"I know about the dependencies arguments raging on the debian news groups."
..and the users have finally had enough, and these people are being shouted down and/or moderated out. In case you don't know, unlike the major commercial players, Debian has the legal status of a club. As a user you have exactly one right, to join or not join. So, whatever direction it takes, you have nothing to say about it that is binding. A user is no more than a voluntary member of the Debian community. If you want to have input, then via the meritocracy rule, you have to contribute meaningful code/effort in order to actually join Debian. If you don't,, then whatever your opinion is is just that. Opinion. Irregardless, you have as much say in what the Debian install plants on your computer as you did when Slackware came out. Zip. Nada, Volkerding put on your machine what he thought best. He sure as hell didn't offer up a choice of init systems. He was on the top of his heap, and did as he damned well pleased. Nothing has changed. You have the right to do as you please and roll your own, just as he did. nothing stops you. So, to stand on the side of the road and throw rocks, is just plain soreheaded.