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Fast, easiest way to install archlinux, stable, reliable, customizable, truly rolling release operating system
relies more on cli for package management (pacman and/or packer)
I had mentioned the dependence on cli for package management as a con. It is also a pro for this distro. Once you get familiar with packer -S packagename , it becomes ridiculously easy to add and remove software. Additionally, there is appset which is a gui front-end that resembles and has some capabilities like synaptic for viewing and knowing what packages are available and what they do. pacman and packer are still the prefered way for installing and uninstalling.
Now unto the greatness of archbang. I have used this distro exclusively for 1 year and a month. It pretty much stopped me from my distrohopping ways. It has all the advantage of archlinux minus the hassle of just working once installed.
it comes with openbox by default with some very nice must have applications e.g aurora firefox; flash is enabled by default. Upon install you get a minimalistic looking, but fully functional and fast distro installation ready to go or build on.
The distro makes it more tolerable to learn arch and linux while benefitting from total customization power.
Key drawbacks for newbie users would be:
(1)If dual-booting, having to manually edit the menu boot to peroperly startup other OS(e.g windows 7)
(2)Using packer -S application_name instead of synaptic package manager as in debian-based distros.
(3) Refering to archwiki or the community guide for disabling and using gdm instead of slim/ldm. Gdm makes accessing other desktop environments very easy.
(4)Since it is rolling-release,it could be taxing on your bandwith should you choose to run updates daily. The newest upgrades comes alarmingly fast.
Once these 3 things which are not that bad are overcomed, you have a simply flawless system that is fast, stable, bleeding-edge, and gorgeous to work in. The package management system is more sane and easier to work with than debian-based counterparts. Performance on the bloated desktop environments like gnome 3 on archbang is better than with Mint, Ubuntu, Fedora, Suse, etc. I had cheese video and youtube both on with way less effect on my RAM and cpu usage than on the others.
Besides the just work aspects of this distro, the community is much friendlier and patient with new users to arch. The archlinux wiki is the best guide in gnu/linux period. Archbang brings archlinux goodness to intermediate users like myself from other distros or bsd background. I dare say some newbie users could make the transition as well, but not as easily.For newbies to linux I would recommend Pinguy OS or even Mint(not my cup of tea) or Mepis. For intermediate users and advanced users seeking a distro that gives them power to customize, run latest apps reliably,with high-performance, minus the crazy compile times as seen in gentoo, and minus the dependency issues you might encounter sometimes/rarely in other distros, I recommend you give archbang a spin like I did. No regrets here at all. I am so thankful for this distro.