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/mg/ - Software and Hardware Minimalism General

- Sun, 03 Jun 2018 19:56:06 EST Rls46CoK No.121825
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For discussing software and hardware minimalism.

>What is computing minimalism?

>Why software minimalism?
  • Fewer bugs
  • Better performance
  • Lower memory footprint
  • Better maintainability
  • Higher scalability
  • Longer software lifetime
  • Smaller attack surface

>List of minimal OSes and distros
>Obscure minimal
Plan 9, FreeDOS, Minix3, Genode
>Meme minimal
Crux, Void, GuixSD, FreeBSD, SourceMage
>enthusiastic minimal
Gentoo, Alpine, OpenBSD, LFS
>Most sane minimal
Arch Linux, Debian (netinst)

>Minimal Programs
>WM (window manager)
dwm (most sanest and most minimalist)
>Web browsers
Firefox or any of the popular text based web browsers (w3m, links)
>File Manager
>Video/Music player
Mpv or cmus
>Text editors
GNU nano or Vim
>Image viewer
FEH or sxiv
mksh or dash
st (simple terminal) or rxvt-unicode

>Useful links
Suckless: https://suckless.org/rocks
Cat-v.org: http://harmful.cat-v.org/software/
Window Managers: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_X_window_managers
Without Systemd: http://without-systemd.org/wiki/index.php/Arguments_against_systemd
Alternatives to Bloatware: https://github.com/mayfrost/guides/blob/master/ALTERNATIVES.md

>Website development
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tefielQeHZY (The World Wide Web Sucks)

Minimalism is not a lack of something. It's simply the perfect amount of something.
SophieChinderway.ini - Sun, 03 Jun 2018 22:37:21 EST XQ5JXUpa No.121826 Reply
Uriel, you made a thread about minimalist hardware but neglected to say anything on the subject. Also, I don't see how any of this shit is more scalable. Maybe you meant more reusable.
PhyllisGibbermutch.asp - Thu, 14 Jun 2018 02:06:22 EST bYyfTjDa No.121858 Reply
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I've been using a Raspberry Pi 3B+ as my only computer for over a month now. It freezes when I have more than 3 tabs open in Chrome. I'm used to not having a fast computer but this is a step further than that. At least Kodi handles youtube amazingly, where in Chrome it tends to have problems that require restarting the Pi to fix.

Anyone else using a Pi as their only computer? Or have any experience and could tell me how to fix some of these issues.
ShitSmallbanks.cpp - Thu, 14 Jun 2018 07:57:10 EST XDzQfX5P No.121859 Reply
Just opening Chrome uses ~500mb of RAM, of course opening multiple tabs on a 1GB system will cause it to freeze up. Maybe look into other browser options, I've never used it but I thing Opera is supposed to be a low resource option.
DorisChepperforth.tar - Thu, 14 Jun 2018 12:42:17 EST BzWrvcIa No.121861 Reply
RPI as a main computer or even a cheap second computer doesn't make a lot of sense for an individual user. It's slower than laptops people throw away and once you factor in accessories it's not price competitive with old Thinkpads. Anyway, definitely install some extensions to block ads and javascript. I'm not sure why you would have to reboot to fix anything with your web browser. Maybe it's not fully exiting and you need to kill it?

Yeah, like 8 years ago. Opera is Chromium now.
SophieCellerbury.swf - Thu, 14 Jun 2018 18:12:19 EST 4vgTyMsa No.121862 Reply
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I used a Pi 1B as my main a few months. Broke my real computer, and the only other computer I had was my first one, with a 533Mhz pentium and a jet engine noise fan. Which I actually used at first some weeks, before I realized the pi was twice as fast while making no noise at all.

Links in graphics mode is super fast, though it doesn't have real tabs, you just open more windows. And you don't really log in to pages since they want javascript and such. But for just browsing it's superb. Something in-between a pure text browser like lynx and a modern one.
MatildaPunkinhood.log - Sat, 16 Jun 2018 06:03:26 EST vpfE8QdL No.121864 Reply
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Old flagship phones has really decent hardware
you can put linux on it and hook it up to a big screen
IanGopperdale.eps2 - Mon, 18 Jun 2018 17:44:58 EST g4u/IEVx No.121865 Reply
Decent hardware, but you can't plug much into them and they throttle hard. Once in a blue moon the SoCs end up on cheap boards like the Tinkerboard and XU4 but even there passive cooling is not recommended.
DavidSmallbanks.cbl - Thu, 21 Jun 2018 10:30:23 EST vpfE8QdL No.121871 Reply
I doubt you get much heat problems once you pull the battery
-responsible for a lot of heat buildup
MollyBlytheville.css - Tue, 10 Jul 2018 16:57:43 EST sfV2B9yb No.121899 Reply
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ANyone any experience with the Bodhi distro?

Feel like trying it out on my old laptop.
Also i ordered a t430, pretty exited tbh.
WalterHorringkod.jpeg - Sat, 14 Jul 2018 00:23:40 EST Q2clBk2g No.121909 Reply
The most sane distro is NixOS or GuixSD if you want absolute minimalism in terms of there's just one text file you have to edit, and it contains your entire system configuration. To understand it go on Google Scholar and look up NixOS or Guix papers esp the orig functional package management paper.

You can also use competing schedulers for the linux kernel if interested

And if you want really experimental minimalism then try the following
>Install Guix package manager
>Use NetBSD rumpkernels

This is about as experimental as you can currently get with a working amateur system to do crazy shit you never thought was possible.

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