Penguin Magazine: System V InitApr 18, 2000, 15:09 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Scott R. Haven)
[ Thanks to Raul for this link. ]
"Derived from AT&T's "System V" Unix, the Linux init process is designed to control the startup and shutdown of system services, or "daemons." Similar to Safe Mode in Windows 95/98, the init process allows for different startup configurations or "runlevels.""
"The init process affords us a great deal of flexibility and functionality by providing: