It's Back To Voting For The Debian Init System
Written by Michael Larabel in Debian on 8 February 2014 at 04:58 PM EST. 56 Comments
The Debian technical committee has started a new voting process as they try to determine the default init system going forward for the free software project, largely deciding between systemd and Upstart. The voting process has ultimately failed multiple times before, but there's renewed hope this vote will count.

Bdale Garbee called for a new round of voting today by Debian technical committee members. With this simpler ballot, the members are voting between systemd, Upstart, OpenRC, sysVinit, and the final option is discussing the init system matter even further -- it's already been going on for months.

This latest call for voting can be found on the Debian-ctte list. This latest voting comes less than a week after the previous voting and debate over init systems.

At the time of writing there's been two committee members casting their votes, Bdale Garbee and Russ Allbery, both of whom remain in favor of using systemd by default in Debian 8.0 Jessie.

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