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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Sully
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2014-11-05

Linux is not about choice.


It patently is, and a snarky website doesn't add anything to the discussion.

I note you do not address any concerns relying bug fixes, or administration transparency. The latter is a big, big deal in server land. Workarounds are a symptom of good design. Also, this particular slice of slightly disingenuous pie by proponents has been going since 2010:

The APIs of all of their binaries are well documented. Want to use a different getty? Go ahead. You'll just have to take care of making sure it works with the other binaries in the userland... which is what you already had to do anyway.


I'm sure you know full well that is not at all straightforward (by design), and has been the source of some pretty big headaches for shim projects. The API most definitely is not stable, by LP's own words.

If portability isn't important to you (or anyone else), that's your prerogative. I've no problem with that, or proprietary software and practices. There's room for everything. However, UNIX philosophy is not an 'argument to tradition', it is a set of tried and tested design ideas that have been proven to work, and have contributed strongly to the considerable progress of both Linux and the *BSDs.

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