Apparently the Debian Fork is going ahead see http://debianfork.org/ and is now asking for donations. I'm not a fan of debian (I work with a lot of ubuntu systems), but if this goes ahead there will at least be work on non systemd based init.
I must say I was not surpised by this and am happy about it. It may have been avoided if the devs behind Debian agreed on a proper solution but obviously that did not happen. In any case, I will watch Devuan closely.
GNU/Linux does not stop you from doing stupid things, because that would also stop you from doing clever things.