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 →
This was topic #7 from the proposed list and since this is going to become a hot topic soon, in linux-system-administration circles, we thought of introducing our community to the basic principles.
If you read up what module means, where the term comes from, where is it utilized, you may end up more confused than you were before you encountered the term. If you are French or speak French well, since the term appears more native in this language than others, and since it has more applications you are familiar with, the concept may be easier to digest. There is also a mathematical operationalization of the term, which is a very specific concept in mathematics that is, that makes the term more understandable, but if you are not into theoretical mathematics don’t even touch that subject. Don’t go there!
… the employee is just doing “his job”, and if he doesn’t do it someone else will. Were you as tired of listening to such excuses when your colleagues were asked whether they were willing to work for the “defense industry” or surveillance agencies? Everyone has heard this one time or another as an excuse, “I am just doing the job I am paid to do”, but rarely do we hear from those who turned the offer down. Those who are not rich by any means, and not have high executive positions in larger organizations, and were fully capable to do much more, but not willing to violate their own principles.
WARNING: This has everything to do with open/free software, linux, init systems, and “choices” people make.
Links to March 2020 iso and docker images at the bottom of this message.
Both live images are capable of installing base, openbox, jwm, xfce4, or KDE-plasma, featuring the late 66 evolution 0.2.5.2-1 and the latest s6 suite of software.
66 0.2.5 features an additional modifier to the 66-tree functionality -S. With this option a bundle of services under a specific tree that is enabled will only start after another tree of services. (read https://wiki.obarun.org/doku.php?id=66-tree)
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:
1st some history/background:
Back some time ago an alternative to sysvinit was developed called daemontools (look at sources below) and people liked it. From “it” runit was cloned, very similar but started from scratch, to be as small, as light, as simple, and as responsive as hw itself. Runit set some goals for its development, kept being refined and eliminating any bugs, it worked on as many architectures as people could get their hands on, and the chief runit man decided to put it to bed. Runit has been frozen in time by its developer. Don’t expect it to catch up with other system development unless Void decides to clone it and develop it on their own, which in some ways they already do, but it is more polishing up the existing runit.
This new set of iso images reflect another major edition of the 66 software as reflected in the official announcement. The main 66 package itself got smaller and more responsive than ever, and some of its non-essential tools moved to a separate package. Since the upgrade from 66 v.2.0.xx to 2.1.xx required some manual tweaking this was a reason to create yet another full X/jwm live image.
If you haven’t tried Obarun you don’t know what you are missing.
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 →
For those who have never heard the name of the distribution and have not researched the late and current differences of init systems and service management and supervision, this may be a shock and major news. For those who have really done their research, they have gone beyond the pop-ular polarization and fallacy of “systemd vs sysvinit” , there is nothing new here to read … Continue reading →
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. There is also an unofficial community edition of KDE-Plasma produced by an Obarun-Developer. https://repo.obarun.org/iso/2019-05-Plasma (see note below on the list of images)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.
NO! 66 is a layer of software on top of s6 that makes s6 easier and more understandable to users with little or no experience in unix-system-administration. 66 takes bundles of complicated s6 commands and scripts and simplifies them into 66 commands that help you customize and optimize your system just the way you need. Experienced enterprise lever administrators are not limited by 66 in any way, it only makes monitoring their systems easier and quicker.