been using this past 2 years. no worrying about making sure software is compiled for a specific version of the OS (unlike ubuntu variants). very easy to use, even for beginners. offers official Xfce, KDE, and Gnome flavors. despite bleeding edge software, offers high stability. highly recommended for both ad...
Improved stability due to a longer testing period for new packages
MHWD offers easy hardware management with free and non-free drivers
Packages from Arch's repositories are tested (about two weeks) longer for stability and compatibility issues. Patches are applied, when necessary, before being made available in the stable repositories.
Mint is highly recommended for both users coming from Windows, as well as users coming from Ubuntu, but unhappy with Ubuntu's recent, rather dramatic interface changes. Mint provides an updated interface with a look and feel similar to Gnome 2, with an application menu reminiscent of the Windo...
If you install vanilla Arch, all you get is a command line, and then you have to download and install all your "packages" by typing in terminal commands! That alone would make any computer novice's worst nightmare...
Official distro of XFCE, one of the most customizable desktop environments. In XFCE you can create as many tasks bars as you need and configure every one of their elements and behaviors. You can also change any icon, font, color... etc. Literally there's nothing you can't change in GUI.
Fedora repos + REMI + RPMFusion, and now Microsoft is developing software for RedHat, which is available for Fedora as well. You can also add repos for CentOS, OpenSuse ; and somehow Arch people like Fedora people, so aur repo also works perfect.
You cannot really customize gnome to look like other things, and gnome nautilus is still too simple, it does not have enough features. Also, there is no icon by default on Desktop, that bothers some people.
This distribution promises you a very tailored user experience and it does deliver on that promise. The developers provide you with a custom desktop environment and a set of neat programs. And the whole desktop looks simply gorgeous.
elementary OS does not offer any release date for their stable releases going more with a "it's done when it's done" attitude. Making depending on newer apps a difficulty as well as a poor choice for those that need consistent release schedules for their OS.