Very fine review. Being an Arch Linux user since one year, i find that is summarizes quite well Arch features.
One important point is that there are not many tools specific to the distribution that you need to know to use it. When you need to configure a package, you have to use the configuration tools provided by the package if they exist.
That said, you realize that once the system is up, only a few package really need some configuration. For example, installing gnome or kde is straightforward. In practice, i have a fully working workstation in half a day with Arch.
I think that the Arch developpers can be quite proud: while Arch is only maintained by (few) volunteers, they managed to bring us a very high quality distribution.
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