Linked by Eugenia Loli on Wed 1st Oct 2003 23:09 UTC
General Development OSNews was the first news magazine to break the story on Gnome's Seth Nickell effort to replace the Init system. Soon, it became confusing to many readers as to if Seth is planning to completely replace the Init system or simply "bridge" it. We had a chat with Seth and discussed about his plans on the project (which is a personal project so far) and for Storage, an exciting project which aims to replace the traditional filesystem with a new database-based document store.
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by jim on Thu 2nd Oct 2003 07:18 UTC

I suggest that you AT LEAST take a look at G. Pape page
http://smarden.org/runit/
It provide replace for even more than linux (BSD and maybe in futur MacOSX).

Before reenventing the wheel, look at existing project and the state of art. Also look at http://cbbrowne.com/info/init.html

Also, it's very old and was mind as a replacement for Debian init architecture, but I am still using it with sucess and with a little bit of work, you can make every service living in his own directory/username and even use concurrent version of the same service without disturbance:
"runlevel"
Ok, I can even find it anymore on google (it was in 98). But I can give the source code to anybody intersted in. It's a small C program that patch init to provide single file runlevel, service administration (like in some BSD systems).