1 Year Linux Challenge: Contemplation Edition

Will do mine here soon just dont know what do to it about.
Might do mine about how linux made me understand the importance of open source and how it made linux successful


You probably know this by now, but GNU stands for "GNU is Not Unix". It's a recursive acronym. The GNU project is the Linux project. Essentially.

Looking forward to it.

I've been using Linux since about the middle of last year, so I guess I'm nearing the 1 year Linux Challenge's end this Summer.

I started with Arch linux and still use it over most other distros today, although my workstation at work is on Fedora for ease of use reasons. Not really sure if I'll write about my experience although I feel like I do have some notable things to mention that I've learned.

ive used like 5-6 years so no clue on what to do it

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I used pure Linux for about a year out of necessity. I was 14 years old, just finished building my budget Gaming PC but realized that I didn't have enough cash for Windows 7. I installed a version of Ubuntu GNOME LTS on my pure AMD gaming rig and installed as many compatible games as possible. There was a struggle with driver issues, but I eventually figured it out and had no issues being completely open-source. It also gave me some nice bragging rights to my nerdy friends. I eventually replaced it with Windows 10 for gaming but still dual boot with Ubuntu GNOME to this day.

I think one of my proudest achievements during that year of Linux gaming was after months of head bashing and blind key pressing, I finally figured out how to turn on the LED's on my keyboard (I wasn't the smartest 14-year-old.)

I think one of the issues that still hasn't been fixed is the awful drivers for AMD GPUs in Ubuntu, I spent months struggling to get my 7970 to run games at a fair FPS and still occasionally run into bugs.

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It's a joke bruv read the thread

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Ooga Booga, where the forum badges at?

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Hi, my name is SudoWolf and I'm a Linux user. Its been over 18 months and it has ruined my life and affected my family. I'm bitter toward windows users, propose everyone use with me and make bad jokes against naysayers.

TS and this forum was my catalyst to migrate away from windows. I tested many distributions and desktops to find Ubuntu Gnome to suit me best. I'm fine with using proprietary drivers and software if I have the freedom of choose alternatives. I prefer the system to be feature full and not make me or my better half struggle to watch Netflix/Hulu/prime.

Things I love:
-I have never experienced a BSOD.
-I have not experienced a system hault or kernel panic.
-Simple until I want to make things complex.
-Options abundant.

Things I hate:
-Explaining why Its better.
-Hardware incompatibilities.

I used to get flustered about lack of OEM software and games support, but I really don't care anymore. Companies build for windows because their demographic uses windows. I am no longer part of that, by choice.

Choice is the reason I use Linux.

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I think I've caught up with everyone. And added a list to the first post.

Free at distrowatch, just delete if already posted:)

I am probably just blind, but I do not find it on https://distrowatch.com or is it hidden on some subpage?

Sorry I forgot the nature of advertising

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might start working on my post.

Will end up doing a post on what linux is, why you should use it, and what good it can do to the world

Hmmm, for me it was Minix on a personal box and soon after that they put me in front of a Sun Sparc Station 5 at work, then some HP-UX boxes and MS had lost me forever :wink: Then came stuff like more Solaris, Next-/OpenStep, more HP-UX and some BSD. Sadly never some handson experience with AIX. The first Linux experience was before distros, just a BIG stack of floppy disks. First distro was SUSE and then...... well I think there are not many distros I haven't tried. But lately have been getting rather disappointed with Linux, always running after 'the next big thing' and in the meantime losing direction and sight of what makes a *nix system great, more interested in some kind bloatware that's supposed to 'fix things', but in fact is taking over the whole system(d) and what other outragious things LInus and/or Stallman have been saying. Time to get 'back' to BSD, but there also some dark clouds are looming (launchd)........ Hmmmm, Illumos anyone? Or Minix3, then I would really have gone full circle.... :smiley:

That's only OS X's init system, there's scads of others to choose from AFAIK. FreeBSD can use init, launchd or openrc currently iirc.

What do you find offensive about launchd in the first place? I'm genuinely curious.

Well, launchd is more than 'just' the init-system, like systemd it tries to be several things at once: init system, cron and others. launchd tries to do too many things, creating needless risk and complexity. This site (for example): http://blog.darknedgy.net/technology/2015/08/26/0/ explains it far better than I can :slight_smile:
NeXTBSD makes it it's default initsystem already (well, that's why they build it), so it's not just OS X anymore. I still believe in one of the foundations of *nix, have one thing do one thing and do it as good as possible and keep it simple. Granted, launchd is not nearly as intrusive as systemd and the BSD folk are usually a little more levelheaded as to jump to every new shiny thing and you're right, there you at least have the choice. I'm not saying the 'original' init system was/is so great and didn't need an 'upgrade' and personally think OpenRC is going in the right direction (that's why I'm running Calculate). There are only 2 (major) reasons I haven't switched to FreeBSD fully, font kerning in X (can't seem to get the infinality patch working) and bitperfect audio output from MPD to my USB DAC (OSS should be able to do this afaik, but OSS4 has no active maintainer at the moment and some parts/apps of OSS4 don't run properly).

I know it does a few more things on top of just init, but it's been the same few things since its inception. It's fatter than init or openrc, but it doesn't feature-creep, and has a much more sane scope than something like systemd.

As far as I know, it doesn't try to get anything to pull specific deps for it either, so it swaps with any other init (and like 3 other daemons) without fuss or major incompatibilities, and the things it replaces are all pretty closely related. I see the problems with systemd, but I really don't think the same applies here despite the superficial similarity.

Jack is in ports.

That's why I said that launchd is not as intrusive as systemd :wink: But on the other hand, there is more to launchd as what you stated. Read the article (and others) and you'll know what I mean.

AFAIK, Jack doesn't really do bitperfect either, but I have to admit I haven't spent much time with it (yet), so I could be horribly wrong here.

I did read the article. Core FreeBSD has no stated intentions of changing from init, so I don't see the harm in supporting it as an option. If you don't like it, don't use it, just like every other piece of software that doesn't come with the base system.