… 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.
Edited again: 2018-11-15
As the previous site started out (08/2017) of the temporary need for Artix users to meet and exchange experiences, share solutions to problems, now that Artix has its official site, we have decided to move in the direction the site had already taken anyway. Freedom and equality of access and exchange of information.
Antix is to Debian what Obarun is to Arch, and Devuan is to debian what Artix is to arch. Such projects/distributions seem to be very promising in concept and execution. Equally promising, if not more, is Void and Adélie linux taking an independent path. Unfortunately we can not cover the progress of too many distros and at times we may have to drop a few from the list and concentrate on the few we believe there is future and hope. We have dropped Devuan over a year ago due to serious doubts with the project’s management, and now we have decided Artix has to go too. Continue reading
kernelKurtz, aka kK, has been a supporter and contributor of this site since its inception. This came as a comment to an article by FigOSdev on dbus but it deserves its own space.
Here he takes a shot at Freedesktop and gang.
reddit: What’s up with the hate towards Freedesktop?
It’s not about hate, random reddit OP. But it is about a severe difference in what people think is important.
These corporate persons want standardization and homogeneity on their own terms. They want open source cachet and finding a way to monetize it, and they don’t give a rat’s ass about the four freedoms, or what happens to the people that Bill Gates once sneered at as “hobbyists”. They are Google and Microsoft and everyone else who can afford to buy a seat on the board of the Linux Foundation. Red Hat probably too, sad to say. Their motto is do no evil, until evil is profitable, and then pick another slogan, because buttering the bread is what life is all about. Continue reading
Adapted from a post on the new forum: https://nosystemd.icyboards.net
Ranking systemd-free distros by how much they have managed to remove systemd doesn’t seem like a crazy idea to me at all. I don’t believe anyone thinks that’s the only factor in choosing a distro, nor are they going to switch just because one ranks higher than another.
There are certainly other merits in a systemd-free distro. Continue reading
On the article titled Will the non-systemd community run out of steam? an interesting discussion took place and a serious amount of explanations were provided on the how-abouts of the systemd phenomenon, how it spread, how it is supported, who the key players are, and how bad the odds against other distributions choosing to stay free of systemd are. For technical counts against systemd you can visit sites such as systemd-free.org
The discussion takes place betweem two anonymous advocates (against the systemd conspiracy) under the nicknames Jack and the Beanstalk and punkznotdead. Continue reading
A short story: In recent years PCs have increasingly shifted from having a bios in charge of booting, whatever system can possibly boot from, to a system called EFI. EFI in brief seeks a boot partition on disk that can be edited and filled with OS instructions on how the kernel of a system will be initialized and built. A UEFI is a more specific form of an EFI that also introduces secure boot. This means that only certain systems that are considered as “safe” can boot and such systems are certified and are issued a key (for a hefty fee of course). Continue reading
From a discussion on devuan forum dev1galaxy.org
Well, Debian software is behind mainstream distros anyway, Devuan will be on a par with Debian in the next release.
It just took time to purge the system, initially, of the entangled systemd.
Systemd is proposed to work like MS Registry, controlling most things from one encrypted file – totally against unix & linux principles.
@FOSSuser: Instead of packaging stuff Devuan packagers prefer to fight over the next iteration of their build infrastructure. Nobody has any idea where things should be headed, the current infrastructure is unmaintained (e.g. the Devuan gitlag is unsupported upstream by now!) and new people are being demotivated at every turn.
The explosion on interest on Devuan seems to have reached its current capacity to deal with bugs. Judging from the absence of feedback on the Dev1 forum on issues, lack of any recent updates, the summer vacation excuse seems to be running out of time. It is easy for us to judge and criticize but we reach the point of cruelty unless we have dealt with development itself. The interdependence of packaging is so complex that at some point the whole project needs to halt, fill all the holes opened, and then be able to move to a next step. I suspect that part of the problem has been on putting too many eggs in a broken basket. The basket in this case was Debian Jessie which had issues and in the past year it was put on hold to help speed up the delayed development of Stretch. Stretch has had so much re-engineering that much of it can not transfer to Jessie. Continue reading
- Is the conversion from Arch the same as Arch-OpenRC? If you have an arch or arch based systemd system, can you convert to Artix as easily following the applicable procedure moves?
https://wiki.artixlinux.org/Main/Migration This is for migrating from systemd Arch or Manjaro.
The guide at https://systemd-free.artixlinux.org is for migrating from arch and manjaro -openrc
Not that distrowatch.com is any valid indicator of real use or a meaningful comparison among linux/unix/bsd distributions, but Manjaro has been established for some time now as a close 3rd to debian and looking at Mint. Arch itself scores much much lower than the ubuntu of arch.
Just a little while ago, if one would use the search engine on distrowatch and selected an init system other than systemd, Manjaro would score number one as utilizing that init system. How misleading was that? Just about OpenRC would work and that after a very careful procedure to unload systemd and spiders, or by utilizing a different installer. And that supported ability ended last month. I don’t think any other init system worked without systemd, or at least it wouldn’t be stable to upgrade within Manjaro. Continue reading
Copyright © 2017 by Steve Litt
Recently, a guy asked me two questions:
- If it is so easy to uninstall and switch init systems why did it take devuan 2 years to figure it out?
- Why are so many struggling to make something so easy work?
Here’s my answer:
Imagine having a bicycle with hand brakes. You know, the kind of brakes with brake pads that rub against the wheel rims. You can get black brake pads, salmon color brake pads, short brake pads, long brake pads, smooth stud brake pads, threaded stud brake pads, whatever. The point is, to change to a different color or length or pad composition is trivial: Take the old ones off, put the new ones back on.
But your bike has the new Lennart Poettering “systemd” brake design, with its new metalic brake pads, which stop the bike nicely, but wear out the wheel rims in 300 miles.