IBM/Red Hat seem determined to make systemd the Linux standard.
Once the big corporations get involved it's all over, things get institutionalized. I think Linux is now on the same path as any other corporate product. The plus side is there's lots of man hours behind things so the features are there. When you go with FreeBSD you lose some of that, but you get a product that's not run by bean counters. So it's a trade-off and sometimes you have to live without for the sake of something pure.