Martin Pitt and his team of developers will manage the parallelization of systemd Ubuntu 18.04 LTS so that the Canonical project and Debian are fully in sync and the first does not need specific patches or specific updates, but will be updated as Debian does. This is definitely nourishing for both projects, and the update guide will be Debian Update for both systems.
Martin Pitt is responsible for the maintenance of systemd on Ubuntu during the last few months of development. And it has worked very hard to remove the old technical debt that Ubuntu had to implement the new systemd in the Canonical operating system. But the most interesting thing has been the announcement that he has made through his account of the social network Google+ and that it will come for 2018, with the version of Ubuntu mentioned above.
Martin Pitt ensures that the changes that they will make and that will appear in Ubuntu 18.04 LTS for the first time, will make the Ubuntu and Debian systemd systems fully synchronized and no need to create specific patches or updates for Ubuntu, making the new version that will be presented in the future the biggest leap in progress of all the versions seen to date. While we wait for the news in the short term and that convergence that Canonical promised us.
In my opinion, I have always said it and will continue to say it, having thousands of distros is not good, it makes developers spread their efforts in very different projects. I'm not saying that Linux becomes a FreeBSD or similar, with only one system, but perhaps with a few distros and projects it could be possible to satisfy various users and focus efforts on a more centralized point. Unity is strength, don't you say that? Diversity is good, but not so much ...