quoted from the ccc devuan page:
Believe it or not, there are many users and ICT professionals needing to opt-out from systemd, for various reasons for instance to keep compatibility with old scripts or to keep supporting embedded setups, or simply because they don’t believe systemd is going to work. As a matter of fact, from its first announcement in November 2014 until today the Devuan project received enormous media attention and a steady stream of donations up to approximately 10.000€.
This lightning talk will illustrate the state of things in Devuan development, which is quickly approaching its 1.0 Beta release.
For the 1.0 release Devuan will derives its own installer and package repositories from Debian Jessie, applying the necessary modifications to remove systemd. Our objective for 2015 is to make anyone using Debian Wheezy or Jessie able to update or switch to Devuan 1.0 – and we are very close to enter Beta stage.
As of today we have a continuous integration system in place and fully functional based on gitlab, jenkins and a custom repository software called Amprolla. We are also supporting the development of a new, minimal susbstitute for udev which written from scratch and is called vdev.