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call for votes on default Linux init system for jessie

I've spent much of the last few days pondering the current state
of the TC's init system debate, and what our next step(s) should be.

The original question posed to us in bug #727708 was to "vote on and
decide the default init system for Debian".  Two things have become 
clear to me in the ensuing discussion.  

First, the best choice for our Linux-based architectures may not be the 
best choice for our non-Linux architectures, so trying to decide a on
single default init system for all possible Debian architectures may 
not make sense.  I agree that philosophically it would be nice if this
worked, but as the Linux kernel and relevant applications continue to
evolve new capabilities at a rate different from the other kernels we 
attend to, this feels like it's becoming more of a challenge over time.

Second, even within our Linux architectures, it seems that there can be
compelling reasons to choose an alternative init system for some target 
environments.  This leads me to want to let Debian's normal processes
of competition and selection work to the greatest extent possible, enabling
those who are interested to pursue and maintain alternative init systems
at whatever level of functionality is necessary to meet their needs.

After reviewing Ian's current ballot draft in our repository, I believe
that trying to drive such a ballot forward to a TC vote would be be 
difficult.  This leads me to consider a different approach to try and
get things rolling productively again.  

I propose we take the simplest possible "next step".  Let's vote just
on the question of what the default init system for Linux architectures 
should be in jessie.  Once we have an answer to this question, it seems 
to me that we would be "over the hump" and more likely to be able to 
re-focus our attention on all the secondary questions, like what our 
transition plan should be, whether we should try to dictate a default for
non-Linux architectures, how and to what extent alternate init systems 
should be supported, and so forth.  Most importantly, we could start 
*collaborating* again... which is something I fervently wish for!

Therefore, I call for votes on the following ballot.  If any of you feel 
that this is the wrong way to proceed, feel free to vote further discussion
above all other options.  I would appreciate votes from all TC members
on this ballot as soon as possible, at least before the end of January.


  The default init system for Linux architectures in jessie should be

  1.  systemd

  2.  upstart

  3.  openrc

  4.  sysvinit (no change)

  5.  requires further discussion.



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