1st some history/background:
Back some time ago an alternative to sysvinit was developed called daemontools (look at sources below) and people liked it. From “it” runit was cloned, very similar but started from scratch, to be as small, as light, as simple, and as responsive as hw itself. Runit set some goals for its development, kept being refined and eliminating any bugs, it worked on as many architectures as people could get their hands on, and the chief runit man decided to put it to bed. Runit has been frozen in time by its developer. Don’t expect it to catch up with other system development unless Void decides to clone it and develop it on their own, which in some ways they already do, but it is more polishing up the existing runit.
I’d like to inform you about my new Linux distribution called KISS.
Independent (not based on anything else).
Source based (like gentoo or crux).
Busybox init (busybox includes runit style services, sysvinit style services or plain shell scripts)
Packages compile without Telemetry/tracking.
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S6 appears as the init system that few distributions have chosen as their default init and service management/supervision (obarun and possibly Adélie once stable is released). There are quite a few commercial servers running on this system. For general personal use s6 seems complex, but complex is not always a bad thing. It would be unfair to compare it with older systems such as SysV-init. Sysvinit is the system that the overwhelming majority of enterprise system administrators had learned on and relied on for decades (yes it is more than one). Upstart seems extinct by now, and OpenRC is getting old as well, and didn’t necessarily deviate much from the path of sysvinit. But then there is Runit. Void and Artix appear the first two we think right away that use it. S6 is a step further into the future of unix-like systems. Continue reading
Edited again: 2018-11-15
As the previous site started out (08/2017) of the temporary need for Artix users to meet and exchange experiences, share solutions to problems, now that Artix has its official site, we have decided to move in the direction the site had already taken anyway. Freedom and equality of access and exchange of information.
Antix is to Debian what Obarun is to Arch, and Devuan is to debian what Artix is to arch. Such projects/distributions seem to be very promising in concept and execution. Equally promising, if not more, is Void and Adélie linux taking an independent path. Unfortunately we can not cover the progress of too many distros and at times we may have to drop a few from the list and concentrate on the few we believe there is future and hope. We have dropped Devuan over a year ago due to serious doubts with the project’s management, and now we have decided Artix has to go too. Continue reading
Davin McCall wrote a very extensive report on the peculiarities of init systems and service supervisors, how some of their differences are based on choice of compromises. On the vagaries of init systems
Then, some days later, a response to this article came from Chris Siebenmann who introduces us to even more dillemas and criteria to choose what init system suits a specific use best. Continue reading
Opinion poll: Preferred init software
It is time to really show that the non-systemd movement is not of negligible importance and people are going out of their way to avoid it, like the plague!
For a long while we have been blasted with the idea that “most” or “almost everyone” uses systemd, but there are no reliable data on the number of users, nor does such number conclude of what people use is what people like, or would rather use. Interestingly enough this weekly issue of Distrowatch’s editorial finds this poll and a top headline review of Devuan 2.0. Despite of MX linux being a systemd-free distro and climbing to top 10, or antix following close behind, Devuan receives priority by reviewers. Continue reading