When comparing OpenRC vs Artix Linux, the Slant community recommends Artix Linux for most people. In the question“What are the best rolling release Linux distributions?” Artix Linux is ranked 4th while OpenRC is ranked 32nd. The most important reason people chose Artix Linux is:
Very fast and good.
Ranked in these QuestionsQuestion Ranking
Pro No feature creep
OpenRC follows the UNIX philosophy of 'do one thing and do it well', while it's true that it has more features than sysvinit, it does not stay away from its primary function with unnecessary added features.
Pro Extremely simple
All configuration is done via shell scripts and symlinks. Shell scripts can then use various specialized utilities to ease the development of init scripts.
OpenRC builds on top of sysvinit and adds some more useful features (like parallel booting) while still the simplicity that sysvinit is know for. Because of this it generally boots faster than other init systems, especially when parallel booting is enabled.
Pro Less dependency creep
Using OpenRC does not lock in a distribution by providing specific NON-POSIX extra services which programs then would rely on.
Pro A very balanced compromise
Basically OpenRC doesn't replace SysV init, but rather works with it, providing features that SysV is lacking while taking advantage of its benefits. It's also used by a fair amount of reasonably popular distros and is well supported and developed.
Pro Very Efficient on System Resources
Uses multi-core and ram very efficiently.
Does one thing and does it well.
It can be ported to other UNIX and UNIX-like operating systems.
Pro No systemd
Very fast and good.
Pro Close to bare Arch Linux
No learning curve if you're coming from Arch or any of its derivatives.
Pro Rolling distro
Only the software you would need like Terminal emulator, file manager, media player and a browser.
Artix actively supports the runit init system known from Void Linux. (Equally besides the OpenRC init system known from Gentoo.)
You can have a functional system in less than 10 mins using GUI installer OR you can do it "the Arch way" .
Con No socket activation
OpenRC does not have socket activation yet. It will be added in the future though.
Con Not GPL
Con Not widely supported by distributions
From Distrowatch, only ten distributions (of which 8 Linux, 1 BSD) support OpenRC.
It would be nice if distributions allowed more freedom in init system choice.
Con Few Arch packages might not be available yet
Developers are working migrating all packages into their own repositories while ensuring there's no systemd malware.