On 12/16/22 15:46, Andreas Radke wrote:
> I suggest to fix this lack of init choice/alternative. I'd like to
> implement it into the official Arch Linux repos allowing to choose
> some different init replacement. We can either just add a 2nd init
> system in the most simple way or allow real init-freedom offering
> full choice and leave it up to be further filled by the community.
I remember the discussions well. Most of which took place on the arch-general
list at the time. It may be helpful to take feedback from the arch-general
list, at least to get feedback on the current community thoughts on the matter.
For me, I think it is a great idea Andreas. While for desktop use systemd has
captured a majority of the distros -- and no complaints, the
take-it-or-leave-it if you want Arch seems a bit restrictive. While the change
from init-scripts to systemd was uncomfortable at the time, the transition was
That said, the point made about providing an alternative init to help with
implementation on new architectures is well-taken. While systemd does provide
a great deal of functionality, it also fairly heavy.
Keeping systemd as a default while providing an alternative init for those
that would benefit from -- or just like to use -- an alternative init sounds
like a solid way to go. Essentially giving Arch the best of both worlds.
David C. Rankin, J.D.,P.E.