The chairman of the technical committee, Bdale, called the vote:
“- – – start ballot – – – We exercise our power to decide in cases of overlapping jurisdiction (6.1.2) by asserting that the default init system for Linux architectures in jessie should be
V sysvinit (no change)
F requires further discussion
Should the project pass a General Resolution before the release of "jessie" asserting a "position statement about issues of the day" on init systems, that position replaces the outcome of this vote and is adopted by the Technical Committee as its own decision. – – – end ballot – – -“
The votes went this way:
- I vote D U O V F. – Bdale
- I vote: D U O V F – Russ Allbery
- I vote F U D O V – Steve Langasek
- I vote D > U > O > V > F. – Don Armstrong
- I vote: 1 D 2 U 3 O 4 V 5 F – Keith Packard
- I vote UDOFV – Colin Watson
- I vote F, V, O, U, D — Ian Jackson
I count 4 D’s in first choice position out of 7 so the decision is straight forward if controversial. Jessie will have systemd running the show around the Linux kernel in Debian GNU/Linux.
This brief summary hides all the details of the angry words, posturing, taking sides, beating up on people and calling for a ban on an individual member and replacing the chairman… Such drama. I wonder if there will be a movie? I think we should just live with the decision and move forward.
Interesting fallout could be what Ubuntu/Canonical does in response. Debian is their upstream. Will they choose to undo a lot of what Debian does or will they change to systemd as well? We shall see.