Hey, look at that. Looks like it's the Mac & Windows users who are the cheapskates. Linux users? They're willing to pay for quality stuff, when the merchandise is offered on terms that are fair and not covered in EULAs and DRM.
Well, to be brutally honest, it shows that everyone acts cheap. It does make Linux users look less cheap than the rest, though.
You will get the cron-replacement and a bunch more from the systemd git tree. And thats really interesting. If you decide to do like Ubuntu and go all anti-systemd then you also get the pain of maintenance. And the rest of the sane world? They will have a single tree to pull the entire core from.
Now the idiot crowd have to revert to sanity(systemd tree) or sustain the pain and suffering from maintaining crap out of tree. Mark Shuttleworth is probably thinking about ditching upstart too. Any hour spent on core stuff outside the systemd tree is really a wasted effort.
Systemd was started as sort of an anti-upstart (for reasons that probably were a mix of NIH, company/licensing politics and technical disagreements—some of those might have been good reasons), not the other way around. And you do know that integrating cron or a cron-replacement with upstart was on the todo-list of upstart that Lennart used (among other sources) to get ideas for systemd, right?