Interview with SystemD developers

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Systemd's goal is to standardize Linux, +Lennart Poettering told us three years ago. For quite some time, already, the project that was started by Poettering and +Kay Sievers has become more than simply an init-service; with the upcoming switch to +systemd  by the Debian and Ubuntu Linux distributions, it seems that systemd's goal to standardize Linux has been achieved, according to the developers in the interview with

In the meantime, the only missing OS from among the biggest and most well-known Linux distributions is +Slackware all others have either implemented systemd already, offer a solution for its use, or have begun the changeover to systemd.  That's something that the developers could never have imagined, though did hope; ultimately, they remain convinced of the advantages that their software provides.

In the last four years they were both heavily criticized, though, as Sievers put it, that criticism comes and goes, only to fade away. Sievers is familiar with dealing with this type of muster even back when he was developing the udev program. "Those who sound off the loudest are those that go away the quickest", he says.

More than an Init-System

At the moment, systemd handles numerous individual processes, including the journal service and the login service.  "We consider it more of a platform than an init-system", says Sievers.  The biggest innovation is the development of the KDBus (Kernel D-Bus), though the team still has plans for further innovative ideas.

Plans like improving the NetworkManager's implementation during situations like the early boot phase or its use in Server environments through (NetworkD) a Network-Daemon. For better interoperability in server deployments, the systemd team is employing the use of containers, which should provide for increased performance over virtualization like KVM.  Excplicitly for desktop systems, a type of sandbox (App-Sandboxing) is apparently being developed, something that's already being offered by Android and even Windows 8.

+Fedora , +openSUSE , perhaps even +Arch Linux  use systemd by default, in +Gentoo  it's available as an option, and +Ubuntu  and +Debian  have planned to switch over within the upcoming few releases.  Given the fact that most, if not all, of the other Linux distributions are based on these above-mentioned Operating Systems, it's safe to say that systemd has conquered the Linux world.

Original Article and Video Interview (in German) at

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