"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.]
I switched from Arch to Slackware for the same reason.
Slackware is more stable, though, where Arch is more cutting edge, and Slackware doesn't have the ton of packages that Arch has (especially if you include the AUR).
For that reason, I ended up writing my own build script that takes a simplified PKGBUILD, and builds a slackware package.
That seems like a nice approach. Care to share your build script? :)
Just a few small tweaks to the PKGBUILDS and you could use this http://slkbuild.sourceforge.net/ [sourceforge.net].
However if you really want to try Slackware you should learn to write SlackBuild scripts, check out slackbuilds.org (kinda like the AUR) and start using sbopkg (similar to an AUR helper).