[SASAG] Even more init processes to learn...

Leon Towns-von Stauber leonvs at occam.com
Wed Oct 4 18:50:06 PDT 2006

> Now in addition to Apple's launchd and Sun's SMF and all the other
> smaller ones (e.g. init-ng, runit, etc.), Ubuntu has decided to create
> their own init process.  They have a nice write up
> (https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ReplacementInitDiscussion) comparing their 
> idea
> with the others, but it does look like instead of having BSD or System 
> V
> init processes, we will have at a minimum 5 major init processes to
> learn (BSD, Apple, Sun, Ubuntu, System V) for folks with multiple
> platforms.  Makes cross platform management even more fun...

Garrr!!! These people are driving me crazy! You could blame the
Sun/Apple dissonance on an accident of timing, but this just
smacks of difference for its own sake. "Mine will be the
best!!11!one1one!!1" Just like UNIX to fragment itself further
this way.

I understand there are issues with licensing, and that the existing
solutions don't handle a few use cases they'd like to support. You
can bet that whatever the Ubuntu folks come up with, it won't be
perfect for everything, either. Seriously, can't we all just get
along? Maybe some folks from Sun, Apple, Ubuntu, Red Hat, and
wherever else ought to get together, come up with the One True
Service Management/Process Initiation Standard, throw it into POSIX
or something, and everybody implement *the same darn thing* for
once. One more transition for everybody, and then it's over.

It won't happen, though.

Leon Towns-von Stauber          http://www.occam.com/leonvs/
"We have not come to save you, but you will not die in vain!"

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