Sunday, 1 July 2018

Housekeeping: References to Debian Resources to be Dropped

Debian GNU/Linux is a great OS/ Linux distribution and with the kFreeBSD kernel even an attempt at providing a BSD variant. I have been running all their releases since Sarge on and off, mostly on, for most of the last 13 years since using Linux exclusively in one shape or another but usually vanilla on at least one desktop machine and am currently still running it on a VPS - and antiX on the laptop. Nonetheless, the move to systemd and the controversy around adopting it was a watershed moment and together with the fact that GNOME Shell became the default desktop meant I lost interest in the project.

In addition, there are other issues around how software is distributed, the patching, dependency resolution and the apt system that more advanced users will be well aware of.

This means that this blog will be dropping all references to Debian, the self-proclaimed universal operating system. Some resources, like the Debian GNU/Linux System Administration Resources feed have already gone read-only due to lack of contributions in this case and are increasingly outdated [Edit: the feed has now been removed]. For those interested the site can still be accessed here. Then there's also still the Debian Wiki. Other direct links to the project's web site and the social contract have already been removed as I felt the push for systemd was in violation of their own stated goals.

With GNU/Linux distributions continually diversifying I feel it is important to focus. Some of the Debian documentation will of course still be applicable to Devuan, but as time goes by probably ever less so. In consequence, this blog will focus on distributions without systemd, notably Slackware. We might also check out Sabayon & Gentoo again and interesting projects in the BSD world like the NomadBSD live system (which is really recommended by the way as it actually works as advertised). As we move away from Debian, Peter Hansteen's BSDLY blog feed has been added instead, a fantastic resource for OpenBSD, Unix and security tips in general from the man who wrote The Book of PF.

Thanks for reading. Over and out.

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