So I'm confused. I'm getting a lot of mixed information via Google. As of today, what is Ubuntu using going forward? Is Ubuntu choosing to use and support Upstart, or are they using Systemd?

I would like to get multiple responses if that's ok so I can statistically have a better chance of filtering through the opinions.


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They will support Upstart for as long as 14.04 is supported (until 2019), but systemd is the future, from 15.04 onwards. As of today: Upstart is used on the following supported releases:

  • 10.04
  • 12.04
  • 14.04
  • 14.10

15.04 is slated to use systemd (and the development builds have made the switch already). Ubuntu Touch, however, will continue to use Upstart in 15.04.

  • Do you have anything official from Ubuntu that I can read on this? Thanks for the reply.
    – Atomiklan
    Commented Mar 23, 2015 at 17:28
  • @Atomiklan this blueprint for systemd migration has 15.04 as its release goal. I'll look for more documents.
    – muru
    Commented Mar 23, 2015 at 17:30
  • @Atomiklan - markshuttleworth.com/archives/1316
    – Panther
    Commented Mar 23, 2015 at 17:38
  • FWIW systemd seems to work well in Fedora, but I anticipate some bumps as Debian / Ubuntu adopts it. Hope they will be minor.
    – Panther
    Commented Mar 23, 2015 at 17:38

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