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posted by azrael on Sunday September 21 2014, @07:37AM   Printer-friendly
from the use-as-much-as-you-want dept.

A developer affiliated with has announced and released a fork of systemd, sardonically named uselessd.

The gist of it:

uselessd (the useless daemon, or the daemon that uses less... depending on your viewpoint) is a project which aims to reduce systemd to a base initd, process supervisor and transactional dependency system, while minimizing intrusiveness and isolationism. Basically, it’s systemd with the superfluous stuff cut out, a (relatively) coherent idea of what it wants to be, support for non-glibc platforms and an approach that aims to minimize complicated design.

uselessd is still in its early stages and it is not recommended for regular use or system integration, but nonetheless, below is what we have thus far.

They then go on to tout being able to compile on libc implementations besides glibc, stripping out unnecessary daemons and unit classes, working without udev or the journal, replacing systemd-fsck with a service file, and early work on a FreeBSD port (though not yet running).

Responses from the wider Linux community are yet to be heard.

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  • (Score: 1, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday September 21 2014, @01:54PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday September 21 2014, @01:54PM (#96316)

    Time will tell, and we should celebrate the fact that everyone can fork anything, and in the end the best solution will prevail.

    Correction: Time will tell us what Linux's corporate overlords think is the best solution...for them. Now that Linux is mainstream, I wouldn't expect the same kind of excitement and optimism in the community that we saw 20 years ago. That excitement is dead. It's the new Microsoft (which pains me to say, believe me).

    The ranting lunatic above (whose name I won't repeat here) is representative of the systemd crowd. Their demeanour and personality is carefully calculated to create maximum shock impact in discussion forums. They show up, insult people, use profanity, and generally cow everyone into submission.

    That's what we're used to, and should expect out of the systemd proponents: get used to it.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 22 2014, @03:11AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 22 2014, @03:11AM (#96566)

    I think you're right. Those kinds of people have trashed Firefox, they've trashed GNOME, and now they're trashing the goddamn init system. Everything those kind of people touch turns to utter shit.