I am using Debian Jessie with the Mate desktop and I would like to remove systemd from my system. I am following these instructions but as soon as I enter
apt-get remove --purge --auto-remove systemd
apt-get lists the mate desktop packages
mate-desktop-environment, etc as packages to be removed.
I knew that Gnome 3 had a dependency on systemd but I thought Mate hadn't: I got Mate running fine on FreeBSD, obviously without systemd.
Am I doing something wrong, or otherwise are there perhaps alternative Mate packages for Debian that do not rely on systemd?