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Messages - V.T. Eric Layton

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Linux Help, News and Information / Re: Show Us Your GNU/Linux Desktop
« on: December 01, 2021, 03:44:11 PM »
It says that you're a techie fellow who really likes monitors. ;)

Borrowed from Scot's -->

Meet & Greet! / Re: Greetings All
« on: November 30, 2021, 03:34:22 PM »
Howdy, Ray! :)

Linux Help, News and Information / Re: SysVInit vs SystemD
« on: November 30, 2021, 03:33:37 PM »
...but I can't say the same about Lennart's other masterpiece - Pulse Audio. That may get replaced eventually...

BAHAHAHA! That's a whole 'nother bag o' taters there. I agree with you completely. I am, to put it mildly, not particularly enamored with PulseAudio. There is a method for eliminating it completely and returning to ALSA in Slackware, but I've become lazy in my old age, so I haven't done that yet. I was waiting for the next stable release (15 - coming soon) from Pat V. before I make this modification to my Slackware.

As you say, though... we'll see.

Meet & Greet! / Re: Welcome SueD!
« on: November 30, 2021, 03:29:09 PM »
YAY! Long time, no seeum.. Sue. I guess Ray got ahold of you after we talked about you last night. :)

Linux Help, News and Information / Re: Major Geeks Linux Perspective
« on: November 30, 2021, 03:27:54 PM »
Yes, Live versions are the way to go for new Linux Adventurers. That's for sure. That first Ubuntu disk I stuck in the slot on my machine in '06 was a Live version. I had it up and running for about 5 minutes. I liked what I saw. I installed it immediately thereafter. ;)

Linux Help, News and Information / Re: Lest We Forget...
« on: November 30, 2021, 03:25:19 PM »
Squeak... Beep... Beep... Dingle-dingle... Screech... Squeal...

Ah... dial-up. I remember it well. Fortunately, I progressed to DSL pretty quickly once it became available in my area. It was BLAZING fast at 3Mbs down/1Mbs up. I sit here and laugh as I compare it to my current FIOS speeds of 50Mbs/50Mbs.

Meet & Greet! / Re: Welcome striker!
« on: November 30, 2021, 03:20:53 PM »
YAY! Striker! YAY! 👍

Linux Help, News and Information / Re: There Once Was a Man Called Bruno*
« on: November 30, 2021, 03:20:10 PM »
Ah... the memories. :)

Linux Help, News and Information / Re: Trouble at Scot's?
« on: November 30, 2021, 03:17:50 PM »
You're an oldie that I'm very glad to see here! Hope all is well with you and yours, Striker! :)


Jokes / Re: Funny, But SOOOO TRUE!
« on: November 30, 2021, 03:15:33 PM »
That is spot on!  👍

Yes, sadly.

Meet & Greet! / Re: Welcome, Hedon James
« on: November 30, 2021, 03:14:03 PM »
Howdy, HJ! :)

Jokes / Funny, But SOOOO TRUE!
« on: November 30, 2021, 12:07:03 AM »

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:


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