Time is up!
Also, do remember, that large corporations pumping out pseudo “open source” and pseudo “free code”, at volumes that independents can’t possibly audit and contest, have large funding initiatives behind them. Small independent software and distributions acting as alternative solutions are driven by individual funding and time as secondary to their activities earning those people a living/surviving-for-some. Do remember them when you are pleased with the alternative solutions they provide you and send them a few dollars in support. They are not saints, nor do they try to be, but even little contributions and display of support keeps their energy high to continue development. It is the least we can do.