which translated means that he's using systemd as a power play to try to make the overwhelming majority of distros change configuration files to match those of his tiny minority.
You're characterizing this as a 'power play', but I don't see how he would particularly benefit. Config files aren't that big a deal. As long as they're still flat text files, and not some weird binary format like the Windows Registry, then it's usually pretty easy to adapt tools to read and generate a little different format.
It just doesn't seem to me that config files are worth getting het up about. As long as they're flat files, they're easy to translate and move around. Yeah, it might be a little more work, but if you're on a really oddball distro with a strange format for configuration, well, that's the price you'll have to pay if you want to run systemd. Maybe it's worth it to you, maybe it isn't, but it doesn't appear likely that any other software is going to stop working if you don't have it.
At least at present, the only benefit I see to Lennart in dropping minority config files is saving work, and I don't particularly begrudge him that.
As a thought experiment, if every Linux distro, everywhere, switches to systemd format for configuration files, do we really lose anything? Does it actually matter, or is it just resistance to change? Perhaps a feeling of losing a competition?
tl;dr version: I don't see any reason for a big emotional investment in config files. Am I missing something?
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