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LWN.net Weekly Edition for May 23, 2013
An "enum" for Python 3
An unexpected perf feature
LWN.net Weekly Edition for May 16, 2013
A look at the PyPy 2.0 release
Most of the criticism is based on buzzwords that have no real meaning "this is bloat" ... "xyz has been like this for 30 years" ... "this is not UNIX like" ...
Sure this sounds harsh but it is a good theory to explain the irrational arguments that you keep reading on the internet on such topics.
Poettering: The Biggest Myths
Posted Jan 27, 2013 21:39 UTC (Sun) by misc (subscriber, #73730)
Posted Jan 28, 2013 18:19 UTC (Mon) by ThinkRob (subscriber, #64513)
It's not a "fear of change" (which is a ridiculous thing in the first place...) or a "fear that [our] knowledge becomes useless" ('cause if that were the issue we wouldn't be in the IT field). It's just that some of us don't like changes when they bring no benefits that matter to us yet require us to re-learn a bunch of stuff that just generally worked "well enough" for a couple decades.
Yes, it's not a huge deal, but it's still a pain, especially when the previous implementation was satisfactory.
Posted Jan 28, 2013 20:58 UTC (Mon) by HelloWorld (guest, #56129)
Posted Jan 28, 2013 21:13 UTC (Mon) by davidstrauss (subscriber, #85867)
It's not clear what requires immediate re-learning with systemd unless the administrator has a habit of directly altering rc.d symlinks, which hasn't been a best practice for a long time.
Existing init scripts work, unaltered, with systemd. Enabling and disabling services with chkconfig maps transparently to the proper operation in systemd. Mounts configured in fstab come over, automatically, as mount units and can continue to be managed the same way as before.
None of those compatibility features is going away any time soon.
And, for admins wanting to transition to the native tools, extensive documentation and guides  exist.
If that's not good enough for you and you can't appreciate the value these tools provide to others, I can only describe your attitude toward keeping SysV init as selfish. The FOSS world doesn't owe you stagnation once it's met your needs.
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