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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) by hendrikboom on Monday September 22 2014, @12:45AM

    by hendrikboom (1125) Subscriber Badge on Monday September 22 2014, @12:45AM (#96519) Homepage Journal

    Bad enough for the whole system to depend on one huge piece of software, such as the Linux kernel.

    Worse for it to depend on two.

  • (Score: 2) by FatPhil on Monday September 22 2014, @06:34AM

    by FatPhil (863) <reversethis-{if.fdsa} {ta} {tnelyos-cp}> on Monday September 22 2014, @06:34AM (#96633) Homepage
    There've been efforts to push stuff out of the kernel. Migration against statically linked board files towards DT. Before that, migration against both static /dev trees and kernel-controlled dynamic dev trees towards a user-space daemon-controlled dynamic /dev tree. Userspace helpers popping up in all kinds of places, such as in teh pluggable security modules. OK, there's been migration in the other direction too, but that's generally made sense. KMS was something that belonged in the kernel, and it's absurd that it wasn't there for so long.

    With systemd, the flow is only in one direction. It is becoming the grey goo.
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