While that article is more extensive than the one in the English
version, it has some serious flaws that should be addressed in one or
The intro paragraph says:
"Erklärtes Ziel ist es, nicht den umstrittenen systemd-Dienst als
'init'-Prozess fest vorzugeben, sondern die Wahl des init-Prozesses dem
Anwender zu überlassen und ein möglichst breites Spektrum an
init-Systemen zu unterstützen wie es auch in Debian möglich ist."
That translates to: "The stated aim is not to prescribe the
controversial systemd service as the 'init' system, but leave the choice
of the init system to the user and to support a preferably wide range of
init systems like it is also possible in Debian."
Question: How does Debian support a wide range of init systems? Even the
claim that supporting a variety of init systems is possible with Debian
is at least a half-truth if you take into account what it takes to not
The source cited in the footnote is https://devuan.org/os/init-freedom.
That web page, however, doesn't state it as Devuan's aim to support a
preferably wide range of init systems, but rather to "restor[e] a sane
approach to PID1". And, of course, it doesn't claim Debian was able to
support a variety of init systems. It actually states the opposite, stating:
"While Debian claims that 'Systemd is becoming the de facto standard
init system for Linux', a number of GNU/Linux distributions, some new,
beg to differ. While Debian claims that 'It is better than existing
alternatives for all of Debian's current use cases', these rebel
GNU/Linux distributions refuse this one-size-fits-all vision of the *nix
world that breaks portability, ignores backwards compatibility, and
replaces existing services, forcing systemd into adoption."
The sentence that follows the one quoted above makes things even worse:
"Im Gegensatz zu Debian entfernt Devuan allerdings die Unterstützung für
Translated: "But contrary to Debian, Devuan removes support for systemd."
To sum up: Devuan doesn't want to enforece systemd onto its users but
leave them a choice and support a variety of init systems. But that is
also possible with Debian. Only Devuan removes support for systemd.
That's not exactly right, is it?
A few paragraphs later, the article claims that Devuan was also aiming
to "make it possible" to use systemd, provided its integration won't
collide with other init systems or create incompatibilities: "Auch
systemd soll ermöglicht werden, sofern die Integration ohne Kollision
mit anderen init-Systemen oder Inkompatibilitäten möglich ist."