Eli5 What is systemd in Linux, and why is it such a big deal?

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Eli5 What is systemd in Linux, and why is it such a big deal?

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In brief, systemd loads all of the background services that the user needs on a Linux computer and keeps them running. Because it’s pervasive and was a change it was controversial when introduced.

There’s a series of articles on lwn.net that describe systemd and the controversy around it in far more detail than anyone here will.