Linked by jessesmith on Wed 5th Nov 2014 10:39 UTC
Linux Over the past year I've been reading a lot of opinions on the new init technology, systemd. Some people think systemd is wonderful, the bee's knees. Others claim that systemd is broken by design. Some see systemd as a unifying force, a way to unite the majority of the Linux distributions. Others see systemd as a growing blob that is slowly becoming an overly large portion of the operating system. One thing that has surprised me a little is just how much people care about systemd, whether their opinion of the technology is good or bad. People in favour faithfully (and sometimes falsely) make wonderful claims about what systemd is and what it can supposedly do. Opponents claim systemd will divide the Linux community and drive many technical users to other operating systems. There is a lot of hype and surprisingly few people presenting facts.
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Comment by fkooman
by fkooman on Wed 5th Nov 2014 20:40 UTC
fkooman
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2008-05-06

It really boils down to what is the best choice for people building (Linux) distributions and what gives them the least amount of work in supporting it.

Apparently using systemd results in less work for maintainers and that is why they like it and use it. As a user you can hate(?) it, but that is not relevant. You are not the one putting in the work to keep the (sometimes) fragile shell scripts running and debug them.

Even developers like it! It makes their work easier, they can delegate a lot of work to the system. And it magically works on all Linux distributions!

As usual, the people yelling the most are the ones not doing anything to make the world a better place.

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RE: Comment by fkooman
by hobgoblin on Thu 6th Nov 2014 18:49 in reply to "Comment by fkooman"
hobgoblin Member since:
2005-07-06

Less work because if they want to ship Gnome as a desktop option they need to support logind, and that means either systemd or systemd-shim.

And the latter is chasing the former much like Wine is chasing Windows.

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