Bug#727708: multiple init systems - formal resolution proposal - Don't like software, don't use it. Absolutely.
Matthias Klumpp writes ("Bug#727708: multiple init systems - formal resolution proposal - Don't like software, don't use it. Absolutely."):
> What would be the effecr if we decided to drop GNOME, because it
> depends on systemd?
In this hypothetical scenario:
It would be fairly easy for a downstream of Debian to mandate systemd
for their users, and provide Gnome.
It would not be anywhere near as easy for a downstream of Debian to
undo the assumption by Debian (de facto or de jure) of systemd as the
one true init system.
If it comes down to it I would prefer to drop Gnome than to make
systemd mandatory for all of Debian's users and downstreams just
because Gnome had introduced a hard dependency on systemd.
Luckily this is all hypothetical.