Re: I wonder why?
"Though quite how systemd got its claws in remains.a mystery to me."
Let's be perfectly clear here ... we are talking about the kernel. The systemd cancer is not now, and never will be, a part of the kernel. There is absolutely no need to run the systemd cancer on a Linux system, not now and not into the future.
"Unless RedHat have gone to the dark side......"
Well, yes. They have ... just how long was your last nap, anyway?