Voice of the Masses: Why are systemd debates so toxic?

Almost every major distro has switched to systemd, yet arguments on the web showing no sign of stopping. But increasingly, they’re about politics and flamewars rather than technical issues — and some people are really suffering. Tollef Fog Heen, a Debian developer who maintained systemd in the distro, has stepped down from his role after receiving a torrent of unpleasant abuse for just doing his job.

So for our next podcast, we want to ask you: why is this happening? Does all this mudslinging say more about Linux distribution and kernel development than it does about systemd itself? Is this inevitable given the scope of the changes the systemd brings, because people are very passionate about what Linux should be — or is it just a noisy minority ruining sensible debate for the rest of us?

Let us know in the comments below, and we’ll read out the best in our next podcast recording!

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