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You always had to care about the init-system: There are some differences between e.g. debian and redhat (start-stop-daemon only on debian, tools for creating the symlinks to install a service), then there's upstart with a different shell-script-esque syntax.

To support systemd, the number of configs you provide will go from maybe 4 to 5, not from 1 to 2! And, looking at the examples provided by ArchLinux, the systemd services look as if they are a lot less boiler-plate than the typical debian init-script.

https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Systemd/Services (e.g. dropbear is very simple)

No, generally you didn't have to care about the init-system unless you wanted to provide an init script. But it didn't matter how your daemon was/is started. With systemd that is no longer the case, you can use certain systemd only features thereby locking out people that want to use your service/daemon without systemd.

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