About Eerie Linux

“Eerie Linux” began in 2011 as a distribution experiment to teach myself more about Linux. About a year later I decided to start blogging about the things that I played with as they might or might not be of interest for other people as well. I wanted to build an experimental Linux distribution and document that process in the blog.

My goal has since shifted from creating that distro (I’ve reached that goal with what I called “E5” after all) to exploring the various aspects of Unix-like systems in general. While I had time to write up several posts a month during my studies, I have a family and a regular work now so free time is a lot more scarce.

At work I have some FreeBSD machines to take care off – and while it was a bit strange at first, my curiosity for things beside Linux was strong enough to overcome the initial problems and keep digging into that. Since I grew more and more unhappy with the general situation in the Linux world, I started looking seriously at using *BSD at home, too. While I haven’t left Linux completely, my focus is now clearly on the BSD side of things. And I must say: I enjoy being there!

When I became seriously fed up with WordPress and the sorry state of the Web, I left the Eerie Linux blog as my primary platform and started a new Gemlog called Neunix in Geminispace. If you don’t know what that is, have a look at my Gemini FAQ. I usually bi-post (which means that I add posts from Neunix here as well).

In other words: This blog is my personal space where I document some of the projects that I’ve been working on and occasionally offer my opinion on topics that I care about. I have no commercial interest whatsoever. If you care about data protection (which you should) and wonder what this blog works like, please see this page.

10 thoughts on “About Eerie Linux

  1. Ran across this blog while running a search for something else. Eerie Linux sounds like a nice project. Hope it comes to fruition. Am also interested in lightweight applications and working on a somewhat similar project. Maybe we can share some resources, code and ideas.

    1. Hi, Laura and thanks for dropping me this comment! I just skimed through your site before writing this reply and think I’d better take the time to read it more carefully. I’ll contact you via email afterwards.

  2. Hi Laura,

    nice reading from you again! You are always interested in small Linux distributions I guess.

    Kraileth, thank you for looking at XFDOS and your great story about it. The applications are mostly ported from Linux and could be ported back again with limited effort. Then you would have a number of applcations with low memory footprint. Also SLWM could be ported to Linux, it could spawn a new process if an icon is clicked. It would definitely be one of the smallest footprint desktops for Linux around.

    If you want to make a real small distro you could base it on TinyCore Linux.

    Georg Potthast

  3. Hi, Georg!

    Sorry for approving this a bit late – I don’t have an internet connection at home right now. Anyways: I should say “Thanks” for your efforts! I enjoyed XFDOS a lot. For some reason there’s always a place in my heart for DOS – and I also love to do things with it no “sane person” would expect DOS to be capable of. 😉

    Since I’m really just learning Linux a bit better, I don’t think that I have the skills yet to build something useful with SLWM (even if somebody had already ported it). But I’ll keep it in mind – from what I’ve seen on XFDOS I think it might be a nice alternative for a minimal graphical environment.

    TinyCore is a nice project in its own regard, but perhaps a bit _too_ tiny. While I think minimalism is an interesting approach, I prefer what could be called “maximalism”: Getting the most out of little resources. But it’s also a good source of FLTK applications; I already took a file manager from them and packaged it on my testing system.

  4. Hi Georg,
    As you already know, was very impressed by how much functionality and how many useful Open Source programs XFDOS was able to bring to DOS/FreeDOS. I’m definitely looking into the portability of some of the FLTK applications used in XFDOS and some of the other Open Source FLTK applications available via the Internet. If I come up with anything useful as far as porting, will be sure to share it. In the past, I’ve posted some patches for various FLTK applications to increase portability to the Software section of the FLTK wiki ( http://www.fltk.org/links.php ).

  5. Would very much like to get in contact with you. I am trying to get busybox working systemd free under arch. please feel free to email me.

    Mr Green
    ArchBang Linux

  6. Tried e-mailing some comments about your NanoLinux post/interview, but I don’t think the e-mail got through. What’s currently the best way to contact you or send comments? Thanks.

    1. Hi! Had to abandon my old email address – I honestly don’t know what went wrong, but it stopped working. Therefore I’m using the “kraileth” at my domain (elderlinux dot org) address.

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