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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, Windows and Self-Hosted solutions. The best alternative is MSConfig, which is free. Other great apps like systemd are OpenRC, s6, Launchd and sysvinit.

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  • FreeOpen Source
  • Linux

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    MSConfig

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows

    MSConfig, or Microsoft System Configuration Utility, is a utility to troubleshoot the Microsoft Windows startup process.

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    It's not an init system, it's a windows GUI config program

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    It is not an alternative to systemd. It is not an init system in the first place

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    not a unix-like init system

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  2. OpenRC

    • 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.

    ⚫︎ LightweightOpenRC consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
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    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.

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  3. s6

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • BSD

    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.

    ⚫︎ Lightweights6 consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    ⚫︎ Portables6 can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    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 :)

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    Launchd

    • 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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    sysvinit

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    The Sysvinit package contains programs for controlling the startup, running, and shutdown of the system.

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  6. eudev

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    eudev is a fork of systemd with the aim of isolating udev from any particular flavor of system initialization. This is a project started by Gentoo developers to ensure udev remains system initialization and distribution neutral.

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    systemd is an init system. eudev is not.

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  7. runit

    • 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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    Simple, stable, hasn't updated in years, and works.

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  8. Bootchart

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    Bootchart is a tool for performance analysis and visualization of the GNU/Linux boot process. It shows your boot behaviour including login as a PNG graphic and lets your analize possible bottlenecks.

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    Bootchart is not an init system or service supervisor.

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  9. nosh

    • 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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  10. finit

    • 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.

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