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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"Linux is not about choice.

It patently is, and a snarky website doesn't add anything to the discussion.

It is a choice, but that is not what it is about. It is about providing a freely available unix kernel. Or at least, that is what it was originally about.

Trying to make Linux about choice is what is killing or has killed it as a viable desktop OS.

The only thing that has kept Linux useful is that many companies are making those choices for people and imposing a vision (by paying developers to make it meet their needs), and rest assured, none of those needs is to have a million startup or init systems.

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