New Obarun live image based on all new 66 0.4 edition

A new Obarun live image has become available on July 10th 2020 and it brings many updates and changes.  From the live JWM session you can install a base system, Openbox, JWM, XFCE4, or KDE-Plasma with corresponding setup of 66 root and user service structure already set-up.  All recent (July 9th 2020) stable Arch-Linux upgraded software based and a much improved installer is onboard.  You can run the live system off of a CD (still fits) or Dvd or USB stick, or a virtual machine as a common disk system or a RAM only system from its syslinux editable boot menu.

NOTE:  Previous Obarun images and installer may not work without manual intervention to incorporate the new GPG keyring for Obarun.  Therefore older versions of pacman will not upgrade or install software, hence the net-install process will fail.

To install just click on the installer icon on the desktop or % sudo obarun-install from terminal or console.  Do not run obarun-install as root as it needs to build some AUR pkgs for the installation (ie Connman Gtk gui).

This is needed to log onto obarun ISO

  • root login : root
  • root password : toor
  • user login : oblive
  • user password : toor


If you want to change the keyboard on X session, open a terminal and type :

$ setxkbmap us

Replace “us” with your choice (uk, fr, de, it, es, el, cn, etc.)

If you want to change the keyboard on console type :

# loadkeys el

Replace “el” with your choice

To see how the 66 service tree structure works, how booting and running services and modules are organized (unparalleled by any system) use the following commands as user:

% sudo 66-intree -zg
% 66-intree -zg

The second command displays the service tree structure of the user.  Note, that depending on which of the five flavors you install service tree structure will/may be different, with xfce and kde-plasm being more complex.  To alter this structure and modify it to your own service needs follow the wiki (introduction to 66).

Also note using the command # ps -A  or # pstree that 66 is nowhere to be found.  The only small parts relating to init and service supervision is pure s6 (latest version from skarnet).  66 only materializes when a change in setup is needed by the user/sys-admin, it sets up s6 appropriately and exits.  Note also that elogind is nowhere to be found (a common cheat by many other non-systemd distributions to cheat desktop software to work without systemd).  Apart from this your experience is basically and Arch system modified without IBM’s trojan horse to linux.


Latest Release

  • Included 66

Checksum: a2493775d553c7766fef58ac1ddf17ad



Enjoy, we know you will!

9 thoughts on “New Obarun live image based on all new 66 0.4 edition

  1. Hey sysdfree-editor, I wanted to ask, are you one person or there’s a group of people who all write using “sysdfree-editor” name?


  2. uh, I’m a common and mostly clueless user, I’m not some corporate agent provocateur. Why such conspiracy? 🙂 I ask because I’ve clearly discerned a couple of different people behind your name, so it struck me as a bit odd.


  3. Some of my co-conspirators don’t speak English as well, and even if they do they hate to write, so I have to do the dirty work of putting their ideas and opinions in writing. Some, have been totally mine (fungalnet) as the rest didn’t care, like political talk, bicycling talk. There is a connection between an old machine running open and free software and a bicycle. No license, no registration, no fees, no insurance, no control. It sounds like teen spirit as the song said.

    If you are running or even trying a system without systemd you can’t possibly be clueless. You are among a thin elite of free spirits who recognize that if Mass Media and corporatism is shoving systemd down your throat “there must be a catch”. And they are! Check around the most prominent computing media, when they talk of linux or unix-derivatives, they speak solely of systemd-only based distributions. If and when this media is forced by public pressure to answer to criticism of systemd their response is classic by now. It is better than sysvinit and traditional script inits and service running. They refuse to mention any other alternatives. Primarily because there is no advertising money promoting “alternatives”.

    He says, the creator of systemd, that he was absent for a few days due to parental leave. In Other Words, the only reason he does this is because he is on the payroll by IBM to produce this. If you look at logs of people who wrote daemontools, daemontools-encore, runit, perp, sinit, s6, 66, if they mention a reason that they were too slow to adopt changes to their code was because they had to go do “paid work”, it is their unpaid time that produced those marvels that put systemd to shame. And some great shame it is, to be called open and free software.

    Likewise here, none of us are paid to say what we are saying, we are saying what we believe. Media? We are a medium, on a free promotional wordpress server, we haven’t even monetized ads, it is all wordpress, we don’t see a penny. Maybe someday we will move, to something better, with no advertising, maybe some big server by people we know and trust will donate some space and bandwidth.

    Lately, I, fungalnet, got tired of too much shit going on in ways that I don’t respect. Like the fact distros who were heading in the right direction, having marketing/financial interests, to become part of the mainstream and the desktop demands by users, to remove consolekit2 that was working fine and adopt elogind, and let desktop upstream ways (like Gnome of all crappy things) use more and more of this total SHIT! Devuan, Artix, Void, marketing to the “market”. Systemd may not be there as PID1 but it is there everywhere else. So I have partially retired trying to force the rest of the gang to take over and continue this. Is it working? It doesn’t seem like it. Too busy solving practical server problems, trying to make do out of the miserable 3rd grade resources available.

    Then there are people like cynwulf who has had a green light to write whatever he wants and accuses me of being biased! I never claimed to be neutral, I did not prevent either party of saying anything, but I was expected to moderate someone else but let him free? This really was a cherry to my pie. Freedom is good for those that can respect everyone else’s freedom. The moment it is being abused it is the reverse of freedom. Freedom without equality is no freedom at all for anyone, except for the abuser.

    Unix/Linux is a model of production and consumption from a different world. A world where all try to produce the best they can and as much as they can for everyone, and everyone takes just what they need to get by, without monetary/equivalent transactions. No exchange. We all contribute to the pool and we all take from the pool what we really need. It is a model threatening the model of exchange, like you have to work X amount of hours and I will grant you a license to use ms-office for a couple of years. It is among the very few living alternatives to this neoliberal domination we know about. This is why corporations like Oracle, Google, HP, IBM, are so eager to control it and destroy it. Some put a conscious barrier to have fat they can reach and control and some only see technical merit. So if facebook’s/NSA’s code is better we automatically adopt it and dump the known “clean” alternative.



  4. Is Slant as corrupt as distrowatch or just incompetent? The only point they can make about Obarun is that is that they don’t like the installer.


  5. Obarun doesn’t advertise, although a couple of years ago a user gave some money to DW to list Obarun. Obarun barely has enough money to keep up the servers the web-page, forum, and repositories are on. I think that reflects to the way “reviewers” are portraying it, while they speak highly of some dogs with fleas. I tried a Manjaro image lately, out of curiosity on what they have done with LXDE while everyone else seems to be dropping it. I was amazed how bad this has gotten. Nearly 3yrs ago I installed Manjaro-OpenRC, and it was great. Even updating a recent image’s pkg was impossible as the live system contained files that conflicted with upgrades. The installer failed a few times, leading to the only option I know, “cp -ax / /mnt/ ” But people speak very highly of this and there is a HW company that sells mid-up-scale equipment with Manjaro installed from factory.

    I guess you get what you pay for with some “free” software.


  6. Archbang’s latest install iso got just reviewed on Distrowatch, and it is a major disaster which easily erases the whole hard drive.


  7. ****bang is associated with a tradition of minimalist openbox setups (I wouldn’t call it distros). For a long while it was committed as a non-systemd system, but mrGreene when he took over it initially didn’t really change much, just updates and backgrounds. Then all of a sudden he switched to full arch. Now he switched openbox to i3 … to save what? 7MB of ram on a systemd convoluted by the hydra of linux plague? A tiny bit of diskspace and 8 shortcuts. No big-deal, but he must have spent some money with DW to get visibility, announcements and now a review. When arch-openrc evolved into artix he based the system on artix briefly, then made a systemd image and abandoned its own origins. At one point I wrote an article about it and explained how easy it is to switch in artix or obarun from such an installation. The intention was to tempt him to return from the wormhole he was crawling into.

    Mr DW seems to pick the least friendly moment of a distros development to evaluate it. To 99% of the audience doing and installation and wiping a whole disk and all of its partitions is enough fear to not even want to boot the image. He admits though of pressing the button for autopartitioning. I don’t think cancel-cancel had anything to do with it, just that the installer was too quick in formatting the entire disk with a predetermined pattern, by the time you hit cancel partitions are gone.

    But we shouldn’t be too concerned about a corporate financed advertising site that is going down the tubes. You would think that at a time of lockdowns and hibernation more and more people would try new systems and DW would become more popular. Instead if you have noticed the right side statistics all you see in the past 6 months is 9/10 arrows being red (down). When this is dominant the whole site is losing audience. Some may misinterpret the results as people losing interest on a particular distro, but when total audience is down, individual distro hits are also going to be down.

    There are many mistakes, the reviews reveal a very mediocre user of linux evaluating things he doesn’t seem to understand, outdated information all over the place, but advertising spots are still pricey. For the numbers of visitors he portrays on the right, advertising space is way over priced. So it is unreliable. I read the archbang review because you drew my attention to it, I wouldn”t have read it otherwise. It seems pretty obvious that the reviewer has no experience what so ever with tiling window managers. He describes i3 as something strange …. it is a tiling window manager … it is not floating at all. Dhhuuuuhhhh!!

    I am pretty sure that users that like i3 don’t need help from ####Bang to install arch startx and i3. So both these actors are missing the point. A no-value distro reviewed by a novice linux user who tries to make a living out of a website. It upsets my stomach to see this kind of crap. There are people who have done some serious work, produced serious code, unique and in demand, and are hidden from sight, and absolute graphical decorative installation setups appearing as distros, and elevated to “popular” status due to some advertising money spent on DW. Money money money moooooney!

    Spark-linux is legitimate, unique, and good work. I doubt that Smith can possibly make an installation and review it. He has described himself as incapable. ArchBang is nothing, just a big bang of an air-bubble.


  8. Jack Frost did the right thing and explicitly objected to submitting Spark to distrowatch.

    Archlab could have gone from openbox to jwm to save a few MB without breaking the look and feel.


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