Hallo everyone, especially because of the clear “start up” nature of the new forum, I would like to inform the community about a Manjaro openRC based project called “Nemesis”. It has been started as an alternative to the classic Slackware “Porteus Linux” distribution.
I am sure some of you already know its existence. I can assure you this is an interesting project with much of possible uses. The latest version is 3.5, and although in a testing phase, it seems pretty stable. It is fully updatable through manjaro repositories, pacman is there, and a special wrapper “pman” creates aufs union modules, a read only format for package installation persistence.
This is a so called “frugal” installation distribution, this means it is based on aufs union packages and can have full persistence on image file containers (dd command) or on real linux partitions. It can express its magic when installed/copied to flash USB media, SD cards etc. Very easy for a first time trial run, with a tool to create bootable media for MS windows and Linux. I suggest to try the LXDE version, but an openbox only desktop is possible with small modifications.
It can be easily customized the “manjaro way” [except kernel and kernel hardware based drivers…], but it has a pretty straight foreword how to for a kernel compilation, even nvidia drivers installation is possible with instructions on the forum. As far as I can test it, I can use AUR… and it responds to most of manjaro/arch documentation.
As a new project it has its drawbacks, bugs and it is open to ideas, that is why it needs testing support and its future could depend on this.
If you could find a good use of it I encourage you to try it, and decide what you would like to do with it. There is a well written documentation for the classic “Porteus” version, but you could use most of its contents for the Manjaro based “Nemesis” also.
If there is not much of interest it could be abandoned. So you could give it a chance… And who knows, you might like it. It’s OpenRC too…
Good Luck on the new forum.