Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger introduced a new program called
launchd. The daemon
SystemStarter (MacOS legacy) and older
rc.d (BSD legacy) startup
processes and job management functionality.
Launchd can be split into two logical pieces, "process 1", i.e. the root launchd which controls system startup and system daemons and "user launchd" which allows invividual users to manage their own processes/jobs.
The primary goal of this project is to port
launchd in its entirety over to
FreeBSD, hopefully making it usable by other BSD or Linux systems along the
way. That said, the primary motivator for the original porting work in 2005 was
to improve boot time. While improved boot time would be of tangible benefit to
FreeBSD users, the current motivator of this project is to enable modern
process management for user and system level processes on FreeBSD systems.