Linked by Eugenia Loli on Tue 30th Sep 2003 05:20 UTC
General Development In the dawn of the renovation of's web site, David Zeuthen announced the release of HAL 0.1. HAL is an implementation of a hardware abstraction layer, as defined by Havoc Pennington's paper. It encompasses a shared library for use in applications, a daemon, a hotplug tool, command line tools and a set of stock device info files. Carlos Perelló Marín also announced the design of a similar concept, but it is expected the two projects to merge. More people are encouraged to join this innovative project. Elsewhere, Gnome's Seth Nickell is giving us a first taste of his effort to replace the Init system.
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by Erwos on Tue 30th Sep 2003 13:14 UTC

I think it's become apparent that the current init system has serious speed problems and is quite hackish and overly complicated, and that we need to do a rewrite. Seth's answer seems to be _exactly_ what it should be, which is greatly refreshing. Move the onus of "daemonhood" onto the apps, which can implement it in machine code.

I cannot believe that moving things out of relatively slow bash scripts and into a lower-level, compiled language wouldn't make quite a bit of difference in speed.