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 hussam on Wed 5th Nov 2014 16:09 UTC
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This article is properly written but it doesn't present sources to some of its claims.

People in favour faithfully (and sometimes falsely) make wonderful claims about what systemd is and what it can supposedly do.

This part is pure flaming of systemd. I would like to see an example of those false claims.

The things people praise systemd for are socket activation and other service management mechanisms, and the use of various modern Linux features.
What part of that is false claims?

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.


I would like to add to this that some of the tools that ship with systemd like systemd-networkd and plenty of patches for systemd-journald have been contributed by Arch Linux.
Other distributions don't seem very keen on contributing code.

I also need to mention that systemd needs a few months of feature freeze while bugs are ironed out. 217 was just released and the archlinux package already has a few backported bugfixing patches from trunk.

Edited 2014-11-05 16:18 UTC

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