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Any free software OS can meet his requirements as they all are transparent to anyone with the time to learn, just like the older bikes. The problem with modern bikes is that all the advanced tech is proprietary and you have no way of understanding it or tinkering with it.

IMO you can take any modern distro and strip it down to something understandable. It just takes some time to learn how to strip it down and how what's left works (and this is ongoing, as things are always changing). I'm not saying it's trivial, but neither is learning how to rebuild a motorcycle.




>IMO you can take any modern distro and strip it down to something understandable.

Or strip it up, so to speak, or rather, build it up. Referring to Linux From Scratch.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linux_From_Scratch

http://www.linuxfromscratch.org/


Excellent extension to the original analogy.


Just remove systemd that is looking like an electronic injection that now requires 4Gb of RAM and a full OS to work and screaming for more.


All systemd related processes (dbus, systemd-*, init, etc) running on my system are using < 25Mb of memory. So that is a bit excessive, even if exaggerating for effect.


It shouldn't even need that much though. All PID 1 should do is load the rest of the system.


I don't normally get into these, but this is blatantly false, I'm running systemd on multiple older/smaller computers like an OG Raspberry Pi and an old netbook, and I don't even notice its memory consumption.


We run systemd on 512mb celerons no problem...


I'm sad that 512mb is now considered a small amount. I've got a couple of systems in my drawer that have <128mb.


I still have my 75 MHz Pentium 12MB EDO RAM laptop running Windows 95 and holding my old BBS sitting in my drawer. Battery is shot but plug it in and it still works.


systemd works fine even on the RPi.




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