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The deeper issue here is “what is the relationship of Arch-Linux and Orwell?”
Two of the most common intrusive sites reported by linux users that are placed on top of the list of a firewall, so nothing goes in and out between their machine and those sites’ servers, are Google and Facebook. Google on the one hand, in order to play nice against the free/open software community, has been contributing resources, information, and free/open software to improve their image. MS purchased github, IBM purchased RedHat, or should we say they made their relationship more formal. Some developers have fallen for it. Facebook on the other hand is notorious of flooding the machines of their innocent and unsuspecting users with questionable code. Facebook not only knows who you really are, what you really like, what you think and what you are interested in, in the vast majority of cases they know in real time your exact location and may even have the capability of keeping track of your moves. Simply if you have an account on facebook and accessed it once through your “smart” phone, they know. If you access facebook from your desktop, but on smart phone you only use your google account, they know. They, they, who is they? If you are really asking we can go on comments for as far as you can take it. Continue reading
I’d like to inform you about my new Linux distribution called KISS.
Independent (not based on anything else).
Source based (like gentoo or crux).
Busybox init (busybox includes runit style services, sysvinit style services or plain shell scripts)
Packages compile without Telemetry/tracking.
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Interesting inquiry that has lead searchers to this site for an answer but hasn’t yet specifically been answered. So I will take a shot at answering this.
Basically, and as far as I know, there is a Gentoo based distribution specific to this task and as it is based on Gentoo it is easily free of systemd, although if you really like systemd I am pretty sure you can have it on Gentoo. This narrows down to options based on Debian (kali and parrot), and Arch (blackarch and archstrike). There may be others we don’t know of yet. Continue reading
I’d like to draw your attention to a young and promising project called Adélie Linux. Adélie Linux is a Free, Libre operating system based on the Linux kernel. Their goals of full POSIX® compliance, built on musl compatibility with a wide variety of computers, and ease of use without sacrificing features set them apart from most other Linux distributions. Sysvinit, openrc, and S6 are available to customize your installation to specific needs. Adélie Linux is also independent and built from the ground up, not based on major distributions (Arch, Debian), or Gentoo, or Alpine, as some will immaturely conclude.
Edit Dec 22 2018 – Adelie 1.0-beta2 is now available and possibly the last step before the first stable Adelie 1 is released. https://www.adelielinux.org/announcements/1.0-BETA2.html
There couldn’t be a better birthday gift to sysdfree.wordpress.com than an active community participation as in the dbus exorcism thread that has an active discussion on the project. https://sysdfree.wordpress.com/232
A year has gone by and the “service daemon” systemd is still prevalent in the number of linux distributions; we can’t speculate on the number of users. So we are not as effective and as “organized” as a community to defeat it yet. Therefore we must try harder. We should take a step back though and assess the status and development of the community consciously striving to stay away from systemd, its derivatives, and its relatives. Continue reading
Remove DBus, ConsoleKit, PolicyKit, PAM, new udev, systemd, freedesktop cancer
Greetings. I have completed a successful DBus removal. Stragglers were ghostscript-gpl, which was removed, cups, which was also removed and all the dependent programs recompiled to live without it, changing it for lprng (the old Berkeley printer spooler, updated), barring icedtea-bin, which was changed to icedtea and built without any build time dependency, sgt-puzzles (removed), winetricks (sadly removed), qtwidgets (all the programs that needed it were recompiled to not to), qtbittorrent (changed for rtorrent as rutorrent has php and bloat), libreoffice (changed for openoffice-bin, as amazingly it doesn’t have need for dbus or even GTK3; it was chosen to avoid sketchy Chinese poor support and paid support office suites such as WPS and Softmaker), notification-daemon (I actually never used it for anything, ever, as redshift pops up its icon without a notification), nvidia-drivers (recompiled without tools), and such. Continue reading
While researching the development of consolekit and its fork, consolekit2, I run into a really interesting thread in the Arch forum. This was the beginning of Arch-OpenRC it seems and this is how the Arch hierarchy dealt with the inquiry and proposals. The very first thing they did was to hide the thread from search engines, visible only to registered users. Then they tried to push the guy in pursuit of this project to do what he wants elsewhere, not seek collaboration through the Arch forum. The guy is none other than @Artoo, the force behind the Manjaro-OpenRC project, and one of the people who last year founded Artix. Continue reading