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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Good thing BSD doesn't have multiple run modes!
by Anonymous on Thu 2nd Oct 2003 22:23 UTC

I wonder if somehow BSD can benefit from this. At least the idea of it. NetBSD's init scripts is a step ahead in the booting process, but I also believe that it does need to get better.

The good thing is that BSD doesn't have run levels. Either you're in single-user mode, or multi-user mode. I wonder if that would make things easier for this to work on BSD systems.

And if you wanted to boot into GUI, then just enable xdm in your /etc/ttys file and BAM! you boot into a GUI. I'm pretty sure the process is similar for Linux. Well, instead of editing /etc/ttys you just edit whatever file it may be to boot into xdm. I don't remember what run mode that was since it's been a long time since I've used Linux.

But anyway, yeah service start up on Unix (as a whole) needs to get better and this might be a step in the right direction.