I'm happy to see that Debian has reached a decision about its default init system, and that the Ubuntu team have been gracious about it and opted to support their downstream.
What will probably surprise most people is that I think it's the right decision. systemd has the momentum out of the two projects, and has both the technical and community leadership advantages.
Friendly competition is a brilliant development model until there is a clear winner, at which point friendly collaboration tends to work out better. It's time for that transition.
I hadn't posted anything of this effect until now because I didn't want my position to influence Debian's decision ("Original Upstart Author endorses systemd!"). That wouldn't have been fair on the current Upstart maintainers +James Hunt
, +Dimitri John Ledkov
and +Steve Langasek
who have been doing an absolutely fantastic job continuing the project I started.