Don't listen to trolls. They lie.
Debian was and continues to be about choice. Previously, you could
configure Debian to use other init systems, and you can continue to do
so in the future.
In fact, with wheezy, sysvinit was essential. In the words
of trolls, Debian "forced" you to install SysV init!
With jessie, it will become easier to choose the init system,
because neither init system is essential now. Instead, there is an
essential meta-package "init", which requires you to install one of
systemd-sysv | sysvinit-core | upstart. In other words, you have
more choice than ever before.
Again: don't listen to trolls.
However, notice that there are some programs such as login managers
(e.g. gdm3) which have an upstream dependency on systemd. gdm3 links against
libsystemd0 and depends on libpam-systemd; and the latter
depends on systemd-sysv | systemd-shim so it is in fact
a software such as GNOME that is pulling systemd onto your computer.
IMHO you should give systemd a try. There are some broken (SysV-) init
scripts that cause problems with systemd; but many of these cases have now
been fixed - not in systemd, but in the broken init script.
However, here is a clean way to prevent systemd from being installed
when you upgrade to jessie. (No need to "fork" Debian for this, which just
demonstrates how uninformed some trolls are ... - apart from Debian being
very open to custom debian
, which can easily be made without "forking".)
As you should
know, apt allows version
. This is the
proper way to prevent a package from being installed. All you need to do
is create a file named e.g. /etc/apt/preferences.d/no-systemd
with the contents:
Pin: release o=Debian
from the documentation, a priority less than 0 disallows the package from
being installed. systemd-sysv
is the package that would enable systemd
as your default init (/sbin/init
This change will make it much harder for aptitude to solve
dependencies. A good way to help it to solve the dependencies is to install
the systemd-shim package explicitly first:
aptitude install systemd-shim
After this, I could upgrade a Debian system from wheezy to jessie without
being "forced" to use systemd...
As you can see, the trolls are totally blaming the wrong people, for
the wrong reasons... and in fact, the trolls
make up false claims
fact, systemd-shim was updated on Oct 14).
Stop listening to trolls, please.
If you find a bug - a package that needlessly depends on systemd, or a
good way to remove some dependency e.g. via dynamic linking, please contribute
a patch upstream and file a bug. Solve problems at the package/bug
level, instead of wasting time doing hate speeches.