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15 September 2010, 10:29

Fedora 14 to use Upstart not systemd

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The Fedora Engineering Steering Committee (FESCo) has decided to use Upstart instead of systemd as the standard init system for the Fedora 14 Linux distribution, which is expected to be released in November. Systemd, an alternative to SysV Init and Upstart, released in late April and used in the alpha of Fedora 14, is now scheduled to become part of the standard system in Fedora 15. Among the reasons for this decision are some problems testers recently found during the systemd test day.

The decision was made following a prolonged IRC discussion. The main developer of systemd, Lennart Poettering, didn't contribute to the discussion and wasn't too pleased about the decision – among other things, because he has apparently already fixed many of the bugs that were discovered during the test day. However, it seems that systemd will remain available in Fedora's package repositories, which makes it easy for users to activate it – a similar thing was already possible at the beginning of the development of Fedora 14, when systemd was brand new and Upstart was still used by default.


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