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Bug#727708: multiple init systems - formal resolution proposal - Don't like software, don't use it. Absolutely.

On Thu, Jan 30, 2014 at 12:04 PM, Ian Jackson wrote:
>> What would be the effecr if we decided to drop GNOME, because it
>> depends on systemd?
> In this hypothetical scenario:
> It would be fairly easy for a downstream of Debian to mandate systemd
> for their users, and provide Gnome.
> It would not be anywhere near as easy for a downstream of Debian to
> undo the assumption by Debian (de facto or de jure) of systemd as the
> one true init system.
> If it comes down to it I would prefer to drop Gnome than to make
> systemd mandatory for all of Debian's users and downstreams just
> because Gnome had introduced a hard dependency on systemd.
> Luckily this is all hypothetical.

The only hypothetical situation that would result in dropping gnome is
one where the TC enacts language barring dependencies on non-default
init systems.  In all other cases systemd remains in debian, and gnome
can remain by using systemd.

So, to lets take a step back from this hypothetical cliff by removing
that idea from the discussion.

Best wishes,

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