"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.]
FreeBSD is still my favorite server OS unless you need something fancy. We're getting ready to deploy a new project for a client and we elected to go with FreeBSD dedicated server(s) from Pair Networks. (Not affiliated with them other than a happy customer for over a decade now). Back in the day it had it's ports system that made installing the common binaries or compile from source easy as it would go fetch the dependancies, etc. Which back then Linux was stuck in dependency hell. The Linux package managers have caught up now or exceed the old ports system, but if you want a rock solid general server (or router or OS for NAS), FreeBSD and it's derivatives work extremely well. And oddly enough I've had FreeBSD work with hardware that I had trouble with on Linux...
If you are looking for more of a desktop flavor, go see the folks over @ http://pcbsd.org./ [pcbsd.org.] It's FreeBSD with some more polish towards the desktop with GUI installer and somethings that are more friendly towards new users.