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Author: Jake Bauer <jbauer@paritybit.ca>
Date:   Tue, 13 Sep 2022 13:54:58 -0400

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diff --git a/content/blog/free-software-is-an-abject-failure.md b/content/blog/free-software-is-an-abject-failure.md @@ -281,6 +281,15 @@ when they forked a Free Software project to extend it for their own needs because of an unresponsive maintainer. They even still kept the project under the _same_ license (an "unethical" Open Source license, no less). +*Update 2022-09-13*: I recently learned of the XFree86 fiasco in which another, +similar incident occurred where one of the original developers of the X window +system felt that the current state of things was untenable and that the project +needed to be forked and replaced. He was [summarily shunned and kicked from the +project](https://web.archive.org/web/20120204152124/http://xfree86.org/pipermail/forum/2003-March/000128.html) +for his actions. While XF86 was not under a Free Software license, instead being +under the MIT/X11 license, this is still an example of how forking is viewed by +many groups who wish to maintain control over their particular software. + If software is not supposed to have an owner, as _Why Software Should Be Free_ advocates, what exactly is being stolen? Why do they, as the creator of some piece of software, care if some company or even another FOSS developer takes it diff --git a/content/garden/arboretum/opinions/operating-systems.gmi b/content/garden/arboretum/opinions/operating-systems.gmi @@ -1,53 +1,39 @@ # Operating System Opinions +## Manjaro Linux + +**NEGATIVE** (Last Updated: 2022-09-13) + +Manjaro is a troubled distribution that got a PR boost through being easy to use and gamer friendly. However, it has had multiple problems throughout the years including multiple, repeated expirations of their SSL certs, misuse of donated funds to buy the project leader a new laptop against the wishes of the project's treasurer (who promptly resigned), shipping work-in-progress software as if it was stable, and more. + +This is a good summary: + +=> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5KNK3e9ScPo + +Do not use Manjaro. + ## ElementaryOS **POSITIVE** (Last Updated: 2022-05-03) -A project with design as its number one priority. They are creating a beautiful, -usable, easy-to-recommend Linux distribution. While they aren't perfect and -still have a number of issues, I think they're an important project to keep an -eye on. +A project with design as its number one priority. They are creating a beautiful, usable, easy-to-recommend Linux distribution. While they aren't perfect and still have a number of issues, I think they're an important project to keep an eye on. ## Fedora Linux **POSITIVE** (Last Updated: 2022-05-03) -One of the only Linux distributions I've tried which well and truly gets out of -my way, doesn't break, and doesn't require a ton of fiddling for basic things. -It's the _only_ Linux distribution I've tried which allowed me to print _and_ -scan with my hplip-supported HP printer out of the box. Note that I have only -used Fedora KDE and Fedora Cinnamon, not Fedora with GNOME. +One of the only Linux distributions I've tried which well and truly gets out of my way, doesn't break, and doesn't require a ton of fiddling for basic things. It's the _only_ Linux distribution I've tried which allowed me to print _and_ scan with my hplip-supported HP printer out of the box. Note that I have only used Fedora KDE and Fedora Cinnamon, not Fedora with GNOME. ## OpenSUSE Tumbleweed Linux **POSITIVE** (Last Updated: 2022-05-03) -I have pretty much the same thoughts about OpenSUSE Tumbleweed as I do about -Fedora, with a couple of exceptions. OpenSUSE does take more effort to set up -than Fedora, though not by much (mostly adding some repos for the software I -want) and I did have to manually install printer drivers to get my printer and -scanner to work, but it did work without issue. OpenSUSE has a slight advantage -in that Tumbleweed is a rolling release distribution unlike Fedora's 6-month -regular release schedule, and OpenSUSE does full disk encryption properly -because it encrypts not only your root file system, but also the boot partition -so you have to enter a password in GRUB to start booting unlike almost every -other Linux distribution. +I have pretty much the same thoughts about OpenSUSE Tumbleweed as I do about Fedora, with a couple of exceptions. OpenSUSE does take more effort to set up than Fedora, though not by much (mostly adding some repos for the software I want) and I did have to manually install printer drivers to get my printer and scanner to work, but it did work without issue. OpenSUSE has a slight advantage in that Tumbleweed is a rolling release distribution unlike Fedora's 6-month regular release schedule, and OpenSUSE does full disk encryption properly because it encrypts not only your root file system, but also the boot partition so you have to enter a password in GRUB to start booting unlike almost every other Linux distribution. ## OpenBSD **POSITIVE** (Last Updated: 2022-05-03) -I love the philosophy and development practices of the developers. They are a -model for anybody in software development because of their focus on security, -documentation, clean code, and not bending to the will of every person who wants -their special features in the OS. They build what they want for themselves, and -they do a damn good job. - -OpenBSD ships with a useful set of server software containing only needed -functionality with little to no extraneous components or features. They have a -very tight security footprint, as they prioritize security above all else. Their -operating system is very easy to use, very well documented (to the point where -you find your answers on the OS in the manpages instead of in half-assed -SEO-optimized blogs that are years old), and very reliable and easy to -administrate. +I love the philosophy and development practices of the developers. They are a model for anybody in software development because of their focus on security, documentation, clean code, and not bending to the will of every person who wants their special features in the OS. They build what they want for themselves, and they do a damn good job. + +OpenBSD ships with a useful set of server software containing only needed functionality with little to no extraneous components or features. They have a very tight security footprint, as they prioritize security above all else. Their operating system is very easy to use, very well documented (to the point where you find your answers on the OS in the manpages instead of in half-assed SEO-optimized blogs that are years old), and very reliable and easy to administrate. diff --git a/content/garden/greenhouse/index.gmi b/content/garden/greenhouse/index.gmi @@ -36,6 +36,7 @@ Here are links, documents, and other things I found interesting that I want to g Items are added to the top of the list as I come across them. => https://datatracker.ietf.org/doc/html/rfc8890#section-4 +=> http://tomasp.net/blog/2022/timeless-way/ => http://twitchard.github.io/posts/2022-08-26-metrics-schmetrics.html => http://www.chrisfenton.com/ => http://www.searle.wales/ @@ -93,6 +94,9 @@ Items are added to the top of the list as I come across them. ### Done, Need Summarizing +=> https://bastillebsd.org/blog/2022/07/14/ten-things-to-do-after-installing-freebsd/ +=> http://hackerpublicradio.org/eps.php?id=3655 +=> https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/sep/06/psychologist-devastating-lies-mental-health-problems-politics => https://twitter.com/vgr/status/1047925106423603200 => https://www.wired.com/story/i-finally-reached-computing-nirvana-what-was-it-all-for/ => https://thomasjbevan.substack.com/p/all-news-is-bad-news diff --git a/content/garden/plots/os-project.gmi b/content/garden/plots/os-project.gmi @@ -57,3 +57,15 @@ Yes, this kind of sounds like emacs taken to the next level... ## Cheap Complexity => https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2022/08/security-and-cheap-complexity.html + +## Starting from a Linux Distro + +Using Linux From Scratch to get an idea of how things can be done, what needs to be done + +=> https://www.linuxfromscratch.org/ + +pkgsrc as packaging system? + +=> https://www.pkgsrc.org/#index5h1 + +Try to incorporate as many BSD-likes as possible, even though we still have to work with the Linux kernel