Seriously, Godwin's law should be extended to also cover that ridiculous 'hipster argument'. "YER A HIPSTER SO IM RIGHT AND UR WRONG", what a sad people.
How low is that!?
And yes; Doing dead on arrival forks fuelled by pure hate IS the open source version of the hipster movement. Any teen can do it, crapy or not, you WILL get moronix fame.
Forking is an essential part of the free software ecosystem, cathedral-like "my way or the highway" isn't.
There are legitimate reasons for many people to stay off systemd at this time. At least wait for the guys to release a few versions before passing your well-informed "judgement".
I'm OK with the fork.
I just don't get all the systemd fanboyism... Some people don't need to get rude because their project is being forked; it gives users more choice, and that's a good thing, especially in the free software world.
I think Red Hat is kind of trying to take over the whole GNU/Linux ecosystem, with their all-in-one solution (systemd + Gnome, all over the linux kernel), and I'm not buying it.
All I gotta say is if systemd is so superior to everything else, it'll just beat the competition; I don't know why some are scared by the fork to the point they have to make it look pathetic with no real argument, unless they're scared systemd will just go back to dust because of it...
Like I can't see what you think system/gnome is any different from upstart/unity, or any combination of projects from any company.
I don't like either approach; I think it's a problem when too few people are providing too many critical components, it gives them way too much power... providing a project like udev, and then have it merged with an another project is bad attitude; maybe it forced some distributions to switch to systemd?
The problem is in your last sentence: Linux and all related projects should be community projects, not guided by some company's agenda, whatever the company is.