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 jessesmith on Wed 5th Nov 2014 16:34 UTC in reply to "This article."
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One false claim is that systemd is faster than SysV at booting the system. Almost every discussion I've ever read concerning systemd has proponents that claim systemd boots faster. In some edge cases it might, but in all my tests systemd has been slower or the same speed at SysV.
http://distrowatch.com/weekly.php?issue=20141027#qa

Another is that systemd will unify Linux distributions, making skills cross-platform. This is false for two reasons. 1. Distributions have many other compatibility issues that have nothing to do with systemd. 2. There will always be outlying distros (Slackware, Pisi, Gentoo) that do not conform. And the point is not really relevant to anyone who uses Linux + other operating systems. For example, many people switch between FreeBSD and Linux and will not gain unity.

Another is that when systemd orders a service to stop it always stops. This is also false, I've seen several cases of systemd ordering processes to stop and the function fails.

Finally, some claim systemd is 100% compatible with SysV. This is not true and I know of a few daemons that have had to be patched to wrk with systemd and its quirks.

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