Re: Sadly... this is the beginning of the end
The beauty of Linux (and open source in general) is that people can fork things if they do not like the direction of a project.
Its not like Windows or Mac where you could be actively prevented running/changing a component of the OS.
There are several systemd free distros..
- Devuan (debian based)
- Artix Linux (arch based)
Probably many others.
Personally for all its faults I have got used to it now and can see advantages compared to past init systems (I quite liked upstart )