I haven't the technical experience or knowledge to claim "this tech is better than that" on technical grounds. But as an end user on desktop and server I tend to like stuff which doesn't break my existing environments and methods, is discoverable/learnable in terms of readable config and logs and errors, and which doesn't push me into using things I don't specifically want or never needed before being told I must have them.
My home server currently runs Debian stable (headless) with a few things from Debian backports and deb-multimedia. My EeePC runs Debian Testing and my desktop has been running Debian Stable/Testing for a lot of years (transitioning to testing as each testing release approaches freeze, so currently it's on testing). Both run Xfce. This means on my server things work in that perfect boring way, no excitement, automatic upgrades on cron job etc and no problems (ever as far as I can remember!). My laptop and desktop have been through an automatic upgrade from sysv-init to systemd and actually in terms of daily use I did notice vastly improved boot and shutdown times, and these do matter to me. But I also found that using a graphical login manager has become pretty much mandatory or else stuff like loading keyring and mounting remote shares, local ecryptfs directories, and using ssh-agent automatically all become tedious and troublesome, apparently because as consolekit and policykit and systemd and logind and udev get more tightly integrated it becomes very hard to do without any one piece of the puzzle. So I have been pushed into doing things in ways which I would not choose simply to retain the same functionality I was used to. This led me to try out freebsd and pc-bsd and to conclude that they aren't practical for me for desktop use until/unless their X drivers get better, specifically the intel drivers, and the sound sytem moves into the 21st century. So next I tried funtoo. I have played a bit with gentoo in the past but have not been a fan of their community in recent years (a few years ago them losing their whole wiki and having no back up, and letting the governance and foundation slide into disarray while offering some pretty poorly maintained software was very much less than confidence inspiring). Recently I bought a used core-i3 Dell Vostro very cheap, added 8GB of decent RAM and decided this would be the right time to try funtoo as it will give me some choices and also I finally have enough processing power that compiling stuff will take minutes, not days. It is working out very well. Somehow my computer works fine without systemd. Weird. Don't tell Lennart. Amazingly my audio system also still works fine with just alsa and a custom .asoundrc. Sorry Mr Poettering.