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Reader DV on 2016-10-04 at 15:13:

There's a couple of possibilities. Either they don't understand this, which I don't think they do anyway, or they deliberately don't want to do this.

If they were to turn PID 1 into something simple that basically spawned processes then there is the possibility that a replacement could be made, replacements for components could be made or alternative init systems can keep getting used. By controlling PID 1 from the kernel all the way down and software then starting to rely on systemd you are hard pushed to get this thing dropped or replaced.

If PID 1 is the way it is for political reasons then it's the worst possible reason, because they have completely sacrificed any sort of priorities on security for politics. Once it becomes more widespread in various Linux systems, embedded systems and network devices, this is going to blow up in all our faces.

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