Edited: April 26th 2021 (replacing older strict list)
This list is going to be short and there may be a sublist of distros with a medium strict standard. We shall explain what the object is, below the short list (which we hope the community will assist in making longer as we have not been able to currently review the work of every distro and fork.
2021 list of “healthy” hardcore distros in alphabetical order
Obarun Linux –> obarun.org (the most extensive distribution that meets the criteria)
Kiss Linux –> k1ss.org (temporarily unmaintained but communities active)
What if, there was a benefit in building from source, a system that is commonly used by pre-fabricated binary packages, like Arch or any of its forks and desktop flavors? What Arch considers a “clean-chroot” is primarily of need to developers ensuring their package can be both satisfied for all dependencies AND are reproducible, as long as this can be achieved within a constantly rolling distribution. That is open and nearly free condition for you.
Building in a clean chroot prevents missing dependencies in packages, whether due to unwanted linking or packages missing in the depends array in the PKGBUILD. It also allows users to build a package for the stable repositories (core, extra, community) while having packages from [testing] installed.
Scratch most of this for several reasons. We are not developers, we are building our own system like Gentoo-ers, k1ss-ers, Crux-ers, and others do. We want to make sure that each of our packages fits well within the parameters of our specific machine, and it wasn’t built on another machine that may not be 100% compatible to ours. Continue reading →
Although this was created with Obarun/Arch based distros in mind it works pretty universally for nearly all distro that have openbox available (nearly all except for Adelie that is). About building and installing obmenu-generator there is an older article here.
Originally published in the Obarun Forum, so here is a copy:
To start you need xorg-xinit and openbox installed:
From AUR download, build, and install obmenu-generator
You can use pacopts or cower if you don’t have something else as an AUR helper, ask for help if you want details, especially if you want to install yaourt, the best AUR helper ever created which was taken off AUR for a second time in less than a year. I wish they would make their minds up! Continue reading →
Thanks to the great work by Eric Koegel and Antoine Jacoutot we were not wrong again!
Parrots never think of what it is they say, they hear things (generally things are heard through highly paid and supported media that serve corporate and state interests) and reproduce the sound of them. Not that they are dumb, but they can’t process rational language based communication.
QUESTION: Why are you dumping consolekit2 and use elogind, that you know is just a significant piece of systemd, which further makes upstream reliance to systemd more acceptable and wide spread?
EXCUSE: Consolekit is deprecated, it is unmaintained, it will never work with Wayland, and we must support wayland because that is the future.
QUESTION: Could consolekit2 be able to work with wayland?
EXCUSE: No, it never will!
QUESTION: Elogind, being a piece of the most convoluted piece of opensource software ever encountered is very big. Shouldn’t this be a performance concern?
EXCUSE: No, because consolekit was also huge!
ANSWER: Consolekit2 1.2.2 was released Dec.20 2020 and among its changes is a memory leak fix, NetBSD/OpenBSD fixes/compliance and more. If you notice in the list of issues and discussion there has been a workaround to get ck2 to work with wayland in Gentoo since 2018.
Consolekit2 is between a 1/5 to 1/6 of the size of elogind!
Run, don’t just add it on the TDO list, and download images from those two (Salix is dormant and part of Slackel) and if you do an installation, DO NOT do a network install, do copy from live image, or from CD. We will explain later, while you are downloading those historic pieces of Slackware forks.
Cut them some slack? New Years day and all happy hunky dory crap…. Not here folks, go to Phoronix or Fedora-Magazine for such festive atmosphere. Continue reading →
This is going to be short, it is me not providing information but asking for it from the community.
Snowden has come out and spoken loudly on facebook, google, and other social media, of being up to no good against people using their free services. I can’t find any reference on how exactly those mega corporations deal and cooperate with state agencies, or even whether state agencies relate to the foundation of such corporations. If, and whether, some were founded specifically for the purpose of what they are accused of doing, by Snowden and many others who are less well known. Continue reading →
In our initial review of Nutyx, more than a year ago, we did not see a distro struggling for identity, we applauded their effort to make a linux system work without components of the pest (systemd, pulseaudio, gnome, wayland, etc.) but independently using the “stable” consolekit2, sysvinit as tried and refined for decades, and their very own tool for package management, cards. Revisiting it now, after comments on our list of linux distributions without systemd, we were both disappointed and curious on why and how they did such a thing. We have seen others go, but they were more like forks of a system than an independent distribution. Like ArchBang, the fleadog of flea dogs. Continue reading →
Lately I see many developments in the linux FOSS world that sell themselves as progress, but are actually hugely annoying and counter-productive.
Counter-productive to a point where they actually cause major regressions, costs, and as in the case of GTK+3 ruin user experience and the possibility that we’ll ever enjoy “The year of the Linux desktop”.
Finally I managed to setup a Releax OS usable installation, thanks to the support of the dev, a very nice and helpful guy.
First look: very beautiful, colorful xfce desktop, the system is based on openRC as init, elogind and glibc. Just another distro? Maybe, but at least it has its own package installer with a front-end (a software center called Bazaar) and an unusual specific path where apps are installed (the “apps” folder, something like Gobo Linux). However, this distro still needs lot of polishing. Continue reading →
https://www.reddit.com/r/linux/…./modular_boot_process_a_new_door_to_the_future In case the above link magically vanishes from reddit here is a screenshot of what it looked like (a couple more comments may have been added) and below see the text and imagine the reasons this announcement was removed by the moderators of r/linux. Imagine also what the “image” of linux is perpetrated to be. I say they are going for one linux, IBM’s linux, systemd linux, with various flavors of desktop crap just like themes of MS-windows or Apple’s and Google’s squishy flaky bubble hovering CRAP! Continue reading →