We've been told several times that systemd isn't mandatory in Jessie, however I am finding it very difficult to remove while keeping the functionality of wheezy.
I've followed the "generic Debian" guide on how to remove systemd from jesse, but I get hit by two issues:
1 - boot pauses several seconds with "waiting for /dev to be fully populated". This doesn't happen when I have systemd installed.
2 - I am unable to install polkit-1 and upower, the first one "has no installation candidate", the second "is not available, but is referred by another package".
I've tried using both "http://ftp.debian.org/debian/" (installing debian-archive-keyring) and "http://mirrordirector.raspbian.org" in /etc/apt/sources.list.d/wheezy.list, but always had the second issue. And of course, the first issue happens 100% of the time.
Any idea on how to fix these two issues, or should I assume that systemd is unfortunately unavoidable in raspbian/jesse?
PS: I don't want to start a flame war and don't need or want the claims that systemd is perfect and I should just use it. I've tried for nearly three years, and ended up by removing arch linux from all my machines this summer to get rid of systemd, for several reasons. I asking because we were told, in these forums, that systemd isn't mandatory in Jesse, so I assume that there should be a way to remove it without breaking the whole system.