A new distro without systemd has reached alpha stage : Devuandog
Here is a post about it : https://debiandog.github.io/MakeLive/Readme-build-devuandog-beowulf.html
What does developer have to say about systemd?
I chose for Devuan as a base (instead of Debian) because AFAIK the new expected Debian ‘stable’ (buster) doesn’t give the choice anymore to boot without systemd (http://murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=115124).
Editor’s question: I didn’t know Debian gave a choice since Debian Stretch came out. Did it? I thought this was the big fight about, not giving a choice, this is why Devuan was created from Debian exilees.
Here is the wrap on DevuanDog:
DevuanDog ‘beowulf’ and ‘ceres’ build system
Update: New! mklive-ceres. The unstable branch of Devuan named “ceres” is the systemd-free version of Debian Sid.
See for download links below.
Rather than just one script it’s now packed as appimage, reason is that this way it works ‘out of the box’ on most OS’s including modern puppies. The appimage has included e.g. yad, debootstrap, dpkg, xorriso (for creating ISO), so nothing extra is required to install. Tested on Tahrpup, Xenialpup, Dpup-Stretch, DebianDog, Fatdog (but on the latter I needed to install ‘perl’ first from gslapt).
Make executable, e.g:
chmod +x mklive-beowulf32
Running without arguments it will show usage help, to run with GUI, e.g.:
It requires root permissions to run, so when logged in as unprivileged user, use sudo, e.g.
sudo ./mklive-beowulf32 -gui
Run the build on a Linux filesystem (ext2 ext3 ext4) not on FAT or NTFS , with at least 3GB free space
Simple demo .gif image using GUI option (clicking on the below will probably show it in browser):
Demo .gif image
Here’s also a single script that should work OOTB on DebianDog, DevuanDog, StretchDog (requirements/dependencies will be downloaded), to use it on Puppy you need to have yad, debootstrap, dpkg, xorriso installed first.
Just to mention, synaptic has version 0.84.5 (synaptic=0.84.5) in the configs, the newest is 0.84.6 (at this time) but it has more dependencies (zenity, which takes a lot of space !)