sysv-rc-conf: Going, going, gone

Back in March rcconf came up, and with it the question of whether that, or for that matter this, will really be of much use in the future.

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That’s sysv-rc-conf, from the XFCE version of Linux Mint. As it is — or maybe, as it was — you can navigate with the arrow keys, and enable or disable a service with the space bar. Very straightforward.

Long time ago sysv-rc-conf was a fairly effective way to cut back on the dreck that was installed by default in Ubuntu and its cousins. Reduce the unnecessary startup programs, reduce the startup time. Scoff if you like, but in 2006 and at 300Mhz, there was a big difference.

Of course now, a 300Mhz machine is a rarity, and even if you had one, installing Ubuntu on it would be a crime against technology. sysv-rc-conf or no, unless you’re running pure Debian, I don’t think it will make a lick of difference.

And of course, the impending shift to systemd makes things even murkier. I don’t know if there will be an analogue to sysv-rc-conf under systemd, but my gut says no.

So enjoy it while it lasts. Drag that old Pentium II out of the closet, put the Debian LXDE desktop on it, fire up sysv-rc-conf one last time and see how much closer you can get to a single-digit startup time.

It’s the way of the world, friends: Modern becomes obsolete, obsolete comes classic, classic becomes vintage, and vintage becomes artifact. Boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.

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