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Saturday, 20 September 2014

Debian , GNU / Linux , Opinion , systemd (English translation)


 Posted by: diazepam

    Debian , GNU / Linux , Opinion , systemd

The following is a free translation of a message to a user named Christopher Barry left LKML.ORG (unofficial archive mailing list Linux kernel), which is entitled " Open Letter to Linux World "(what strikethrough and additional links are added things for my bad milk):

What is intelligence? I do not mean to spy thing, but what is the definition of human intelligence? This is pretty good:

For most people, the self-appointed and may be too influential artists and thinkers working today around the idea of ​​"One Linux" fit the definition of smart people - at least in the technical field.

And your posts are quite convincing:

    Simplify multi-distro development.
    Allow faster boot times.
    Allow on-demand and event-driven architecture, similar to the "modern" operating systems.
    Bring order and control subsystems that have so many different tools like distros out there.

All seemingly noble goals. All apparently derived from a deep desire to contribute and make things better.

Almost no one would argue that these intelligent people seriously thought about these issues, and put a huge amount of efforts in solving these problems. Unfortunately, the solution we came, as you might have already guessed, is "systemd".

Although not new, their grotesque impact has finally caught up with me and I must express publicly.

So what is systemd? Well, meet your new God. Probably you have been praying at the altar [ the if-does-not-what-touch ] Of simplicity, but your religion is being eradicated. That probably happened without you realizing during an update your machine with Linux. systemd is all-knowing, all-controlling meta-deity who sees everything and everything monitored. It is the new Single Master Process that aims to control everything you can - and you're doing enough. It would init as if it were a transformer with steroids. It is [ geek's dream ] Complicated, multi-faceted, opaque, and supremely powerful.

I heard about systemd few years ago when upstart and some other replacements init I can not remember were appearing on the scene. And although it looked mildly interesting, I was not in favor of using it, or any of them for that purpose. init worked just fine for me. init was simple and robust. While the configuration had their distro specific differences, these differences were often made that one chooses to use that distro first, and remain in that distro [ (And not things like what audience was oriented as today) ]. The tools were essentially the distro. And then just did a dist-upgrade to Jessie, and voila, PID 1 systemd turned suddenly. This sucks .

In a world of "Single Linux", which is what the distros should actually be? Obsolete. No longer relevant. Archaic shell of its once proud some [ and often dangerous ] Individualism. Basically, they are now just a logo and a default wallpaper. Because, let's face it, it is only necessary to have a Unique and Modern to domain Windows / Mac personal computing "Competitor". A unified to fight the evil empires of Redmond and Cupertino front is what is needed. The various differences that created different "flavors" of Linux needed to be concentrated and brought into conformity to proceed efficiently for war. Um, what war?

For me, Linux has already won the war back in 1994 when I started using it. He did not make a shot or trying to be like other operating systems. He won [ always goes to 1% of the market ] Not caring a damn market share. He won it being exactly NOT like them. He won it by being simple, understandable and configurable to be exactly as I wanted. He won as a collection of simple and modular components that could be linked together to will to do real work. He won it by adhering to the deeply considered philosophy of keeping the user in the driver's seat, and being free to run things I wanted, without layers of frameworks wrapping its tentacles into all those things that should not be touched. He won without all those various "MierdaKits" have begun to appear within the heart of my operating system. He won it without being too complex and incomprehensible. That kind of opacity is the heart of Windows and Mac, and is exactly what I hate about them, and exactly why I chose to use Linux in the first damn place. systemd is embracing all that I hate about Windows and Mac, and doing it in the name of "modernity" and "simplification" of the work of developers.

So why do people so smart that love and use Linux would want to create or embrace such a demon "Master of All"? It is obviously for the reasons they say, as I mentioned earlier. But I think it's partly due to lack of experience. I do not mean the absence of hours of programming, but lack of time on the planet. Intelligence alone is not a substitute for the experiences of life and, yes, I'll say, not of wisdom. There is no manual for wisdom. Implement systemd in distros is not a wise move for them long term. That cause, in fact, his final doom.

Partly egos are larger-than-life people involved. Does anyone read what Poettering says about things? Wow. This guy is obviously convinced that he has all the answers for everyone. Traditional ideas about simplicity and freedom are quaint, but they have no real place in a "modern" operating system. Look, he's just smarter than you, so get over it and step aside. He knows what is best, and has under control . How old is this guy anyway? ¿12 or something? 's a fucking dick (IMHO).

Mostly are their shady business interests . Look, we could make money selling things Linux users if there was a simpler way and "distro-agnostic" to do so. Fuck the options to them like what they receive.

Partly it could be that it is grim and gloomy nature. A One Ring to rule them all, access it sure would be captivating for those determined to have total information awareness. Trust is not something that is really high on my list of things for granted these days.

Partly it is the belief that the Linux community must fight against the hegemony of Windows and Mac - as if the existence of Linux depended on the defeat of the other alternatives. Those who think that Linux should worry HOYGANs idiots and should return to their Macs and Windows, and stop trying to "fix" Linux. It is not broken, my ass!

Mostly - and this is what I can not accept - is a blatant disregard and disrespect - whether on purpose or not - the most important principles of * NIX. It's an unconscious contempt for them, and a trampling of values ​​that I personally hold as [ dilapidated, ] True and just, and I'm not alone here. systemd is the exact opposite of what the * NIX represents . Nor am I babbling about POSIX compatibility. Philosophy is stupid.

systemd is a coup . It is a subversive intruder designed to destroy Linux as we know it, forced upon us by the crowd as-we-know-better-than-thou CamelCase . And they just do not get as deep as they should. systemd is not pointing in the direction you should go. did not support freedom . No encourages choice. No shows transparency. No embraces simplicity. Take control and forces you to give him. Makes applications and system components depend on it, and can not function without it. It is gaining speed by attraction to the fold of naive or lazy or just confused with the promise to make their lives easier developers. Fall into this way of thinking is to ignore the great danger is systemd.

Debian has always held the line against such things in the past, and has always earned my highest respect for his integrity and loyalty. 's decision here was forced Debian . Debian has committed a serious and funky error [ Tagliamonte when not disallowed the goal of Garbee ], And need to correct your course immediately. Add systemd was not a smart move, and certainly not a well thought [ (And no, I do not believe any of the reasons Russ Albery) ]. Debian should reject systemd and their ilk, and return to the values ​​that led to Linux at this point in history, led in no small part by Debian. Should loudly and publicly divorce GNOME , no matter how painful and annoying it may seem in the short term, and focus on the core values ​​of simplicity and freedom. Putting systemd and his clique in non-free repositories where they belong if there is no choice. Let the user decide if that's what they want. Enlightenment is an excellent choice for a default desktop that does not have the inflated garbage GNOME. And the leaders of Debian - after 20 years of my loyalty and evangelism, you have disappointed me and everyone. They need to have a fucking pair of balls and do the right thing here and now.

Send to these opportunists to fuck!

GNOME. The Linux Foundation. [ Figueredo ] And others. They are all [ a bunch of thieves from first to last ] Groups with agendas. 're not those who believe in freedom . They believe in the control and standardization . They believe in monotony. Who are these people? Who are these keepers of the flame autoasignados Linux? (Intentional and subliminal reference to malware) What are their true agendas? Who funds these people? Why are they so aggressively change the heart of Linux far from true philosophy? Let them go and they create their own "competitor" for Windows and Mac. If they did, it would be the same dull shit tracker users and backdoors Windows and Mac turned. They DO NOT speak for me and should not passively let them speak for you either.

systemd is a Trojan. systemd is a jellyfish. Substance D is systemd systemd is chilling - not only because their tools stink, or because it's a fucking massive hair ball - but because it has so much power concentrated architecturally. We need to collectively expel him because of the way Linux will own, and by extension, us and our freedoms. systemd is Linux. sit idly by and ignore this fact of our collective danger .

Choosing a Linux == Zero .

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

sixty caravan

Just bought this 1960's caravan

In need of some tlc

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Tuesday, 1 July 2014


"Nessie-logo" for Dragora version of seamonkey. Work in progress but it's starting to work at a small scale. I may need to play with the colours to get it to work as a really small icon.


Saturday, 28 June 2014

Screen shot Dragora 2.2

Screen shot Dragora 2.2

Usual openbox rox-filer and tint2

Being lazy and using fbpanel for a quick menu

Monday, 21 April 2014

Wood pile!

Just finished getting the wood pile ready for processing for winter after next and beyond.

Better get on it as it's blocking up the driveway!

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

small logo

small logo

bigger text
 colour change
bigger text alpha

bigger Logo text drop shadow alpha


Monday, 24 February 2014



Now a real drinkd :)

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

The birth of free-software

From: RMS@MIT-OZ@mit-eddie.UUCP (Richard Stallman)
Newsgroups: net.unix-wizards,net.usoft
Subject: new UNIX implementation
Message-ID: <771@mit-eddie.UUCP>
Date: Tue, 27-Sep-83 13:35:59 EDT
Organization: MIT AI Lab, Cambridge, MA

Free Unix!

Starting this Thanksgiving I am going to write a complete
Unix-compatible software system called GNU (for Gnu's Not Unix), and
give it away free to everyone who can use it.  Contributions of time,
money, programs and equipment are greatly needed.

To begin with, GNU will be a kernel plus all the utilities needed to
write and run C programs: editor, shell, C compiler, linker,
assembler, and a few other things.  After this we will add a text
formatter, a YACC, an Empire game, a spreadsheet, and hundreds of
other things.  We hope to supply, eventually, everything useful that
normally comes with a Unix system, and anything else useful, including
on-line and hardcopy documentation.

GNU will be able to run Unix programs, but will not be identical
to Unix.  We will make all improvements that are convenient, based
on our experience with other operating systems.  In particular,
we plan to have longer filenames, file version numbers, a crashproof
file system, filename completion perhaps, terminal-independent
display support, and eventually a Lisp-based window system through
which several Lisp programs and ordinary Unix programs can share a screen.
Both C and Lisp will be available as system programming languages.
We will have network software based on MIT's chaosnet protocol,
far superior to UUCP.  We may also have something compatible
with UUCP.

Who Am I?

I am Richard Stallman, inventor of the original much-imitated EMACS
editor, now at the Artificial Intelligence Lab at MIT.  I have worked
extensively on compilers, editors, debuggers, command interpreters, the
Incompatible Timesharing System and the Lisp Machine operating system.
I pioneered terminal-independent display support in ITS.  In addition I
have implemented one crashproof file system and two window systems for
Lisp machines.

Why I Must Write GNU

I consider that the golden rule requires that if I like a program I
must share it with other people who like it.  I cannot in good
conscience sign a nondisclosure agreement or a software license

So that I can continue to use computers without violating my principles,
I have decided to put together a sufficient body of free software so that
I will be able to get along without any software that is not free.

How You Can Contribute

I am asking computer manufacturers for donations of machines and money.
I'm asking individuals for donations of programs and work.

One computer manufacturer has already offered to provide a machine.  But
we could use more.  One consequence you can expect if you donate
machines is that GNU will run on them at an early date.  The machine had
better be able to operate in a residential area, and not require
sophisticated cooling or power.

Individual programmers can contribute by writing a compatible duplicate
of some Unix utility and giving it to me.  For most projects, such
part-time distributed work would be very hard to coordinate; the
independently-written parts would not work together.  But for the
particular task of replacing Unix, this problem is absent.  Most
interface specifications are fixed by Unix compatibility.  If each
contribution works with the rest of Unix, it will probably work
with the rest of GNU.

If I get donations of money, I may be able to hire a few people full or
part time.  The salary won't be high, but I'm looking for people for
whom knowing they are helping humanity is as important as money.  I view
this as a way of enabling dedicated people to devote their full energies to
working on GNU by sparing them the need to make a living in another way.

For more information, contact me.
Arpanet mail:


US Snail:
  Richard Stallman
  166 Prospect St
  Cambridge, MA 02139

Monday, 13 January 2014


Loqui gtk irc client.

I really like the way it scrolls all the channels your logged into in the main window "Common Buffer". The fact it's light using only about 8MB loaded and Gpl'd  If I was being picky I'd like the channel list on the left.

IRC Client for Gtk2
Loqui is a IRC Client that has following features:
 - Connect to multiple servers
 - The view that outputs all messages on other channels (call "Common Buffer")
 - Window has 4-views (Message of the current channel, nick list, channel list, "Common Buffer")
 - Multi-protocols (beta)
See the sites: (English) (Japanese)