[Date Prev][Date Next] [Thread Prev][Thread Next] [Date Index] [Thread Index]

Re: A few observations about systemd

On Sun, Feb 26, 2012 at 09:00:07PM +0100, Svante Signell wrote:
> The main question is: For who's interest should Debian exist, the
> upstream authors, the Debian maintainers or the users? My vote is on the
> latter :)

I think few argue against Debian being for the users.  But the question
is, what does our users really want?  I honestly never heard the huge
outcry from users demanding us to port Debian to the FreeBSD kernel.
I'm fairly certain this started out as a project that some of our
developers thought would be interesting.

Likewise I've never noticed any demand for a Hurd port (and in fact I
suspect that even when the Hurd port finally reaches a reasonable state
of completion the userbase will be limited to people running it for the
novelty factor rather than because it actually provides any real

That said I haven't heard any outcry from users for systemd or upstart

Point being is that sometimes we as developers need to try to make a
judgment on what would serve our users the most.  What we do know is
that we have a huge userbase of Linux users.

I think most people also realise that sysvinit is beginning to really
show signs of aging (or rather, that the world around it has developed
to a point where it no longer can keep up).  systemd and upstart both
aim to solve a lot of these issues, and also at least in systemd's case,
but I guess this also goes for upstart, to add additional value that
hasn't even been an option with sysvinit (socket activation being one

Regards, David Weinehall
 /) David Weinehall <tao@debian.org> /) Rime on my window           (\
//  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~   //  Diamond-white roses of fire //
\)  http://www.acc.umu.se/~tao/    (/   Beautiful hoar-frost       (/

Reply to: