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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Re: Ack
by Rayiner Hashem on Thu 2nd Oct 2003 15:14 UTC

I really don't have much of an opinion either way about this. Linux does need better boot times, and I really don't care if it comes bout via this mechanism or a rework of the existing init system.

As for Python --- you have to seperate the Python language itself from additional modules. The Python runtime has almost no dependencies. Its no different from bash --- its a programming language + interpreter, except that its a much better language. The reason I suggest Python is that its already being used in a lot of other places in most distros, so it might be nice to standardize on one glue language for the most important pieces.

PS> OS X uses a combination of BSD init and their own system called SystemStarter, which is very much like SysV init. Specifically, BSD init brings up the low-level stuff, and SystemStarter brings up networking and the GUI.