"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.]
Real world test: on one side a 3ghz core duo with a 10 yrs old 250gb disk and debian wheezy. On the other side, the same cpu dual booting on a 2 years old 1tb disk and debian jessie with systemd. Desktop with no servers except for openssh.Time booting the new system? same as the old one, since the bottleneck is the adsl router connecting to the net. Thanks for playing.No, seriously, i guess systemd is 20% faster, except the time taken for IP acquisition. That amounts to a negligible amounts of seconds.
Verdict: systemd is not much useful by itself, and it's a hassle if you factor in the amount of work needed to convert existing stuff to it. It probably was chosen because it introduces incompatibilities and sadly the software market feeds itself on incompatibilities. I think I'll end up on slackware.