Some options for a systemd desktop OR server Linux system:
- Devuan - a fork of Debian with systemd removed (https://devuan.org/)
- Arch + Openrc (http://systemd-free.org/)
- Gentoo + Openrc (http://gentoo.org)
- Funtoo (http://funtoo.org)
and many more. All of which many find to be much more suited for servers than Fedora or Debian with systemd.
Honestly, even with systemd Gentoo is actually a pretty awesome distro for a server; definitely better than Debian. The compile-times are less of an issue since most of the really large programs aren't ones you'd install on a server (chrome, libreoffice), and being able to install any of the last N stable versions (sometimes side-by-side using slots) of a package is pretty convenient when you have third party software. The way configuration files are updated after an upgrade instead of during is also much more convenient, and the stable branch is also significantly more up-to-date than Debian's.
 While I use systemd on my own system and find it works well for me, I can easily understand why some people would prefer to stick with one of the alternatives (at least until all the bugs get ironed out).