I’d like to inform you about my new Linux distribution called KISS.
Independent (not based on anything else).
Source based (like gentoo or crux).
Busybox init (busybox includes runit style services, sysvinit style services or plain shell scripts)
Packages compile without Telemetry/tracking.
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I’d like to draw your attention to a young and promising project called Adélie Linux. Adélie Linux is a Free, Libre operating system based on the Linux kernel. Their goals of full POSIX® compliance, built on musl compatibility with a wide variety of computers, and ease of use without sacrificing features set them apart from most other Linux distributions. Sysvinit, openrc, and S6 are available to customize your installation to specific needs. Adélie Linux is also independent and built from the ground up, not based on major distributions (Arch, Debian), or Gentoo, or Alpine, as some will immaturely conclude.
Edit Dec 22 2018 – Adelie 1.0-beta2 is now available and possibly the last step before the first stable Adelie 1 is released. https://www.adelielinux.org/announcements/1.0-BETA2.html
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
Davin McCall wrote a very extensive report on the peculiarities of init systems and service supervisors, how some of their differences are based on choice of compromises. On the vagaries of init systems
Then, some days later, a response to this article came from Chris Siebenmann who introduces us to even more dillemas and criteria to choose what init system suits a specific use best. Continue reading
Opinion poll: Preferred init software
It is time to really show that the non-systemd movement is not of negligible importance and people are going out of their way to avoid it, like the plague!
For a long while we have been blasted with the idea that “most” or “almost everyone” uses systemd, but there are no reliable data on the number of users, nor does such number conclude of what people use is what people like, or would rather use. Interestingly enough this weekly issue of Distrowatch’s editorial finds this poll and a top headline review of Devuan 2.0. Despite of MX linux being a systemd-free distro and climbing to top 10, or antix following close behind, Devuan receives priority by reviewers. Continue reading
Artix, as mentioned here several times before, begun as a continuation of stable functional systems that existed for years. The one was Arch with OpenRC the other was Manjaro with OpenRC. Before Artix’s first year is complete a second init system is being modified to alternatively be used instead of sysv and OpenRC. Runit, the init system found in Void is developed by smarden.org where you can find detailed information about it. Runit can initialize your system, it can supervise processes, and it can end processes and end the cycle by shutting down. Alternatively Runit can act as a supervising system along with sysvinit or other init systems. Runit has been proven in Void-Linux for years as stable and capable, let alone one of the lightest in resource use. Continue reading
“antiX Magic” in an environment suitable for old and new computers
We had tried in the past to install and run Antix and due to hardware issues we have to admit we did not try that hard. Now that we have access to a greater variety of hw we decided to give it an new try, and with a fresh Antix-17 iso code named Heather Heyer after the anti-fascist activist who was run over by a white supremacist in Charlottsville Virginia this past year. Continue reading