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From: Rich Freeman <rich0@g.o>
To: gentoo-user@l.g.o
Subject: Re: [gentoo-user] Re: gigabyte mobo latency
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 21:35:54
In Reply to: [gentoo-user] Re: gigabyte mobo latency by James
1 On Sun, Oct 19, 2014 at 4:40 PM, James <wireless@×××××××××××.com> wrote:
2 > Rich Freeman <rich0 <at>> writes:
3 >
4 > Rich, embedded is my background. I'm more of an EE
5 > over the years. so YES, to me it is very important to
6 > understand hardware and the firmwares that allow all
7 > of the OO-gui stuffage that exists (and is wonderfull).
9 Again, I wasn't bashing anybody for having a desire to understand
10 cgroups. I just didn't want to suggest that it was necessary to have
11 this knowledge to actually use systemd.
13 Of course, if you're in an unusual niche (embedded, clusters, etc)
14 then systemd is going to be less mature, and since you're blazing a
15 trail the additional knowledge certainly wouldn't hurt. And of course
16 you don't have to use systemd to benefit from cgroups.
18 >
19 > You have an idealized view of what is going on in the cluster code spaces.
20 > (systemd issue abound aplenty). Folks are just loading binaries on top
21 > of binaries and look for salvation via config files.
23 You certainly have more firsthand perspective there than I do.
24 Systemd has plenty of issues in any configuration - it is very new,
25 and VERY susceptible to race conditions with its dependencies. When
26 you run it on a box that provides core services (dhcp, dns, nfs, etc)
27 as well as consuming those same services you can run into a lot of
28 unspecified dependencies. For example, systemd tends to assume that
29 if the network is up, DNS is up, but that doesn't work so well for
30 your DNS server.
32 None of these are insurmountable design issues, they just point to the
33 immaturity of the project.
35 But, like many here that aspect of systemd doesn't really scare me off much.
37 > If the systemd devs and perveyors feel pressure to make systemd a
38 > superior technology; what's wrong with that? I like the promise
39 > of systemd; I *hate* the way it has been jammed down on everyone.
41 Well, certainly on Gentoo it hasn't been jammed on anybody per-se.
42 About the closest to that in Gentoo has been the fact that they took
43 over udev maintenance, but that is an upstream issue (and nobody can
44 prevent anybody from forking it/etc). Within Gentoo there was some
45 controversy when some package maintainers wanted to prevent others
46 from adding systemd units to their packages, and from that standpoint
47 there is a policy that forces maintainers to stay out of the way if
48 somebody else wants to do the work to adapt a package for systemd (or
49 for openrc for that matter).
51 Most other distros only support a single init, and for whatever reason
52 they've decided to switch. That is really their business, but it is
53 hard to say that anybody is forcing anybody to do anything. Gnome is
54 obviously a factor, but again nobody HAS to use Gnome, and it is a bit
55 like complaining about having to have Java installed in order to play
56 minecraft or use some features in openoffice (granted, Java isn't
57 /quite/ as invasive though sometimes it feels that way).
59 > I think once Lennart moves on to something else (as many have pondered)
60 > systemd will become more attractive. In my youth, I did not understand
61 > 'good manners' and lennart epitomizes some episodes in my tempetuous youth I
62 > regret.
64 Welcome to the FOSS community, where principle and idealism trumps
65 relationships every day. In the end we tolerate contributors because
66 they contribute. We could always choose to not use their stuff, but
67 for the most part we're too lazy to re-implement everything. With
68 FOSS people only have power over you if you give it to them, but not
69 giving it to them comes with a price.
71 > Older folks just murmur under their breath that this snot_nosed_kid
72 > should have been bitch_slapped by that idiot Linus. He failure to
73 > reign in that looser cannot be white_washed by anyone; so let's just
74 > let this go.......
76 Just what would you have Linus do? Other than criticize publicly,
77 there isn't much Linus can do about systemd, since he maintains the
78 kernel and systemd isn't part of the kernel. Linus has about as much
79 power to change systemd as anybody does.
81 Again, with FOSS YOU choose who gets the power, since you choose what
82 software you use. If you run xfce then there is nothing the gnome
83 developers can do to touch you. Now, if all the xfce maintainers get
84 bored and quit you're stuck, but that is true of anything in FOSS.
85 You get what you pay for. :)
87 --
88 Rich