Linked by jessesmith on Wed 5th Nov 2014 10:39 UTC
Linux Over the past year I've been reading a lot of opinions on the new init technology, systemd. Some people think systemd is wonderful, the bee's knees. Others claim that systemd is broken by design. Some see systemd as a unifying force, a way to unite the majority of the Linux distributions. Others see systemd as a growing blob that is slowly becoming an overly large portion of the operating system. One thing that has surprised me a little is just how much people care about systemd, whether their opinion of the technology is good or bad. People in favour faithfully (and sometimes falsely) make wonderful claims about what systemd is and what it can supposedly do. Opponents claim systemd will divide the Linux community and drive many technical users to other operating systems. There is a lot of hype and surprisingly few people presenting facts.
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by gilboa on Wed 5th Nov 2014 12:06 UTC
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"Debian holds out for tried and true technology, for mature software, and systemd isn't there yet."


RHEL seems to think differently and they are gambling their 1+ billion $ a year business on that.
Plus, I've got large number of *production* servers (some are near-5'9 high-availability servers) w/ systemd and its stability is exemplary. (Personal experience, I know, but the numbers don't add up).

As for this being a different argument, I agree, but for a different reason:
People tend to forget that open source is not democracy but rather a meritocracy ("those who do, get to make the decisions"), and as long as the anti-systemd groups are limited to spamming systemd-related articles in news sites and forums, their voice will simply be ignored by the major distributions.
Only when these groups start doing something constructive, such as developing an alternative base system *, this argument will become as relevant as the KDE vs. GNOME, vim vs. Emacs and Linux vs. BSD arguments.
For now, its pure white noise.

- Gilboa

* One should keep in mind that systemd *project* includes a large number of modular processes - one of them being the systemd init process.

Edited 2014-11-05 12:07 UTC

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