Went at systemd stand alone two ways. Able to compile -208 32 bit on amd-c50 and on an atom, quite the slog, lots of dependencies. On one I went with apt-get in testing with -206 and it worked for awhile until I cut the cord of sysv. On the other box with -208 I gave up on the rescue shell. I had blazed to far with the apt-get remove sysv.
It does have some really nice logging features, For individuals newer to linux who wish to grow steadily, it is a slam dunk that knowing your way around systemd will help in many ways down the road.
I am more involved with the bug-testing at Distributed Proofreaders Canada and also trying out preliminary text manipulation tools for the crafting of .epubs, etc. via slightly marked up text. DPC differs from Gutenberg in that it is UTF-8 and has the newer books.
My time for systemd is limited, but I am game to try.