…That is, if you like and want Gnome stuff, like Geary, one of my e-mail favorite clients. Gnome stuff is unavailable in Slackware (and therefore unavailable in Salix). I might have switched permanently to Salix from Xubuntu if not for that, because of the systemd thing. I know, I know, before you jump all over me for having such great reservations about systemd, it’s simply this: Systemd removes a lot of choice and control from the end-user, leaving it up to developers and maintainers. So much stuff is dependent on systemd in Linux distros that have switched to it – including all the Big Ones like Debian, Ubuntu (and all it’s derivative distros like Xubu, Lubu, Kubu etc., Linux Mint), and Red Hat (Fedora and family). Slackware and it’s derivatives remain systemd-free, as does PCLinuxOS and a shrinking number of others.
So what’s this new systemd-unencumbered distro? It’s a virtual unknown called Void Linux. Not a fork, not built or derived from any other Linux distro, Void is described as “the most BSD-like Linux distribution out there.” Users describe it as superduperultramega lightning fast on even ancient hardware. It needs only 96 megabytes of RAM! Available in “flavors” from KDE and Gnome to LXDE, Xfce, LXQt, and even Enlightenment, Void Linux is a rolling-release distro that uses runit instead of systemd. It just sounds awesomely perfect for hopefully bringing my old “dead” relic back to life, if I can fix the hardware issue.
So, naturally, I’ll have to try this thing out. It’s not for beginners, probably not for technophobes either, but curiosity has got the better of me and I’ll at least experiment with the Live Xfce version, and if my hardware issue can be fixed on the old Dell, I’ll throw Void Linux on there and write about it here. Stay tuned!