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I've been using Slackware for almost a year now and am very satisfied with it. I didn't vote however because I haven't had the occasion to try Arch yet. But I came across this site which explains some of the basic differences.
Slackware does have a lot of tools to update, upgrade, install packages, such as slackpkg, pkgtool, and others (Slackware Package Management). There even are tools that connect to repos like SlackBuilds.org (although I'm not familiar with them).
Since you state you don't have an internet connection at home, I'd go with Slackware which updates very little (stable, not -current for as far as I know). You could download the software packages and dependencies you need at another location and install them at home at your convenience. As stated before I'm still a 'newbie' at Slackware so I imagine that other users will kick in pretty soon
For what I read about Arch (no experience with it), it's bleeding edge and does lot's of updates on a very frequent base (rolling release), which in my opinion doesn't mean you have to update but in not doing so you'll take away one of the specific's of Arch.
You could download the software packages and dependencies you need at another location and install them at home at your convenience.
If i need to install Vlc player, not through the package manager though, will it be easier on arch or slack ?
Vlc has lot of codecs which i think need to be downloaded separately ? Am i wrong ?
Or installing Vlc on any distro will require the same efforts (Without internet) ?