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    Phoronix: Apple's OS X Launchd Being Ported To FreeBSD

    There is new work within the FreeBSD camp to port Apple's launchd from OS X to non-Darwin systems...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTU0NjQ

  • #2
    Wonder if they'll port to OpenBSD, NetBSD, DragonFly BSD too?
    Perhaps even Linux?

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    • #3
      Isn't launchd like systemD? If so, why not port the latter since Gnome and probably soon other software will depend on systemD?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by mark45 View Post
        Isn't launchd like systemD? If so, why not port the latter since Gnome and probably soon other software will depend on systemD?
        Because systemd is at the moment (and probably will ever be) Linux-only and is also licensed GPL (LGPL v2.1). "launchd" on the other hand is taylored for a BSD-style system (OS X) and is "Apache License" licensed. The latter is much more preferable for FreeBSD. Remember FreeBSD ditched GCC in favour of LLVM mainly because of the license.

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        • #5
          AFIK systemD was developed because launchd couldn't coexist with legacy sysV init (and they didn't like Upstart), so porting it to FreeBSD could turn out to be a major task.

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          • #6
            Good since FreeBSDs current init system sucks monkey balls. It's the most slow thing I have ever used in my life. You totally forget that you have a SATA 3 SSD installed. My Arch Linux installation is able to boot faster than FreeBSDs init is able to set the hostname. I'm not kidding.

            It's systemd btw not Sytemd or SystemD or systemD.

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            • #7
              Could this be the break Debian needs in relation to their init system conundrum with kFreeBSD as a Debian variant?

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              • #8
                Good news for the BSD guys

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by glasen View Post
                  Because systemd is at the moment (and probably will ever be) Linux-only and is also licensed GPL (LGPL v2.1). "launchd" on the other hand is taylored for a BSD-style system (OS X) and is "Apache License" licensed. The latter is much more preferable for FreeBSD. Remember FreeBSD ditched GCC in favour of LLVM mainly because of the license.
                  It was about control, license restrictions and design goals.

                  The world is better off with LLVM/Clang in it. It's what has gotten GCC to evolve.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Pawlerson View Post
                    So, sysv init is now a bad guy for bsd?
                    FreeBSD never used sysvinit. sysvinit is a clone of the init system used in UNIX System V. FreeBSD inherited bsdinit from its precusors (BSD 4.3 and 4.4-Lite).

                    With regards to running launchd on other platforms-- the port is currently focusing on isolating all parts of launchd that rely on OS X's Mach microkernel API. With those no longer a prerequisite a port to other BSDs and Linux would be fairly simple.

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