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Jokes / Funny, But SOOOO TRUE!
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Linux Help, News and Information / SysVInit vs SystemD
« on: November 29, 2021, 11:59:16 PM »
OK, folks. Let's warm this place up a bit...

I'm sure most of you who've spent any time with GNU/Linux this past few years are aware of the raging debate over the use of SystemD in a large majority of the distributions out there these days. I'm going to post my take on this here. Feel free to jump into the fire pit, if you dare. Be nice, though! :)


There is this old init system in GNU/Linux called SysVinit. It's a very simple method of using plain text files along with permissions to instruct an operating system to start/stop certain applications and background functions, and who can and cannot manipulate these things.

It is easily understood and easily manipulated. You just edit the text files and/or edit their permissions to achieve your goals with regards to how you want your system to run. Pretty clear and easy so far, huh?

OK, there's this newer kid on the block created by a very smart fellow named Lennart Poettering. I'm not going to get to technical here because I don't have the brain that Mr. Poettering has and couldn't really explain it to you that well.

That being said, though, SystemD has become THE init system in nearly 99% of all GNU/Linux distributions. Some love it; others HATE it. Here's what I think about it...

I was playing around with SystemD in Arch Linux long before most anyone had ever heard of it. I thought it was neat, efficient, and easily manipulated to achieve those same system goals that I mention above. I do NOT believe that SystemD is a cancerous, insidious infection in your GNU/Linux distribution put there by aliens who intend to invade the Earth and herd all humanity into pens and fields where they'll be fattened up to feed our new masters.

My one and only dislike of SystemD is that it's MUCH more complicated than it needs to be. It violates the old UNIX rule of KISS (keep it simple, stupid). Why use a system that is extremely complicated to achieve something that can be done just as efficiently and much more understandably with a simpler method?

I've learned from LIFE experience -- yes, it's one of the good things about aging -- that simpler is most definitely better. I can use my old 1982 Chevrolet pick up truck as an example. When I go out there and turn the key in that truck's ignition, if it doesn't start, there's NOTHING that can be causing it that I cannot troubleshoot and repair myself. I don't need a Masters Degree in any field to do this. Compare this to your average newer vehicle. They've become SO complicated to fix and repair that auto mechanics now actually need to be electronic engineers to work on these cars/trucks. Yet, my ol' truck still gets me from A to B just like those spiffy, overpriced Frankenvehicles.

See my point? Simple is gooder. I've said my piece. I'll leave you with this:


If you folks here at Landzdown would like to liven up your posts a bit, I've just now found that the icons from this site --> work perfectly well here! Just Copy/Paste. 👍

Have fun! 😜

Linux Help, News and Information / Show Us Your GNU/Linux Desktop
« on: November 29, 2021, 09:57:21 PM »
This is a thread that we've had a lot of fun with over the years at Scot's Newsletter Forums. It's the place where you can post screenshots of your desktop setup. It's like looking at someone's actual desk/work area. It tells you something about people by the way the set things up. ;)

This screenshot here is the very first one I posted at Scot's in 2007...

And this one is the one I have on my system at the moment. You'll notice that there hasn't been much change in my setup for the last 14 years or so. ;)

Have fun with it, folks!

Linux Help, News and Information / Trouble at Scot's?
« on: November 27, 2021, 10:21:28 PM »
I noticed some PM notifications from you and Roger in my email a few moments ago, Josh, but when I try to go to Scot's I'm getting a weird error page:

An error occurred (500 Error)

We're sorry, but a temporary technical error has occurred which means we cannot display this site right now.

Access denied for user 'phineas_forums'@'localhost' to database 'phineas_forums'

You can try again by clicking the button below, or try again later.

Can you or Corrine access it?

Linux Help, News and Information / Lest We Forget...
« on: November 25, 2021, 08:56:40 PM »
...from whence we came, and to whom we owe so much...

Scot Finnie!

Bruno's Classroom / Tips for Linux Explorers
« on: November 23, 2021, 10:30:36 PM »
Hi, friends...

This link below is for Bruno Knaapen's Tips page that his family has kindly promised to keep online for as long as possible. The tips themselves are somewhat dated and obsolescent in certain ways, but there is still quite a bit of useful information for folks just starting out or for Linux vets. Hope you find something useful.

Bruno's Tips for Linux Explorers

Linux Help, News and Information / There Once Was a Man Called Bruno*
« on: November 23, 2021, 10:15:22 PM »
…he was my friend.

I never shook his hand. I never heard his voice. I never even saw a photograph of him. My only visual connection with Bruno was his avatar that he used everywhere online. Yet, he was my friend. He was a friend to many. He was a mentor and teacher to even more.

Bruno Knaapen of Amsterdam was a graphic artist by trade, but his first love was Linux. He was particularly enamored with Mandriva, for its ease of use; and Slackware, for its legendary stability. As far as I know, Bruno was self-taught. I don’t believe he had any formal training in Linux, yet he was a guru by any definition of that geek compliment. If Bruno didn’t know the answer to someone’s query, he would make it his mission to find the answer.

He learned by teaching and taught by example. He ran numerous machines with numerous distributions of Linux installed on them. He experimented and tinkered continuously. He learned. He then passed his learning and experience on to anyone who asked. Bruno was probably the most selfless individual I have ever met. He seemed to thrive on teaching others what he knew.

On a cool Saturday morning earlier this year, Bruno died in his home surrounded by his loved ones. He had been diagnosed just a few weeks previously with terminal cancer. He was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to say good bye to his family and friends. Most folks don’t get that option. I was very fortunate to have spent a month’s worth of late evenings/early mornings chatting with Bruno via email before he died. I saved every one of those emails.

It’s only fitting that the very first post that I write here in this blog regarding Linux be about Bruno, the man who taught me a large portion of what I know about that topic. He was my friend. I miss him.

Until next time…


*This article was the first article I wrote on my old Nocturnal Slacker (@Lockergnome) blog. I wanted to make it my first article on this new blog also. Thank you, Bruno… for teaching us many things; not just Linux. 🙂

For folks here at Landzdown Forum who may not know who Bruno was, this will give you a brief intro to this man. ~E.

Linux Help, News and Information / Bruno's Prime Directive
« on: November 23, 2021, 10:03:55 PM »
This post was one of the introductory posts at Scot's Newsletter Forums - Bruno's All Things Linux. I think it would be appropriate if it lived on in this new place. Originally posted by me on 6 November 2010.

When I first came to BATL (then known as ATL), my first impression was of how the people on this forum were so extremely helpful and patient with a dolt like myself. I was used to nasty support boards where RTFM was a common response to folks seeking assistance. I've been here regularly for over 4 years now. I've never seen anyone lose patience or treat another poster with disdain or snobbishness. That's impressive!

Do any of you know why it's like that here? I can tell you... his name was Bruno. He was always the guiding light in this area of Scot's Newsletter Forums; and his guidance spilled over into the rest of this place, making it a wholesome, friendly learning environment. His vision was of a place where NO ONE should be afraid to ask even the simplest question, where NO ONE would ever be criticized for the choices of operating systems or applications, where NO ONE would fear being teased or demeaned. In other words, a safe haven for those seeking knowledge and friendship.

We, in order to carry on Bruno's vision, must remember these things. We MUST remember what this place is all about. We must remember that we set an example for others. We must continue to be helpful, kind, considerate of others' choices and methods. We must remember that this forum is about Linux, all things thereof. We each have our favorites. We each have our own ways of doing things. We must respect the choices and methods of others.

Even Bruno had his opinions about things. He knew that to maintain the environment most conducive to learning and assistance, he had to keep his opinions to himself at times. We want NO fanboys here at BATL. We want NO snobbish egg heads looking down upon less knowledgeable members. We will tolerate NO ill treatment of other members anywhere at Scot's.

When you log back in the next time, remember Bruno's dream. Try to keep BATL the place that I found it to be back when I first came here. Were it not for Bruno and many of you still out here, I would never have learned the things I have nor accomplished the things that I did. A new Linux Explorer needs to know that our PRIME DIRECTIVE here at Bruno's All Things Linux is to assist them to learn and gain the knowledge they seek to accomplish their own goals in Linux.

That's what it's all about, folks. Let's not forget.



I'd like to also say here at the new Landzdown Forum - Bruno's All Things Linux that we very much appreciate the opportunity to continue on with Bruno's dream in this place. We hope to become an asset to Landzdown Forum and all of its members, whether they be interested in GNU/LInux or not. We would also like to assure the Landzdown folks that we intend to follow ALL Landzdown rules and traditions. Thank you to the owners of Landzdown and, particularly, my fellow Admin at Scot's Newsletter Forums for many years, Corrine for making this happen. ~E.


Meet & Greet! / Hello, Friends!
« on: November 23, 2021, 05:57:26 PM »
Greetings Landzdowners...

I'm new here.... sort of. Even though I have never signed in here before, I have followed many items on this forum in the past. The time has come, though, for me to come out of the shadows...

My name is V. T. Eric Layton. I'm a refugee, one of a few who will probably be popping up here soon, from Scot's Newsletter Forums. I am an Admin there, for the time being. 

I'm not too techie or interested in computers and computering as much as I was in times past. I've gotten old. Nowadays, I'm just happy that the soul-sucking box here on my desk actually came on when I pressed that button in front.

My actual career field in my younger days was electronics service (component level) on RF Communications and Audio equipment (commercial and consumer). As many of you may know, that career field went the way of the Dodo quite a few years ago. These days, I'm semi-retired (sans income).

You'll find this out eventually, but I'm not a big fan of MS Windows. I'll try to be nice. ;) I've run Slackware Linux for nearly 20 years now, so if anyone has any Linux issues, I may be able to help out a bit.

Anyway, it's nice to be here. Thanks to Corrine for the invitation. I'm going to suggest that other folks from Scot's come this way, too. We're looking for a place where we can still keep in touch on a regular basis. Of course, making new friends will be good, too. :)

Have a great day!



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