"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.]
Handy, sane, stable and with XEN support built-in. Binary packages available by pkgin [pkgin.net]. Net also has some drawbacks - for example lack of modern KMS support (although some steps already has been taken [netbsd.org]) and small - but extraordinarily friendly - community. I have been working with different linuxes for many years but I still appreciate Net - not as smartest or strongest pet in my house, but lovely, wise and brave. ;)
But, If You have a modern Radeon GPU then FreeBSD (or Slackware or Slackware with slackbuilds or Slackware mixed with pkgsrc) may be better choice, though.