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Hello all.. I wanted to share with everyone a discussion in chat I had with Zephyr.. This is it

Hello  Zephyr..! I am well and thank you for asking.. I am working nearly 7 days a week and although it is good to be working again it exhausts me.. I am doing more physical work now than I have ever done.. I am all right but it takes just about all my time..

The real issue with VSIDO is not so much lack of time or effort, it is/was with Debian
About 6 months ago I lost a HD that basically took me out for about a week.. No big deal, I just let VSIDO builds get away from me.. that week turned into a month and when I did try to start with the rebuilds Debian had so much crap that they were including (GCC 5,6,7,8) it caused the ISO to balloon to 400 MB more than when I was up to date.. It pissed me off, but I have started from ground zero before and was happy to do that.. that is about the time that my work started 6-7 days a week plus all my responsibilities here taking care of my invalid mother..

Needless to say I have not had the time, I do want to and will get back to rebuilding VSIDO again but I need some time to do that.. when I do get that time, rest assured, VSIDO will rock once again

Apologies to all in not talking about this sooner but in some ways I actually did need a break

Thanks for understanding


Artwork & Screenshots / Re: 2019 Screenshot Thread
« on: January 01, 2019, 02:39:26 AM »
Happy New year to all of you!

I've Got a Life / Re: Merry Christmas 2018
« on: December 25, 2018, 09:41:42 PM »
Happy Holidays! Happy new year!

Artwork & Screenshots / Re: May - December 2018 Screenshot Thread
« on: November 03, 2018, 10:12:38 PM »
Thank you all...



Artwork & Screenshots / Re: May - December 2018 Screenshot Thread
« on: November 01, 2018, 12:38:01 PM »
^ Classic PackRat..

My own boring same old same old.. (Just can't seem to break it)


Artwork & Screenshots / Re: May 2018 Screenshot Thread
« on: May 30, 2018, 12:38:48 AM »
New mainline stable 4.16.7 seems pretty sharp.  Just a couple hours in so we'll see.

I had to shitcan 4.16 because I kept getting systemd blowups and crash and burns.. back to 4.15 and not a thing

General Support / Re: n00b Question
« on: May 17, 2018, 11:37:20 PM »
VSIDO is and has literally been my desktop come to life for the last 6 or 7 years

General Support / Re: n00b Question
« on: May 17, 2018, 10:13:51 PM »
Hello Kilroy and welcome to VSIDO..

What RatMan said..   8)

I would also advise you to get to know and use fsarchiver.. it is by far the easiest and most practical disaster recovery tool ever.. EVER!

I have a How To on this forum to use fsarchiver It is a life saver.. As the developer I have fallen into some of the traps PackRat indicated.. They were both Perl related and it was I who didn't trust my gut and went ahead with the update.. Anyway, fsarchiver saved my ass because I had backups made and restored the developer / build partition in seconds.. that is NOT a misprint, in seconds I was back up and running .. also, SpaceFM (the greatest file manager ever and default for VSIDO) has builtin tools to backup and restore partitions with fsarchiver.. I SWEAR BY BOTH! Nad use both every single day

Another really good practice is to do a weekly dist-upgrade, that seems to be a good rhythm of updates without massive hits on your server (a lot of updates at once IMO is not a good thing so doing it weekly keeps it balanced)

Finally, do an fsarchiver backup before any major kernel updates.. this way if the kernel might not like you video card (rare now) you have the backup to fall back on...Just as PackRat indicated I try to remain at sid levels (dist-upgrade) every day so I see what is coming and I always make sure this forum is aware of it

This is something I wrote recently for twitter friends who did not know what VSIDO or SID was... It may also add some information to your decisions

When I created VSIDO it was a combination of what I knew and wanted and what several friends recommended and well the rest is history

I had been using Debian SID for several years and could not understand why it had such a bad reputation.. There were at the time a few SID distros but most have gone by the wayside..

I also wanted a distro that gave the newest user who downloaded it no more than 2 weeks of being a dist-upgrade of packages behind.. For the most part I have done just that.. Everytime there is a kernel upgrade or every 2 weeks I rebuild, test and deploy the distro.. It has worked out quite well

The other drive behind this was the frustrating world of Stable Debian where you have to wait 2-3 years for any new packages based on their release schedules..

Over the last 6 years of VSIDO and the 3 before it as I used Debian SID I can count on one hand anything that 'broke' my system because of a package.. Two of those three were because of Perl.. Classic case of the Perl devs not letting the application package maintainers the chance to catch up...

Other than those it has been an absolute joy

Mayhap more than you were expecting, but it is the story of VSIDO

Good luck and please don't hesitate to get in touch with any of us

General Support / Re: SpaceFM not fully abandoned... it seems!
« on: May 03, 2018, 06:10:21 PM »
IgnorantGuru handed over the maintainer keys to Mateusz Łukasik sometime ago.. It was all on IG's blog at one time.. Mateusz Łukasik had been silently maintaining it for almost a year (or more) while IG was on his hiatus

Artwork & Screenshots / Re: April 2018 screenshot thread
« on: April 24, 2018, 10:29:16 PM »
^Thanks RatMan... you take that shot?  Beautiful..

  • Updated VSIDO to latest Debian SID kernel – 4.15.0-3-amd64 #1 SMP Debian 4.15.17-1 (2018-04-19)
  • Updated all applications to the latest SID levels

All changes can be seen and discussed in the VSIDO Change sub forum

All files and torrents can be downloaded from the VSIDO Download page

Artwork & Screenshots / Re: April 2018 screenshot thread
« on: April 24, 2018, 06:31:09 PM »
ISO's built and uploaded...

2 minutes 7 seconds... I think that is the fastest install I have seen


General Support / Re: 10 gig log files
« on: April 19, 2018, 02:43:09 PM »
Seems to have been a one off.. I cannot reproduce this again... very strange, but that's the life of SID

General Support / 10 gig log files
« on: April 19, 2018, 01:57:39 AM »
My syslog and daemon.log both grew to 10 gig a piece and basically froze me out of a log in due to the file system running out of space.. after I cleared the logs I could get back in.. Both were too big to open with any editor (TWSS) so I have no idea what caused it.. This is a new install (reinstall) of the build system that had only been up for a day.. I am going to log back in and see if they begin to grow again, but so far they have not and I am at a loss.. never have I seen anything remotely close to this one.. On searches for solutions on google, there have been many instances of the syslog and kernel.log growing and on most there seemed to be an SSD involved which is what I am installed on

Any ideas?

Artwork & Screenshots / Re: April 2018 screenshot thread
« on: April 16, 2018, 06:08:04 PM »
Definitely a rescue club..  ::)

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