Monthly Archives: September 2019

MX_Linux and the vrms free libre open source detection command

MX Linux is NON-FREE here is their reasoning:

Non-free software MX Linux is fundamentally user-oriented, so includes a certain amount of non-free software to assure that the system works out of the box as much as possible.

Our rationale: it is much easier for advanced users to remove these drivers than it is for regular users to install them. And it’s particularly difficult to install a driver for a network card without Internet access!

BUT the user can see a list by opening a console or terminal and typing:

$ vrms


• The “wl” driver (broadcom-sta) and non-free firmware with proprietary components.

• A dedicated tool for installing Nvidia graphic drivers.

• Adobe Flash Player (distributed by permission).

$ vrms
Non-free packages installed on vboxmx

adobe-flash-properties-gtk GTK+ control panel for Adobe Flash Player plugin
adobe-flashplugin Adobe Flash Player plugin
amd64-microcode Processor microcode firmware for AMD CPUs
atmel-firmware Firmware for Atmel at76c50x wireless networking chips.
bluez-firmware Firmware for Bluetooth devices
broadcom-sta-dkms dkms source for the Broadcom STA Wireless driver
firmware-amd-graphics Binary firmware for AMD/ATI graphics chips
firmware-atheros Binary firmware for Qualcomm Atheros wireless cards
Reason: Modifications problematic

Contrib packages installed on vboxmx

b43-fwcutter utility for extracting Broadcom 43xx firmware
firmware-b43-installer firmware installer for the b43 driver
firmware-b43legacy-installer firmware installer for the b43legacy driver
iucode-tool Intel processor microcode tool
ttf-mscorefonts-installer Installer for Microsoft TrueType core fonts

Contrib packages with status other than installed on vboxmx

virtualbox-guest-utils ( dei) x86 virtualization solution - non-X11 guest ut
virtualbox-guest-x11 ( dei) x86 virtualization solution - X11 guest utilit

26 non-free packages, 1.3% of 1936 installed packages.
7 contrib packages, 0.4% of 1936 installed packages.

vrms “virtual richard m stallman” has a great manpage including

the opinions of Richard M Stallman and the Debian project have 
diverged since this program was originally written.  In such cases,
this  program  follows  the  definition of freedom embodied in 
the Debian Free Software Guidelines.


MX Linux #GNU/linux lets you choose between #sysvinit or #systemd #sysadmin #devops

MX Linux #GNU/linux lets you choose between sysvinit or systemd

MX Linux uses systemd-shim, which emulates the systemd functions that are required to run the helpers without actually using the init service. This means that SvsVinit remains the default init yet MX Linux can use Debian packages that have systemd dependencies such as CUPS and Network Manager. This approach also allows the user to retain the ability to choose his/her preferred init at boot by clicking on “Advanced options” and selecting the systemd one.