Devuan releases a candidate.. finally!!?

I've just heard from The Register4: "systemd-free Devuan Linux hits version 1.0.0".

My views on systemd still stand. I was hoping to be proved wrong, perhaps in the long-run. But sadly what I see, has only just served to entrench those views. Gnome & systemd proponents are imposing a bad attitude on the open-source philosophy, trying to hijack & lock out everything else outside their ecosystem. Everything in their ecosystem seems to be completely dependent on them. Hence why I prefer not even attempt to use those two.

Arch was the first casualty.. quickly followed by Debian. It is amazing how code maintainers seem to have become gods wrt users. My long journey through alternatives.. seems to have ended with gentoo, which seems to have become my only choice for now. However, I still need a few alternatives to recommend to others not that technical or keen to spend time getting to know internals. Now, I think I have something in that stack with Devuan, which has just released a stable release candidate (1.0.0-RC)3. "If all goes as planned, this will be our first Devuan stable release and our first long term support (LTS) release as well."

The Devuan story began with a vision to fork debian2 - "Devuan should be a minimal, stable system which honors Debian history and embraces innovation while maintaining backwards compatibility and interoperability."

The Debian decision-makers of that time spread so much FUD, when they decided it was systemd or nothing1. A "one-size-fits-all vision" only fits the decision-makers. There are alternatives. There are always alternatives. There should always be alternatives.

I might wait a while till the RC becomes final. I don't need to, as I expect a smooth transition henceforth.. to final and LTS. If anyone is thinking of debian, try devuan instead.


[1] http://devuan.org/os/init-freedom
[2] http://devuan.org/os/debian-fork
[3] http://devuan.org/os/debian-fork/stable-candidate-announce-042017
[4] http://theregister.co.uk/2017/04/22/devuan_1_0_0_released

Ubuntu Phone is dead.. Long live The Phone!

Mark Shuttleworth writes2 about the end of Ubuntu Phone: apparently NOT "widely appreciated both in the free software community and in the technology industry... In the community, our efforts were seen fragmentation not innovation."

I think he refers to the Gnome community. There are many communities not part of the Gnome establishment.

One of the more promising efforts to bring open-source to mobile devices has been killed.. Wonder why? Closed-source can conceal covert initiatives by folks behind the scenes.

Was this to appease Gnome? Gnome has made no inroads onto mobile devices. Gnome's competitor KDE has done more.

I'm a bit sad that the only promising effort towards a Linux Phone has died. I kept seriously looking at Ubuntu Phone/Tablet, waiting for it to mature1.. even maintaining a few Ubuntu desktops just for this purpose. Unfortunately, their strategy didn't include the wider community. If you didn't have Ubuntu desktop, you couldn't have Ubuntu Phone emulator or dev.

My recommendation to folks on Ubuntu is Xubuntu. Lubuntu could be beautiful and streamlined, but looks ugly right now. When Lubuntu switches to LXQt, my recommendation will switch to Lubuntu.

I was never a big fan of Unity, and an even lesser fan of Gnome, to which Ubuntu has been pushed. I personally think the folks behind Gnome have been, and continue to be, some with the worst attitudes in open-source..

With this, Ubuntu goes back to become one of the also-rans. I don't see what differentiates Ubuntu from any other Gnome distro.


1. http://nixventure.blogspot.com/2015/12/ubuntu-touch-emulator.html
2. http://insights.ubuntu.com/2017/04/05/growing-ubuntu-for-cloud-and-iot-rather-than-phone-and-convergence

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