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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RE: A cople of comments.
by crystall on Wed 5th Nov 2014 13:48 UTC in reply to "A cople of comments."
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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.


I think you've nailed the issue perfectly without realizing it. FOSS software being a meritocracy doesn't hold true anymore especially in the context of systemd. That's because systemd is fundamentally a RedHat technology. It's free, the source's available, etc... but the majority of the development is done by paid RedHat employees and decisions on its direction are taken by RedHat employees. There's no way a pure volunteer-based effort can take on that both for lack of resources and for inability to make an impact (suppose that a new, better init system came out, do you think RedHat would take it in its distro after having sunk that much money and time into systemd development and education for their userbase?).

So I find unsurprising that part of Debian's userbase is unhappy with the choice. They weren't really given the choice - as in, it lived alongside other init systems for a while and was overwhelmingly preferred by users over alternatives.

It's a RedHat technology that's been introduced in RedHat, or RedHat-sponsored distributions because RedHat management decided that it was the best option for them and now it's becoming Debian's default by virtue of other pieces of software having significant dependencies on it. No merit was involved though systemd does have its merits.

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