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Ubuntu has announced plans to switch to the Systemd init system

From OMG! Ubuntu:
The decision, which was announced by Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth on his official blog, follows confirmation by Debian’s Technical Committee that it intends to transitions to the systemd system management daemon from its next major release onwards.

In a post ‘Losing Graciously’, Mark Shuttleworth explains as “Ubuntu is quite centrally a member of the Debian family,” following it in switching to systemd “[is] a decision we support.”
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