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+ - Removing libsystemd0 from a live-running Debian system-> 1

Submitted by lkcl
lkcl (517947) writes "The introduction of systemd has unilaterally created a polarisation of the GNU/Linux community that is remarkably similar to the monopolistic power position wielded by Microsoft in the late 1990s. Choices were stark: use Windows (with SMB/CIFS Services), or use UNIX (with NFS and NIS). Only the introduction of fully-compatible reverse-engineered NT Domains services corrected the situation. Instructions on how to remove systemd include dire warnings that "all dependent packages will be removed", rendering a normal Debian Desktop system flat-out impossible to achieve. It was therefore necessary to demonstrate that it is actually possible to run a Debian Desktop GUI system (albeit an unusual one: fvwm) with libsystemd0 removed. The reason for doing so: it doesn't matter how good systemd is believed to be or in fact actually is: the reason for removing it is, apart from the alarm at how extensive systemd is becoming (including interfering with firewall rules), it's the way that it's been introduced in a blatantly cavalier fashion as a polarised all-or-nothing option, forcing people to consider abandoning the GNU/Linux of their choice and to seriously consider using FreeBSD or any other distro that properly respects the Software Freedom principle of the right to choose what software to run. We aren't all "good at coding", or paid to work on Software Libre: that means that those people who are need to be much more responsible, and to start — finally — to listen to what people are saying. Developing a thick skin is a good way to abdicate responsibility and, as a result, place people into untenable positions."
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+ - Another community gets split by systemd: Devuan is "forking" Debian->

Submitted by jaromil
jaromil (104349) writes "The so called "Veteran Unix Admin" collective announces that the "fork" of Debian will proceed as a result of the recent systemd debacle. The reasons put forward are not just technical, included is a letter of endorsement by Debian Developer Roger Leigh mentioning that "people rely on Debian for their jobs and businesses, their research and their hobbies. It's not a playground for such radical experimentation."
The fork is called "Devuan", pronounced "DevOne". A website is up on https://devuan.org/ with more information."

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Comment: <markdown> markup in HTML (Score 1) 204

by jaromil (#45182675) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Do You Use Markdown and Pandoc?
shamelessly putting forward a young project of mine but look, here I'm using markdown (piped to anything, pandoc works fine) inside HTML documents and in multiple blocks throught the document.
webnomad is a minimal implementation to use <markdown> </markdown>inside a plain html and bootstrap styled website. I hope this inspires someone. I'd advocate for markup tags inside HTML6 eheh

Comment: You are not alone (Score 4, Insightful) 53

by jaromil (#41500647) Attached to: Computer History Museum Gets the Attention It Deserves
Right on!
FYI Another "Working Computer Museum" up since about 15 years in Palazzolo Acreide, Sicily, nearby Siracusa,
privately run by volunteers and collectors: http://museum.dyne.org/
(website in Italian and some english, remote access to computers offered via telnet and ssh)
Definitely the way to go. Wait another 20 years and we'll all be establishment :^)
Bitcoin

+ - The Bitcoin conference this weekend in London->

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jaromil
jaromil writes "The 2nd Bitcoin conference is taking place in the City of London next weekend. No live-stream planned, but video recordings of several talks will be published on-line. The line-up of speakers includes RMS, TV host Max Keiser, Icelandic MEP Birgitta Jónsdóttir and several Bitcoin developers."
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+ - Inside Amazon's Warehouse->

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jaromil
jaromil writes "The Morning Call interviewed 20 current and former Amazon warehouse workers who offered a behind-the-scenes glimpse of what it's like to work in there. This investigative journalism piece debunks some frightening aspects on labor conditions for the IT business corporation, "They're killing people mentally and phisically" an ex-worker declared."
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GNU is Not Unix

+ - dyne:bolic 3.0.0 "MUNIR" released-> 1

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jaromil
jaromil writes "We've hit slashdot for more reasons than a simple release in the past, yet it might be worth to know that, after 5 years of inactivity, a new development campaign has started for dyne:bolic GNU/Linux, one of the earliest 100% free distributions vetted by the FSF. As it was for dyne:II there will be new and unseen "LiveOS" features coming out during the dyne:III development cycle which should last 3 or 4 years from now. There is a shiny new website to document them and here is the release announcement. Ciao."
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Debian

+ - Debian 6 out now->

Submitted by jaromil
jaromil (104349) writes "Debian/GNU comes with Linux and FreeBSD kernels and is developed by a huge yet coordinated amount of people: it is much more than an operating system, it is a universe :) indeed, that's also what says Debian's brand new website.
Hacker crowds across the planet are now joining a global standing ovation clapping hands in front of screens, do it and join the online sensation now! but be careful in case you are reading this on your handheld: don't let it drop in enthusiasm!"

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+ - Charter for Innovation, Creativity and A2K->

Submitted by sTeF
sTeF (8952) writes "More than 100 specialists from 20 different countries participated last week in the Culture Forum of Barcelona and created an international coalition to urge respect for the civil rights of citizens and artists in the digital era.
The Charter will be presented to more than 1000 political institutions and governments, including WIPO, the Obama administration, the European Commission and many national governments. Some of these organizations have already shown an interest in listening to the demands. Representatives of the European Commission and official observers from the Brazilian Ministry of Culture, among others, were present during the approval of the Charter."

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