[arch-general] Re: RFC: OpenRC as init system for Arch

Nicolas Sebrecht nsebrecht at piing.fr
Thu Apr 26 04:49:26 EDT 2012


The 25/04/12, Patrick Lauer wrote:

> As an alternative to the One Process For Everything I'd like to ask you to evalute OpenRC as an init system for Arch Linux.


> While Gentoo is by far the largest user it's definitely not the only one
> - there are the direct derivatives (Sabayon, pentoo, funtoo,
> sysrescuecd, tinhat, ...) and some "foreign" users (Alpine, a debian
> derivative, uses OpenRC)

Alpine is highly dedicated to small systems with few physical resources
which makes the reference not much relevant.

> Should you decide to switch (or just evaluate if switching is possible /
> makes sense) you'll get full support from us in migrating init scripts
> and figuring out all the nontrivial changes. Just visit us on IRC (
> #openrc on irc.freenode.net), send us a mail ( openrc at gentoo.org ) or
> meet us for a beer or two.
> Thanks for your consideration,
> Patrick Lauer
> Gentoo Developer, OpenRC co-maintainer

I wouldn't expect anything else from a OpenRC maintainer to support his
tool to be used on other platforms. :-)

But to be fair, you should say that the future of OpenRC is NOT certain
in Gentoo at least, and as a consequence in all of the forked projects.

Please all, take a look at:
- http://marc.info/?l=gentoo-dev&m=130929913506375&w=4
- https://bugs.gentoo.org/show_bug.cgi?id=373219
- http://marc.info/?l=gentoo-dev&m=132538362810246&w=4

Gentoo might make systemd the default init system in the future. Nobody
can say if and when this could heppen but this is clearly possible for
OpenRC to become a Gentoo init system _alternative_.

This is why I think that switching to OpenRC *now* would be wrong.

Nicolas Sebrecht

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