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: Systemd impact
by whartung on Wed 5th Nov 2014 17:31 UTC in reply to "Systemd impact"
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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 is the problem with systemd.

Replacing the init system, who cares. Solaris SMF, Mac Launchd, BSD init, SysV Init, SystemD, at the "init level", they're basically silent and unintrusive. While the software impacts system management tasks, they don't impact actual software.

SystemD, however, does impact software. Now you have software that depends on SystemD, and that dependency is not simply an extra library you need to install along with the software, it's something more fundamental, more active. Because SystemD is not an idle participant.

If SystemD didn't have such a large collateral impact, I think the uproar would be non-existent. Because then SystemD would be an actual choice, like vi vs Emacs. Instead, it has a much large external footprint.

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