Gentoo is another one fighting against the tide on this.
I have been using linux and doing it for some household name companies amongst other flavours of unices since the 90's, and systemd represents a lot of thinking I don't want to see in my systems. Just read the rants in here, they have most of them off to a pat, and we've already seen some of them in action (corrupted binary logs etc). Nobodys mentioning the potential vulnerabilty of having a monocultural monolythic binary handling pid0 with absolute privileges and how it will massively increase the attack target having one big spaghetti monster of a daemon hacked together by people in a hurry to dispose of the alternatives, but its lurking at the back of my mind.
For a good many years I ran gnome because I didn't at all like the way qt was licensed back in the trolltech early days but now I have switched all my boxes to kde/enlightenment wm, installed eudev to stop udev shimming in any badness, and hard masked systemd from my systems.
I don't want binary logs that require a additional daemon to convert everything into clf or similar format logs to feed into the traditional logging and management system infrastructure set up at every company, I dont want to get a mangled log and find the remnants on the partition after the platters been rebuilt in a clean room into a new chassis but was more borked than we thought and not be able to read even fragments (we have used this in the past), I don't want to be trying to comprehend and dig round in systemd's sourcecode when its suspected of being behind a weird issue because once things disapper into that monolithic blob that is what it may end up being ("Open a ticket", please, the server is dead now and its costing us big time, we have to fix it there and then not palm it off to a vendor), or have issues with a system that wont come up and needs hand fettling to bring it back up enough to rescue and my desktops boot fast without it because they're full of the magic of ssd's. All with the magic of openrc, which solves some of the very same problems systemd was supposed to with dependancies, but somehow manages not to turn the os into windows for unix. I've even wrestled with the odd start up script bug and won.
So, right in my gentoo use config I have INSTALL_MASK="/usr/lib/systemd/" , its about choosing to have the os the way I want it. Linux has been, and always will be about choice for me.
Now you may want a "modern" linux with systemd, but some of us greybeards chipped in to make linux what it is today, and out of every one of my skilled collegues, the talk is all of moving to freebsd or similar. Interesting times are ahead.
Pity about gnome until gnome3, but E17 is pretty nice nowadays.