[arch-general] Alternative init system proposal

Ivan parazyd at dyne.org
Tue Feb 9 08:17:45 UTC 2016

On Mon, 08 Feb 2016, Guus Snijders wrote:

> 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

Definitely not a bad idea, but I would need a team that would help me
maintain it. All Arch Linux packages are compiled with
systemd support, so lots of recompiling and package editing would need
to be done.
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