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Re: choice in core infrastructure decisions (Re: Bug#684396: ITP: openrc -- alternative boot mechanism)

 ❦ 11 août 2012 01:12 CEST, Josselin Mouette <joss@debian.org> :

>> Declaring "one area -- one chosen tool" is declaring the monopoly in the
>> area. As with other monopolies, this often leads to "vendor" lock-in,
>> stagnation, stopping developing the standards. Have seen examples of all
>> that occasionally.
> That’s a very theoretical reasoning. Practically, when you have several
> init implementations, what you can do is limited by the least capable of
> them — even worse, instead of bringing more features, you can only use
> the intersection of their functionality.

There is a workaround for this: declaring that all daemons should
support systemd (or upstart), support for other init being done
through some compatibility layer or, exceptionally, by providing ad-hoc
init scripts.

This is the subject of one GSoC project (I don't know its status):

As long as the more capable init is used as reference, I really don't
care if people try to fit alternate inits.

If we cannot get a compatibility layer, I agree with you: we should move
forward to a more capable (event driven) init.
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