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#2 Devuan » What should I know before "diving in" » 2019-07-25 03:06:16

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I'm a Mint user who, maybe this week, will start a dual boot with Devuan.

While I am a Mint user, I've had experience with Arch and Ubuntu minimal before and I've installed Devuan on VirtualBox. But is there anything I should really know before installing it directly?

And yes, I know the whole "back up your current system before installing a second OS" thing and I intend to do so.

#3 Re: Off-topic » Systemd in regards to Linux distributions' size & performance? » 2019-07-16 22:32:41

Now that I think about it, I really only have the old Linux Mint ISO size to compare against other modern ISO sizes (it was my first introduction to Linux).

Being Ubuntu based it's probably no surprise there's been increased resource usage! tongue

#4 Re: Off-topic » Systemd in regards to Linux distributions' size & performance? » 2019-07-15 18:28:38

Panopticon wrote:

As computer components get ever more complex in nature, software has to keep up with it, im no expert but i believe there is probably a right way and a wrong way, currently there is possibly too many ways if you ask systemd advocates?

Complexity seems to be a bit vague of a word here.

The physical chip has more components on it, yes. But the x86 architecture is still the x86 architecture, I'd imagine that the more thorny details are abstracted away by chip firmware. But I wouldn't know. hmm

#5 Off-topic » Systemd in regards to Linux distributions' size & performance? » 2019-07-14 23:12:10

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I've noticed that over the past decade or so that Linux distributions in general seem to require more computational resources than before. Additionally ISO image sizes seem to have gone up quite a bit as well (mainline Linux Mint was a ~950GB image in 2009, now it's almost twice that size).

I know correlation doesn't imply causation and that other components have probably gotten larger too, but I can't help but wonder if Systemd has played some role in this too.

#6 Re: Devuan » A lighter desktop install » 2019-07-13 04:15:08

fsmithred wrote:


(with liberal use of --no-install-recommends, avoid metapackages and install the parts of the desktop individually)

Thank you!

#7 Devuan » A lighter desktop install » 2019-07-13 02:20:46

Replies: 3

I've been running Devuan in a virtual machine and (depending on some factors) might make it my next operating system.

But it feels like too much is installed when a desktop environment is selected during system installation (LibreOffice being one example).

Is there some option for installing a desktop with fewer applications added in?

Or maybe I should just install the base system first and then manually install what I need. tongue

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