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Because it started small and OK. When distros made the decision to switch, it looked OK. It has proliferated into something else since then and none of the distros seems to be willing to take a step back.

Problem there may be that going back means picking up maintenance on code that has been abandoned for years.

There is a fork of Consolekit out there, Consolekit2, but they have to contend chasing logind's tail as most DEs have either stripped out their consolekit support, or it is suffering from severe bitrot.

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