What a way to begin a month and a week, to have Distrowatch after a year and a half of listing Obarun (mostly inaccurately) to review Obarun and portray it as impossible to install.
Personally it is the installation software, the clarity and transparency of the installer, that inspires confidence that attracted me to Obarun. The ability to use any arch (or arch based) base image and to download and install obarun-install in it and use it to install Obarun is unsurpassed.
So what happened? What went wrong?
1 Can a good thing get better, and by how much? Wasn’t 66-info good enough, transparent enough, detailed enough? It was. It is no more. Gone!
2 Wasn’t the Obarun-Install software one of the attractions in Obarun, I thought, was the precision and ease of the installer. Gone (will be in a few days)!
1 66-intree & 66-inservice
One of the most used tools in the 66 suite of software was 66-info. 66-info -T gave information about service trees, and 66-info -S gave information about a particular service, its status, its configuration, its environment, etc. Really useful tools that we lacked in most other init and service managers. Well, it is gone, deprecated, dead and forgotten. BUT WHY?
There are several new things about Obarun that make the last batch of isos seem like they came from a different distribution. But it has been emphasized by its founder that Obarun is not a distribution but a modification of an arch-linux installation. I don’t for how long would this description be accurate, Obarun now looks like its on its way of become a complete and independent distribution, still based on Arch-Linux. Continue reading
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). Continue reading
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
You may ask what we are doing with ArchLabs when there is a tremendous amount of original non-systemd based distros on the list (our own lists for example). “Originally a minimalist, Arch-based live distribution with Openbox, the latest release of ArchLabs Linux is a radical departure from the original concept as the distribution is now designed for users who like to customise their system during installation. ” It may be coincidental but the installer is following a bit on the Obarun fashion where you install what you need and like and not what the distribution has chosen. Continue reading