Perhaps because the user is able to do as they wish, Arch has been the base for many derivatives, the best known of which is probably ArchBang; this has gained a following as a minimalist distribution which uses an Arch base and the OpenBox window manager.
Didn't know, we were that famous!
Some other citations about Arch:
The art of simplicity
The jazz musician and composer Charlie Mingus once declared that "making the simple complicated is commonplace", but "making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that's creativity". Reducing complexity refines the possibilities and gives the user greater control. Greater access to the levers of power opens the door to other possibilities. The starting place is not at the point the end user sees, in the form of a graphical user environment or a super-quick graphical installer, but at the point of the lowest level system configuration – where many distributions hide a mass of unnecessary clutter.
Arch is about the art of minimalism; simplicity, in the context of Arch Linux, refers to what lies under the hood. Arch is not about user friendliness, but does consider itself to be user-centric. According to Griffin: "Arch is not primarily concerned about the user. The user is important", he says. "Sure, but most important are simplicity and elegance. The user is important as long as it does not interfere with these doctrines", and simplicity is defined "from a technical standpoint, not a usability standpoint. It is better to be technically elegant with a higher learning curve, than to be easy to use, and technically crap."
Arch Linux rivals only Debian in its dedication to its guiding philosophy (The Arch Way). For the Arch developer "simplicity is the primary principle", and elegance, versatility and expedience (=the quality of being suited to the end in view) are the secondary virtues. "The simple, elegant and versatile system must offer expedience where practical, but expedience can and will be sacrificed in favour of any of the above. It must be sacrificed whenever implementation simplicity is jeopardised. When expedience is compromised by a resulting complexity of user interface, it must present its complexity without unnecessary complication. All other principles must be sacrificed in favour of design simplicity. Implementation simplicity is more important than interface simplicity."
The as yet unresolved package signing issue stays unmentioned.
Getting your questions answered here at ArchBang Forums
Please! Always give hardware info, if there is a chance that 's relevant: #lspci -vnn
Quote: What I have learnt from Linux is to minimize dependencies and functionalities for greater independence.
On Arch(bang) and Openbox: http://stillstup.blogspot.com/