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Old 30. Dec 2017, 05:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default I entered the Void.

Some of you might be surprised, but I actually have a Linux laptop currently. The problem was that one of my newer machines has a WiFi chipset that's not supported on BSD/Solaris.

I had very few requirements for that: I'd prefer a system that
  • comes without systemd (even with NixOS being an adorable systemd distribution, I was not interested in sharing the mostly negative experiences of other people),
  • has a decent set of available packages and a package manager that is sophisticated enough to get out of my way,
  • is unlikely to be abandoned soon (the systemd fiasco sew quite some one-hit wonders; Devuan, anyone?),
  • comes with a small base set of applications (I mostly know what I need and I usually don't need more than that),
  • is not based on Slackware (I naturally tried Slackware first, but it could not handly my touchpad - don't ask me why).

That left me in the end with one choice: Void Linux.

I decided to install the musl variation of Void Linux because I always wanted to have a good excuse to try how musl performs on an actual machine. I failed to install it in UEFI mode ("No bootable device", I guess I'll blame Acer), but good old legacy boot still works wonders.

Void Linux is lovely: No systemd, bleeding-edge software, a decent set of available packages, no preinstalled bloat (I chose the base installation, not sure about the desktop spins) and - whyever - a working touchpad with two keys on X. The only issues I found were a missing ed(1) (seriously, why do people think that something as small and essential like ed should be packaged externally?) and missing dependencies for a very small subset of the applications I intended to use.

Now Void Linux is really different: No crontab, no iwconfig and the fastest boot I've witnessed on any machine I own. runit seems to be worth being read about. So, well, I'm back on Linux again, at least until FreeBSD 12. I'll try to enjoy the time, I promise.
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Another one bites the dust but not to worry there will be 99 new distros setting up next week.
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And that is the problem with Linux in my opinion;
There are far too many home grown variations that nearly work. If the same effort was put into fine tuning a few of the better ones, maybe Linux could get a bigger share of the market.
I do not count heavily commercial versions like RH among the better ones.
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And that is the problem with Linux in my opinion;
There are far too many home grown variations that nearly work. If the same effort was put into fine tuning a few of the better ones, maybe Linux could get a bigger share of the market.
I do not count heavily commercial versions like RH among the better ones.
Linux will never gain a bigger percentage of the market unless they can compete with the marketing budget of Microsoft or Apple and this is never going to happen.

Linux also suffers from inconsistency in that one release might be excellent followed by a bug-ridden replacement. Worse still you can have for example the main release of Zorin (Gnome) which is garbage whereas the 'lite' version (Xfce) is superb. Same applies to other distros that offer alterative DE's.

Even so, there are plenty of distros with a long track record that will serve home users without breaking and any issues that do arise can normally be quickly resolved via the forums.

Certainly for its market share the Linux world is severely overpopulated with choice. This makes finding something suitable confusing and time consuming, but still worth the effort.
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