Linked by diegocg on Sun 13th May 2012 23:48 UTC
Linux Lennart Poettering, the author of systemd, has announced: "I just put a first version of a wiki document together that lists a couple of easy optimizations to get your boot times down to [less than] 2s. It also includes a list of suggested things to hack on to get even quicker boot-ups."
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Sorry but...
by reez on Mon 14th May 2012 09:16 UTC
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I am sorry. I can see that there are some benefits with systemd, but doesn't anyone else feel like systemd is implemented in a way that's pretty much the exact opposite of what we always about unix-like operating systems?

The boot process (I for myself always liked BSD-style rc.d, like in Gentoo or Arch Linux) never was something I thought would need reimplementation.

Also I don't really like that everything is replaced by "magic" in form of services that guess everything on their own . I know this is a bit off topic, but take LightDM for example. I really do like its concept, because it tries to be a display manager for everyone, whatever desktop or window manager you would use, whether you prefer GTK, QT or whatever. What's really bad about it is that when accountservice is installed (not somehow enabled or something) you can't configure it by hand anymore. The problem is that accountserive usually comes as a dependency, you are locked into this unless you become hacky.

I know, one shouldn't always have to deal with configuration files, but what was so bad about having them set up automatically by some configuration fronted (or script that runs on installation) and then can be easily configured by hand. Also, why did everyone start using XML? Were other formats really a problem and wouldn't something like YAML or (I can't believe I am saying this) even INI files be better and preferred by most admins?

Sorry, I don't want to rant, but I feel like just a few years ago everyone would have screamed "NO WAY!" at these things and I am not sure what has changed.

I am not saying everything is bad and everything should always stay like it was, but I don't really see how Lennart Poettering simply gets broadly accepted by everyone. Sometimes it looks like a desperate try to bring Linux to the desktop

If that's really what people want I think there would be a huge potential with overthrowing Windows by doing Windows 8 (HTML5/JavaScript) the right way (QT has the right tools, QML and Webkit are amazing).

Sorry, if this sounds like a rant. Maybe I am just overlooking some important things. I used to be more involved some time ago, so maybe that's my problem in seeing a lot of sense behind all this.

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