A hint/trick to control console output during booting and shutdown/reboot.
Users come in all shapes and forms. Some users dislike looking at too much output on their console while the system is booting, while others like to see more, so if something is wrong they pick it up right away and go fix it and reboot. Some prefer the aesthetics of looking at a splash screen (defined in their grub, lilo, or syslinux configuration). With Obarun and any distribution 66 is installed not many complain about too much output, quite the opposite, people see very little and then either a console login prompt appears (indicating booting is complete and all predetermined services are up and running) or a display manager has kicked in and off they are to a graphic login screen. Continue reading
pkgdesc=”$2 language pack for Firefox ESR”
install -Dm644 firefox-esr-i18n-$pkgver-$1.xpi \
The above is a piece off of a late language pack for Firefox-ESR PKGBUILT
For whatever reasons Arch dropped official support for firefox-esr (mozilla’s development seems to have a growing crowd of rejecting their trending prostitution to corporate preferences, more people tend to go back to -esr versions, and Arch caters to all BIG CORPORATE preferences and tastes), but it is not our business what they do with their repositories.
Automatically, it seems, “someone” (DCT MEI and Manuel Kauschinger ), adopted those packages in AUR and as you may know each firefox product comes with a zillion language packs. Only the binary package in AUR is called firefox-esr-bin, the dependency of each language pack is for firefox-esr, which doesn’t exist in community or aur. You can force install it (-dd) or you can edit the pkgbuilt and edit the line above “depends=(“firefox-esr-bin”>$pkgver”) and then build it. Continue reading
Trident project released a beta image following their alpha releases in the past two months.
For those who missed this developing transition, of Trident leaving its TrueOS/FreeBSD base and moving to linux using Void as its base, here is a summary of what you are missing. It has been a common story for a distribution being fed-up with linux development, developers being consumed to modify their software around systemd-functionality, and have moved to some form of a BSD-unix base. As far as we know there hasn’t been an effort to leave BSD to come to linux. So Trident is drawing its own path making it now a 2 way street. Here are a couple of juicy quotes of their late announcements:
…Currently, Project Trident is based on FreeBSD and uses the TrueOS build framework. Over the years, we have accumulated multiple long-standing issues with the underlying FreeBSD OS. Issues with hardware compatibility, communications standards, or package availability continue to limit Project Trident users…..
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
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
It seems that “Speck” is a long term project to standardize encryption that goes around the internet. It seems as the NSA has been the primary force proposing what is “pretty good” encryption and what is not. It doesn’t take a genius to assume that only encryption that can be decrypted by the NSA can be proposed. So this set of new rules is making its way into your open and free software. It is in Linux 4.17, not on 4.16 or previous ones, and 4.17.1 was just announced as stable yesterday. Continue reading
Maybe I Take Back What I Said About Dbus by FigOSdev
Despite what I’ve said about worrying about Bus1 (I’m not worried) I’m increasingly of the opinion that getting rid of Dbus or making it easier to remove is a good idea.
The idea is, you shouldn’t have too much software that is running or even installed when you don’t need it. That’s really simple; defining “too much” is not, but…
I have Dbus installed. I am quite capable of finding every file it installs, and removing that file. I can stop it from installing again– no problem!
There are things I have installed that depend on it– probably also not a problem. However, let’s look at what those are: Continue reading
A while back linux-ck was maintained for Artix as an alternative to their main linux and linux-lts kernels. It was just there as a binary blob and easy to update. Suddenly the packaging and uploading to repository process changed in Artix and the person who maintained it didn’t have adequate time to learn new ways. So he gave it up. Continue reading
We finally managed to get a box that was able to boot up the void live image (LXDE) that we were having problems with in the past. So 48hrs later we are here to report on the experience.
This is the first distro that we are covering that relies on itself and not some other systemd infected distro. The rest we have been following are either Debian or Arch based. We did receive some heat for making a prejudicial comment in an earlier article, about void being related to Arch, or being similar at least. Ok, maybe it made the wrong impression while running in a VM, but we don’t care too much about VM installations anyway, so we didn’t spend much time with it. That command xbps-install -Suy just reminded us too much of pacman! 😉 Continue reading
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
My test machine is an aging, stock (unmodified), mass produced enterprise grade, machine made by Dell. Ever since my Manjaro days (Manjaro-OpenRC) when the first beta edition of Linux413 was released, it was the only kernel I have ever had problems with.* It always appeared to boot fine and only when X was about to start all input devices would freeze. Nothing in Xorg.0.log seemed to appear as an error. The machine would just lock up and only mechanically could it be rebooted. Continue reading