I didn't say that Canonical were not first w/ bazaar and upstart (if my wording implied that, this was not my intent). At least not in absolute terms.
But you need to look at the actual use cases.
Take git. Linus developed the thing for the kernel. git supported *large* source repositories quite well, right from the start. All the others were "OK it works for ten files and ten revisions, I'm done with the basics. 10000 files and 1000 revisions? Oops, need to take our lunch break now, hopefully it'll be done when I get back." So git was the first DVCS that aktually worked for the "impatioen kernel developer" use case.
Or take systemd. Init's job, as Lennart has shown, isn't done after starting jobs: reliably discovering when a job has *stopped*, and hopefully not interrupting the service it provides while restarting it, is a worthwhile goal too.
Compared to upstart, sysv-init is good enough for me -- so why bother to switch to it? Compared to systemd, it no longer is. Conclusion: all my systems now boot with systemd. It's not the first init replacement out there, but it's the first worth switching to if you've done it the "/etc/init.d/foo start" way for the last 20 years (which, surprise, continues to work just fine with Debian's systemd).
I am not the only person out there who has written a whole bunch of software (some of whichtook a significant heap of my time+effort+money), which was "good enough" -- but then somebody else took a look at it, said "cool, but I can do better", did better -- and shared their code with me. So why should I not toss my code into the Great Bitbucket in the Sky, and use theirs (and then improve *that* instead of playing catch-up)?
I'm not going to let my ego get in the way of getting things done. Life's too short for that.