Ethics, Integrity, and Debian

The below post, as well as the one prior, was posted (by me) at the VSIDO forums on a thread there debating the direction Debian should go with a new init system.  (I’ve made that a direct link to the thread in question)  As this vote gets nearer, it is time for some alarm in the Linux community, and everyone should in some way try to make their voice heard.  This is my way.  It isn’t meant to offend anyone, truly.  This is a serious issue that is about to happen and Debian should know how we feel about it.


Wow.  What can I say that statmonkey hasn’t?  Not much if anything at all…

At around the 40 minute mark in the first video posted above, when Steve Langasek starts in with the “what’s up with Debian and licensing”, I definitely threw in the towel on Upstart.  Not that I hadn’t already, but when Canonical starts telling dev’s to send in their work, and don’t bother signing the CLA, and see what happens, that was it for me.  I had read in a couple of different places on the net where some of Ian’s (Ian Jackson, former Canonical/Ubuntu dev) posts sounded like he was going to go for Upstart.  I have to say after watching the above, that I don’t think you can read more

Debian Decides; systemd vs. Upstart

OK, my .00002 cents worth. (sorry for the lengthyness of this post, it touched a nerve maybe or something close)
First, what is the problem with sysvinit?  OK, so systemd will do a complete userspace boot-up in 900ms.  So what?  Having personally tried systemd with VSIDO, I saw no ‘great’ benefits. OTOH, I have never tried Upstart.  (does using Upstart mean using Mir/Unity?)
Second, when you mention Upstart, all that I can think of is “we’re Shuttleworth’d”…
And third, why do we have to have one, or the other?  There are multiple choices now.  (As Digit so aptly mentions above)

Back to boot speeds, I read one posters comment, (on one of the other forums) and I’m paraphrasing here, if my system takes 3 to 5 minutes to boot, but once booted it remains solid and has no issues, then I don’t care.  Personally I think that the boot speeds that most people are talking about these days have more to do, generically, with UEFI than systemd. (yes, I know systemd drastically can reduce boot times, and have seen that with my own eyes) But, UEFI passes the boot off from the BIOS (read; slow) and directly to hardware, which, if your using an SSD, can seem instantaneous.  So, in a server environment, IMO, boot speeds tend to be irrelevant.  On a desktop (laptop) this becomes even more irrelevant. (unless of course, your James Bond, the earth is getting ready to explode, and you have to save the read more

VSIDO 3 Codename: savant-hakerdefo

VSIDO 3 Now Available


That’s right, just when you thought it couldn’t get any better!  Version 3 released this week, unveiling a slightly new direction for VSIDO.  Now a Fluxbox only distro, a smaller LiveUSB image coming in at 412mb just in case you rather have the LiveCD version.  For those that are unaware, using a LiveUSB can speed up an install by at least a factor of 10 and is as easy to make as a LiveCD.

The total install once completed averages around 1.6Gb’s of space.  Memory resources are also at an all time low.

This build, like it’s predecessors in the past has all the apps and tools at your disposal to be up and productive in less than 4 minutes.  That is read more

More desktop play…

Nov13Playing around some more with my desktop.  Still a little tweaking to do.  Running VSIDO Raptor, based on Debian SID.  VSIDO is so fun to play with I’ve given up sleep!  You have to try it out!  Get it at! read more

Available immediately, VSIDO II Velociraptor

Available today, as of 2:00 pm, is VSIDO II Velociraptor. On Jan 17th this year, VastOne, aka, Terry Ganus released “the Kraken”, better known as VSIDO Linux. It has been a smashing success! Terry has essentially brought SID to a place, where any user, can reliably count on it as their main desktop OS. SID is known in the Debian world as the “Unstable” step brother to Debian’s ‘current’ stable release, Debian 7.0, codename Wheezy. (Many Linux designers have a ‘codename’, which in Debian’s case is always referenced to a “Toy Story” character from the children’s film. Sid is the angry next door neighbor kid who is mentally unhinged. The current stable release is Wheezy, the penguin from “Toy Story 2” with ‘Jessie’ being the name of Wheezy’s successor) SID would be better described, (and Debian would be better served) if they changed this moniker from “Unstable” to “Rolling Release”. Not quite the bleeding edge of Linux, it will always be up-to-date, as well as have the latest packages available to it. But, this article isn’t about Debian or SID as read more