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Obarun


Last Update: 2024-02-02 02:44 UTC


Obarun is an Arch Linux based distribution featuring the S6 init software in place of systemd. Obarun provides a live disc featuring the JWM graphical interface. Utilities, such as pacopts, are included for working with Arch's repositories, including the Arch User Repository (AUR).

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 201 (39), 6 months: 192 (39), 3 months: 186 (37), 4 weeks: 164 (38), 1 week: 163 (35)

Average visitor rating: 8.67/10 from 15 review(s).


Obarun
Distribution Obarun
Home Page https://web.obarun.org/
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User Forums https://forum.obarun.org/
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Documentation https://wiki.obarun.org/
Screenshots https://web.obarun.org/index.php?id=46
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Bug Tracker https://framagit.org/Obarun
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Feature 2022.06.08 2021.09.01 2020.07.01 2019.11.02 2018.10
Release Date 2022-06-08 2021-09-01 2020-07-10 2019-11-04 2018-10-01
End Of Life          
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free Free
Image Size (MB) 700-1200 700-1200 500-1100 500-1000 551-600
Free Download ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO
Installation Text Text Text Text Text
Default Desktop JWM JWM JWM JWM JWM
Package Management Pacman Pacman Pacman Pacman Pacman
Release Model Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling
Office Suite -- -- -- -- --
Processor Architecture x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64
Init Software S6 S6 S6 S6 S6
Journaled File Systems Btrfs, ext4 Btrfs, ext4 Btrfs, ext4 Btrfs, ext4 Btrfs, ext4
Multilingual Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Asian Language Support No No No No No
Full Package List 2022.06.08 2021.09.01 2020.07.01 2019.11.02 2018.10
Package 2022.06.08 2021.09.01 2020.07.01 2019.11.02 2018.10
abiword (3.0.5) -- -- -- -- --
alsa-lib (1.2.12) 1.2.6.1 1.2.5.1 1.2.3.2 1.1.9 1.1.6
amdgpu (23.0.0) -- -- -- -- --
bash (5.2.21) 5.1 5.1 5.0 5.0 4.4
bind (9.18.27) -- -- -- -- --
chromium (126.0.6478.55) -- -- -- -- --
cups (2.4.9) 2.4.1 2.3.3 2.3.3 2.3.0 --
dhcp (4.4.3-P1) -- -- -- -- --
e2fsprogs (1.47.1) 1.46.5 1.46.4 1.45.6 1.45.4 1.44.4
firefox (127.0) -- -- -- -- --
freetype (2.13.2) 2.12.1 2.11.0 2.10.2 2.10.1 2.9.1
gcc (14.1.0) 12.1.0 11.1.0 10.1.0 9.2.0 8.2.1
gimp (2.10.38) -- -- -- -- --
glibc (2.39) 2.35 2.33 2.31 2.30 2.28
gnome-shell (46.2) -- -- -- -- --
gnucash (5.6) -- -- -- -- --
gnumeric (1.12.57) -- -- -- -- --
grub (2.12) -- -- -- -- 2.02
gtk (4.14.4) 3.24.33 3.24.25 3.24.21 3.24.12 2.24.32
httpd (2.4.59) -- -- -- -- --
inkscape (1.3.2) -- -- -- -- --
k3b (24.05.0) -- -- -- -- --
kmod (32) 29 29 27 26 25
krita (5.2.2) -- -- -- -- --
LibreOffice (24.2.4) -- -- -- -- --
linux (6.9.4) 5.18.2 5.13.13 5.6.11 5.3.8 4.18.10
Package 2022.06.08 2021.09.01 2020.07.01 2019.11.02 2018.10
lxpanel (0.10.1) -- -- -- -- --
mariadb (11.4.2) -- -- -- -- --
mate-desktop (1.28.2) -- -- -- -- --
mesa (24.1.1) 21.3.7 21.2.1 20.1.3 19.2.2 18.0.2
mysql (8.4.0) -- -- -- -- --
nautilus (46.2) -- -- -- -- --
NVIDIA (550.90.07) -- -- -- -- --
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- -- -- --
openjdk (22) -- -- -- -- --
openssh (9.7p1) 8.9p1 8.7p1 8.2p1 -- --
openssl (3.3.1) 1.1.1o 1.1.1l 1.1.1g 1.1.1d 1.1.1
perl (5.40.0) 5.36.0 5.34.0 5.32.0 5.30.0 5.28.0
php (8.3.8) -- -- -- -- --
plasma-desktop (6.0.5) -- -- -- -- --
postfix (3.9.0) -- -- -- -- --
postgresql (16.3) -- -- -- -- --
Python (3.12.4) 3.10.5 3.9.6 3.8.3 3.7.4 3.7.0
qt (6.7.1) -- -- -- -- --
samba (4.20.1) 4.15.5 4.14.7 4.12.3 4.10.8 --
systemd (256) -- -- -- -- --
thunderbird (127.0) -- -- -- -- --
vim (9.1) -- -- -- -- --
vlc (3.0.21) -- -- -- -- --
wayland (1.23.0) 1.20.0 1.19.0 1.18.0 1.17.0 1.14.0
xfdesktop (4.18.1) -- -- -- -- --
xorg-server (21.1.13) 21.1.3 1.20.13 1.20.8 1.20.5 1.19.6

Reader Ratings
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Average rating
8.7
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Version: 2022.06.08
Rating: 10
Date: 2023-11-12
Votes: 8


2023.10.13 edition (there have been a few images since last reported to DW) works excellent

Installer is bulletproof on VM and hard disk, bios or efi, I've installed it in 4 machines new and old.

This is about the only TRUE without-systemd full distribution, with nearly most of arch packages working well, or rather faster with less resources used. Obarun is approaching a decade of history and reliability and those of us who got to experience it keep coming back. I would add joborun for more demanding users getting closer to bleeding edge (arch-testing) and are interested in building the entire installation otpiimized for machine from source, otherwise the same with Obarun.

If you like pacman and dislike systemd and its biproducts (elogind, udev, ...) and you want simple clean builds and dependencies Obarun and Joborun are for you. The myth about instability and breakage of Arch is more of an identity and scarecrow of arch, but Obarun builds well after arch-stable to avoid any such rare mishaps.

If it wasn't for Obarun I would leave linux all together and move to BSD land, openBSD most likely. There hasn't been a distro I tried that even comes close to this.





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Version: 2022.06.08
Rating: 6
Date: 2023-07-12
Votes: 3


Pros:
- systemd-free
- 66tools is a convenience layer on top of s6, and it runs great! You can write scripts similar to systemd unit files

Cons:
- the community is poorly managed. They don't have an active chatroom (I went there once and there were only 2 or 3 people) and you can't sign up on the forums. I've emailed the owner but never got any responses.
- Many of the 66tools commands aren't logically consistent, so they have usability issues.
- The docs are outdated.

As much as I want to use it, I've had to go back to Ubuntu.



Was this review helpful? Yes No
Version: 2022.06.08
Rating: 8
Date: 2023-05-20
Votes: 2


obarun is bold cool BUT
as they say the install scrip sucks.
i got a living obarun system running on HDD using the install script
however using the install script failed and a manually took it the rest of the way.
unfortunately i could not create my own computername instead obarun6 remained

noteably: i precreated tje partitions
sda1 EFI 1G
sda2 swap 20G
sda3 / 30G

I WANT to BE CLEAR. i LOVE the prospect of OBARUN without systemd
not that systemd is that bad except for the potential of a HUGE SECURITY RISK and that matters to many people.

I LIKE OBARUN for being systemd free and much like archlinux but without systemd

THANK YOU
ejm



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