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I've not tried any BSD on a laptop. I have, however run Solaris/OpenSolaris on my laptops in the past, and that handled surprisingly well.
Why don't you switch to a real UNIX, which uses sysvinit?
That's why I switched my home servers to IRIX...uses a real init system....
BSD init and SMF only replaced init. They didn't attempt to take over the rest of system configuration.
I also had quite a few issues with one of my two HP-UX systems (HP-UX 11iv3 on Itanium, the HP-UX 11 on RISC I don't think anyone ever used).
Last time I checked, SMF and upstart just replace init (Launchd is a bit larger in scope, and I don't think I have heard people complaining about it (now I need to see it changes how to use cron jobs on OS X...)) Nor are they written by someone who is fairly disliked within their own communities. Also, Apple and Sun have a lot more at stake for releasing something that works then Fedora does. Fedora has had plenty of releases that were pure crap over the years - they just shrug it off and move to the next one. Personally, I have fallen in love with the some of the old UNIX systems (my home servers are running IRIX at this point) and how simple things used to be to manage.