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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No runlevels? Good !
by MacroRodent on Thu 2nd Oct 2003 09:38 UTC

People forget that runlevels is a fairly recent import
from Unix SystemV. Originally Unix init did not have them.
There was just the distinction between single-user mode
and multiuser mode (OK, you could call them two runlevels).

Even all Linux distros do not use runlevels. I think
Slackware is the most prominent example.

One major problem with runlevels is that they mean different
things in different systems and a single digit is really
bad as a descriptive name. It also implies a hierarchy
that does not always make any sense. For example, it is
quite reasonable to have a system state where you have
the X11 GUI running but all network services are down.
Should this be above or below the runlevel where the network
starts?!

I like the idea of profiles, if used judiciously and
named well.