A year has passed and systemd is still around

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

Speck: Before you use Linux 4.17 read about it

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

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

FigOSdev takes back what he said about Dbus

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

Void linux revisited – do not aVoid!

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

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