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.

antiX-19 is based on Debian Buster and is as systemd-free as it has always been.  As usual it offers the following systemd-free flavours for both 32 and 64 bit architectures: Continue reading

What do we need computers for? What if!

First I would like to welcome cynwulf1 to the community and in specific to the small sub-sector of the community of contributors.  Cynwulf1 appears to have been around this sport long and with a wide spectrum of experience.  He recently contributed an article and some comments on the world of BSDism.

While recently I have worked closer with some of the creators of systems we use I have tried to learn how they think, or how they think differently from us users of systems.  The question that appeared to me is whether they can possibly know or care what “people need” or are they just driven by what they need for themselves, which in some cases is a system to work on, while creating systems.

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New base and KDE-Plasma live images from Obarun

On some very specific hardware a recent linux5.0 change caused a delay in tty/login appearance.  It was found and fixed.

05-2 Base image 564MB (iso and cksum files)
05-2 KDE-Plasma live image (iso and cksum files)

A few weeks from now a new set of images will reappear as s6opts/s6boot are deprecated and 66 will move into the main obarun repositories (obcore,obextra, observice).   Continue reading

Foreshadow, the new Intel security threat

After Spectre and Meltdown, and the wishful patching of Intel’s security holes, now there is “Foreshadow”

Intel has been notified by various researchers that yet another security gap has been found in their processors.  The vulnerability affects its chip security technology called Software Guard Extensions (SGX).  This technology has been used in Intel processors since  2015 (2nd generation i3,i5,i7,xeon 3400+, X99 and X299 and later/above.  1st gen i* and Core2Duo or earlier are safe.  Continue reading

To swap or not to swap

Swap space or swapfile use or no-use seems to be among the most common controversial issues in linux. If you wonder why would we engage in such a controversial topic we can explain. Most people using linux today who have relatively new multicore 64bit machines have huge disk drives and more ram than they can possibly use (except for video editors and game players). Most people who get on the hunt for lighter, simpler, easier to control and configure systems tend to end up searching among systems that don’t use systemd. So smart users with older cheaper equipment enjoy sometimes better computing performance than many who have the latest and hottest machine with a mediocre system. So using or not using swap is sometimes a choice between hunting for more RAM or more disk space use. So we thought we should take a shot and help out on this dilemma. Continue reading

A closer look at a warrior, Obarun and S6

https://web.obarun.org/assets/obsite/images/ob_logo_slogan.pngBack in August 2017, when this project had started and we were eager in expanding the spectrum of interest to this site to more distributions than Devuan and Artix, we reproduced a brief description of Obarun as it was self-reported in Distrowatch, I believe. The primary initial interest was to promote distributions that made a conscious decision to steer clear of systemd interdependency and utilized different methods, approaches, and init systems. Obarun features the S6 init system that is simple and quick. As far as we can tell Obarun may just as well be called a popular S6 as it is the only distribution we can find with this init system.  Cromnix uses it along with OpenRC but unless we are wrong, Cromnix seems as an individual experiment and the developer works within Artix. Continue reading

U/EFI secure boot and debian/microsoft-ization

A short story: In recent years PCs have increasingly shifted from having a bios in charge of booting, whatever system can possibly boot from, to a system called EFI.  EFI in brief seeks a boot partition on disk that can be edited and filled with OS instructions on how the kernel of a system will be initialized and built.  A UEFI is a more specific form of an EFI that also introduces secure boot.  This means that only certain systems that are considered as “safe” can boot and such systems are certified and are issued a key (for a hefty fee of course). Continue reading