Luke, don’t follow the Force blindly, you dumb shit! freenode – Irc – trap

32 years of irc, same trap, same practice, higher motives.  Talk on bitnet was safer and email can be safe, but chatrooms and forums is asking for trouble.

Assumptions:  You use linux or other unix, you install binary packages, you have questions that need immediate answers.

Question1:  where do you go?   How do you get there

Answer1:  where the distro you use lists (web site) as places of contact

If it says Irc, freenode (owned by a London Stock Exchange “security technologies” corporation) channel #..name..of…distro…  channel, then ask.

Question 3:  What do you use to get to freenode irc server?

Answer:  I am Luke, the intergalactic dumb shit, I do what they tell me.  I look at the repository, there might be hexchat or polari or irssi or more, it doesn’t matter, I download and install the most “popular” software, run it, enter the server, go to the room, ask my question, get my answer, go about my business.  No biggie! Continue reading

Last word by fungalnet here on May 9th 2020

Fungalnet, over and out!https://mcdn.wallpapersafari.com/medium/45/89/48uwLr.jpg

May 9th is a big day, for me because my wonderful daughter was born, and also for the entire world, because the Red Army finally made it to the target and ended the miserable war the German nazis had begun.  It is a day of hope and a day of glory.  So never forget May 9th!

I wish that would have been the end of fascism, but fascism will not die alone, you have to squash it!

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Mabox – Manjaro + OpenBOX – new distribution

MaboxLinuxSince dealing with non-systemd distributions, apart from Obarun and Antix, has become a bit disappointing lately, or boring, either or both, to take a change of environment I picked something NEW.  It is called Mabox Linux and it is based on Manjaro, it uses Openbox and LightDM, as gui base, and displays many tricks in converting a minimal window manager (WM) into a full desktop of your own.  Mabox is not just an alternative setup for a standard Manjaro system, it has its own repository, packages, and includes a harmonious wide variety of software and software environments (flatpak, snap,..).  Its website is pretty nice and is available in English and Polish.

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firefox-esr and Arch-Linux, masters of disasters – Mozilla Inc.

_package() {
pkgdesc=”$2 language pack for Firefox ESR”
depends=(“firefox-esr>=$pkgver”)
install -Dm644 firefox-esr-i18n-$pkgver-$1.xpi \
“$pkgdir/usr/lib/firefox/browser/extensions/langpack-$1@firefox.mozilla.org.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

This is not about linux but the environment it runs in

Four Reasons Civilization Won’t Decline: It Will Collapse

As modern civilization’s shelf life expires, more scholars have turned their attention to the decline and fall of civilizations past. Their studies have generated rival explanations of why societies collapse and civilizations die. Meanwhile, a lucrative market has emerged for post-apocalyptic novels, movies, TV shows, and video games for those who enjoy the vicarious thrill of dark, futuristic disaster and mayhem from the comfort of their cozy couch. Of course, surviving the real thing will become a much different story. Continue reading

Corona Numbers crunched on a non-systemd machine

The most reliable source of global numbers on the “so called flu epidemic” is this site: https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus

It is just numbers, the interpretation is yours if you like numbers.

I have taken the top 28 worst cases ranked by number of cases per million population and the top 28 worst cases ranked by number of deaths per million.  Easily done by using a spreadsheet to reorder the data published by the above source (European evening of March 24th).

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Spark Linux – Arch beauty and minimalism all in one

A while ago, an Obarun user, Dr Saleem Khan (1) urged me to try Spark Linux and it was the first time I heard of it.  It must have been during some real busy period and it was since forgotten.  While I was trying to clean up the list of linux distributions without systemd the name came up again.  Thanks, Saleem.

By no means do I think this is for entry level users to try as a distribution with a full desktop, but for minimalists who are accustomed to arch this is an exercise of how minimal can you get with a ready off the shelf arch base on which you can build from ground up.

The project is severely undocumented, although there is not much to document for an experienced user. Spark (by Jack L. Frost) uses sinit as its init system and ssm which is an inhouse Simple Service Manager by Spark founder.

Sinit according to its source suckless (they suck less) is:

sinit – suckless init

sinit is a suckless init, initially based on Rich Felker’s minimal init.

sinit is considered complete and no further development is expected to happen.

Relevant links sinit + daemontools-encore

sinit was created by Dimitris Papastamos and was “finished” in 2015, that I believe is a year after runit was finished as a frame of reference.
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