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A Major Music Company Now Backs Systemd In Debian

Debian

Published on 18 January 2014 07:36 AM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in Debian
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Yesterday on Phoronix I mentioned Debian looked to be leaning in favor of using systemd over Upstart for its default init system given the latest comments by the technical committee members. The latest support for systemd in Debian comes from a streaming music company that's a major user of Debian GNU/Linux.

Spotify, the commercial music streaming service, runs Debian on their servers. Spotify has more than 5,000 physical serivers and over 1,000 virtual machines and they're all running Debian GNU/Linux. This big Debian shop has now voiced their opinion after yesterday's Phoronix article. Noa Resare on the behalf of Spotify wrote in the bug report:
Spotify, an online streaming music service, is a significant user of Debian GNU/Linux. We have some 5000 physical servers and well over a thousand virtual servers using both public and private clouds running Debian GNU/Linux serving millions of songs to our users every day.

We would like to take this opportunity to endorse systemd as our preferred init system and we would like to see it as default on Debian GNU/Linux moving forward.

Our main reasons for this preference:

- We believe that the dependency model of systemd is easier to understand, explain and work with than the event based counterpart of upstart.

- We believe that the various features built on top of the way systemd uses cgroups, notably mechanisms for resource limitations, would be very useful in a highly scalable highly available environment such as ours.

- We believe that systemd will have the stronger community momentum moving forward when it comes to seeing close integration between modern init system features and upstream projects.

About The Author
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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