Linked by diegocg on Mon 23rd Aug 2010 14:10 UTC
Linux Lennart Poettering has posted a status update about systemd, an init/upstart alternative. systemd is able now to replace /etc/fstab and cron, and it seems it will be the default init system for Fedora 14. He has also written a post about systemd for administrators.
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launchd is supposed to do all this and has been open source for years.

You're right about that. They've said that launchd doesn't fit on Linux very well though, and that it isn't scalable enough. To quote the rather vague explanation:

launchd is a great invention, but I am not convinced that it would fit well into Linux, nor that it is suitable for a system like Linux with its immense scalability and flexibility to numerous purposes and uses.

which you can find in the FAQ section of :

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