systemd defines itself as a system and service manager. The project was initiated in 2010 by Lennart Poettering and Kay Sievers to create an integrated set of tools for managing a Linux system including an
init daemon. It also includes device management (
udev) and logging, among other things. Some would say that it is not just an
init program, it is a way of life. It is state of the art, and still evolving rapidly.
systemd is common on desktop and server Linux distributions, and is becoming popular on embedded Linux systems too, especially on more complex devices. So, how is it better than System V
init for embedded systems?
- Configuration is simpler and more logical (once you understand it), rather than the sometimes convoluted shell scripts ...
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