> not everyone is buying this,
That doesn't alter the fact. With systemd, you essentially don't have to configure service dependencies any longer due to socket/dbus activation autofs support, and it does a much better job at starting services when they're needed (i. e. launch bluetoothd when a USB bluetooth dongle is plugged in etc.). Its configuration file format is also very simple and amenable to manipulation with automated tools. And these are just a few random benefits, there are literally dozens of other things that systemd does better than the competition.
> esp when it's anti-unix.
I'm not even sure whether that's really true, but to be honest, I don't care either. The so-called unix philosophy is in large part a manifestation of the constraints of the seventies' and eighties' environments. People should move on and accept that many new and clever ideas about how to write software have emerged since then.