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Debian inches towards new init system decision amid fallout

The debate began in late October, when the technical committee was asked to make an adjudication, and months of debate followed thereafter, before the choice was finalised to a decision between: systemd, a modern, default init system of many Linux distributions nowadays that significantly decreases boot times on Linux systems, but is tightly integrated to solely Linux; Canonical’s upstart, a modern init system that is found in Ubuntu; sysvinit, the existing default in Debian that is widely used and can trace its history back to the 1980s; and openrc, a Gentoo-backed init system that is similar to sysvinit in many respects.