The deeper issue here is “what is the relationship of Arch-Linux and Orwell?”
Two of the most common intrusive sites reported by linux users that are placed on top of the list of a firewall, so nothing goes in and out between their machine and those sites’ servers, are Google and Facebook. Google on the one hand, in order to play nice against the free/open software community, has been contributing resources, information, and free/open software to improve their image. MS purchased github, IBM purchased RedHat, or should we say they made their relationship more formal. Some developers have fallen for it. Facebook on the other hand is notorious of flooding the machines of their innocent and unsuspecting users with questionable code. Facebook not only knows who you really are, what you really like, what you think and what you are interested in, in the vast majority of cases they know in real time your exact location and may even have the capability of keeping track of your moves. Simply if you have an account on facebook and accessed it once through your “smart” phone, they know. If you access facebook from your desktop, but on smart phone you only use your google account, they know. They, they, who is they? If you are really asking we can go on comments for as far as you can take it. Continue reading →
For those that don’t know about Void and kernels, Void offers many of them at any single period and updates them within 24hr of a new edition. The kernel pkg name for each edition stays the same, but the versions have an extended naming that is also used in making the bootable images. For example, let’s say you are following “linux4.19” and it is currently linux4.19.39-1. Then there might be 4.19.40-1, 4.19.40-2 and so on. If you use vkpurge to list the editions it will show you all except for the current. Let’s say you also follow linux4.14, linux4.20, and linux5.0. You may end up having to remove many kernel editions within a week. Continue reading →
# 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
[-] s6-18.104.22.168_1 Small suite of programs for UNIX, designed to allow process supervi...
[-] s6-devel-22.214.171.124_1 s6 supervision library and headers
[-] s6-dns-126.96.36.199_2 Suite of DNS client programs and libraries for Unix systems
[-] s6-dns-devel-188.8.131.52_2 Suite of DNS client programs and libraries for Unix systems - devel...
[-] s6-dns-doc-184.108.40.206_2 Suite of DNS client programs and libraries for Unix systems - docum...
[-] s6-doc-220.127.116.11_1 s6 supervision documentation
[-] s6-linux-utils-18.104.22.168_1 Minimalistic Linux-specific system utilities (s6-chroot, s6-mount e...
[-] s6-linux-utils-doc-22.214.171.124_1 Minimalistic Linux-specific system utilities (s6-chroot, s6-mount e...
[-] s6-networking-126.96.36.199_1 Suite of small network utilities for Unix systems
[-] s6-networking-devel-188.8.131.52_1 Suite of small network utilities for Unix systems - development files
[-] s6-networking-doc-184.108.40.206_1 Suite of small network utilities for Unix systems - documentation
[-] s6-portable-utils-220.127.116.11_2 Tiny portable generic utilities (s6-cat, s6-chmod, etc.)
[-] s6-portable-utils-doc-18.104.22.168_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
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 →
The forum for Void-Linux has been disconnected for about a week and void has not posted anything on their news page. They do have an irc channel at freenode for those who are eager to get in touch about an issue they are having. A month or two ago, the user who had donated the server and was running the forum, not a member of the developers’ team as I understood, had been doing this for a long time and was paying out of his pocket for it and wanted to pass the torch. Without the ability for void to receive or contribute any donations for this purpose the issue was lagging. Void has never been up to this point a formal legal entity. Continue reading →
The NSA-designed Speck encryption algorithm will be removed from version 4.20 of the Linux kernel, after just recently being added to the Linux kernel version 4.17 in June. The move comes after the International Standards Organization (ISO) rejected two of NSA’s cryptographic designs, Simon and Speck, on the basis of not being trustworthy…..Continue reading →