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"
I'm mainly a Gentoo user myself but I still see this as bad. Debian is everywhere! It's used in most servers. It's the base of most popular desktop distros. It's usually the base of hobbyist toys like Raspberry Pis. It's usually the first Linux ported to new platforms. Even if you never use Debian yourself if you are using Linux you are benefitting from development which happens by or in support of Debian users. Sure, Debian users who are unhappy with this decision can go to other distributions. Or, they can even go to a BSD which at least is still an X'nix. But.. All those people could have switched a long time ago. There was something they liked better in Debian. Switching because Debian has changed for the worse must mean that something is lost.