One of MX Linux's interesting features is the ability to run either the systemd init software or SysV init - the user can select which one at boot time. Part of what allows this approach to work is a package called systemd-shim which has recently been dropped from MX's parent distribution, Debian. "Our understanding is that the current state of systemd-shim does not work correctly with the version of systemd in Debian Buster, so we are exploring options for the future of MX. To that end, one thing we want to explore is the possibility of continuing development of systemd-shim (and whatever systemd patches may be necessary for the systemd-shim to work properly)." The MX project is looking for help in maintaining the systemd-shim package.
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