[arch-general] Systemd : Analysis of reactions of Users

Dennis Herbrich dennis at archlinux.org
Thu Jul 26 07:14:02 EDT 2012

On Thu, Jul 26, 2012 at 12:45:28PM +0200, Ralf Mardorf wrote:
> "Never change a winning team" as long as your alternative for sure does
> improve the computer usage for everybody.

I assume you wanted to say "unless" instead of "as long as".

First off, "everybody" is not Arch Linux' target demography. No distribution
targets 'everybody', and that'd be close to impossible to achieve, anyway.
Please just accept that Arch Linux, as one distribution among literally
hundreds, targets "experienced linux users". Don't take this as an official
definition, but it's a good rule of thumb to work with that renders most
points you're making moot.

Teachers or students, are not "experienced linux users", usually. There are
distributions much better suited for these people's needs, which would be
proper subjects to your argumentation, but not Arch Linux. They don't care how
their system boots, but we Arch users do. That's why we've got these threads
clogging the MLs right now.

Arch Linux is not specifically designed to "win over" the desktop users, or the
grandmas of the nation. There's not even a goal to win over *anybody* in the
first place! We're not running a business here, but offer a service for a
specific niche. Take it or leave it, voice your opinion, help develop a better
solution for that niche.

Pretty please, with sugar and cherry on top, lose the arguments "it's too
complicated for X" with X!="experience linux users" and "status quo works for
me". Those are simply not largely relevant when debating the inclusion of
another, optional(!) init system.


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