When Poettering’s latest plot to seize control of the Linux kernel system by splorghing a binary-blob all over, some developers revolted against the Red Hat’s ravaging ways. These developers formed Devuan, a fork of Debian that eschews systemd for traditional initv-style systems. And at long last, their work is ready for use and fully compatible with Debian repos. If you’ve been waiting for a systemd-free modern OS and didn’t grab Budgie, grab Devuan… and then install the Budgie window manager anyway (because it’s frelling awesome).
I get a refused connection otherwise.
So why is one better than the other? This is one of the few minutiae of system adminstration I never felt much passion about either way.
systemd attempts to run everything in its own binary blobspace. It doesn’t save human-readable logs, which is important for debugging and system administration. It royally fucks up some desktop environments. It doesn’t shut down and restart cleanly.
Poettering, the guy behind systemd, doesn’t trust the community to make pull requests. His attitude when HIS code breaks other working systems is that the other systems should be altered to serve systemd. His previous project, pulseaudio, was also shit.
Hmm, ok. I guess I just haven’t really had much interaction with systemd positive or negative. These days Linux is basically a Swiss Army tool for me and I don’t have any need to delve particularly deep. I can certainly see why the old init system would be preferred by many.
Well that’s certainly a shitty attitude.
Probably explains why you don’t hear people waxing lyrical about dr cyst.
Devuan release 2.0 is out today, bringing out-of-the-box support for nearly every window manager. Like its predecessor, it uses a sta le version of Debian as base, with all the systemD components to replaced by ones that play nice with init.
Anyone know of a good ancient or medieval os?
If you have a pi I thought risc os was nifty.
Thanks. I suppose abacus techniques could be considered software, but closer to application-level than full-fledged operating-system-level.
If you get bored of abaci try this.