systemd Alternatives

    systemd is described as 'replacement for the init daemon for Linux (either System V or BSD-style). It is intended to provide a better framework for expressing services' dependencies, allow more work to be done concurrently at system startup, and to reduce shell overhead' and is an app in the Network & Admin category. There are more than 10 alternatives to systemd for a variety of platforms, including Linux, BSD, Mac, Self-Hosted solutions and Python. The best alternative is OpenRC, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like systemd are sysvinit (Free, Open Source), runit (Free, Open Source), nosh (Free) and finit (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Aug 4, 2021

      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      • BSD
      OpenRC is a dependency-based init system that works with the system provided init program, normally /sbin/init. It is not a replacement for /sbin/init.
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      OpenRC vs systemd opinions
      Almost everyone thinks OpenRC is a great alternative to systemd.
      There is a long list of technical arguments for why OpenRC is better than systemd. Popularity wise systemd seems to win these days. But as we've seen over centuries popularity served us wrong many times. Even Upstart was better, pretty bad it faded away.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

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    1. The Sysvinit package contains programs for controlling the startup, running, and shutdown of the system.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Linux
      • BSD
      runit is a cross-platform Unix init scheme with service supervision, a replacement for sysvinit, and other init schemes. It runs on GNU/Linux, *BSD, MacOSX, Solaris, and can easily be adapted to other Unix operating systems.
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      runit vs systemd opinions
      pros, cons and recent comments
      Simple, stable, hasn't updated in years, and works.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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      • FreeProprietary
      • Linux
      • BSD
      The nosh package is a suite of system-level utilities for initializing and running a BSD or Linux system, and for managing daemons.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      Finit is a small SysV init replacement with process supervision similar to that of daemontools and runit. Its focus is on small and embedded GNU/Linux systems, although fully functional on standard server and desktop installations.


    2. s6 is a small suite of programs for UNIX, designed for process supervision. It can be used as an init system. You can also use all its programs separately.
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      s6 vs systemd opinions
      pros, cons and recent comments
      burnx50 s6 is fully portable, properly modular, very small, and it has a moderate development pace - these things can't be said about systemd. Also s6 is a humble community project, it isn't developed by engineers from megacorporations :)
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      Using the tooling in this repo, I am able to boot from linux to sinit as PID1, and from there to Emacs acting as PID2 using --script mode, performing all typical rc.boot system initialization using Emacs lisp until we hit the getty.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • BSD
      • PC-BSD
      • FreeBSD
      • DragonFly BSD
      • FreeNAS
      • NetBSD
      • OpenBSD
      a free system array created by Apple inc. For BSD - including macOS as macOS is based on the Darwin kernel of BSD.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      • OpenWrt
      procd is a process and system init service for OpenWRT. It's less resource intensive as it's intended for embedded devices, works with busybox and uClib, hotplug2, libubox and ubus. It watches configuration files to start or restart services and init scripts
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      • BSD
      Supervisor is a client/server system that allows its users to monitor and control a number of processes on UNIX-like operating systems.
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