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Bug#727708: How much of L vs T is still relevant in light of the Ubuntu announcement?

Bdale Garbee <bdale@gag.com> writes:
> James Hogarth <james.hogarth@gmail.com> writes:

>> So in light of the new announcement[1] how much of L vs T is still
>> relevant?

> Mark's announcement may mean that upstart is less likely to be a viable
> alternative over time, but it says nothing at all about the other init
> systems and their users in Debian.  

Completely agreed.

The principles that we're trying to apply here are Debian principles, and
continue to be sound regardless of the decisions of our downstreams.  It
will always be possible that init systems will wax and wane, that new ones
will crop up and that developers might stop working on others.  What we're
trying to do here is figure out what sort of framework Debian should use
for thinking about init systems and supporting subsets of our community
that want to work on different init systems.

As a bonus, if we do this properly, we'll have at least a start on how to
handle the new init system that comes along after systemd with some other
neat new feature set that people are excited about.  If there's anything
that's sure in free software, it's that any given component will
eventually have some competitor that at least some people like better.

Russ Allbery (rra@debian.org)               <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>

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