Last october a bug was filled against the Debian's Technical Committee requesting a vote on the next default init system.
Vote is expected at the end of this month. Based on vote intentions there is a draw at the moment (ctte membership is here): systemd, 4; upstart, 4; openrc, 0
- Bdale Garbee (bdale) - systemd.
- Russ Allbery (rra) - systemd (supplement).
- Don Armstrong (don) - systemd.
- Andreas Barth (aba) - upstart.
- Ian Jackson (iwj) - upstart.
- Steve Langasek (vorlon) - upstart.
- Keith Packard (keithp) - systemd.
- Colin Watson (cjwatson) - upstart.
Can't find vorlon's conclusion mail. Not sure if he hasn't posted yet or if I missed the mail (the thread is +1000 messages). Anyway his vote is obvious given that he is the upstart package maintainer and upstart position maintainer in the init debate.
Other stuff on the matter:
- Kay Sievers states that systemd is in part consequence of the Canonical CLA.
- Spotify, as a Debian user, expresses his preference for systemd.
- A Hurd porter claims that sysvinit is not portable.
Update: As per Debian Constitution § 6.3.2, the chairman has an extra tie-breaker vote. That looks to me like a 5-4 in favor of systemd.
Update: LWN has published an article (subscriber link) with more details about the potentials outcomes. Constitution § 6.1.4 might apply as well and that requires a majority vote of 3:1. Also a General Resolution seems likely.
Update: An ammended ballot has been drafted to include the possibility of the project deciding the default init(1) by means of a GR.
Update: Resolution ballot draft published.
Update: Bdale Garbee, the chair, suddenly called for vote. Basicly the same ballot he posted weeks ago. Votes from Bdale himself, Russ Allbery, Steve Langasek, Don Armstrong, Keith Packard, Colin Watson, Ian Jackson and Andreas Barth. systemd wins by chair casting vote (analysis).
Update: Official resolution message on debian-devel-announce.
The process took 3 1/2 months from bug to resolution. There are 2738 messages in #727708 as of February 12.
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