How does systemd prevail if it is so crappy?

Is reddit’s r/linux just a front of IBM’s marketing agents?  Under what remote logic would an announcement for a 5 year old distribution be removed and how could it possibly violate r/linux strict code of ethics?

Obarun: New for December …. upgraded yes, new not at all.
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Those are the same tactics utilized across news-sites that appear to be “objectively” promoting linux in general, forums of systemd-only distributions, social media rooms and pages. The idea is to portray linux to new users inquiring about linux while on MSwindows, MACos, Android etc. as a systemd related operating system ONLY. Continue reading

antiX – runit – brief stop and onto s6 and 66 : How to

1st some history/background:
Back some time ago an alternative to sysvinit was developed called daemontools (look at sources below) and people liked it.   From “it” runit was cloned, very similar but started from scratch, to be as small, as light, as simple, and as responsive as hw itself.  Runit set some goals for its development, kept being refined and eliminating any bugs, it worked on as many architectures as people could get their hands on, and the chief runit man decided to put it to bed.  Runit has been frozen in time by its developer.  Don’t expect it to catch up with other system development unless Void decides to clone it and develop it on their own, which in some ways they already do, but it is more polishing up the existing runit.

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antiX Runit – iceWM – X64 and 386 editions – beta?

This is the first edition (I think) of antiX with an alternative to sysvinit.  This is runit, the same init/service supervisor Void and Artix use.  As far as I know this is the first application in a debian based system.

Check https://antixlinux.com/download/ for a close mirror to test run a live image.  The X is configured with ICEWM and antiX’s huge assortment of tools and helpers.  For information on how runit works I recommend https://wiki.voidlinux.org/runit and https://wiki.artixlinux.org/Main/Runit (void and artix linux wiki pages), although antiX’s implementation of runit seems a little different.

Very good work and very refreshing to see something like this on a debian based system.

Devuan revisited and its repository maze

What distrowatch calls Debuan 2.1 in its weekly is also listed as a “fixed” release.  Since when is anything based on Debian perceived as fixed unless it intentionally had its package management software released. Alternatively any live “image” is fixed unless you update its software.  Should someone clarify what such terms mean to Distrowatch?

See, we can even defend the honor of those we openly have disliked in the past.

Devuan’s, not debuan’s, repositories for its 2.xx series based on Debian Stretch, is Ascii.

Next edition which is called Beowulf is still under testing, pkgs for which can be found on

http://deb.devuan.org/devuan/dists/testing/
http://deb.devuan.org/devuan/dists/beowulf/

or

http://pkgmaster.devuan.org/devuan/dists/testing/
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How to move your antiX 17 to antiX 19 (stretch to buster)

We are not making this up, the chief developer of antiX says it can be done this way.  What we think?  Just as expected!

—— cut and paste from the antiX forum https://www.antixforum.com/forums/topic/upgrading-antix-17-to-antix-19/  ————–

This is what I did to upgrade antiX-17.4.1 pristine (ie nothing added nor removed) to antiX-19.
Make sure all your valuable data is backed up.
You may want to use iso-snapshot to create an iso of your present install and test the newly created snapshot does boot and install … just in case things go wrong.

This guide will not produce an identical antiX-19, but I assume most people want to upgrade from ‘stretch – old stable’ to ‘buster – new stable’ and are less concerned about the looks, themes etc.

If you try this and it breaks your install, don’t blame me! <anticapitalista>

Use a root terminal and not synaptic and do READ the output before pressing Enter.
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antiX release 19 Marielle Franco

Marielle Franco  antiX 19 Marielle Franco

Rarely a good deed goes unpunished, especially when someone is trying to do something good for the benefit of the many, the weak, the poor, those who are lacking power, against all odds, the rich and powerful of every society. The story of Marielle Franco is a reminder to those who forget in whose world we live in and what it takes to change it.

So antiX 19 is code-named after the late Marielle Franco who dared to turn against wealth and power.

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Debian based distibutions without systemd running testing

Beware:

If you have been running testing while Stretch (9) was stable you were indirectly following Debian Buster (10).  Since debian 10 Buster became stable today July 7th, those using testing instead of Buster repositories will be automatically jumping to the next release, called Bullseye (Debian 11).  The official Devuan repositories automatically “merge” debian and devuan packages, so testing will remain Buster till Devuan releases 3 (Beowulf) and therefore testing will become Devuan Chimaera.  If manually you have added Debian testing be careful of incompatibilities.  (some people do this, will swap Devuan merged for Devuan/devuan, and add a debian repository directly). Continue reading