"Having had several issues with systemd, and really not liking the philosophy behind it, I am looking into alternatives. I really prefer something that follows the Unix philosophy of using small, focused, and independent tools, with a clear interface. Unfortunately, my favourite distro, Arch Linux, is very much pro-systemd, and a discussion of alternatives is liable to get you banned for a month from their forums. There is an effort to support openrc, but it is still in its infancy and without much support.
So, what are the alternatives, besides Gentoo? Preferably binary... I'd rather have something like arch, with quick updates, cutting edge, but I've already used a lot in the past Mandrake, RedHat, SourceMage, Debian, Kubuntu, and so on, so the package format or the package management differences don't scare me."
[ED Note: I'm imagining FreeBSD sitting in the room with the all the Linux distros he mentioned being utterly ignored like Canada in Hetalia.]
Use OpenBSD... classic UNIX right there for ya, with binary packages to boot. And secure!
What I'd like to see is a modern distribution with Linux Kernel and BSD userland. OpenBSD is a joke on a modern desktop. Archlinux was initially awesome but has long given up on that path, is there something else?
That seems backwards.
You want a unix kernel, with Linux pacakage (ports) availability.
OpenBSD is not that bad if you hang KDE on it. I've played with that for a few months.Its serviceable.
Still, for security you want FreeBSD, not OpenBSD. Those FreeBSD guys are all about security.My next firewall will be FreeBSD.
DAMMIT, I got that backwards.OpenBSD is indeed the one you want,not FreeBSD.
FreeBSD probably has more ports, but it is security challenged.
I use OpenBSD as my only desktop with xfce and have had no problems.
Yeah, that first post was confusing.
If you really wanted FreeBSD with GNU userland, well Debian has the kfreebsd port. It will not be using systemd for obvious reasons.
OpenBSD does a really good job.