How os friendly is the pyra?

Discussion in 'Pyra OS (Debian GNU/Linux)' started by 2coop4, Dec 2, 2016.

  1. 2coop4

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    I understand that it runs full debian with some changes to make everything work out of the box but as far as testing out a other OSes such as archlinux are all the packages to make everything work available at least if not its totally fine i'd just like to know
     
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    Wally TrashyMG's worst nightmare Staff Member

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    If they have an ARM base and you can compile the Kernel for that OS then sure it should work.
     
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    I already tested :
    Pyra-OS

    Debian

    Slackware-14.1 : mini and full image
    Slackware-current : mini and full image

    Slackware-armhf : old unsupported build
    Gentoo : stage 3 archive
    Archlinux
    Opensuse : quite nice
    Kali : not working, but should with more work
    Fedora-mini
    Fedora-xfce : graphically slow
     
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    rygD Nihilistic Mystic

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    Looks like you tested most of the ones I would want to use.

    Has anyone tried out Free-BSD?
     
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  6. spiralofhope

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    I wonder how easy it would be to in-place replace Debian with Devuan. systemd can suck an egg.
     
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    I use Linux on my PC and notebook and love to tweak them but I have to say that Linux on ARM I just don't like to mess with. I think on x86 I'm used to everything just working on the architecture but on ARM I hit a lot of walls and just give up.

    My Pandora is pretty much stock. I also use android but I never mess with it much, the only reason I have my phone rooted is so I can use a VPN, that is as far as customizing my phone OS gets.

    The Pandora works pretty well as is as I'm sure the Pyra will after a few tweaks after release. if the Pandora was more powerful maybe I'd mess with it more so maybe I will with the Pyra. Also, Linux has come a long way on ARM so that will help a lot. Debian is a much more mature distro than Ångström, so that make it a little more friendly to hack also.

    With the Pandora it has worked very well, it isn't like it came with Windows that gets infected every 15 minutes so I don't have any reason to mess with it. I did at first, got Gentoo running on it, the distro I used on my PCs at the time, but after a while I just flashed my Pandora to stock and it has worked really well since.
     
  8. spiralofhope

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    When I was younger, I would love tinkering with things like this, but now I'm more interested in actually accomplishing things. =)

    You can sharpen your axe all day, but it doesn't even matter if you don't ever get to chopping wood.
     
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    sebt3 homebrew player (P. & C.)

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    I never seen a point at devuan.
    Within debian systemd have become the default. You're still free to select the init manager you want. sysvinit is still available and *supported* by the debian community. Just like gnome is the defaut desktop, but KDE works fairly well too.
    But if you want absolutly to use a less maintain distribution for the impression that you're freer (while you are actually less free since you cannot choose your init manager...), go ahead...
     
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  10. sepulep

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    http://www.voidlinux.eu/ looks like an interesting distribution that does not use systemd, is not based on any other distro and has other ARM ports available..maybe it can adapted for pyra??
    --- Double Post Merged, May 21, 2017, Original Post Date: May 21, 2017 ---
    I am a long time user of OpenSUSE - so how nice is "quite nice"?? ;)... any issues?
     
  11. Linux-SWAT

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    It works well, the desktop is responsive.
     
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    Uh...
    How generous!
     
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    Isn't simply having a Gnu/Linux device in your pocket obscure enough? There are so many tiny sub-niche distributions out there that it is difficult to know by their name if they're a Linux distribution, or a desert, or furniture, or prescription drugs.

    At least everyone who has ever installed Linux in their life is highly likely to have heard of Debian at some point.
     
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    Check the date of that post. X3
     
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    Ah damnit! We should bring back the rule that anyone making a joke after 12pm on the 1st is the real fool.
     
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    To me, it sounds like Pyra handheld owners will be able to run any 32-bit ARM GNU/Linux distro. BSD will be tricky. I think Android may be able to run on it? I'm not sure. You'll just need to copy over the firmware from /lib/firmware, and there may be some other blobs that need to be copied over, but I'm not sure. I'm only speculating at this point....
     
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    I'd *love* to have Android working.

    Regarding systemd, that's not a useful conversation to have anyway. For my next experiments, I'm waiting for a stable distribution that uses Wayland. I hope it will remove DVD playback screen-tearing.
     
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