When you install Alfresco, it gives you an option of having it installed as a service or not.
If you install it as a service, the service starts up on booting but since it's using Tomcat it's too heavy to leave as a background program. In addition, it takes a lot longer to stop than Apache.
Therefore, I would like to keep it as a service but have it set to off by default so all I need to do is type
sudo service alfresco start.
While I can leave it set-up not as a service and write a bash script or two, I'd like to learn more about how "services" work in Linux. Apache's not a problem but it would be nice to know where its service parameters are stored and how you can change these.