Introduction to 66suite – s6 made easy – thanks to Obarun

S6 appears as the init system that few distributions have chosen as their default init and service management/supervision (obarun and possibly Adélie once stable is released).  There are quite a few commercial servers running on this system.  For general personal use s6 seems complex, but complex is not always a bad thing.  It would be unfair to compare it with older systems such as SysV-init.  Sysvinit is the system that the overwhelming majority of enterprise system administrators had learned on and relied on for decades (yes it is more than one).  Upstart seems extinct by now, and OpenRC is getting old as well, and didn’t necessarily deviate much from the path of sysvinit.  But then there is Runit.  Void and Artix appear the first two we think right away that use it. S6 is a step further into the future of unix-like systems. Continue reading

Convert any arch-based distro from systemd to openrc

@artixnous artixnous

@nous from artix has issued a script that will switch an arch installation (and most arch based distros) from systemd to operc. For runit this script is easily adoptable and equally easy to convert from openrc to runit and back, following the wiki procedure.

The procedure has been elegantly labeled FUCKTHESKULLOFSYSTEMD

You can download the script and save it, then run it as root, or copy the text below into a script and run it, or you can just follow it by running each command manually so you can understand the process better.

Your original pacman.conf will be backed up at /etc/pacman.conf.arch – ENJOY

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In depth analysis of init systems

simple is fast, but not always, as in the case of hill climbingDavin McCall wrote a very extensive report on the peculiarities of init systems and service supervisors,  how some of their differences are based on choice of compromises.  On the vagaries of init systems

Then, some days later, a response to this article came from Chris Siebenmann who introduces us to even more dillemas and criteria to choose what init system suits a specific use best.  Continue reading

A year has passed and systemd is still around

There couldn’t be a better birthday gift to than an active community participation as in the dbus exorcism thread that has an active discussion on the project.

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

History of Arch without systemd

archartixWhile researching the development of consolekit and its fork, consolekit2, I run into a really interesting thread in the Arch forum.  This was the beginning of Arch-OpenRC it seems and this is how the Arch hierarchy dealt with the inquiry and proposals.  The very first thing they did was to hide the thread from search engines, visible only to registered users.  Then they tried to push the guy in pursuit of this project to do what he wants elsewhere, not seek collaboration through the Arch forum.  The guy is none other than @Artoo, the force behind the Manjaro-OpenRC project, and one of the people who last year founded Artix. Continue reading

Vote on your favorite init system on Distrowatch

Opinion poll: Preferred init software

It is time to really show that the non-systemd movement is not of negligible importance and people are going out of their way to avoid it, like the plague!

For a long while we have been blasted with the idea that “most” or “almost everyone” uses systemd, but there are no reliable data on the number of users, nor does such number conclude of what people use is what people like, or would rather use.  Interestingly enough this weekly issue of Distrowatch’s editorial finds this poll and a top headline review of Devuan 2.0.  Despite of MX linux being a systemd-free distro and climbing to top 10, or antix following close behind, Devuan receives priority by reviewers.  Continue reading