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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Why "GUI" developers should stay out of OS level stuff
by Anonymous on Fri 3rd Oct 2003 17:08 UTC

This just shows why GUI developers should stick with GUI development, and let others deal with the OS level coding. Notice how there isn't much desire to create a runlevel concept, and all focus is on the UI. Well, just because a typical end user doesn't care about managing/maintaining their system in a modular way, doesn't mean it isn't the right thing to do. I find it quite useful to be able to go to runlevel 5 to get an X login, and then bail back to runlevel 3 that has the advantage of quicker booting, not hogging all the resources that most of todays WMs do. All he's really interested is in making Gnome better. Sounds a lot like M$ plugging IE into their OS - STUPID!!! Other posters have said it, and I'll reiterate, if init needs more capability, add it, don't reinvent the wheel. It may be old code and an old concept, but what works works. Make fixes, add new features, but don't throw out a program/concept that has been good enough to last as long as init has. That's just being short-sighted and M$-ish. Change it for the sake of changing it.... Find something more useful to spend time on, for crying out loud. I personally don't even find Gnome useful, as compared to other WMs. Go work on it instead.