Understanding and Using systemd

Erik Johnson

Thursday April 20th 2017 at 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Bolingbrook, Fountaindale Library, Meeting Room B


systemd is a Linux-only replacement for the old SysV init system which has been around for decades. Beginning development in 2010, it is now the de-facto init system for most Linux distributions. This presentation will give an overview of systemd and some of its numerous subsystems, and demonstrate how to use it to manage services (and more). Attendees are encouraged to bring their laptops so they can follow along and experiment with commands on their own. A simple way to check if systemd is present on your laptop is to run "command -v systemctl". If a path is returned (for example, "/usr/bin/systemctl") then you are already running systemd. If not, download a LiveCD from any recent Fedora, SUSE, Linux Mint, or Ubuntu release, and boot into the LiveCD.


Erik Johnson is a Python developer and former Linux/Solaris system administrator. He currently works as a Senior Engineer with the SaltStack project, a remote-execution, configuration management, automation, and orchestration tool. Erik also heads up the Fox Valley Linux User Group which meets generally once per month on a Saturday at the Batavia Public Library.

Getting to the meeting

The next General meeting of UniForum Chicago will be at:

        Bolingbrook Fountaindale Library
        Meeting Room B (1st floor)
        300 West Briarcliff Road
        Bolingbrook, IL 60440

Use the library's FAQ ( as a source for how to get to meeting.

  Bolingbrook Fountaindale Library

After Meeting

As usual we will be having a "Meeting After the Meeting" for talk and drinks afterwards at the Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant in the Bolingbrook Promenade mall.

  Gordon Biersch Brewery

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