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A Philosophy To Suck Less

At times, I feel like I’m a bit on my own in my opinions of software. Most of it is too big, too bloated, and tries to do too many things while doing none of them well. I like to keep a minimalist approach to the servers I maintain, running only the software that I absolutely need, and nothing more. So, it feels like a breath of fresh air to find suckless.org, “software that sucks less”. While most of my ideas about server setup and design are from a sysadmin’s level, the members of the suckless.org community are focused on far deeper problems, citing issues with core libraries and programming languages. For example, under their Stuff that sucks page: These libraries are broken/considered harmful and should not be used if it’s possible to avoid them. If you use them, consider looking for alternatives. glib – implements C++ STL on top of C (because C++ sucks so much, let’s reinvent it!), adding lots of useless data types for “portability” and “readability” reasons. Alternatives: whoever thinks it needs alternatives shall fill this space. GMP – GNU’s bignum/arbitrary precision library. Quite bloated, slow and calls abort() on failed malloc Alternatives: libtommath,

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