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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Systemd impact
by Xaero_Vincent on Wed 5th Nov 2014 15:50 UTC
Xaero_Vincent
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As an Archlinux user, I'm accustomed to systemd's presence and haven't had any real qualms or problems with it. I believe it can help unify distributions by providing a new standard way of initalizing and managing services, among other things.

However, I think systemd's has greater implications in the BSD community. As FOSS software devs begin toying with the idea of adopting systemd technologies upstream, such as logind, it becomes more difficult for other Unix-like OSes, such as FreeBSD and OpenBSD, which don't support systemd, to support software that relies on it. This essentially can turn *nix software into Linux-only software and leave others OSes out to dry.

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