Ian Jackson's general resolution to prevent init system coupling has failed to pass, the majority vote deciding that the resolution is unnecessary. This means that not only will Debian's default init be systemd, but packages will not be required to support other init systems. Presumably, this means that using other init systems on Debian (without using systemd as a base) will not be possible without major workarounds, or possibly at all. It also leaves the future of Debian projects such as kFreeBSD unclear, as systemd is linux specific.
The vote results can be found here
The winners are:
Option 4 "General Resolution is not required"
All good things must come to an end. I always figured two things would hold up, the GPL and Debian. I've got so much love for Debian, it makes this painful and sad to watch play out. It'll be curious to see what distro gets the energy bump from players jumping ship.
Yep - Damn Shame
I agree... I've VERY disappointed in DEBIAN. I thought they would ALWAYS put FREE (not as in beer) software values and choice for their users as a priority. It saddens me that they have come to this. I'm out. Already have gone to PC-BSD on my main desktop from Siduction, and looking at options on my laptops and home pc to replace Mint. (unfortunately since I've invested in Steam for Linux heavily lately, that complicates things)
Ironic how Debian might be the new Windows - you need to keep it around for the Games ;)
True 'dat, brother..I'm also having to run a debian based virtual machine on my PC-BSD desktop for web browsing so I can easily get true JAVA client support for several things that I'm required to use at work. (there may be a few more native solutions but they seemed to be quite complicated and I haven't had time yet to make the attempt)
FreeBSD docs say icedtea-web should work. And FreeBSD has a Linux kernel emulation mode that should work for web browsing even if that doesn't. I'd look into it again if I were you unless you've already ruled all those options out.