Dear Debian friends,
But, I'm an user with ~15 computers at the university and home, running 80% of them some Debian derivative (SolydXK, MiniNo, Ubuntu, Xubuntu). And more important than that, I am a GNU/Linux fan, enthusiast and promoter. I have brought a lot of people to GNU/Linux arguing is safer, free and respect our freedom.
Well, thanks to the market wishes of Red Hat, that pushed their systemd stuff into us, we are now limited not only in init systems inside the Debian ecosystem, but in a lot of things that not-init-system-only daemon is eating.
People using it seem superficially happy, except system administrators and freedom fighters. The choices are narrowing down. The whole security and stability could be damaged with time (if this part is broken or corrupted, how is our system to behave?).
I hear and read a lot of much more experienced users and IT people arguing that this is going to become worst.
Debian is a big boy in GNU/Linux, not a sheep! Will it just follow wherever Red Hat decides to take things - on containers, virtualisation, etc.!!??
Ubuntu's Upstart was not well received by Debian. SysVinit it was said to be archaic and "one man", not worth reinforcing. I humbly think this was not good and, yet, there are other options (OpenRC by Gentoo...!? whatever).
Please, Debian, keep being THE GNU/Linux free and libre distribution. It is not about making a war on RH. Let them be what they want. It is about joining forces with other distros that are not selfish as RH is being.
Debian + Ubuntu +Mint = 80% of the GNU/Linux users on this planet!
-- Dr. Gonzalo Velasco Canziani
Universidade Federal do Rio Grande (FURG)
“The world is a dangerous place to live;
not because of the people who are evil,
but because of the people who don't do anything about it.”