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Re: Switching the default startup method

On Mon, Aug 24, 2009 at 07:41:27PM +0200, Luk Claes wrote:
> Martin Wuertele wrote:
> > Because several people prefere to use file-rc for various reasons, e.g.
> > on embedded systems. Therefore it is essential that insserv can be
> > purged without running into such bugs.
> AFAIK embedded systems don't use plain Debian so don't have to keep the
> same Essential package set anyway.

'Embedded' is a bit of an umbrella definition that covers many things.
Some embedded systems have a few kilobytes of RAM and little permanent
storage; others are only 'embedded' in that they're small enough to be
part of 'something else', but have several gigabytes of permanent
storage and a processor with a clockspeed of several hundred megahertz.

There are embedded systems that wouldn't even fit a Linux kernel; OTOH
I'm currently doing work on an 'embedded' platform that has the storage
capacity (but not the processor power) to run a full modern desktop.

Therefore, saying that 'embedded' systems don't use 'plain Debian', and
drawing all kinds of conclusions from that statement, is a bit
dangerous IMO.

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