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Bug#727708: Thoughts on Init System Debate

On Sun, 19 Jan 2014, Steve Langasek wrote:
> I'm not sure I understand. Do you mean you think the systemd landscape
> may change in the future, making it possible to port systemd to other
> kernels; or do you mean that you "would like to see" a single
> supported init system, but are willing to sacrifice this desire for a
> greater good of keeping Debian portable to other kernels?

The latter. I want to see a single supported init system, and I hope it
will happen some day, but I'm OK with sacrificing it for the time being.

> With infinite resources and infinite will to match systemd
> feature-for-feature on Hurd and FreeBSD, it would obviously be
> possible to deliver the same experience on all architectures using
> systemd. But we shouldn't kid ourselves by treating this as a *likely*
> outcome.

Right, I don't believe it is likely either. I was just taking a moment
to describe what an ideal world would look like.

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