KISS – a Linux distro focused on simplicity

To say KISS isn’t for everybody would be a massive understatement. After all, it only targets x86-64 architecture and the English language. To say KISS is the first unique take on Linux I’ve seen in a long time would be 💯 on target.

Here are a few of my favorites from its “feature” list:

  • Every installation of the distribution contains the full sources (of the distribution) with git history attached.
  • Is simple and small enough to be maintainable in its entirety by a single person with little effort.
  • There is no “backend”. This distribution is merely a few git repositories.

And it looks rad too.

KISS – a Linux distro focused on simplicity


A lightweight, high-speed immutable database for systems and applications

With immudb you can track changes in sensitive data in your transactional databases and then record those changes permanently in a tamperproof immudb database. This allows you to keep an indelible history of sensitive data, for example debit/credit card transactions.

There are so many options for storing data these days. If you haven’t heard Go Time’s excellent episode on databases yet, Jaana does a great job of explaining some of the trade-offs.


CSS tips for new devs

A delightful list of 24 tips that Amber dubs as “for new devs”, but I’ll just go ahead and scratch the new out of there and it still fits the bill.

CSS expertise comes with time! While CSS is easy to start with and gives you immediate visual results, mastering it takes time and this is perfectly okay 😃. It is the same for everyone.

Lea Verou

Today’s JavaScript, from an outsider’s perspective

Lea Verou shared this story of using Javascript for the first time…

Today I tried to help a friend who is a great computer scientist, but not a JS person use a JS module he found on Github. Since for the past 6 years my day job is doing usability research & teaching at MIT, I couldn’t help but cringe at the slog that this was. Lo and behold, a pile of unnecessary error conditions, cryptic errors, and lack of proper feedback. And I don’t feel I did a good job communicating the frustration he went through in the one hour or so until he gave up.

It went a bit like this…

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Making Vue 3

Evan You writes up lessons learned from rewriting the next major version of Vue.js.

Two key considerations led us to the new major version (and rewrite) of Vue: First, the general availability of new JavaScript language features in mainstream browsers. Second, design and architectural issues in the current codebase that had been exposed over time.

I found the section on overcoming the bottleneck of the Virtual DOM (and decreasing CPU time by up to 90%) fascinating. ASTs FTW once again!


Create and animate hand-drawn annotations on a web page

Rough Notation uses RoughJS to create a hand-drawn look and feel. Elements can be annotated in a number of different styles. Animation duration and delay can be configured, or just turned off.

Follow the headline link to see it in action on the project’s website. This would be great for product or feature walk-throughs. What would be super cool is some way to use this on any website and send the annotated version to someone for review. Then it could be used for bug reporting, etc.

Feross Aboukhadijeh

Join me at Distributed Camp 2020

There are a variety of new projects working to create a healthier Web: from fighting censorship in oppressive countries, to solving pressing issues of privacy, to creating a Web entirely run by users. Come enjoy two days of immersive, hands-on workshops where you get to try out some of the latest decentralized web technologies for yourself.

And it’s free!

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