Well, not really being a guru in the seriously technical meaning of the word, I pretty much just do a lot of reading on a subject and then trust the "experts" who actually do know something about the technical aspects of something. There are a LOT of gurus who are not enamored with systemd. There must be a reason for that. Mostly, I hear that systemd is a multi-tentacled monster that takes control out of the hands of the user and "automates" it using complicated (to us, anyway) mechanisms that basically do what sysVinit does with simple human readable (and editable) scripts. Also, most of the "gurus" who don't like systemd are hardcore Unix KISS type folks. Systemd violates the KISS principals.
Buy hey... whaddo I know? As I get older, I just want things to work. Of course, MS Windows used to "just work"... well, some of the time, anyway.
About pulse audio... now, this is something I can talk about from experience. I installed 14.2 on this main system when I first built it back around Christmas of last year. The issue I had with P-audio was that it just didn't sound as good as ALSA to my ears. Maybe it was just my imagination. If I ever do install 14.2 on the main system again, I'll try P-audio again. If I don't like it, I'll get ALSA running (it is possible to do that in 14.2, I understand).
I've read that there are quite a few folks out there posting some not very nice things about Lennart Poettering
, but in all fairness, the fellow is probably pretty sharp. He's a software engineer for Redhat. I don't think it's right for people to poop all over someone just because they don't like his software. Not to mention the fact that the kid probably worked for many, many hours on PulseAudio and Systemd and then just gave them to the opensource world. That in itself should be worth something in the way of positive points for Poettering.
Anyway, enough defending of L.P. I'm sure he can take care of himself. I wouldn't mind having a chat with him and listening to his logic on why systemd is more advantageous than what we already had that was simple and worked well. Sadly, most of his argument would probably just go over my poor ol' head.
So, am I for or agin' systemd? Well, I don't use it. I don't need it. I don't agree with the philosophy behind it. However, I'm not going to condemn it out-of-hand. As I said above, "to each their own."