Trident + void + zfs one step closer to 1.0

Trident project released a beta image following their alpha releases in the past two months.

For those who missed this developing transition, of Trident leaving its TrueOS/FreeBSD base and moving to linux using Void as its base, here is a summary of what you are missing.  It has been a common story for a distribution being fed-up with linux development, developers being consumed to modify their software around systemd-functionality, and have moved to some form of a BSD-unix base.  As far as we know there hasn’t been an effort to leave BSD to come to linux.  So Trident is drawing its own path making it now a 2 way street.  Here are a couple of juicy quotes of their late announcements:

2020 OS Migration

2019-10-14

…Currently, Project Trident is based on FreeBSD and uses the TrueOS build framework. Over the years, we have accumulated multiple long-standing issues with the underlying FreeBSD OS. Issues with hardware compatibility, communications standards, or package availability continue to limit Project Trident users…..

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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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HACK: Void kernel management – vkpurge modification

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

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

Void forum has been off for almost a week (updated)

Just be patient

updated November 8th, see note below

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

Puzzling news about void

This is short as there is shortage of information on what this means.  In detail, but not exactly, read their news

In summary the founder of void, the one that held the keys to all resources, has just vanished (the rest say) without notice, no communication.  Luckily there are many people involved in void and seem for the past 4 months to be handling things as usual.  Github though refuses to release control to others (other than the person who signed up for the service).  This would extend to domain names, servers, mirrors, etc.

Maybe Leonard offered him a job, or made him an offer, he could not refuse.  (joking of course but I’d really hate to see “void-linux a trademark of RHat”).

As they may say in Obarun, c’est la vie