[arch-general] Alternative init system proposal

Guus Snijders gsnijders at gmail.com
Mon Feb 8 14:24:08 UTC 2016

Op 8 feb. 2016 01:59 schreef "Ivan" <parazyd at dyne.org>:
> Hello, I have a proposal for Arch Linux developers and by mailing
> on this list I would also appreciate feedback from non-developers that
> use Arch Linux.
> Note: I am not here to hate on the current status, nor
> to disapprove of current Arch choices.
> So, to get to the point...
> I would like to propose development and official support of an
> alternative init system and service manager. My main preference would be
> OpenRC + sysvinit. The combination of those two has shown to work
> surprisingly well even with the current Arch's binary packages which are
> compiled with systemd support/dependencies.

I love the idea, even just from a technical pov.
However... It may be a bit much to ask from the developers to officially
support another init system.

That said, how about a archbang-like approach? Archbang is basically
Archlinux and uses the Arch packages. I could imagine the same sort of
approach, perhaps offering custom packages and/or add-ons where necessary.

This approach gives users a simple way to choose (and possibly switch!),
while giving developers an easier way to experiment with options.  Where
things work without too much overhead, they could be incorporated into
Arch, whereas packages with compatibility problems could be confined to
this specific projects repositories.

Perhaps I'm being ignorant here and has this approach already been tried.
If so, my apologies.

Mvg, Guus Snijders

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