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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Linux must evolve or stagnate
by theosib on Wed 5th Nov 2014 12:28 UTC
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And given the level of activity in the Linux community, it is going to continue to evolve, kicking and screaming, and there's nothing that the "conservatives" can do about it.

Systemd solves problems that distro maintainers feel are problems. If it didn't, they wouldn't adopt it. Moreover, although there have been other prior attempts (e.g. upstart), no other solution in this space has gotten this much traction. Systemd appears to be the best alternative to prior solutions and is the best way forward that we have. That doesn't mean it's perfect. Just like how most politicians suck, systemd sucks in a lot of ways, but given the momentum, we have little choice but to accept it and beat it into submission so that it does that job well.

We do have a real need for an init system that (1) saves memory and time by starting only the services we need on-demand and (2) makes sure the services are restarted when they crash.

Also, like how ODF combined existing technologies, so does systemd, including things like DBUS and devfs/udev.

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