It is time to really show that the non-systemd movement is not of negligible importance and people are going out of their way to avoid it, like the plague!
For a long while we have been blasted with the idea that “most” or “almost everyone” uses systemd, but there are no reliable data on the number of users, nor does such number conclude of what people use is what people like, or would rather use. Interestingly enough this weekly issue of Distrowatch’s editorial finds this poll and a top headline review of Devuan 2.0. Despite of MX linux being a systemd-free distro and climbing to top 10, or antix following close behind, Devuan receives priority by reviewers. Both MX and Antix stable distributions have been following Debian’s Stretch for almost a year, but now that Devuan caught up with them, it is of high interest. In defense of Devuan, the reviewer doesn’t seem too familiar with systems outside of ms-windows. Poor thing, he is missing his volume icon! What do you mean “Devuan’s”, not Debian’s, software are a year old? I’d be the last person to defend Devuan, but come on distrowatch, Devuan by your own definition is Debian without systemd.
Dare you ask how do you get your distribution to be reviewed by Distrowatch? I am sure the sales department would show you right through the hallway and to the right door to knock.
Nevertheless, in this early stage of this poll systemd only gets 39%, so where do unsubstantiated defense statements “most people now”, and “almost everyone”, go with 39%? Is it because 90% of the 310 listed distros on distowatch are systemd based, and more than half of them are Debian based, and that is what people are running whether they like it or not?
Not that such voting means anything, but for once someone will allow some data on what users want, instead of what developers pick, to show. Of course some systemd trolls may run bot-scripts and use tor or other ip altering techniques to run up the statistics, but still, this 39% of this early stage is indicative that this monopoly/monstrosity is not as popular as some Red Hat and Debian “salesmen” would have you believe.
So, GO, vote on your favorite init system. I did, S6 all the way baby, and if I had a second favorite it would be runit. If you followed debates in the Debian cult-world for years you may have the impression that the init-war is about systemd and sysv. This polarization was used heavily to paint a picture of the “old” init (sysv) and the “new” init (systemd). No more!