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Upstart Now Available In Debian Unstable

Debian

Published on 27 November 2012 10:02 AM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in Debian
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Steve Langasek of Canonical has pushed their latest Upstart init daemon into Debian unstable. Debian GNU/Linux can now handle either SysVinit, systemd, and Upstart to handle a head-to-head system booting battle.

Langasek announced via his blog that Upstart is now in Debian. This init daemon isn't becoming the default within Debian, but it's now available as an unstable package and will be supported with the forthcoming "Wheezy" release.

As Langasek says on his blog, "it's now possible to do meaningful head-to-head comparisons of boot speed between sysvinit (with startpar), upstart, and systemd. At one time or another people have tested systemd vs. sysvinit when using bash as /bin/sh, and upstart vs. sysvinit, and systemd vs. sysvinit+startpar, and there are plenty of bootcharts floating around showing results of one init system or another on one distro or another, but I'm not aware of anyone having done a real, fair comparison of the three solutions, changing nothing but the init system."

Steve's begun publishing some of his Bootchart results from the different systems here. On his blog he's begun providing some analysis between systemd and Upstart.

Upstart 1.6 was released earlier this month with new booting features. Systemd 196 was released last week and also brought new features.

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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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