Re: systemd as external dependency


Lennart Poettering wrote:
> On Wed, 18.05.11 15:49, Josselin Mouette (joss debian org) wrote:
>> I don’t have anything against requiring systemd, since it is definitely
>> the best init system out there currently, but the Linux dependency is an
>> absolute no-no for us. Having optional Linux-only functionalities is OK;
>> requiring Linux is not.
> Quite frankly, I'd like to question this. In the light of GNOME OS I
> think we need to ask ourselves the question if we do ourselves any good
> if we continue to support all kinds of kernels that simply cannot keep
> up with Linux anymore.

This would be a major departure for the project, a big kick in the face
for long-term partners like Oracle/Sun, and also for other free
operating systems like BSD.

Are you sure you're not taking the GNOME OS idea a bit far here? Are we
going to start depending on kernels carrying specific patch sets next?
Or specifying which package management system we expect GNOME
distributors to choose?


Dave Neary
GNOME Foundation member
dneary gnome org

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