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Thoughts on the default init system for Debian discussion

The Debian tech committee is deciding on the default init system for Debian. Personally I’m totally biased and think the only realistic choice is systemd. I loved Upstart when it was written, but actually I think the default init system is really of no concern at all.

Debian init decision further isolates Ubuntu

Going forward, systemd will be Debian’s default init system for Linux distributions, an init system soon to be used by every other major Linux distribution other than Ubuntu.

Systemd Init System In Debian Jessie – Democratic Decision or unCivil War?

This brief summary hides all the details of the angry words, posturing, taking sides, beating up on people and calling for a ban on an individual member and replacing the chairman… Such drama. I wonder if there will be a movie? I think we should just live with the decision and move forward.

Spotify uses Debian, endorses systemd instead of Upstart as default

Debian is considering between Upstart and systemd – two competing daemons. While Upstart was developed solely by Canonical, systemd was developed by contributors from different distributions (edited, thanks to Jos Poortvliet).

Init wars: Debian inclining towards upstart

More than a month and a half after Debian project leader Lucas Nussbaum asked the technical committee to decide on the default init system for the next release, Jessie, the question still continues to be debated.

Using cloud to rebuild Debian

Making sure that all packages are of necessary quality is hard work. That’s why there is freeze before releasing new Debian to make sure that there are no known release critical bugs.

Debian-based SteamOS. Wait… what? Debian? SRSLY?

A few days ago, several sources reported that SteamOS, the long-announced game-oriented OS has been released by Valve. Steam is a gaming platform currently available for Ubuntu, and it has been a major reason of advertising for the Ubuntu community. Actually, SteamOS was expected to be built on top of Ubuntu itself.

Debian PVHVM vs PV

This time, it’s not a news about Xen Orchestra, but a benchmark of virtualization mode: PVHVM vs PV. When I saw the numbers from Rackspace, well… I choose to do my own tests here, despite it’s in other context (small test lab). We’ll (re)explain concepts first, then our test protocol and at least the results.

Debian is threatening to switch their default DE to XFCE if Gnome 3 doesn’t bring back a “more comfortable” interface for Gnome 2 users.

In a Debian GIT commit post Sunday, it was announced that they will again review XFCE as a promising option to replace Gnome 3 in the famous Linux distro.

Debian To Switch To Systemd Or Upstart

Debian developers have been in a very polarized discussion recently about replacing their default SysVinit system with a more modern init system; namely, Debian developers are evaluating whether to use systemd or Upstart.

I miss Debian tools

It is nearly two months since I switched from Debian/Ubuntu to Fedora/RHEL. And I start to miss Debian tools… Under Debian (which also means derivatives like Ubuntu) I used simple set of tools and I have found their Fedora replacements:

Bonus: D is for Debian

About six months ago I scoured an ancient Debian package-a-day web site for all its fruit (with bew, if you must know), and came up with a long list of applications … some text-only, some graphical.

Writing a Book Using Debian GNU/Linux

The world discovered that sharing works well in information processing and millions of developers and thousands of corporations now contribute to this ecosystem which has spawned hundreds of distributions of GNU/Linux such as Debian GNU/Linux and Ubuntu GNU/Linux and Linux-based Android/Linux which runs on everything from desktop PCs to lawnmowers.

BeagleBone Black: Now Running Debian 8.0 (Jessie) with Xfce4 on the eMMC

Yesterday, after bombing my Ubuntu 13.10 (Saucy Salamander) installation on my BeagleBone Black’s eMMC, I decided to do my best in getting Debian 8.0 to work with latest Linux Kernel and go a step further, run the Xfce Desktop Environment. The result is, sort of a usable system, however, my eMMC is almost out of […]

The Debian OpenSSL Bug: Backdoor or Security Accident?

So was this problem a backdoor, purposefully introduced? It seems unlikely. The maintainer who made the change, Kurt Roeckx, was later made Secretary of the Debian Project, suggesting that he’s a real and trustworthy person and probably not a fake identity made up by the NSA to insert a vulnerability.

No distro diva drama here: Penguinista favourite Debian turns 20

Today Debian marks a milestone not many pieces of software last long enough to see: its 20-year anniversary. And it has achieved all this without the continued presence of its founder driving the show in the way that Linus Torvalds drives Linux, and despite delayed releases and public spats. But that isn’t even the best […]

Debian GNU/Linux Displaces Ubuntu GNU/Linux In Page Hits

Last week, evolution caught up with the Ubuntu juggernaut. After jerking people around with Unity, WaylandMir, and generally annoying lovers of Free Software with top-down stuff, Canonical drove more people to take a look at installing Debian GNU/Linux as suggested by the page-hit ratings on Distrowatch. That puts Debian GNU/Linux in #2 after Mint

Debian Wheezy vs Intel 4965AGN: flop-flop

Installing Debian may be a trivial task for someone. It has never been so easy for me. To start with, my first attempt to install it failed epically. Installation of Debian 6.0 Squeeze without a network connection was a serious mistake. Has installation improved in Debian 7.0? It was my task to study this.

If you run Linux, you can run Debian. At least give it a try

I’m not a big advocate for one Linux distribution over another. Or maybe I’m fooling myself. I pretty much run Debian GNU/Linux (as it’s officially known) on just about anything. But what I run day to day on my main machine is Debian. Right now that means Wheezy, currently the Testing distribution, which I upgraded […]

Comparing packaging workflows in Debian and beyond

Given the rise of collaboration, through collab-maint and packaging teams, it is more important than ever that workflows and tools are easily understood and documented. This lets new contributors (including people new to Debian) jump in more quickly and with less risk of disruption.

Debian: A SpeedBump on the Road to Innovation

I’ve watched the progress of Linux over quite some time and can’t help but conclude that development in the Debian community has become dogmatic, stodgy, and held back for no other reason than pure politics and control issues.

Debian Wheezy released, no support for secure boot

The Debian GNU/Linux project released version 7.0 of its well-known Linux distribution on May 4, two years and three months after the last version came out.

Debian Linux on a PowerMac 7200

Those of us that run Linux on a modern or nearly-modern PC know that it’s a capable operating system. It’s also (at least in my case with Ubuntu) extremely easy to install on a semi-modern computer. On a mid-90s era PowerMac 7200, things aren’t quite so simple.

Open source principles influence Debian’s new trademark policy

The Debian Project, which oversees the development and distribution of free and open source operating system Debian, recently released a new trademark policy (which can be viewed here) which enables third parties to use its marks freely for commercial purposes. While such a laissez-faire approach could be seen as risky, it also presents an opportunity […]

Debian Is Still Being Made To Build With LLVM/Clang

Debian developers are still working on making the operating system compiler agnostic so that its packages can be built with LLVM/Clang and other compilers rather than continuing in a monogamist relationship with GCC.

Debian guru’s plea for sane computing future

When Bdale Garbee talks about the future of the Linux desktop, it is not so much a visionary view as a view of how he would like computing to evolve.

Why I’m Leaving Ubuntu for Debian

I’ve been using Ubuntu as my primary operating system since 2005. Back then it was truly amazing. Before I started using Ubuntu I tried out Red Hat, Mandrake (and later Mandriva), Slackware, Gentoo, and even Debian. In all of them, something didn’t work. Usually it was wifi, but sometimes it was audio or video, or […]

E17 Yanked From Debian 7.0 (Wheezy)

I picked a bad time to rebuild my laptop this week. I’ve been tracking Debian 7.0 (Wheezy) since it was frozen and using Enlightenment 0.17 (E17) for yonks. When I rebuilt my laptop, E17 was no longer available. The reason for the removal is essentially a result of the good news that a stable version […]

wiki.debian.org security breach

The Debian Security Team recently issued Debian Security Announcement 2593-1 [1] regarding the ‘moin’ package [2] and a remote arbitrary code execution vulnerability in the twikidraw / anywikidraw components. Debian’s wiki [3] is implemented using ‘moin’ and includes support for the twikidraw component.

Debian on mobile devices

It is possible to put Debian on smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S: Find a friendly Android distro that supports your device, install it with fastboot or heimdall and play around.

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