Actually, I'm now running with SystemD on Debian, (I hope it didn't get broken again by an update since I last rebooted), so I don't quite understand what that thread is about. What context am I missing? If they already got it to work (with the old SysV scripts and whatever), what's the big fuss about it? I wouldn't worry too much about neglecting SysV, and instead concentrate on getting the best from what I already have. The way it seems, SysV is going to stay in the same incarnation for many years, with OSes moving slower than Linux. Should Linux fail, moving some scripts back to SysV is going to be on of the easier parts Debian has to do.
And yes, I agree Debian is more of a software distributor than developer organization, and I'm starting to be less and less happy with this. It's not fun when even Windows has KDE4 releases half a year earlier, Fedora has SystemD some 8 months earlier, Ubuntu users experiment with Unity and latest minute Mesa etc. I get so disconnected with upstream, when I'd actually like to give some feedback and report bugs.