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    Fortunately BSD is still an alternative.

    There is definitely some learning to do, but if someone has learned* to use Linux, learning BSD is not difficult. However, it does require spending time doing lots of reading. I went from probably lower intermediate Linux user to BSD beginner. But at least I can keep my system working.

    * Learned how to actually use Linux: learned the layout of the file tree; know what root is; learned how to occasionally enter a command into a terminal. Not learned how to click an update icon.

    And since you like older hardware, BSD might be a better fit for you, since hardware support is not as complete as Linux. If not using a big DE, the BSDs will run well on older machines.
    Posted 05-09-2015 at 05:12 PM by Randicus Draco Albus Randicus Draco Albus is offline
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    Fortunately BSD is still an alternative.

    Hey R.A.D.

    City Management in my one horse town is upgrading their gear to Windows 10 or what ever, (to infinity and beyond with my tax money), and their IT guy is handing me the old Dell T3400's, GX 280,IBM E50, IBM M41, and Optiplex 755 before they make it to the land fill with the hard
    drives pulled. I posted a few pictures in the

    http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...mpster-divers/

    social group. I have yet to ever try BSD. I usually try things with busy box like Slitaz and such 1st so when things quiet down here.

    I may give BSD a fling on a spare box myself. But I am clue less when it comes to BSD. So it will be like starting over again for me.
    I don't start many threads or ask any questions mainly as I try and
    learn on my own. But once I learn something. I own it.

    Glad to hear things are cool with you.
    Posted 05-09-2015 at 10:25 AM by rokytnji rokytnji is offline
    Updated 05-09-2015 at 10:27 AM by rokytnji
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    Fortunately BSD is still an alternative.

    I don't see Linux trying to be a Windows clone, but it is moving in the wrong direction with certain "features" lately.
    Posted 05-08-2015 at 11:35 PM by goumba goumba is offline
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    Posted 05-07-2015 at 12:14 PM by rocket357 rocket357 is offline
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    Good-bye Debian

    I figured I should update this blog, since a month or two ago I migrated to BSD. I decided to leave Linux behind, because the rot destroying Debian is simply a symptom of the disease infecting Linux. I had enough of the hostile corporate takeover and the hordes of users who believe a Windows clone is a good thing. Consider me a happy OpenBSD user.
    Posted 10-22-2014 at 05:41 AM by Randicus Draco Albus Randicus Draco Albus is offline
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    Good-bye Debian

    Well, it is what the majority wishes AND it keeps post count down on
    "my dvd won't play in vlc" or what ever.

    I have my own gripe with Chromebooks AND ChromeOS support myself.
    But this is your rant so I'll stay on topic.

    So I guess you gotta cut the Pardus folks a break on the codec thing and flashplayer because it cuts back on support posts. You already have seen the clueless main stream Kali users who think running Kali makes them hackers and cool or something. Though they have no reason, skill set, or right, to run such a distro other
    than to hack into their neighbors wireless router.

    At least it is not that bad.
    Posted 08-29-2014 at 08:32 PM by rokytnji rokytnji is offline
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    Good-bye Debian

    Yea! A reason to not use the system. But then, I ruled it out at this point:
    Quote:
    To increase the distribution's user friendliness, Flash player and many multimedia codecs are installed and pre-configured for immediate use.
    Another such distribution?
    Posted 08-28-2014 at 04:39 PM by Randicus Draco Albus Randicus Draco Albus is offline
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    Posted 08-27-2014 at 05:45 PM by rokytnji rokytnji is offline
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    Good-bye Debian

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by goumba View Comment
    this would be an opportunity for XFCE to push to become *the* DE for the BSDs.
    There are two camps of thought on this. One is that there should be tighter integration to provide a more seamless "experience" for the end user. The other camp is all about choice. Unfortunately, more choice tends to lead to a less "coherent" system and more fragmentation.

    In the end, it breaks down into "aesthetics" or "functionality". A purely coherent system such as Mac OS X or Windows doesn't give you the flexibility that old Linux or the BSD's give, whereas old Linux and the BSD's don't give you the "seamless" experience that Mac OS X and Windows provide.

    I could give a crap less about aesthetics, personally, so I don't believe there should be a "*the* DE" for the BSDs (well, OpenBSD...not really concerned with Free/Net/Dragonfly). I am a strict minimalist when I can get away with it, so having all of my fonts or icons match is meaningless to me (you will find no icons on my "desktop" and I use the default system font, whatever that may happen to be)...I do recognise, however, that my point of view on the topic is not the only way to view the situation. systemd pulls together many disparate pieces of the system into one "coherent" manager. It's neat for some, but from the point of view of flexibility it really hurts. Just like the switch to mobile really hurts the ability to build custom computers =P

    In the end, this is the direction Linux is going. I don't like it, truth be told, but it is what it is.
    Posted 08-24-2014 at 03:30 PM by rocket357 rocket357 is offline
    Updated 08-24-2014 at 03:32 PM by rocket357
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    Good-bye Debian

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by goumba View Comment
    I saw that about Lumina a whiole back. Cool stuff.

    However now we're going to have even more fragmentation in FOSS... can this ever be a good thing?
    The sad reality is corporate control has permeated the open source world to the extent that it is irrevocably broken. Unless something new is developed, "fragmentation", the end is nigh. Xfce already has some Gnome, I cannot think of a better word, compatibility. It will follow Gnome into the dark realm of systemd. KDE probably will also jump on the band wagon, instead of going their own way.
    Posted 08-23-2014 at 05:43 PM by Randicus Draco Albus Randicus Draco Albus is offline
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    Good-bye Debian

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by rocket357 View Comment
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by goumba
    The BSDs will need a DE for their systems, unless they themselves implement a systemd-ish functionality. The XFCE devs should jump on this. It will help both XFCE, and the BSDs.
    This logic is so incredibly broken as I understood it (please correct me if I misunderstood...XFCE already runs on the BSD's, so I may be mis-reading you)...
    What I meant was that as the BSDs, without systemd functionality, may need a full DE does not need systemd and that this would be an opportunity for XFCE to push to become *the* DE for the BSDs. Of course there is Lumina, but that's nowhere ready for regular usage. In the end, both would benefit.

    I know XFCE will run on the BSDs. XFCE development is slow. As people want to jump from GNOME and KDE, they'll be looking for something as powerful, and that's where I said this whole systemd thing may provide the devs with the kick in the rear they need.
    Posted 08-23-2014 at 03:12 PM by goumba goumba is offline
    Updated 08-23-2014 at 03:14 PM by goumba
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    Good-bye Debian

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by goumba View Comment
    The BSDs will need a DE for their systems, unless they themselves implement a systemd-ish functionality. The XFCE devs should jump on this. It will help both XFCE, and the BSDs.
    This logic is so incredibly broken as I understood it (please correct me if I misunderstood...XFCE already runs on the BSD's, so I may be mis-reading you)...

    The BSD's will need a DE that implements systemd functionality, because the big DE's on linux are moving that direction? XFCE needs to update to systemd functionality...because the big DE's on Linux are moving that direction?

    How about quit using the big DE's that are "forcing" everyone's hand? Suddenly XFCE devs can focus on...you know...developing XFCE instead of bending to gnome's will. Suddenly the BSD's don't need to expend a ton of their already limited developer resources just to appease ***a different operating system***.

    Think of it like this...there are "standards" (such as POSIX) that allow application developers to move their applications more easily between operating systems. Linux is basically pushing for a new standard. The BSD's may very well implement a minimalist version of said standard (as you've linked for OpenBSD) that calls native pre-existing code, but a "compatibility layer" is a very different beast than all 550+ thousand lines of code of systemd.

    As much as I hate to say it, if systemd were ever pushed as a hard requirement, and the BSD's had to port it to survive, I'd go back to school for philosophy and stop using computers altogether.
    Posted 08-23-2014 at 02:40 PM by rocket357 rocket357 is offline
    Updated 08-23-2014 at 02:41 PM by rocket357
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    Good-bye Debian

    I saw that about Lumina a whiole back. Cool stuff.

    However now we're going to have even more fragmentation in FOSS... can this ever be a good thing?
    Posted 08-23-2014 at 12:09 PM by goumba goumba is offline
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    Good-bye Debian

    Apparently, PCBSD are writing their own desktop:
    http://blog.pcbsd.org/2014/04/quick-lumina-desktop-faq/
    Quote:
    Why create a new desktop environment? Whats wrong with KDE/GNOME/XFCE/<other>?
    Answer: There are many reasons for needing a new desktop environment instead of using the existing ones, mainly because all the major existing DE’s are developed on/for Linux, not BSD. This causes all sorts of problems on BSD, and I am going to try and list a few of the big ones here:
    Posted 08-23-2014 at 07:48 AM by GazL GazL is offline
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    Good-bye Debian

    As much as I do like Gnome Shell, perhaps this will serve as a kick in the rear to the developers of XFCE and other DEs that don't rely on systemd to get going on improvements.

    The BSDs will need a DE for their systems, unless they themselves implement a systemd-ish functionality. The XFCE devs should jump on this. It will help both XFCE, and the BSDs.

    Unfortunately OpenBSD is looking for devs to do something to get that systemd functionality. http://www.openbsdfoundation.org/gsoc2014.html#systemd
    Posted 08-23-2014 at 07:20 AM by goumba goumba is offline
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    Topics I am sick of.

    I am also getting sick of seeing threads about Kali. Every one I have seen involves someone with beginner, or less, level knowledge wanting to use Kali, because he or she believes using it will make him or her a hacker. The warning on Kali's website; "Kali is for security industry professionals. It is not a system for Linux beginners" must only be there to scare people away. And they cannot figure out why their beginner's questions are ignored on Kali's forum. (And LQ will not let me add a rolling eyes icon. Now I am really pissed off.)
    Posted 08-20-2014 at 09:38 PM by Randicus Draco Albus Randicus Draco Albus is offline
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    Good-bye Debian

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by rocket357 View Comment
    Or perhaps another Linus will come along and surprise the world with a new kernel project, with all of the beauty and freedom that Linux once promised.
    I would love to create a new OS. Just one small problem. Complete, utter and hopeless lack of knowledge.
    Posted 08-20-2014 at 06:43 PM by Randicus Draco Albus Randicus Draco Albus is offline
  18. Old Comment

    Good-bye Debian

    Damn, above comment makes me want to have a alternate universe look see type of machine where I could see all the neato coolio scenarios all play out.

    One of my genie wishes was to be able to travel through time as a tourista and just look see
    at what other people only theorize about.

    I have a feeling application dependency libs and systemd will be tied together like siamese
    twins. So no matter how much you wanna leave.

    "They just keep pulling you back in"
    Posted 08-20-2014 at 01:46 PM by rokytnji rokytnji is offline
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    Good-bye Debian

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Randicus Draco Albus View Comment
    Why is it necessary to replace something that has worked perfectly well for thirty years. What am I missing?
    You really don't need to look any further than a few of the personalities in the game to know this has turned into a religious crusade. As with any oligarchy (magocracy? theocracy?) you have a few decision makers who know best, and their will trumps all reason. That aside, I don't pretend to have an answer to this question. I don't know why the powers that be determined, against all common sense, community feedback, and developer backlash, that systemd is a grand idea. I do not know what they are smoking.

    It must truly suck to be the warden of such knowledge. To know, better than the people themselves, what is best for the masses...what a burden. </sarcasm>

    edit - and to clarify my stance on the BSD portion, corporate and legal interests with BSD caused Linus to write Linux as a clone, completely from scratch, rather than "waste effort" on an OS whose future was uncertain during the AT&T lawsuit. Too bad he couldn't avoid corporate and legal influence indefinitely...but I do suspect that FreeBSD will gain a large number of skilled users who will influence FreeBSD's future, and those who remain in the Linux camp will be doomed to the magocracy/theocracy they are powerless to rebel against.

    Or perhaps another Linus will come along and surprise the world with a new kernel project, with all of the beauty and freedom that Linux once promised. Or perhaps Hurd will cease to be an academic project and RMS will finally be vindicated with his GNU OS concept. Or perhaps even the battle against monolithic kernels will boil over and Minix will take it's rightful place in the minds of the people as the technically superior gem it is. Or maybe Solaris/BeOS/VMS/ReactOS/MyOS/YourOS will reign supreme after ripping open the void. I don't know, but I'll be watching from the (relative) safety of the OpenBSD camp (and the "Theocracy" that Theo provides =).
    Posted 08-20-2014 at 10:42 AM by rocket357 rocket357 is offline
    Updated 08-20-2014 at 10:54 AM by rocket357
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    Good-bye Debian

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by rocket357 View Comment
    At some point, Linux (and any sufficiently advanced open source project) will have to implement some form of systemd-like capabilities.
    Why? Why is it necessary to replace something that has worked perfectly well for thirty years. What am I missing?

    Once the modular design is replaced with an integrated design that limits the choice offered by a modular design, the system will cease to be Linux.

    Quote:
    The majority will have no choice but to suffer "vendor lock-in" and go with systemd.
    Those using Buntu, Mint, et al who know nothing about their systems, Linux/UNIX and free software will continue on blissfully ignorant. BSD will definitely gain from the systemd (and future developments) fiasco, but I predict a new operating system using free software will be created to replace what was one Linux. Of course, that is a few years away.
    Posted 08-20-2014 at 01:52 AM by Randicus Draco Albus Randicus Draco Albus is offline

  



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