I've been a Debian user for years and years now although the last 5 or so I got lazy and was a Debian user indirectly via Ubuntu. I have been very pleased with Ubuntu and have installed it on a number of computers used by others providing them with an easy to use, reliable, low maintenance computing environment.
To most of the world I look like a hacker but I am under no delusions. I'm a second division hacker at best. I follow on, I get the benefit of others' hard work. Real benefit. And technical issues and political issues and legal issues with GNU / Libre / Free / Open whatever Software I have almost entirely left others to resolve for me. And the issues do seem to get resolved, or at least the good fight continues to be fought. I contribute the occasional odd £ to EFF and to the FSF, I used to attend Linux conferences until every second person there was an imposter with an iMac, occasionally I'll answer a techie Q on a forum, I've sometimes reported a bug and occasionally suggested a bug fix, but by and large my involvement as "hacker" is passive. I can just sit back and all will be OK. Other good-hearted real programmers and hacktivists look after me.
But not this time! What is it with systemd? I just thought everyone would wake up and realise it's a nonsense, it's not in the Unix (yes, I'm that old) philosophy and tradition of keeping every tool simple and disconnected as far as is possible. This is a massive power grab from bazaar to cathedral. I can no longer even administrate my Linux boxes anymore with any certain degree of clarity.
So, I'm here. I think this is our best chance of rescuing our operating system from what seems to me (and others) like a deliberate obfuscation for the benefit of these systemd High Priests serving a God I do not recognise. What is it about this systemd religion which is so compelling!??!?! I don't get it. I've tried.
So, I'm here. But it all seems a little moribund! Where is everybody? Is it just we few hundred holed up in the hills? I'm dismayed at the lack of activity in the forums. Is everything good, does Devuan work so well that all Qs are already asked and answered.
Now? I'm running Devuan experimentally on VirtualBox hosted by Ubuntu 14.04. I hope to move the host to Devuan. I attempted installation on real hardware: Did not work immediately so quickly gave up in my typically parasitical way. Sorry.
What's up, everybody? Have the crowds I expect to see here given up and joined the systemd religion and decided not to know how their computers work anymore?