Waterfox is sold out officially, it is part of the corporate world

We had dedicated much energy in the past,  2 years ago, to advocate for Palemoon and you should at least read the piece about the NoScript parody, and how we gave up on it for specific suspicious reasons (still holds unchanged, Palemoon has branded NoScript as “dangerous” because it breaks pages).  We had seeked refuge at Waterfox, retaining some old firefox functionality and ensuring us it is blocking all of Mozilla tactics of robbing you of private data and feeding it to “who knows who”.

Waterfox officially was sold by mr Alex Kontos to System1, a UK payperclick ad company, which it would be absurd to believe that it wouldn’t utilize the browser’s ability to feed their other interests with private data.  Or why else would they buy to promote their own browser, to make all others break while they are getting robbed?

Thank you Alex for your sincere efforts and sleepless nights of coding, all these years, it has been a great ride, and it is too bad it had to crash in such a bad time for browser variety and period.  Goodbye and good luck for all that you had done up to now.

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Arch Linux 2020 – what’s there to be happy about?

Happy new year facebook fans and Arch friends (friends of who? we don’t know, not us, not on facebook, not in the past and not in the future, but you must have friends amongst yourselves).

Some of you may have taken the previous post about abandoning Arch as a joke, since most of what we do recently is promote Obarun, an Arch based distribution with s6 and 66 init and service management.   When we published that article we knew nothing of what Hyperbola was planning to do (we assume it was discussed within the community) or whether they were going to give-in to the pressure and incorporate arch’s pacman and packaging methodology change into their distribution.  (Note: Hyperbola may be based on Arch but has its own separate repositories and rebuilds everything on their own to ensure everything is Free).  All of their free packages, as far as we can tell are still compressed with xz.  The bomb was set and it will go off soon (in open/free software tradition of timing kind of soon).  Hyperbola is not just leaving Arch, it is leaving linux, for OpenBSD.  But this is not about hyperbola, it is about Arch….     or skip to here if you are in a rush! Continue reading

Are you confused about debian/antiX/MX/devuan/Refracta editions?

Debian 10 Buster became stable a few months ago, the rest of the systems had to follow but took their time.  This is done every two years and creates a wave of confusion, especially those on forked versions of Debian, like antiX, MX, devuan, refracta, etc.  Even more dangerous and confusing it is if you are using testing and although testing during debian stretch was buster it now becomes bullseye, while your antiX/MX/Devuan is testing alongside Buster still.

After antiX announced 19 (Marielle Franco) as its current stable branch, MS followed its mothership the week later (a few days ago), while Devuan/Refracta are still chasing Stretch (Debian 9), what they call Devuan 2 or ascii.

So here it is, to take the confusion away from numbers and names:

Debian         *   Debian       *  AntiX/MX   *  Devuan
the last good1 *   7   Wheezy   *    13       *  0  beta-testing
old old stable *   8   Jessie   *    15       *  1 jessie (old-stable)
old stable     *   9   Stretch  *    17       *  2 ascii (stable)
stable         *  10   Buster   *    19       *  3 beowulf(testing)
testing        *  11   Bullseye *    21       *  4 chimaera (next testing)
unstable       *       sid      *    sid      *       ceres

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What is so new about Obarun that makes May’s edition obsolete?

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

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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Latest Obarun installation/live images released (base, JWM, KDE Plasma)

Since the Fall of 2018 Obarun has committed to publish a new base iso-image (Obarun_x86_64-2019-05.iso) every month. The current installer updates itself from the obarun git repository when it starts.   The installer allows you the ability to select desktops and software during installation or install a base system, boot and customize on your own.   2-3 times a year a new live-desktop image using JWM is also published.  This is the latest iso with JWM published mid-April (Obarun-JWM_x86_64-2019-04-2.iso).
Since the major new release and change of repositories in April 2019, along with the introduction of Obarun’s own 66 management system over Skarnet’s S6 init, there have been minor refinements reflected in the new iso.  So if you have last month’s images there is no need to download the newer one. 
Although I never liked anything KDE myself I tested it and it works flawlessly.  For those who want to install plasma, although possible with the installer from other isos, it might be helpful to have the live image handy to see how user services are employed and handled by 66 and required for plasma.
Older images (before mid-April 2019) may require some attention and manual intervention to incorporate the changes in repositories, although the installer may take care of the change.

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Breaking News: VOID – S6 – Obarun’s 66 – musl

The best of ALL WORLDS has come together!

VOID-linux + s6 + 66 + musl

 

# xbps-query -Rs musl | grep "[*]"
[*] musl-1.1.22_1                             The musl C library
[*] musl-fts-1.2.7_3                          Implementation of fts(3) for musl libc
# xbps-query -Rs s6               
[-] 66-0.1.0.0_1                    Helpers tools around s6-rc
[-] 66-devel-0.1.0.0_1              Helpers tools around s6-rc - develelopment files
[-] 66-doc-0.1.0.0_1                Helpers tools around s6-rc - documentation
[-] s6-2.8.0.0_1                    Small suite of programs for UNIX, designed to allow process supervi...
[-] s6-devel-2.8.0.0_1              s6 supervision library and headers
[-] s6-dns-2.3.0.2_2                Suite of DNS client programs and libraries for Unix systems
[-] s6-dns-devel-2.3.0.2_2          Suite of DNS client programs and libraries for Unix systems - devel...
[-] s6-dns-doc-2.3.0.2_2            Suite of DNS client programs and libraries for Unix systems - docum...
[-] s6-doc-2.8.0.0_1                s6 supervision documentation
[-] s6-linux-utils-2.5.0.1_1        Minimalistic Linux-specific system utilities (s6-chroot, s6-mount e...
[-] s6-linux-utils-doc-2.5.0.1_1    Minimalistic Linux-specific system utilities (s6-chroot, s6-mount e...
[-] s6-networking-2.3.0.4_1         Suite of small network utilities for Unix systems
[-] s6-networking-devel-2.3.0.4_1   Suite of small network utilities for Unix systems - development files
[-] s6-networking-doc-2.3.0.4_1     Suite of small network utilities for Unix systems - documentation
[-] s6-portable-utils-2.2.1.3_2     Tiny portable generic utilities (s6-cat, s6-chmod, etc.)
[-] s6-portable-utils-doc-2.2.1.3_2 Tiny portable generic utilities (s6-cat, s6-chmod, etc.) - document...
[-] s6-rc-0.5.0.0_2                 Service manager of the s6 init system
[-] s6-rc-doc-0.5.0.0_2             Service manager of the s6 init system - documentation

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