Linux Bloat, Linux Lite, and Devuan Update

by Ostatic Staff - Dec. 23, 2014

Today in Linux news, Jack Wallen says Linux ain't bloated. For those still wanting something light anyway, Jim Lynch reviews Linux Lite 2.2. The Devuan project has announced some updates and Tom Taulli looks at the pros and cons of Red Hat stock. looks at North Korea's Red Star OS and discusses China's Ubuntu Kylin, which just got an alpha release. Robert Pogson says the year of Linux was "ages ago" and Brian Fagioli said today that "Windows and Linux are the same thing."

Jack Wallen today wrote that Linux isn't bloated despite what people think and write. He says that the system requirements of Linux compared to Windows proves it's not bloated. He said, "To say that Linux is bloated is like saying a LEGO set that comes with a million LEGOs is bloated." Most of us have way more hardware than we need for Linux, according to Wallen. But if you still think it's bloated, he suggests using a lighter desktop, very small distro, or roll your own.

Brian Fagioli today made the bold statement that "Windows and Linux are the same thing." He tries to explain, "They are both a means to run software, called programs. Sure, the types of programs available for each are not identical, but they could be. You see, if developers wanted to, they could write their software for both operating systems." Knowing most readers are calling him crazy he tries more explanation:

I use Windows 8.1 and Linux Mint 17.1 a lot nowadays, to do things like write, surf the web, check Twitter and other web-based things. Sometimes I boot into Windows, sometimes Mint, but who cares which? I am just going to Chrome anyway. It's all the same thing.

Fagoili concludes by saying it really depends on who you are and what you do - but for him, Windows and Linux are the same thing.

The freedom loving Veteran Unix Admin collective posted an update yesterday saying, "Devuan has now its own Git repository and does not depends anymore on GitHub." Other infrastructure is coming along, with thanks given to Franco Lanza, and packages are being built sans systemd. A contributor is said to have contributed patches for ConsoleKit2, udisks2, policykit-1, and pcsc-lite as well. See the full newsletter for more.

In other news:

* Red Hat Stock: 3 Pros, 3 Cons

* Meet Red Star OS, the North Korean Linux distro that apes Apple's OS X

* China’s ‘home-made’ operating system isn’t home made at all, but maybe that’s OK

* The Year Of GNU/Linux On The Desktop Was Ages Ago. Now We’re Mopping Up.

* Linux Lite 2.2 Review