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Re: If Linux Is About Choice, Why Then ...

On 3/13/17 12:40 PM, Greg Wooledge wrote:

On Mon, Mar 13, 2017 at 12:30:11PM -0700, Patrick Bartek wrote:
The Linux mantra has always been "choice," plethoras of choices. So why
at install time, is there no choice for the init system?  You get what
the developers decide. Yes, you can install a new one -- I've done it
and it works -- but only after the install.  It'd be a lot easier, if
there were a choice to begin with just like whether you want a GUI and
which one.
Because the number of people who want to run a new version of Debian with
an ancient and deprecated init system is probably in the triple digits,

You are a member of a small minority.  It's not reasonable to expect
that a whole bunch of time will be spent making install images with
alternative init systems for such a small demand.  You have a solution
which works just fine.

That might be because all of those who run servers - the traditional realm of Debian - have given up and migrated elsewhere. We can't afford to run a poorly designed load of crap, that takes over one's machine, as an init system.

Miles Fidelman

In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice.
In practice, there is.  .... Yogi Berra