Why Not Devuan?

So in my last posting I wrote about replacing Linux Lite with antiX, addressing the “political Linux” concerns and my apparent hypocrisy in choosing antiX.

The expected question I never got, surprisingly, was why don’t you just use Devuan instead of antiX?

It’s a good question even though no one ever asked me. On the interwebz the question is asked once in a while among those who favor the non-systemd distros. And the usual answer is that Devuan is much better. Plus the default desktop in Devuan is Xfce, my most favoritest and the bestest, most wonderfulest and awesomeful desktop environment in the history of ever. In antiX the desktop is a choice among window managers that doesn’t even include the best of them, which in my opinion is Openbox.

My answer is that I want to the supercool tools found in antiX and MX-Linux, to include the USB-formatter, ISO-maker and other wicked-kewl tools.

If there’s a way to get those on Devuan instead of using antiX, I’ll sure as heck do so. Do I just add MX-Linux repositories to Devuan or what? Remember I suffer from moderate-to-severe technophobia, so don’t make the answer (hopefully in a comment) all complicated and technical.

Thanks!

Goodbye Linux Lite

It was fun while it lasted, and I considered Linux Lite to be the best distro for new Linux users, especially those coming from Windows. But the last straw, one of many, is the default browser in the new Linux Lite 6 series. The new default browser is now Google Chrome.

Linux attracts many Windows users because, among other reasons they want to get away from evil big tech companies like Microsoft that spy on them and are back doors to tracking, data mining, and marketing. So they find Linux and then – Google?! No thanks.

So many reasons to ditch this once-favorite distro:

1. – It’s Ubuntu base: Ubuntu has gone off the freaking rails with it’s default software management becoming snap instead of apt!

2. – Systemd: Yes, I know, this an old debate and doesn’t matter to most users at all. But systemd becomes huge and invasive over even short periods of time. I put up with it because Linux Lite offers “Lite Tweaks” which lets you delete those crazy huge systemd logs in a couple of clicks, which I did regularly to keep my hard drive from filling up. In Debian and Ubuntu you can limit the size of those logs by editing etc/systemd/journald.config. Add a line “systemMaxUse=100M” save file, then sudo systemctl daemon- reload and reboot. Thereafter systemd logs will not get so outrageously large and fill up your disk space. But still, GEEZ man, systemd regulates every single process at every moment and records everything. It even needs it’s own password? What’s up with that? Nah, no thank you, there are still plenty of systemd-free OSes in Linuxland.

3. – Linux Lite “targets” Windows users now more than ever. But they do it by making Linux Lite as much like Windows as possible. What the heck, man? If I wanted Windows I’d just use Windows! I want my new OS to be as far from Windows-like as possible as long as it remains point-and-click simple. But for cry’n out loud, not just like the one I’m ditching. But hey, that’s just me.

4. – Supposedly made to be easy on older hardware, there is no 32-bit option available anymore.

So what is my chosen alternative?

This oughtta surprise you, it’s antiX! WHAT?!? After all that stuff you wrote about how much you hate political Linux? Robin, you’re a hypocrite!

Okay, lemme ‘splain myself here. Bear with me. The big issues with antiX were and are:

1. – Those evil, horrible, terrible bookmarks! And

2. – It’s developer is an anti capitalist.

As for the bookmarks, they all appear in a single folder in Firefox Bookmarks called “anticapitalista.” No one knocks on your door and compels you at gunpoint to click on them. Simply delete that folder and problem solved. It has been a long-standing tradition for developers to include bookmarks in their browsers anyway. Don’t like ’em? Delete ’em. As for the developer, so what? He doesn’t distribute antiX only to those who share his political views and forbid capitalists from using it. I can keep my Stars and Stripes flying and my MAGA hat on my head without causing my operating system to convert me to atheism, communism, or any other ism. Besides, think about this now: What better way to to express anti-anti-capitalism than by exploiting an anti-capitalist’s product and then using it to promote capitalism if I want to, right?

Why antiX and not MX-Linux? I thought you were an Xfce fanboy!

Simply because antiX does not contain any systemd code whatsoever. Sure I’m an Xfce fanboy and have been for a really long time. But adding Xfce to antiX, which – unlike Gnome and unlike MX-Linux – does not require systemd “as a dependency.” Why “have” systemd “as a dependency” if the OS doesn’t use systemd for anything? “It’s in there but the OS doesn’t use it” never made sense to me. I’m not sure what software MX-Linux has that needs systemd “as a dependency,” but antiX has all the coolest MX-tools without any need for space-wasting bloat that the OS doesn’t use.

Again, I know systemd doesn’t matter to most desktop Linux users one way or the other. But you gotta admit it’s a nuisance, and a huge consumer of disk space and processing power. Just like Windows, by the way, which also uses systemd. And like I said, I want an OS to be as little like Windows as possible.

As the tide goes out at Mozilla, they now run full page Disney ads on their Web site.

Yet another reason NOT to use Mozilla stuff

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Mozilla is now running full screen ads for Disney movies.

It gets worse. At the bottom of the page it has “stickers”, including one that says “I love Indie Tech”.

Yes, Firefox is very Indie. They rely on $500 million search deals with Google for 90% of their funding, and put ads, crapware, and alerts for a VPN that they rebranded into the browser, and they license DRM software….from Google, which you are obviously not allowed to have source code for, and which is impossible to license if you actually are an independent Web browser.

(I don’t even think that LibreWolf got a license from Google for Widevine. I think they just lie and download it claiming to be Firefox.)

Very Indie.

But what could possibly be more Indie and more Open Web than to run ads for a company like Disney, which says that copyright should run forever, has…

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#EvangelicalsForBiden sexual harassment scandal at Christianity Today

Don’t let names fool you!

WINTERY KNIGHT

Friend of the blog “Wintery’s Friend” sent me news about this breaking scandal. Although some of you may remember the days when Christianity Today was still Christian, they’ve lurched far to the left in recent years. No one conservative posts there or reads it anymore. But now news is emerging about the hypocrisy of CT. In public, they embraced feminism. But in private, something else.

Here’s the story the Washington Times:

Two top executives of evangelical magazine Christianity Today committed “unchecked” sexual harassment of colleagues over the course of a dozen years, the publication said Tuesday.

Mark Galli, who was editor-in-chief of the magazine for seven years before his retirement in January 2020, was accused of multiple incidents of ”demeaning, inappropriate and offensive behavior,” in an online article by CT News Editor Daniel Silliman posted Tuesday.

In December 2019, Mr. Galli — a veteran of several editorial positions in his three decades at the Christian…

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she: “*eye-roll* whatever grandpa”

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Have you ever had a kid behind you on an airplane kicking the seat the entire flight?

answered byDariusz Scharsig, Techlead at Hess Cash Systems (2018-present)

A couple of times. And, except one time, all I needed to do was turn around and, nicely, say: “Hey, little fella, is this your first plane ride? Yeah, I get nervous too. You know what helps me? Just closing my eyes and trying to relax. Which is super hard if you kick my seat.” Usually, their parents get super embarrassed and the kid stops right there and then. No hard feelings.

This one kid though, wasn’t even a super small child, rather a teenager I’d say. She kicked my seat a couple of times. I turned around, did my routine, she: “*eye-roll* whatever grandpa” (I was only 32 at that time, anyhow)

Me: Yeah, just please don’t kick my seat. Thank…

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Stop Using Flashlight Apps

Guard your privacy!

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byJOE FEDEWA

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Flashlight apps were once a clever tool inspired by everyone having a display in their pocket. Those days are long gone, though. You shouldn’t be using flashlight apps anymore. We’ll explain why and what you should use instead.

It might be hard to believe, but camera flashes haven’t always been included on smartphones. Apple didn’t add an LED flash until the iPhone 4 in 2010. Even after it became more common for phones to include flash, iOS and Android didn’t have built-in “flashlights” for a while.

Enter flashlight apps.

What Is a Flashlight App?

There are two distinct types of flashlight apps. The first type existed primarily before phones included a flash next to the camera. These apps would simply crank up the display brightness and show a blank white screen. It was a surprisingly effective way to get some light in a dark space.

The…

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If you accept Jesus and become a Christian, will God make you happy? — WINTERY KNIGHT

This is a wonderful, wonderful post from Amy Hall, who writes for the Stand to Reason blog. She writes: I had a brief interaction with an atheist on Twitter a couple of weeks ago that unexpectedly turned to the issue of suffering when she said: You clearly never had a time you were hurt. I […]

If you accept Jesus and become a Christian, will God make you happy? — WINTERY KNIGHT

Russians, Ukrainians Take Advantage of Biden’s Free-for-All on the Southern Border as They Flee Eastern Europe – Thousands have Already Come to the US Through Mexico — The Gateway Pundit

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Ever since Biden took office, he has opened the floodgates on the US Southern Border, catching the attention of the entire world in the process.

In short, he hung a welcome sign on the door, marked the floor to direct invaders where to pick up their taxpayer-funded plane tickets, and sent them on their way with some more goodies – like hotel rooms, food, supplies, and even cash – all, again, paid for by the US taxpayer.

It’s no wonder arecord numberof people have illegally crossed the border in the past 13 months. Not to even mention the countless number of invaders who are able to sneak through undetected. This is a foreign invasion, the likes of which America has never seen.

And it’s not just people from countries south of the US, people from all over the world have been showing up in droves on America’s southern…

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