Everybody knows that the employer takes all the moral responsibility …

… 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.

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Were you about to install Obarun? Wait!!

There are new images available for March 2020

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)

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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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antiX – runit – brief stop and onto s6 and 66 : How to

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.

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News about Obarun news

New base and JWM live images reflect all the recent upgrades and fixes, of 66 and related tools, a few small bugs found on last month’s installer were also fixed.

Download of base, JWM, and docker images here, on the Obarun Download site.

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.

What is so new about Obarun that makes May’s edition obsolete?

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

A new Linux distribution is here with a new init system

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

Latest Obarun installation/live images released (base, JWM, KDE Plasma)

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. 
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.

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What you must know about 66 * ease * simplicity * no magic

.  .  .  .  .    A 66 FAQ document

Is 66 different than s6 or an alternative to it?

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.

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Breaking News: VOID – S6 – Obarun’s 66 – musl

The best of ALL WORLDS has come together!

VOID-linux + s6 + 66 + musl

 

# 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
[-] s6-2.8.0.0_1                    Small suite of programs for UNIX, designed to allow process supervi...
[-] s6-devel-2.8.0.0_1              s6 supervision library and headers
[-] s6-dns-2.3.0.2_2                Suite of DNS client programs and libraries for Unix systems
[-] s6-dns-devel-2.3.0.2_2          Suite of DNS client programs and libraries for Unix systems - devel...
[-] s6-dns-doc-2.3.0.2_2            Suite of DNS client programs and libraries for Unix systems - docum...
[-] s6-doc-2.8.0.0_1                s6 supervision documentation
[-] s6-linux-utils-2.5.0.1_1        Minimalistic Linux-specific system utilities (s6-chroot, s6-mount e...
[-] s6-linux-utils-doc-2.5.0.1_1    Minimalistic Linux-specific system utilities (s6-chroot, s6-mount e...
[-] s6-networking-2.3.0.4_1         Suite of small network utilities for Unix systems
[-] s6-networking-devel-2.3.0.4_1   Suite of small network utilities for Unix systems - development files
[-] s6-networking-doc-2.3.0.4_1     Suite of small network utilities for Unix systems - documentation
[-] s6-portable-utils-2.2.1.3_2     Tiny portable generic utilities (s6-cat, s6-chmod, etc.)
[-] s6-portable-utils-doc-2.2.1.3_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

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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