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Re: [GNU-linux-libre] [ #1262331] (inactive Linux distributions)

From: Adonay Felipe Nogueira
Subject: Re: [GNU-linux-libre] [ #1262331] (inactive Linux distributions)
Date: Thu, 18 Jan 2018 00:23:26 -0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/25.3 (gnu/linux)

I recall seeing a Trisquel forum post about some BLAG 200000 Alpha
Kickstart files ([1]), it seems that forum post has the attachment which
has the files inside.

It's somewhat different/unusual for a distro to rely on the forum of
another to post its own files (:S) ... But let's consider that as OK for
now, perhaps one can still make use of the files.

[1] <>.

2018-01-17T16:46:30-0500 bill-auger wrote:
> where is this ticket that you reference? #1262331 - it is not on
> the CC list - is that a on public tracker?
> i asked this question myself when i did a review of the FSDG distros
> list last summer[1] noting that proteanos appears to be inactive as well
> - still today there has been no response on either of the blag or
> proteanos mailing lists[2][3] - six months with no response to a simple
> question like "is this project still active?" should indicate a negative
> answer
> my opinion however, is that there is no reason to remove a distro from
> the list only for being unmaintained - if it works: it works - and
> always will - but the case with blag is something different - blag
> actually has no software available - the download links on their website
> have not worked in a very long time because (as ive heard) the files
> were lost - "blag" exists in reality only in the form of it's website -
> so there literally is no blag distribution by nature of the fact that
> there is nothing being distributed - so i still suggest that blag be
> removed (or perhaps moved to a new "honerable mentions" section) - but
> if proteanos is still available and viable software then there is no
> reason to remove it merely because it is un-supported
> there is an evaluation process for adding new distros - uruk has
> requested consideration about a year ago and it fell short of FSDG
> standards at that time; but they are improving it and the discussion is
> still open[4]
> it was this comment that prompted me to respond - as mentioned above, i
> looked into the current status of all of the FSDG distro last summer and
> i can not concour with Le Dim's evaluation
> dragora has been very active in recent months working on the next
> release - far from being inactive, if all FSDG distros were ranked today
> according to development activity, i would place dragora in second place
> closely behind parabola with trisquel a more distant third - of course,
> to put into persoective, parabola, being a rolling release distro
> requires a far greater amount of routine maintenance just to remain sane
> where the other FSDG distros are LTS and designed to require only
> high-priority stability/security upgrades - that is only to say that
> some distros require more or less maintenance than others
> the developer of dynebolic is still as active as ever in the dyne
> project and is planning for the next release of dynebolic to be based on
> devuan once the devuan-sdk is completed
> the musix developer is also still in contact with it's community and is
> planning the next release[5]
> the important thing to note is that regardless of whatever development
> activity is immediately apparent, the current releases of dragora,
> dynebolic, and musix are still available and viable, functioning
> perfectly as intended; and their developers are still in communication
> with the community - this is an especially important factor to consider
> in regards to "Live" distros such as dynebolic and musix which are
> static by design (i.e. they are intended to be run directly from the
> read-only medium and never installed nor upgraded) - the fact that the
> operating system is guaranteed never to change a bit from one boot to
> the next is among the most desirable features of these distros - they
> are not the typical sort of distro that require any intermediate
> maintenance nor is that even possible; so such a distro can not
> reasonably be said to be "inactive"; because they are designed to be
> fixed in form ("carved in stone" if you will) - the project itself could
> be be deemed dormant or inactive; as in: "we can probably not expect
> version N+1"; but that says nothing of the efficacy of any current
> available versions
> [1]:
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