Which is why the idea of a micro-kernel never completely dies. A micro-kernel would allow faster progress but in the case of the Linux kernel the performance disadvantages are too severe.
While no-one has yet devised an efficient micro-kernel replacement for Linux, implementing UNIXy cgroup monitoring and parallel boot are no more difficult than creating a monolithic unengineered monster to provide the same functionality.
Poettering keeps borging key FLOSS components because it gives him more power, not because his monolith is better. Carefully factored software - the UNIX way - is far more conducive to progress.
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