On Saturday 03 November 2012 14:14:11 Guido Berhoerster wrote:
the costs of forking or swapping out systemd with alternative implementations become prohibitive for other entities/copetitors with less engineering resources.
I do see your point, but as long as systemd is Free Software, I wouldn't call it proprietary. The fact that me might not have the resources to exercise the freedom _fully_ does play a role, but does not make the software non-free. You might not be able to run a newspaper, but still enjoy freedom of press.