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Re: Wouter and Gergely: software monopoly vs diversity

On Fri, Mar 16, 2012 at 9:57 PM, Wouter Verhelst wrote:

> In some cases, of course, that isn't the case, and then things get
> somewhat more complex. A good example on that is the systemd discussion
> on -devel currently: making systemd the default and required init
> implementation would, in the current state of things, instantly axe the
> kFreeBSD port. I am of the opinion that this simple fact therefore rules
> out systemd as the default and required init implementation for Debian;
> but it looks as if not everyone shares that opinion currently.

I think you will find that debootstrap supports installing different
packages on different architectures. For wheezy chroots it uses this
mechanism to install the right libc package but it could easily be
extended to use sysvinit on non-Linux architectures and
systemd/upstart on Linux ones. apt/dpkg support architecture-specific
depends. I'm assuming that d-i/tasksel also do so. So personally I
don't think switching the default init system on the Linux
architectures "instantly axes the kFreeBSD port" in any way at all.



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