Alternative Init System

Corey Burger corey.burger at
Mon Feb 27 07:33:44 GMT 2006

On 2/26/06, Uphaar Agrawalla <euphaar at> wrote:
> On 2/27/06, Lukas Sabota <punkrockguy318 at> wrote:
> >
> > I believe the init system that Mac OSX has been opensourced, although I
> > can't remember what it is called.  There was a big discussion about it
> > being included in open source systems, but I don't think anything has
> > come of it.  Ubuntu should do some research in that area.
> >
> It has been discussed before, there were licencing issues with it.
> Searching the list archives for "launchd" should give you more info.

If a good replacement for init existed, it would already be used. How,
Dapper is meant to be a conservative release. Dapper+1 is where the
fun can begin.

There does exist a few solutions out there, all of which are suboptimal

Init-ng - Mostly a hack
launchd = what OS X  uses. released under the APSL and thus unsuitable
as the APSL is considered to be non-free
SMF - from Solaris, unknown if it is covered under OpenSolaris. Even
if it is, it is CDDL, which is considered to be non-free

So as you can see, there is no easy solution. Please take any further
discussion to sounder as it is not appropriate for ubuntu-devel.



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